Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Blahginess!

Big Question

So I’ve been battling with this monumental question:

How much of God’s blessing in our lives is dependent upon our behavior?

Swing away…

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7 responses

  1. wellwateredgarden

    God’s blessings for us are only minimally dependent on our behavior. His blessings are almost totally incumbent on what we BELIEVE about Him.

    Since Jesus Christ paid (PAID!) the penalty on the cross for our sinfulness, our righteousness (right standing) with God is now attainable be simple belief in that concept.

    Jesus gave us two commandments: Love God and love our neighbor. If we do that everything else will fall into place and a relationship with God will ensue and prosper us.

    The way I see it, anyway …

    April 24, 2009 at 8:56 am

    • Kenyon Gerbrandt kenyon@theheartchurch.com

      Hey, thanks for the reply. I appreciate your connection between blessing and belief as opposed to behavior, but I’m still wrestling with the fact that belief dictates behavior. We act upon those things we believe the most. But I’m afraid to jump in fully because it just does not seem right that my beliefs, my actions directly dictate God’s blessing in my life. It feels like I can control and manipulate God. If I do X or believe Y then God will respond with Z…make any sense?

      April 24, 2009 at 9:04 am

  2. wellwateredgarden

    Yeah it makes sense, but … here’s what may help.

    God’s blessings are His idea. Everything comes from God the Creator. It is totally impossible to manipulate God.

    For example … read Deuteronomy 28 where God says IF you do this I will do that. That whole thing is totally God’s idea.

    Jesus teaches us that when we ask (from Him) we receive, when we seek (Him) we will find and when we knock we will have the door (God’s door) opened.

    When we come to the realization that nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37) and because of that further come to realize that nothing is impossible with those who believe (Matthew 17:20-21) then we will learn what Jesus meant when he said that He came so that those who believe in Him and follow Him would have life abundantly (John 10:10).

    God is not surprised by our sinning, but neither is He impressed with our doubts and fears. Jesus always encouraged and rewarded faith and chastised those who should have had faith but didn’t, including His own close disciples.

    The way I see it, anyway …

    PS – keep digging!

    April 24, 2009 at 9:29 am

    • Kenyon Gerbrandt kenyon@theheartchurch.com

      I get the feeling that I have a major disconnect in my personal theology and I am greatly indebted to you for helping me see this more clearly…thanks

      April 24, 2009 at 10:19 am

  3. T Unruh

    Do we not also see it is in God’s character to send blessing on those who are also undeserving of his grace? As in the case of Matt 5:45 “rain to the just and unjust…” Also in Romans 2:4 we are told it is God’s kindness that leads the sinner to repentance. Titus 2:11-12 states it is God’s grace that instructs us as believers how to live. would our question be better asked as:

    “How much of our behavior/belief is brought on track as a result of God’s Blessings?”

    Just a thought.

    April 24, 2009 at 12:51 pm

  4. wellwateredgarden

    Very good point!

    Everything we see, hear, smell, taste, and experience is of God. There isn’t anything we encounter that is not of God (John 1:3) and the neat thing is that of all creation we, the people, are made in His image. Isn’t that something?

    This knowledge should help to want us to live in total communion with Him, but, alas, for many people it does the exact opposite. However, God is not too weak to save us and orchestrates the whole thing, even to the point of sending Jesus Christ to pay (PAY!) totally for our rebellion from Him. God will even throw adversity into our paths in order to get us to turn to Him, and when we do we wonder why we waited so long and kept putting Him off for so long.

    Anyway, there is no way we can pay for or earn our right standing with God … it is a complete gift from Him and all we can do is receive it. Is that good news, or what? When Jesus, just before He died, cried, “It is finished!” it was.

    So, it’s not what we do, no matter how sincere our motives, it’s what we believe about the whole thing that will not just save us into eternity but will give us a victorious, God directed life right now.

    Jesus told His first disciples to follow Him. They did, and we can too.

    The way I see it, anyway …

    April 24, 2009 at 6:58 pm

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