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How Does God Bless Us?

How Does God Bless Us?

How does God, our LORD, bless us? Do we bless our Lord Almighty? We do not bless God the way He blesses us. Therefore, it is more appropriate to use praise or glorify in return for everything we have. If we suffer from falling apart from God because of the struggle to make ends meet, the struggle is about money. How can you pay for things to make you happy when the things you want are more extensive than your money can buy? How can we enjoy life to the fullest when money controls our way of life? How can we live in peace with little or no money when there is no assurance that hardship is temporal and comfort, satisfaction, and enjoyment will come our way?

Hope is the only one that holds the faith. Faith can easily be broken by hardship in living, especially in the poorest of the poor, the forgotten society that even the government turns its back on for support. It is necessary to remain a believer; God’s existence in our lives will make a difference. Everyone must be reminded that God is good, in control, and trustworthy, even if everything seems out of control. Life is a mystery. Its predictableness can only be answered: Why are we here today and gone tomorrow? The unpredictability of life is like a spinning wheel; when will we be on top of the wheel of life?

If faith alone justifies our means, then so be it. Let it flow without exerting effort; we can guess, but no one can predict what will come our way. Even with the best prayer with good intentions, there is a process of how faith works and how prayers will be heard and answered. Christians are divided when it comes to how faith works. Some groups’ said salvation comes by faith alone in Christ, introduced by Paul, and the other side of the coin is from James, the brother of Jesus, who said that faith without work is dead. To whom will you believe from the follower of Paul or James, the brother of our Lord Jesus Christ? Which is more important to God: our faith alone or faith with our works?

Catholics and Protestants believe that we need faith to be closer to God, but it differs in how it works. Protestants believe in faith alone, while Catholics believe in faith and work. The Bible is believed to be free of errors. With a little and rightly dividing the word of truth, we can remove any doubt of its infallibility. The Bible does not need to favor one over the other. Justification by faith alone is through Jesus Christ, written by Paul. (Ephesians 2:8-9). While faith without work is dead is the doctrine of James-(James 2:26).

If someone says he has faith but does not have works, can we tell the needy that is poorly clothed, with an empty stomach, to “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving the things their bodies need? Is blessing them with warm words can save them? Faith, apart from works, is useless. Abraham was one of the truly great men of all time, and he was called the friend of God. He was justified by works when God came to Abraham and told him to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering – Genesis 22:1-19

Abraham proved faith with his work, and without his righteous works, faith will never be completed, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. We are justified by works and not by faith alone. In addition, and in the same way, we are sanctified by carrying on the work righteously. Rahab, the prostitute, was justified by work when she saved the two Israelite spies, Phinehas and Caleb, sent by Joshua- Joshua 2:1-24. Rahab has faith in the greatness of God of Israel and believes the Town of Jericho will fall because of that greatness.

Scripture is clear: Faith without works is dead. Paul could have said the same thing about the doctrine of faith; he made a little swing to make it a little different from the Old Testament and omitted the work.

When you are facing uncertainty or difficulty understanding the scriptures and sometimes encountering controversy about who wrote it, why, and when it was written. The situation around you may be beyond your understanding, but God knows it; it is His word. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways, submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, New International Version)

God knows what is happening — regional and universal; He could also see a person’s journey. All the questions you have in mind can be answered by just being on top of following His word and seeking His face. Searching for the truth is no longer new to believers; follow the righteous flow, and you will find the answer to the how, when, and whys. That is how we receive the blessing of the motivating force of the Revelation. Trust that He does when confused about what to do or not know what to do with newfound Revelation. God will not reveal to us His truth only to be put on the shelves. Follow God’s guidelines and be on top of His standard.

God will not let His word be lifeless; His word is a living organism that progressively matches the generations of today and future generations. The more knowledge you gain, the more you will be challenged and feel your mind is being attacked. Stay with the word, knowing God works for what is good for us. When we obey, He will never fail us. “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him” (Psalm 28:7, NIV).

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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