How To Be Blessed
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
The Greek word for salvation is “soteria”. It means more than being saved from hell when you die, as wonderful as that is. The word encompasses a complete deliverance from the curse of sin and includes everything we need for life and godliness; everything we need to be whole, including physical and emotional blessings. Salvation provides forgiveness for our sins, health for our bodies, peace for our minds, and provision for our physical well-being.
These blessings are available to everyone who believes the Gospel. According to the passage quoted, the Gospel is “the power” of God that produces salvation and blessings. And believing the Gospel is the means by which every curse is overcome in our lives and the blessings of God begin to manifest abundantly.
What is the Gospel? Unfortunately, so many who think they are preaching the Gospel are not. But if believing it will generate the power of God in my life to destroy every expression of the curse and release God’s blessings and favor upon me, then it is imperative that I know and believe this Gospel. I cannot afford to be careless with something so valuable to me.
We know the word, Gospel, means good news. So the Gospel is good news! But about what? About God’s gift of righteousness!
Notice what the verses state. “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed.” The Gospel, therefore, is the revelation of how God makes sinners righteous in His sight. And what makes it good news is that it reveals that God was in Christ reconciling us to himself, no longer charging us with our sins. In the Gospel, we discover that through Jesus’ finished work on the cross, we are forgiven people and we now have perfect standing before God, apart from our performance, through faith in His Son.
This truth, that we have been given perfect standing before God, as perfect as Jesus Himself, since He has become our righteousness, is the power of God that releases God’s favor and blessings upon us. When we believe the good news that God sees us as perfectly righteous, holy, and blameless, in spite of our imperfect performance, every obstacle in God’s way to bless us is removed. The Holy Spirit begins to manifest His power freely and we start walking in unmerited favor and undeserved blessings.
Take your eyes off yourself, my friend. If you are trusting in Jesus, then know that God has made Him your righteousness. See yourself as perfectly righteous by grace through faith. Stop looking at your performance. No longer look to self-effort to be righteous. Place your faith completely in God’s gift of righteousness.
If you will believe the Gospel, receive and acknowledge God’s righteousness in your life moment by moment, and stop disqualifying yourself from favor based on your imperfect performance, you will activate the power of God in your behalf. You will see more and more of the blessings God bestows upon the righteous bestowed upon you in abundance. (2 Cor. 5:21)