I was talking to a gentleman who was upset over decreasing work benefits. He’s paying more for his health insurance. It’s not covering his eyeglasses any more. His dental plan is not as good. He even spoke of car and gas benefits he used to get that went away. He was reminiscing over good old days when his benefits were abundant.
God cares about benefits and what He promises never decreases! Psalms 103:2 (NKJV) says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits…”
From the time God instructed Moses and then Joshua to enter the promised land of blessing, He told them He would be there to help them and that there would be the supernatural benefits of His help and blessing if they would trust Him and keep steadfast in their faith in Him. His first benefit would be this: “I’ll go before you, be with you, and not fail or abandon you.” That was God’s exhortation through Moses to Joshua. Deuteronomy 31:7-8 “And Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong, courageous, and firm, for you shall go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to possess it. It is the Lord who goes before you; He will go with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you.”
God’s benefits did not stop with Moses and Joshua and those who first entered into the Promised Land. They extend to us today. Every day the devil is on a mission to kill, steal, and destroy our lives according to John 10:10. God’s benefits come to us through our believing in them—through faith! Romans 5:2 says, “through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand…” Remember, when you are in fear, you are not in faith!
Psalm 103 reveals God’s heart and deep love. His words are the expression of the perfect exchange of hearts—our heart blessing God in adoration for who He is, and God blessing us with the promise of His benefits expressed in Psalm 103. This isn’t some kind of poetic passage. They are God’s promise of blessings waiting for your faith to take hold of and believe by faith! Examine those promised blessings as your personal benefits from God. Count them and really see what they are and what they promise. He wants them for you!
Psalm 103:1-6 (LB) “Praise the LORD, I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, I tell myself, and never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He ransoms me from death and surrounds me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! The LORD gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly…”
You see the benefits in Psalm 103 throughout the Word of God. God does want to bless you. He wants to fill your life with His benefits and this is what you should extend your faith toward. They won’t fade out as they economy gets tough or as corporations and business tighten their belt. They come from a higher place!
Have you ever sat and looked out the window toward the sky and thanked Him in advance and contrary to all circumstance, for these blessing in your life? Have you ever looked out and up and worshiped Him for who He is? Stand strong in faith, in worship, and in thanksgiving as you honor and bless Him. Open your heart to receive “all His benefits” by faith.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV) “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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