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IN TOUCH WITH GOD    by Edward Heppenstall

Good Success NOVEMBER 9


The Lord bless thee . . . : the Lord make his face shine upon thee. . . . The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Num. 6:24-26.

This blessing upon God's people has three parts, each of which begins with the name of the Lord. It is believed by many that the three parts correspond to the three Persons of the Godhead in their work of redemption. The blessing is remarkable in its beauty and desire for the fulfillment and happiness of God's children.

"The Lord bless thee"—how important it is to have this. God loves us, cares for us, watches over us, orders and directs our lives, so that whatever befalls us here, we know "that all things work together for good to them that love God" (Rom. 5:28). God's blessing comes first because it gives meaning and fulfillment to the whole of life.

The blessings of the world are deceptive and illusory. God can never be superseded or excelled because He is infinite and everlasting in His love, wisdom, truth, and goodness. We cannot rest happy with what the world offers. The blessing of God alone is sufficient.

Let us make sure that we have God's blessing on all we are and do. This means we are to have God's favor, that, living close to God, we might discover and realize the fulfillment of our capacities here and now. What God blesses is bound to succeed. What He curses is bound to fail. How important it is to have God's blessing upon our marriage, home, children, work, business.

The blessing of God causes us to triumph in life. He puts no straightjacket upon us. He represses no possibility and potentiality we have. There is something great about the man who is blessed of God. We begin and continue with God's favor if we are to do anything in life that is truly worthwhile.

The blessing of God is guaranteed to make a difference in our everyday living. Some people have the idea that sin is exciting. They are quite mistaken. To step out every morning knowing that God has blessed us for this day is something to get enthusiastic about.

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