God’s blessings

Mary’s visitation to her cousin Elizabeth
We are still in the book of Genesis in the Old Testament, but now entering into new book in the New Testament,the book of Luke. For this week we will have a specific verses in Luke 1, that talks about Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth and the birth of John the Baptist.
Every week we will dive in one chapter each from the Old and New Testament. We will study the scripture and reflect on the verse(s) that touched us the most. You may notice that I skip chapters, this is to provide you your personal time to read the other chapters during the week. Remember, reading the Bible is not just to memorize verses, it is most importantly to get to know God personally.

Scripture

Genesis 48 / Luke 1:39-80

Brief Overview:

Genesis 48: This chapter recounts the time when Israel blessed Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. A prophesy about the Exodus was also given by Jacob in verse 21 “And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers” (KJV).

Luke 1:39-80: Mary’s visitation to her cousin Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s birth and the prophesy of Zacharias to his son’s ministry encompasses this specific chapter and verses in the Bible.

Observation
Gen. 48:3 KJV”And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me.”
Luke 1:68 KJV “ Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for He hath visited and redeemed His people.”
Application

God is so generous and we have an entire Bible as an evidence of God’s generosity. His greatest gift to us is His Son Jesus Christ who is our redeemer. I see everything in my life as a blessing from God, and I mean both the challenges I face and the rewards I receive. It is often easy to see the rewards as blessings and difficult to comprehend how suffering and sacrifices can be good things. But my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, suffering and sacrifices are indeed blessings from God. Remember the verse from John 15:2 “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch the beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit” (KJV), therefore, God gives us obstacles in life not to punish us but rather to prune us in order to bear more fruits for God’s glory. God puts us in situations where our faith is tested and once our faith is strengthen, through the help of the Holy Spirit, hindrances that creates corruption with our relationship with Jesus becomes eliminated. Thus, making our walk with Christ stronger. We should always relate blessings with sacrifices and graces and ask for the Holy Spirit to guide us on how to use the blessings we receive.

Prayer

Gracious Father, we adore Your Holy Name. We give thanks for the provisions that You have given us everyday of our lives, from all the things we need and to the trials that makes us closer to You. Thank You for the Holy Spirit that guides us everyday, that comforts us in times of stress and stands as our protection from the evil ones. Forgive us Lord for the times we are ungrateful of what we have. When we think that you do not provide what we want. Make our wants aligned with Your will O God and lead us always towards You. Amen.

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