ARISE SHINE AND BE A BLESSING!
“Blessing” in the Hebrew is the word “Bĕrakah”
· To invoke God for something good
· A Present or a Gift that is Divinely bestowed
· Benediction of the favor of God the result of which is prosperity and good of every kind.
I AM A Berakah
I AM A BLESSING
ARISE, SHINE & BE A BLESSING!
Jesus is our greatest example of one who demonstrated and teaches us how to be a blessing by His standards.
MATTHEW 5:40-48 ISV
40 If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go two with him. 42 Give to the person who asks you for something, and do not turn away from the person who wants to borrow something from you.”
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You must love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you will become children of your Father in heaven, because he makes his sun rise on both evil and good people, and he lets rain fall on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Even the tax collectors do the same, don’t they? 47 And if you greet only your relatives, that’s no great thing you’re doing, is it? Even the unbelievers do the same, don’t they? 48 So be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
PERFECT: TELEIOS in the Greek
Meaning: complete, full age, mature, finished, wanting nothing necessary to completeness,
Our perfection (teleios) is complete when we mature and become like Him.
Ephesians 4:13 NLT
This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and .
Matthew 25:31-46NIV31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Psalm 367-9NIV7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
James 1:27 APBE For pure and holy ministry before God The Father is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their affliction, and for a man to keep his soul without defilement from the world.
Galatians 2:10 ISV The only thing they asked us to do was to remember the destitute, the very thing I was eager to do.
The good eye teaching of Jesus
· What did Jesus mean by this teaching about an evil eye?
Luke 11:34 WEB
The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore when your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is full of darkness.
When your eye is good, you have the vision and biblical perspective: A good eye is a generous eye. An evil eye is a stingy eye that withholds good and blessing.
Proverbs 11:25 ESV
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
Enriched: prosperous, to become fat, anointed with fatness, satiated abundantly
The root of the word is fertility
Proverbs 22:9 NKJVHe who has a generous eye will be blessed,
For he gives of his bread to the poor.
Generous: towb (Good)
Luke 6:38 AMP38 Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over [with no space left for more]. For with the standard of measurement you use [when you do good to others], it will be measured to you in return.”
Ephesians 6:8 NLV 8 Remember this, whatever good thing you do, the Lord will pay you for it. It is the same to the Lord if you are a servant owned by someone or if you work for pay.
“What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you!”
ISAIAH 60:1-4 LB Arise, my people! Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the Lord is streaming from you. 2 Darkness as black as night shall cover all the peoples of the earth, but the glory of the Lord will shine from you. 3 All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see the glory of the Lord upon you. 4 Lift up your eyes and see! For your sons and daughters are coming home to you from distant lands.
· ARISE AND SHINE AND BE A BLESSING
· ARISE MY PEOPLE! LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!