Steps to Blessedness

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” (Psalm 1:1).

What is your view of a BLESSED man? How do you say this man is blessed and the other man is not? What is your definition of the line, “being blessed”? For very many of us, it means having money…you know, being in riches. Before I go further, let me chip this in:

Prosperity is NOT exactly equal to Blessing!

Now, let’s continue…

What is “Being Blessed“?
Being blessed is simply SUPERNATURALLY LIVING BEYOND YOUR NATURAL MEANS!

Yes

Some people work every week to get paid. Day in, day out… They just work. They zoom off very early in the mornings and land back home at nights. They work for money. If you become very rich by means of this, you are rich, not blessed!

Some other guys, however, do not depend on their salaries. They work for the fun of it! They’d still be working long after you’ve stopped paying…yet they are NEVER hungry.

Yeah.

Right.

That’s a BLESSED man!

Quickly, these are the things you must know about being blessed:

  • Being blessed eases you of struggles
  • Being blessed erases worries. A blessed man is always relaxed!
  • You work for the blessing; it doesn’t fly to you
  • For a very good knowledge on how
    obedience can earn you a blessing, visit here!!!

    Or download the full pdf here:

    Obedience is Key!

    So, there.

    Let me quickly stress the BIGGEST truth about being blessed:

    IT AFFECTS OTHERS!!!

    Check it out:
    Gen. 13:5-6

    Now let’s look at the steps.
    I think the Bible gives us 5 progressive steps to blessedness! I have decided to call it the RADDS formula! If you check out the life of any man that is blessed of God, you’ll definitely see that he is no new student to the RADDS formula.

    What is RADDS?
    It is a combination of all the necessary ingredients in the ‘cooking’ of a BLESSED MAN! Not just a combination, but also in the right order.

    Now we shall be taking a look at all these steps, or should I say LAWS, of attaining the state of being blessed (divinely favoured).

    They are listed below:

    1. Refuse ungodly counsel
    2. You see, many folks today are where they are because of the wrong choices they’ve made. I do tell people that life is a choice. And so, all the things that life is made of are choices! Most people don’t agree with me there, anyway. But that’s aside.
      We all make choices. Some good, some bad. But we make them. Often after we’ve reaped the consequences of a right/wrong choice, our minds are forced to trace the source of that choice. For young fellows like us, about 60% (in my opinion) of choices are made because of someone said to make them. We (young folks) are mostly influenced by what people say or think about us. So, we kinda act to please others (regardless of how hard we try to deny it).

      Think:

      • When was the last time you went to a place uninvited?
      • When last did you wear a clothing because you liked it, and not because you wanted to impress someone or show off?
      • Haven’t you given up your hobbies before in the past, just because your friends were not comfortable with them?

      So you see, people influence us a great deal. Wether we are aware or not, we receive counsel from people.
      In 2 Sam. 13, the Bible spoke of a young man named Amnon. This man got an evil advice from his friend, and it did cost him his life!
      1 Kings 12:13-16 further tells us about the consequences of wrong advice.

      Be very careful where you get your advice from!

      Bad counsel comes from people. Right. But it can also come from things (events, circumstances, media, feelings, places, etc).

      Getting away from evil influences, however, still remains one of the almost-impossible things in the life of young people. Yes. Because of some benefit (which is temporal in most cases), some folks would rather they enjoy the rubbish they get from the wrong places. You know, that should-do-what-he/she-says-because-they-do-this-for-me kinda attitude. Well, don’t know about you but no matter the sacrifices there are to make, I’d never be foolish enough to trade my destiny for a temporal gain.

      If you must be a success, then you must shun bad counsel.

      Here’s how to:

      1. Stay away from evil company
      2. This is the best natural way of avoiding bad advice. The Bible warns that “evil communication corrupts good manners”. To be free from bad advice, you must be free from their source.

        • don’t associate with bad people
        • don’t go to bad places
        • don’t watch bad things
        • don’t listen to bad stories
        • don’t engage in bad conversations
      3. Seek God first
      4. Once faced with a challenge, seek the face of God before acting out a plan. Read the Scriptures. Pray. Find out the mind of God over every matter. God cares so much about you and will NOT lead you to the wrong places/people.

      5. Love yourself
      6. If you always remind yourself of how much you’re loved by you, you won’t be in a haste to make any kind of decision. If you value your future, you won’t be looking for answers in the wrong place.

      I pray, in the Name of JESUS CHRIST, every evil counsel over and against your life be destroyed by fire!!!

    3. Avoid hypocrisy
    4. “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
      (James 1:8).

      “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.”
      (Matthew 6:1).

      God will NOT bless a hypocrite!
      Yeah, that’s right. God is a blameless God. His ways are just and pure. EVERYTHING about God is just. He would NOT spoil that name for anything. In Matt. 5:16, Scriptures tell us that our light’s shine should be bring glory to God.

      God has not blessed you, if people can’t find HIM in your blessing

      For you to continue carrying- and potraying- that legacy of blamelessness on the earth, you MUST be proven to be blameless! According to Matt. 6:5, we already receive our reward [from men] anytime we work hypocritically. Focus on God alone!

      Hypocrisy is a deadly eater! Hypocrisy has swallowed up many in churches, ministries, marriages, relationships, businesses, etc.

      From a search I made on the internet, hypocrisy is the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense. So, hypocrisy is simply NOT BEING YOU!

      Jer. 48:10 tells us that, instead of a blessing, a curse follows whoever does God’s work deceitfully. What is your stand? Do you preach what you do, or are you just a movie star when it comes to your integrity.

      Remember: while people are busy judging your reputation, God looks at your integrity!
      Study: Mt. 23:13-15, 23-24; Mt. 7:3-5; Lk. 11:39; Isaiah 29:13-14; Mt. 15:7-9.

    5. Dodge bad company
    6. Show me your friend and I will tell you who you are!

      “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”
      (1 Corinthians 15:33).

      People influence us daily. Most of the things we catch ourselves doing sometimes is a result of what we had copied (unconsciously) from those around us.

      Sit back and think; most of the things you have as habits now were probably picked from some childhood friends.

      What surrounds us is what is
      within us.

      -T.F. Hodge

      Hey, look around you, the people you see around you determines your destination. If you must be blessed, mingle ONLY with blessed people.

      See this again:
      “And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.”
      (Genesis 13:5).

    7. Desire God’s Word
    8. Study it!
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