You Are Declared Blessed!

"Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the post of my doors" (Proverbs 8:34) KJV.

As I moveforward in God's plan for my life, I want to shareGod's wisdom and instruction that He gave me to remain connected! That is, to stay connected to His presence and be in divine alignment with His will.

To recap, I allowed a new, demanding job to slowly distract me and fall out of balance with my relationship with the Father and His Son, Jesus. But, thanks be to God for His mercy and loving-kindness forsnatching me out of disobedience throughloving discipline and correction, that I may understand my errors and change my direction (repentance).

Success is defined differently for many people. Some consider success as the acquisition of wealth and prosperity. Others often identify success as reaching a desired goal or aspiration. Many books have been written about it; but I marveled at what I believe God was showing me in scripture as a plan for success. When I opened my bible, my eyes fell upon these words:

"Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the post of my doors" (Proverbs 8:34) KJV.

While I read this passage, a number of words jumped off the pages and grabbed my attention for deeper consideration.

Blessed.

Blessed is defined in Strong'sHebrewas "to be straight, level, right, and happy". In further examination of this definition, I concluded that "blessed" is an empowerment to succeed. The ability to move ahead having the right perspective and focus. It caused me to remember parts of a sermon that I listened to at one time. "Success is doing the rightthingsat the righttime, for a consistent, period of time". Notice inthe above scripture the writer emphasizes the result that is gained by a series of action itemstofollow.

Heareth me.

Immediately, I recalled the scripture "So then faithcomethby hearing, and hearing by the word of God"Romans 10:17(KJV). In order to hear God, one must read and study the Word of God. I would even extend the meaning to reading the Word of God out loud. Reading the scriptures out loud will surely get the word into our hearing and into our hearts,literally. In doing so, faith is activated by the daily dose of spiritual food found only in God's Word.

The next action item to follow on the path to success is "watching daily at my gates". A watch is also known as a prayer watch. It is a set time dedicated topray. To watch means "to keep awake; remain vigilant". According to Mark 13:33-37, Jesus is teaching his disciples about the signs of the end of the age while he was at the Mount of Olives. He continues to admonish them to be alert and on guard as the close of the age draws near.

"Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when theappointedtime will come. “It islike a man away on a journey,whoupon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge,assigningto each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert. “Therefore, be on the alert - for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning - in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. “What I say to you I say to all, 'Be on the alert!'”

Daily prayer is essentially communicating with God. In the exchange, onebecomes familiar with the way Godspeaks and confident of His interventionin circumstances by apersonal invitation done through prayer. While this daily dialogue is taking place, a person positions themselves to receive heaven's mandates and uses their heavenly authority to decree and declare them into the earth (Matthew 6: 9-14).

Lastly, a person is given an instruction to wait. During the prayer watch once the dialogue is over, waiting in God's presence is a indication that a person is waiting fora response. We are waiting for His response. In eager anticipation, a person is making themselves available to hear, listen and obey God's response to the dialogue. Whatever it may be. This demonstrates our dependence on Him. Neither is a person in a rush to exit His presence.Our obedient nature comes into divine alignment by submitting to His way of doing things and being right if we learn to just wait in the presence of the Lord.

I believe this is God's counsel for success!

If we follow these instructions, God declares that we are BLESSED!!!

 Kristen Gray
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John Knox+

Well said - keep blogging in this vien.

wmj

joyce+

All to often I fear we rush into God's presence and rush off out again, and then we wonder why we don't hear His voice.

Thoroughly enjoyed this.

Barbra Lambert

This is a wonderful lesson you've shared with us. I enjoyed reading it very much.

Thank you, Kristen.