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Blessing God

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The common greeting amongst Christians is, “God bless you,” so common that in some circles it is the response to another person’s sneeze.

Now what has just happened every time you say, “God bless you,” especially you who have listened to Jesus and know that His words are true and the truth, and that He has said, “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him”?  What has happened is that you have spoken words that make God work… that is, now God has to do something to bless that person and that being the case, you have not given rest to God but just more work.  It’s not that God objects to working… indeed, as Jesus has told us, “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”

The question to be asked is this:  Is the Father always working because He enjoys it or because He has to as there is no one else to help Him?  Before you answer, consider these two scriptures: “I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with Me.  I trampled them in My anger and trod them down in My wrath; their blood spattered My garments, and I stained all My clothing.  For the day of vengeance was in My heart, and the year of My redemption has come.  I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so My own arm worked salvation for Me, and My own wrath sustained Me.”

Does that sound like the words of Someone who is enjoying what He has to do or rather, of Someone who is doing what He has to do?  And if the latter is the case, then God deserves rest.  Now consider this:  By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested (ceased) from all His work.  And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done.

Unfortunately, due to our sin God had to rouse Himself from His rest and begin the work of salvation until Jesus finished it on the cross so that now the Father and the Son can rest from the works of creation and salvation.  Does that mean that God’s work has finished?  Not at all, for He has come as the Holy Spirit to continue His work, the work that began as soon as salvation was finished, the work for which Jesus spent 40 days on Earth after His resurrection to teach His disciples about – the work of conviction.

About the Holy Spirit Jesus said, “When He comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment…” That work of conviction of the world of guilt is only possible for the Holy Spirit because of the work of Jesus, for as Jesus has said, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. … If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin.”

As surely as it was the work of creation by the Father that gave Jesus the need to do the work of salvation from sin, so the work of Jesus – His preaching and His actions – gave the Holy Spirit the opportunity to do the work of conviction of the guilt of sin.  Now see that the work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit arose because of sin, our sin.  As such, it is only right that we who caused the trouble now be the ones who also give Them rest, and more than rest.

Since it was the word that generated the desire that led to the action in the case of Eve who added to God’s word, saying, “…but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die,’ “ after which when she saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom it led her to take some and eat it.  So likewise, the undoing of the work generated by our sins begins with saying the word and seeing the desirability of the effect of the word and then putting it into action.

Thus to begin to change what we say to God is the beginning of our true repentance of our relationship with God, and that maturity cannot begin until you, as His child, begin to change what you say to Him.  As long as you have the mindset of God blessing you as He created and saved you, then you are always like a child making work for the parent.

It is when you begin by simply saying, “Bless You, God,” that the true change can begin and so you have gone from a child who generates work to a son who gives rest.  For the very same law of faith, which is applied to speech, will now begin to create blessings for God as surely as the earlier words, “God bless you,” created work for Him.

So you see, elect, it is not at all impossible to give God rest so that it is true that with God nothing is impossible.  For one who is mindful of the welfare and wellbeing of God can do the impossible and that is, to give God rest by saying, “Bless You, God,” and then having said it, seeing the desirability and the wisdom of being the one who blesses God rather than being the one whom God blesses.

As it is so often said, “Blessed to be a blessing,” so then, elect, take it to its mature level and say, “Blessed to be a blessing to God.”

Since God the Father is resting from His work of creation and God the Son is resting from His work of salvation, then it is only the Holy Spirit who is still working to this day doing His work of conviction… convicting “…the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in Me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see Me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.”

So then let us begin our work of giving the Holy Spirit His rest… which is the work Jesus gave the disciples in His commands as He taught them after the resurrection.  For the preaching of the gospel about Jesus and the Kingdom of God allows the Holy Spirit to convict and expose the guilt of the world of sin as what Jesus said and did are made known to sinners.  For it was, as I said earlier, the words and works of Jesus that made known and exposed our guilt of sin.  Thus that preaching of the word and the doing of the same things that Jesus has been doing by the disciples allows the Holy Spirit to convict those who have heard the gospel and seen the gospel of the guilt of sin, and it is the severity of the conviction of guilt that causes a sinner to repent.  That is why the failure of disciples to preach the word of Jesus and to display the word of Jesus with signs and wonders have led to many who believe, but few who truly repent.  Like the disciples who believed, praised and worshipped Jesus time and again, but never repented of their disobedience to His command and so never changed in their relationship with Jesus… likewise we have so often believed so that we might be saved, and having been saved we may praise and worship God in order that God continues to bless us.  But the refusal by us to listen to Jesus and to see His actions to do things His way has meant that the conviction of the Holy Spirit upon us with regards to our guilt of sin and the exposition of our guilt of sin is absent.  For what sin did Jesus die to take away, as John the Baptist said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”? And what sin does the Holy Spirit convict us of?  Is it not the sin (singular) of our forsaking of our relationship with God that began with our disobedience in the garden?  That is the sin (singular) that has led to the other sins – envy, murder, lying, incest, sexual immorality, wickedness and so on.  Can you see that the first four – envy, murder, lying and incest – are the four sins of Cain that came from Adam’s sin of forsaking God?

