I have a secret in how we crack open the irrevocable blessing in our lives. In my last two posts I showed how we set ourselves up to receive the blessing of God. Essentially it is to live by the Will of God. Those who live in the Will of God are considered Christ’s family, His mother, sister, and brother as He says (Matthew 12:48-50). The Will of God is the qualifier to being in the family of God. I also showed that this family member can only be blessed, even in the worst situations. Blessing will follow, practically chase down, the one in the Will of God. This is such good news.
How Did Joseph Living in the Blessing?
Today I want to share a key element to accessing that blessing. Here’s a question, how did Joseph flourish in the withering hot winds of constant hatred? I believe it is because he honored God and remained grateful even in the fire. Nothing provides more healing than enthroning God in our attitudes. Sure a consolatory hug is great, but the thing that lasts is where I direct my soul’s focus. Joseph pointed his soul in the direction of the Lord over ALL. He had to be a grateful man, even though we can’t read his self-talk. How can I prove this? Through what he named his sons. Odd place to receive this revelation but also perfect. Perfect because what more reveals my inner heart’s focus than what I name the children of my legacy.
Joseph named his children with names that honored God and expressed his gratitude. A lasting monument to his living value. You don’t name your kids, Regret and Bitterness, if you wish to honor God. No, you would name them with a name that reveres God’s choices and celebrates His blessings. This is exactly what Joseph did. Joseph named his firstborn son Manasseh, “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” He named the second son Ephraim, “For,” he said, “God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”(Genesis 41:49-52)
You see, Joseph left us all a legacy and an inheritance. We each can become rich from the gleanings of his life. The names of Joseph’s sons became an epitaph as well as a celebratory honoring to all who would follow his way. This way is gratitude. No other conclusion could be made about this man’s life. He was thankful, and in his thankfulness he was made rich and flourished under the blessing of divine favor. If he had turned to become a bitter or resentful man he would have robbed himself of every blessing. His gratitude opened wide his life to receive.
In the same way, when I remain thankful to God for everything in my life, I pass beyond the circumstance and enter the blessing. Thanks and gratitude usher me into the fruit of living blessed. If I reluctantly or resentfully do the will of God, I hack at the joy and blessing I am to receive. But if I honor God with my thanks, even if I don’t understand in the moment, I fling open the mighty doors of irrevocable blessing. All situations will bless me, when I remain in gratitude.
Beyond the Pain: Thanks and Gratitude
Does this mean I don’t feel my pain or express the gamut of emotions we all can feel in the moment? No! Being grateful doesn’t kill my heart and emotions, it just enthrones God with my choice to trust Him through and in any situation. My thanks to God lifts my eyes to see Him Who is greater than any and all circumstance. Thanks is a proclaiming that Jesus Christ is Lord beyond my understanding or feelings. It is affixing our loyalty and attention on the One in control.
Let joy be your continual feast. Make your life a prayer. And in the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 TPT
At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
Ephesians 5:20 AMPC