Class 11: How to Obtain the Blessings of God (Part 5)
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 having faith in God. Today, we are going to continue our study from Letters to Young Black Men titled, “How to Obtain the Blessings of God” (Part 5).
As we begin this lesson, consider these words from Robert Morris: “When we come to the place where we give simply because we have an unselfish, liberal heart of gratitude toward God, we will be well on the road to the blessed life.”
Let’s begin by reading a portion from Letters to Young Black Men:
Last, but certainly not least, let me encourage you to get into the habit of giving. God blesses giving. Give to God through your local church. Give to others in need as you are led. Now, we do not give to get, but the simple fact is that when you give to God and others, God gives back to you. Like the old preachers used to say and still say, “You can’t beat God giving, no matter how hard you try.” And that is so true. Listen to what Jesus says about giving:
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
It is a fact: the more you give, the more God gives to you in so many different ways.
Friend, I apologize for this rather “long-winded” letter this time around. I just want you to obtain the blessings of God on your life.
Now, please pull out your printed study guide or your digital study guide as we begin this lesson.
Read the following verses and note what the say about giving.
- Second Corinthians 9:6-7: “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
Our possessions are really not OUR possessions at all. They belong to the Father. He has the authority to give and to take away. In our materialistic society it is easy to get carried away with the idea that we deserve certain things, or particular possessions are under our ownership. This mentality is completely self-centered and does not honor God. When we realize that God ultimately owns every single thing we possess, and He has merely entrusted us with the amazing responsibility of taking care of it for a short time, we become much more willing to give these things away. Giving not only brings happiness to those who receive, but it also brings freedom to those who are not bound by the treasures of this earth which only collect dust and face destruction.
- First John 3:17-18: “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
Giving is not only confined to material possessions. We can also give of our time, energy, and skills. Regardless, when you take the time to forget about your own agenda and reach out to another who needs to feel the impact of the love of Jesus Christ, you will truly be blessed.
Jesus, the King of the universe, did not come to be served but to serve. How much more should we adopt this vision and allow our lives to reflect such compassion! Sure it will be inconvenient, and it might even cost you a little something. But, in the end you will have gained the blessings of God, and for that there is no earthly reimbursement that even comes close to comparable.
Now, Just Do It
Make a final list of the 5 ways to attain the blessings of God.
- Have the right attitude toward your parents
- Be obedient to God’s Word
- Spend quality time in prayer
- Have faith in God
- Get into the habit of giving
Which of these do you need to commit to the Lord? Will you make the conscious decision today to strive for a life that is worthy of the blessings of God?
That concludes our study for this class.
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.