It is the presence of the Holy Spirit to convict with regards to sin that we ourselves repent, and as we repent so will others, and be reminded it is the repentance of one sinner that causes rejoicing in the presence of the angels in Heaven as Jesus said, “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

When you are blessed, do you not rejoice?  Then in the same way, if God were blessed, would He not rejoice?  And what causes God to rejoice even in the presence of His angels?  When a sinner repents, which happens when the Holy Spirit is able to convict because the gospel has been preached and lived before sinners.  So then even the church must repent for not preaching the word of Jesus, but rather, has substituted them with words of men.  Indeed, when we, the church, allow the Holy Spirit to convict us not so much of sin but of righteousness – because we have not upheld the righteousness of Jesus above that of even Moses when we allowed James the Younger to lead us away from the words of Jesus – then the Father and the Son can rejoice.  Again it is not repentance that is produced when we allow the Holy Spirit to remind us of what Jesus said instead of shutting Him out because we are too busy listening to men who seem to be important and we are too busy listening to each other.  Again the sin is the same… as Adam broke fellowship with God and chose to listen to Eve and as Israel broke fellowship with God and chose to listen to Moses instead of God speaking directly to them and later went after demons instead… so the disciples and believers finally broke relationship and listened to James the Younger and each other, just as they listened to someone suggest they should go to Capernaum instead of Bethsaida so long ago on the windy shores of Galilee when they had finished gathering up the 12 basketfuls of leftovers from the bread and fish that had multiplied from the little boy’s offering.

It is when we permit the Holy Spirit to convict us of the righteousness of Jesus who now sits at the right hand of the Father that the proof of that conviction can flow as a fruit of our repentance of unrighteousness with Jesus.  The sign of which is when we who believe and have faith in Jesus can do and are doing the things that He has been doing and even the greater things because He is at the right hand of the Father.

It is when the gospel is preached and lived such that the Holy Spirit can convict sinners to repentance from sin; it is when we so believe Jesus that we know He is alive at the right hand of the Father such that the Holy Spirit can convict believers to repentance from unrighteousness (for it is not righteous that we substitute the words and works of Jesus with the words and works of mere men even if they are His half-brother) that the Holy Spirit can convict Satan with regards to his judgment, so that Satan is ever reminded he “…now stands condemned.” A conviction that would be so severe that it would provoke him to desperation, for the action of a prisoner on parole is very different to the action of a condemned prisoner facing his execution.

It is our inability to mature, to obey, to believe and to repent when we must that has made the Holy Spirit’s work so much more prolonged for Him, and Satan has been able to run around free in this world like an escaped prisoner enjoying his ill-gotten freedom instead of suffering under the desperation of a condemned prisoner approaching the date of his execution.

So then, elect, can a mere change in the order of these three words make a difference to God?  Just listen and see… you can say, “God bless you,” and you have created work for God; you can say, “Bless You, God,” and you have created a blessing for God; and you can say, “You bless God,” and you have created work by which God will be blessed.  Do you hear?  Can you see?

As such, giving God rest is not at all hard or difficult, it only needs a change in the way you speak to God and that change is the beginning of repentance!  Then it is when we choose to speak and live the gospel of Jesus that permits the Holy Spirit to do His work of conviction, and if the Holy Spirit can work, then He is on His way to finishing His work and He too will rest soon.

Thus, elect, you are in a position to usher in the time when the Holy Spirit also can have His rest from convicting, like the Father rests from creating and the Lord Jesus rests from saving.  And all this can happened if you simply take these three little words, “God bless you,” and change the order in which you say it.  You bless God when you say, “Bless You, God.”  Three little words that can change even the life of God all because you chose to heed these three words, “Listen to Him.”

God is blessed regardless of what we do or say, for He is God.  But consider this:  If God will honour the one who honours Him, what will be done to the one who blesses Him?  Selah.

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