The Bible is filled with scriptures on blessing and favor. I have tried to put together a balanced list of Bible verses about blessings that hopefully will truly be a blessing to you and show you that there is much more to the blessings of God than financial prosperity or material gain.
In first 3 John 2 says
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
The key to the abundant life is not focusing on financial prosperity. The key to the abundant life is soul care. The soul is defined as the mind, will, and emotions. None of those things have anything to do with money and material gain.
So take a moment and learn how God has blessed us in every aspect of life with this list of God's blessings.
3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4 God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth.
6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they will be satisfied.
7 God blesses those who are merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God.
9 God blesses those who work for peace,
for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
You cannot take care of your soul, if you do not understand the spiritual blessings that God has bestowed upon you. We are made of three parts. The spirit, the soul, and the body. Each of these are interconnected. In order to have your soul in good shape, your spirit man has to be taken care of.
God understands that since He is the one that created us. That is why the Bible is filled with promises of spiritual blessings.
They were glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since the Gentiles received the spiritual blessings of the Good News from the believers in Jerusalem, they feel the least they can do in return is to help them financially.
[ Spiritual Blessings ] All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children.
Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.
There is an old saying. "When Momma is happy, everyone is happy." There is truth to that saying. How can we be blessed if that blessing does not extend to our family and the relationships we have with them.
We can have all the money in the world but if our relationship with our spouses or our children are a mess, our lives will be miserable. This is not the abundant life Jesus talked about. God knows this and that is why He has tied the abundant life to our family life.
“May the LORD bless him!” Naomi told her daughter-in-law. “He is showing his kindness to us as well as to your dead husband. That man is one of our closest relatives, one of our family redeemers.”
Then all the people returned to their homes, and David turned and went home to bless his own family.
The Ark of the LORD remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the LORD blessed Obed-edom and his entire household.
And now, may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you have spoken, and when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign LORD, it is an eternal blessing!”
The LORD curses the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the upright.
The blessings of God means that you will find favor outside of your immediate family as well. You will find favor with your employers, friends, your neighbors and your church community.
God understands that a truly abundant life is one where we are a blessing to those around us. His favor enables us to be that blessing.
I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.
Be assured that I will send my blessing for you in the sixth year, so the land will produce a crop large enough for three years.
“Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse!
You will receive this blessing if you are careful to obey all the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.
Yes, the LORD pours down his blessings. Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.
The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
The reason God's blessings enables us to be financially prosperous is not so we can be fat cats. In fact, materialism is not considered a good thing in the scriptures.
The reason God gives us the ability to obtain wealth is that He knows we will be a good steward of His money and that we will use it for His glory not our own.
“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”
Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. 14 Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.
15 As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. 16 Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. 17 I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.
18 At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Jesus talked about the abundant life in John 10:10
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
The abundant life is not about material things. The abundant life is filled with all the goodness of God. Financial prosperity and material things are just a byproduct of the abundant life.
Ask Howard Hughes how abundant his life was having all the riches a man could possibly want yet losing his mind.
Or ask yourself how abundant your life is when you are working 2 or 3 jobs to pay for all your debt so you can live materially prosperous while you never see your spouse or your children.
This is not the abundant life. This is a life of slavery.
The thief came to steal, kill and destroy you, your family, your character, and your soul.
Maybe it is time to look at the bigger picture of what really the abundant life is.
You see, the blessings of God are much more than just being healthy, wealthy, and free of trouble. They have to do with having a rich and fulfilling life.
The New Living Translation of John 10:10 puts it this way.
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
I pray that these Bible verses about blessings set you on your own path in finding God's blessings for you!
Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.
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