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Are You Blessed or Are You Happy? April 19, 2010

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Psalm 32
I have worked for a number of gas stations and convenience stores. There are always regulars that visit on a regular basis, hence the name. I usually developed something of a rapport with the people, trying to be friendly. At one store in particular, a woman walked in and asked what kind of a day I was having. I was not having a particularly good day and mention such. Then I corrected myself and said, “you know I’m not always happy, but I am always full of joy.” She replied, “you’re a believer aren’t you?” Oh yes I am.
Happiness is based upon circumstances. We can be happy one moment and sad the next. But, blessedness is different. “Blessed” as used here and in the Beatitudes is not an emotion. Blessedness is not happiness. Blessedness is an internal sense of being. It is better understood as wholeness or completeness. Jesus was not always happy. The Bible calls Him a “man of constant sorrow, familiar with suffering.” (Isa 53:3) Though He was not always happy, He was always blessed. For those of us in Christ, who are identified with Christ, we also are not always happy, but we are always blessed.
How does one become blessed? It comes from the indwelling Spirit that inhabits our lives at conversion. Huh? So what does that mean? It means in order to be truly blessed you must be in Christ. Now granted, God imparts much grace to all, even non-believers. It is His common grace to all mankind. Many appear to be blessed due to their wealth, notoriety, power, influence, etc. But, true, complete blessedness comes from His special grace given to those who confess Christ as their Savior. In other words you must be born again. Your sins must be atoned for. Only Christ can do that.
Sin must be dealt with. Sin eats away at us. It wears us down, like heat in the summer time. As I write this from my deployment in Iraq, it is becoming hot. This heat is oppressive. Sin is like that. It is heavy to bear. Christ atones for our sins. He is and was God’s perfect sacrifice to pay the penalty of my sin and yours. Isaiah 53 says, “He was pierced for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”
Sin must be dealt with. God is perfect. Sin is the exact opposite of perfect. Where God is, sin cannot be. Therefore, if we are still in our sin when we die in our physical self, then we must go to the place of eternal death. But, if we accept the gift of life presented by Christ for us and die to ourselves then we are resurrected in our spirit by the Spirit. Now when we die, we go to the place of eternal life because our spirit, our soul has already been resurrected from the dead and is alive forevermore. There is only one problem, sin must be dealt with.
How exactly does that happen? The way I understand it is like this. A ledger of our life is kept in some sacred place up above. Upon our death, we must pay the debt we owe. We cannot pay it ourselves. Jesus paid the debt for us. The old hymn sings, “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” If we accept Christ, a flat rubber stamp is dipped into an inkpad and our ledger is stamped. The inkpad is no ordinary one. Rather than ink, it is Jesus’ blood. Now when God looks at our ledger, He sees only the blood. Our debt is wiped away, blotted out, paid in full.
God invites everyone to call upon Christ for forgiveness. We all have opportunity to confess Him. Not everyone does though. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and it is a broad road.
Have you given your life to Christ? If you have, you know the inner sense of peace that floods your soul. You have experienced the burden easing feeling of the weight of your sins being lifted from you. If not, you should. There is no other true happiness nor blessedness save the kind that comes from God. Accept it. Believe it. Live it.

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