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*The Blessing of God*
*Takes you*
*From Success to Significance*
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*8~/14~/2004** and **8~/15~/2004*
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*Review and Introduction*
Several weeks ago I talked about going from survival to success to significance.
We defined success as;
*/                   A tool but success isn’t the end./*
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-The dictionary defines success as; */favorable or desired outcome; also : the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence*[1]* /*
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*/It is reaching goals and getting to the place where you have options in life.
Choices and decisions made when you reach goals./*
*/More money brings choices./*
Then we talked about significance;
*True vision lights the way beyond success to eternal purpose.*
-The dictionary says significant means; */having meaning/*;
*/“Moving from success to significance means understanding that everyone must benefit from your vision.”/*
(Full Steam Ahead)
*/John Maxwell: “Success is when I add value to myself.
Significance is when I add value to others./*
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*Find something worth dying for and then live for it!-PT
-Today I want to build on that some more.
-/God’s blessing is what takes you from Success to Significance but you have to be in position to receive that./
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*1.           **What is the Blessing?*
-We say God bless you and bless our food.
*1385* II.
בָּרַךְ (*barak**)*: v.; ≡ Str 1288; TWOT 285—*1.*
LN 33.470-33.475
(piel) *bless another*, commend, i.e., speak words invoking divine favor, with the intent that the object will have favorable circumstances or state at a future time[2]
thank for greatness~/goodness, i.e., speak words of the excellence of an object[3]
*ε**ὐ**λογέω* *eulogeō*; from /2095/ and /3056; to speak well of, praise/:— bless(9), blessed(25), blessing(3), giving a blessing(1), praise(1), praising(1), surely~*(1).
*ε**ὐ**λογητός* *eulogētos*; from /2127; well spoken of,/ i.e. /blessed/:— blessed(8).
*ε**ὐ**λογία* *eulogia*; from the same as /2127; praise, blessing/:— blessing(11), bountiful gift(2), bountifully(2), flattering speech(1).
*Webster’s: bless•ing* /noun/
(before 12th century) *1 a* *: *the act or words of one that blesses *b* *: *approval, encouragement
*2* *: *a thing conducive to happiness or welfare[5]
-That is all good but unless we place it in the context of Scripture we don’t get the whole picture.
Genesis 12
*/The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
*[6]* /*
(Abraham received a blessing of something from God.)
Proverbs 10
*/22 /**/The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.
*[7]* /*
(Abraham had something on him that even his neighbors recognized.
He became very wealthy and powerful.)
-*Jacob* and *Esau* both wanted it.
They saw it as something that could be passed on.
Galatians 3
*/13 /**/Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
f 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
(This Scripture says it is the promise of the Spirit.
I want the power and presence of the Holy Spirit on me, do you?)
Hebrews 11
*/20 /**/By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
*/21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
*/*[9]*/**/ /*
-My definition of /God’s blessing/:
*/A deposit of Divine grace in your life.
It is an unexplainable, undeniable release of God’s favor and help into a person or church.
It is God’s purpose, presence and power being released for a reason.
It is the vehicle for a positive and fulfilling future./*
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-I want to close with an example of someone who went from success to significance because of God’s blessing.
-We are going to look at Abraham’s grandson and Isaac’s son Jacob.
*Background for Jacob*
·       *Jacob and Esau were twins.
Their mother Rebekah had them and they jostled in the womb.
Jacob came out holding on to Esau’s heel.
He was a striver from his birth.*
·       *At a certain time Jacob enticed his brother to sell him his birthright.
(A birthright is the privilege of the eldest son.
He takes the place of the father as leader and inherits a double portion.)*
·       *When Isaac was old he wanted to bless his son Esau and Jacob tricked him again.
He received the blessing from his father who thought he was blessing Esau.
(They thought it was something worth having.)*
·       *Jacob has to run away to his relatives where Rebekah came from.*
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*-If there is anything you can say about Jacob; he was a trickster.*
*-He worked hard and did it his way.
He was always working a deal and climbing the ladder.*
*-You might say he was consumed by success.*
*-He was driven to be somebody and prove that he was worthy.
*-With Jacob’s best efforts and 20 years he became wealthy and outwardly successful.
He had left some bodies along the trail like his brother and father-in-law.*
*-He even tried to work a deal with God.
He stopped for the night on his way fleeing from Esau and had a dream.*
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Genesis 28
*/10 /**/Jacob left /**/Beersheba/**/ and set out for /**/Haran/**/.
11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set.
Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.
12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway a resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
13 There above it b stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac.
I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.
14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south.
All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.
15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land.
I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
*/16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”
17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place!
This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
*/18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.
19 He called that place /**/Bethel/**/, /*(house of God)*/ c/**/ though the city used to be called Luz. /*
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