The Lord blesses each nation that worships only him. He blesses his chosen ones.
– Psalms 33:12 CEV
On 1st October 2015, our brethren all over Nigeria celebrated their independence from the British rule. This would be the right time to talk about how to experience blessings as a nation.
The above scriptures did not say “God blessed the nation….”, it said ” God blesses each nation… “, it would have made a different meaning if we translate it wrongly. The Psalmist declared that God blesses each nation not minding whether it is Jewish or not. But then, that nation must be a nation that worship him. God blesses his chosen ones! They must not be from the Jewish tribe.
More interestingly, God has programmed his people to have a different experience of life! If we want a better Country, we must be keen to bring the citizens into the fold that sees life differently. God does not wait for the entire country to worship him before blessing the nation, he actually make his worshippers experience his blessings even in a country where others are failing! So, to a Christian, a nation is blessed and to an unbeliever, they are always full of complaints! God treats his people as a nation; Peter wrote:
“But you are a CHOSEN people, a royal priesthood, a HOLY NATION, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
The Psalmist talked about nation and the chosen! The blessings of a nation belongs only to God’s people in that nation! Even if the nation is not Holy, the Christians there represents the Holy version of that nation! America is a country of diverse beliefs, even the President may have doubts concerning God! But there is a holy version of America, that Holy version is the general assembly of Christians there and because of that, all blessings meant for America becomes theirs. God has blessed the entire earth, every country has a blessing attached to it. God declared
“Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.” Isaiah 19:25
You see, Egypt is blessed and that blessing is meant for only God’s people. Why? The blessing is only compatible with them! Do you know why many Christians does not feel blessed? Because they never knew they are blessed. What you don’t know cannot work for you and what you don’t believe cannot be operational in your life. Concerning the ignorant God said
“…my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge”. Hosea 4:6
The blessings of God comes in diverse ways! Many Christians are declaring that their country is a failed nation and that is why they cannot experience a blessed nation because the tongue has power! What you say is what you get! It does not matter what you see, always make good confessions concerning a nation!
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”. – Proverbs 18:21
What do I mean by today’s devotional? Every Christian in Australia is God’s Chosen people there, they are the HOLY Australians and all the blessings of the nation is meant to be functional in their lives! But if they continue to complain on how bad the continent is, they will continue to live like every other person! That is why Christians are duty-bound to pray for all people and those in authority
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority….” 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Finally, Christians must continue reaching out to unbelievers. So that the kingdom can be expanded. Others need to join the Holy nations so that the entire world can continue to get better. Even when persecuted, we must continue to stand firm and declare that our country is better! Don’t measure your blessings by wealth, measure it by God’s word. As long as God said it, believe it and walk in it.
Happy Independence Anniversary to all Nigerians.
I PRAY FOR YOU: You shall experience God’s blessings in your country. It doesn’t matter what your country is, you shall experience joy and peace! You’re the Holy version of your country, the blessings meant for that country will manifest in you! It doesn’t matter who the President or Prime minister is, you shall be lifted up when others cry casting down! Amen!
PRAY: for unbelievers, that they can believe and join the assembly of blessed generation. Pray for peace in Nigeria, that the operations of Boko Haram cannot distract Christians from the Northern part of the country. Pray for the leaders of your country.