Class 10: How to Obtain the Blessings of God (Part 4)
In our last lesson, we continued talking about what you need to do to obtain God’s blessings in your life. We talked specifically about being obedient to God. Today, we are going to continue our study from Letters to Young Black Men titled, “How to Obtain the Blessings of God” (Part 4).
As we begin this lesson, consider these words from Charles Stanley: “In thinking about His many blessings, you view God’s work from a new perspective.”
Let’s begin by reading a portion from Letters to Young Black Men:
Fourth, if we want to be blessed, we must have faith in God.
As you go through this life as a young black man, it will behoove you to have strong faith in God. No matter what you face in this life, or what you may go through, always remember that God has all power in His hands and He is able to work it out. You may ask, “well, how can I build up and strengthen my faith?” Notice these words from Romans 10:17: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
For a stronger faith, for a more dynamic faith, spend some quality time each day reading the Bible.
Now, please pull out your printed study guide or your digital study guide as we begin this lesson.
According to Hebrews 11:1 what is faith? “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” In other words, faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Read the following verses and note what they say about faith.
1. Psalm 118:8: “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”
How often we choose to find our hope in the things of this world. Even though God existed before even the tiniest speck of dust found its place in the universe, we tend to find it easier to stand for the things that are seen rather than trust in the much bigger, much stronger, much more reliable force that is unseen. When all is said and done, man will only let you down. However, God has already overcome this world and is waiting for you to join Him on the journey of bringing glory to His name and ONLY His name.
2. Jeremiah 17:7-8: “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”
What a beautiful image these verses portray concerning the man who has faith in the Lord. When the very core of your spirit is completely absorbed with trust and submission to God you are literally capable of overcoming any situation this world may throw at you. Nothing on this earth can tear you down, for your foundation lies in an impenetrable place, that is, in the hand of the Father. As your faith grows your joy will multiply as well. Like the tree whose leaves remain green, your heart will remain full, for it houses the overwhelming, beautiful, unchanging presence of the Holy Spirit.
3. 2 Timothy 4:7-8: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
You will encounter a number of situations that challenge your faith. Maybe this will come as a result of a lost job, the death of a loved one, or a time period when God seems very distant. However, this life truly is a race. The Christian walk is not simply an experience that occurs at one moment and is taken care of until you die and go to Heaven. Far from it! To be a follower of Christ means you have died to yourself and are now alive in Jesus Christ. Such a transformation results in a daily commitment to take God at His Word, even when it does not make sense, even when it is difficult. In the end, though, the result is glorious. The faithful child is rewarded by the Giver of every good and perfect gift and is ushered into His presence once and for all. From that day forward, He will never again seem distant — physically or spiritually!
That concludes our study for this class. We will pick up here in our next lesson.
In closing, Tony Dungy, the first black coach to win the Super Bowl and the host of NBC’s Sunday Night Football said, “You are never going to get anywhere in sports or in life until you become convinced of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You may become a professional athlete or have fame and nice cars and nice houses and a lot of money, but what you’ll find is that all of that stuff goes away pretty quickly. You have to understand that Christ died for our sins, and that He died not just to be our Savior but so that He could be the center of our lives.”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what the church people I grew up around said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, I’ll see you for our next class.