BY DORAL PULLEY
The Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7, Jesus gives an explanation of what Kingdom life is all about. In Matthew 5:1-12, which are traditionally referred to as the Beattitudes, Jesus used the word, blessed, 9 times. He begins each statement saying, “Blessed are the…”
Blessed was a buzzword that spread quickly in the church culture. Blessed was the normal response that was given when church people were asked how they were doing. Instead of telling others how they actually felt, they said, “blessed.” Some even took it a step further and gave the angelic greeting to Mary, which is “blessed and highly favored (Luke 1:28).” Blessed also became the common closing salutation at the end of a conversation even among non-church goers. Everybody was saying, “Have a blessed day.” Do we really understand what we are saying when we say that we are blessed?
Blessed is not an adjective to describe a feeling; blessed is a state of being. We are all blessed because we are the children of God who are made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-28). When we realize our oneness with God and our good, we realize how blessed we really are (Romans 8:31-39).
Blessed is not an action that we are waiting for God to perform. We are not waiting on God to bless us. We are already blessed. Blessed is the state of our being. The fact that we have breath in our bodies is evidence that we are already blessed (Acts 17:28). Every day that we wake up, we are blessed (Lamentations 3:22-23).
I affirm every day that I AM blessed. Join me in this daily affirmation and watch your life change. I AM blessed. There is no separation between me and God (John 10:30). I AM blessed. There is no separation between me and my good (Psalms 84:11).