“From this day on I will bless you.” (Haggai 2:19)
I remember the day I received my high school diploma. Graduating from high school was definitely a memorable day, with all my friends. I had obtained the first diploma, which allowed me the privilege to pursue another…and I did. Finally the day came, after four more years (well, to be more precise, three years and nine months), I completed my college studies and received an undergraduate degree. This was another notch in my academic belt.
Sensing a call to ministry, I headed to seminary and began a theological path of study which would forever change my life. After several more years, I received a Master’s degree and then finally earned a Doctorate. I remember each of those days, and each of those ceremonies, where I put on a different robe, marched down a different aisle and walked across another stage to receive a new diploma. After receiving each degree, the following days felt like a brand new beginning.
The same is true for us as children of God. There was a time when you did not know Christ. Dead in sin and an object of God’s wrath, you were remarkably forgiven when you repented and committed your life to Christ. Now, as a follower of Jesus Christ, you began a new day, with a new beginning. Once lost, you are now saved. Once without a clue, your eyes are now open. Formerly blind to what God was doing in the world, you are now quite aware of His plan for humanity and you want to assist in bringing about His Kingdom on earth. Most of all, you stand in the place of blessing.
The place of blessing is more than a birthday party where you receive gifts from those who attend your celebration. The place of blessing carries with it the Hand of God upon you for purpose and action. He desires that you represent Him to a world that desperately needs to acknowledge Him and bow before Him. This is a new day the Lord has given you to not only receive His blessings, but also to pass them along to others. Remember this day as one unlike any day you have ever experienced. Live and love with His power and anointing on your life from this day forward!