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Blessed Through Your Calling

Blessed Through Your Calling

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CHAPTER EI GHTEEN
Blessed Through Your Calling
1 Peter 3:8-12(RSV)
8
Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind.
9
Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling; but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing.
10
For "He that would love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile; 
11
Let him turn away from evil and do right; let him seek peace and pursue it.
12
For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.But the face of the Lord is against those that do evil.
Blessed Through Your Calling
Let me call your attention toverse 9in the referenced scripture: "...
for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing." 
The King James Version says that we have been called "to inherit a blessing." WhenHe saved us, God called us to inherit a blessing.There is a blessing that belongs especially to each of us. Scripture says that we have been called to inherit ablessing. There is a blessing with our name on it. If we are not careful, we will miss our blessing.Blessings do not come in generalities. We are not just generally blessed. Often we speak of blessings ingeneral terms; we just want to be generally blessed. But God does not always, and most often does not, blessus generally. We have been called. We have been called to inherit a blessing.Blessing must be defined according to individual purpose and divine directions. Not understanding thisconcept will cause us to be forever frustrated trying to be blessed like somebody else. We will be frustratedtrying to be successful like somebody else, thinking that we're not blessed when comparing our blessings withothers. Some parents are frustrated because their child is not as successful, by their definition, as theirneighbor's child, or as their best friend's child. We need to understand that the purpose for our children maynot be
our 
purpose. God may have another purpose for each of our children that's different from that of ourneighbor's child.
What I s God's Purpose for You
We cannot talk about blessings without talking about individual purpose and Holy Ghost guidance. Thequestion then is, "What is God's purpose for you?" Whatever His purpose for you is, He has gifted youaccordingly. Therefore, if you discover your gift, you will discover your purpose and will be blessed. TheBible says that if God has saved you, He has spiritually gifted you.We should not confuse our spiritual gifts with our talents. We had our talents when we were born, but wedo not receive our spiritual gift(s) until we were born again. Some of us may have been talented athletes ortalented musicians, but when we were born again, God gifted us spiritually for a purpose and a task.Therefore, if we discover our gift(s), we will discover our purpose and we will be blessed.
Missed Blessings
The question arises, "What's keeping many of us from being blessed?" 1 Peter warns us to do good and notevil so we won't miss our blessing. The Lord loves righteousness and the Lord turns His face on evil. To beblessed, we must seek righteousness and avoid evil.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" 
(Matthew 6:33— KJV). Seek means to look for. Seek means not just to be good, but to look for good.We need to seek righteousness before we can obtain the blessing that has our name on it.
Freely Shared
 
This scripture tells us the number one weapon of an evil person is the tongue. The tongue has it's ownworld of iniquity. The tongue, which is as dangerous as lust, has its own subculture of iniquity and thissubculture of iniquity loves the church. Many believers have been delivered from the sin of lust, but the worldof iniquity of the tongue is living well among the saints in the church.
The Tongue: A Blessing or a Curse
The question is, "Will we bless others with our tongue or will we curse others with our tongues?" If weknow our tongue has not been a blessing to others, we need to fall on our face and repent before the Lord GodAlmighty.In the Old Testament, God had given Balaam the ability to curse or bless effectively. The enemy of God,king of the Moabite tribe, Balak, knew that Balaam had the power in his tongue to curse or bless. So Balak hired Balaam to curse the Israelites because God had made them mighty (Numbers 22& 24).But Balaam didn't take the money. He wanted to talk to God about it. God told Balaam that these were Hispeople and not to curse them, but bless them.Then the king of the Moabites sent others to talk to Balaam again, and he offered Balaam more money. Heoffered Balaam riches—the wages of unrighteousness. He offered him silver and gold. This time Balaamagain said I need to check with God before I take this money, but God knew Balaam's heart and that he hadthe money in his eyes.God had to meet Balaam in a special way. God met him with a dumb ass, a donkey, and stopped him in histracks before making a mistake. Balaam, still being eager to be an ambassador for the king of Moab, whippedhis donkey and the donkey cried out, "Why are you whipping me? I haven't done anything. It's your problem.You're the one in love with this money." The donkey talked; the dumb ass talked to a dumb person.Sometimes we need a dummy to talk to a dummy. The donkey said, "I'm not in love with the money, you're inlove with the money. Why are you whipping me?" God works in mysterious ways.Balaam sought the Lord again, and this time the Lord told him not only do we not curse them but also wewant to bless the people of Israel. So Balaam gave four blessings. By the time he got to the fourth blessing,the enemy of God was irate with Balaam and said if you're not going to curse them, whatever you do justdon't bless them.Our lives mirror Balaam in many ways. Many of us are in love with the wages of unrighteousness. But Godis calling us today, wherever we might be in our journey, to stop and repent of our cursing tongues. We mustprepare to receive the blessing with our name on it.We should never say anything about anybody unless it helps them. We should not tell about deacon so-and-so who's getting a divorce. Is that helping him? Is giving me that information helping him? We should not tellthat sister so-and-so's daughter is pregnant. We say, "Well, I'm telling the truth." That's not the question. Wesay, "I'm giving information, I'm not gossiping." If it is not helping, it is a curse. The only time we shouldmention another person in conversation is when it helps that person.In some cases our evil is deceptive. We approach people and say, "I want you to pray with me aboutbrother so-and-so." Here comes the curse, now—in the form of a prayer. "He's having problems in hismarriage. Let's pray for him right now." We need a donkey or something dumb or intelligent to stop us in ourpath and cause us to repent. If we want to be blessed, we must turn our tongues into instruments of blessing.
Give Up Retaliation
God's Word says if we don't want to miss our blessing, we have to give up retaliation. Retaliation is doingevil for evil: "I'm going to talk about her because she talked about me. I'm going to talk about him because theworld's been bad to me." We can't do evil for evil and expect to find favor with God.Our flesh wants to retaliate. We can't retaliate if we want to be blessed.God's Word says that we have to give up retaliation. We cannot do evil for evil and still have the blessingthat has our name on it. We have been called to inherit a blessing. As long as we do evil for evil, as long aswe retaliate on every evil that comes our way, we are avoiding that blessing with our name on it.
Pursue Peace
Scripture says if we don't want to miss our blessing, we have to pursue peace. In other words, we must runafter peace. Peace and our blessings are integrally connected. It doesn't matter how badly people treat us, westill have to run after peace. The scripture says
pursue 
peace, not just
have 
peace. Just go after it. No matterhow people talk about us or mistreat us, we must run after peace. If we chase peace, we'll catch our blessing.Freely Shared

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