Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:6–11
A. There are some things that simply defy human comprehension.
B. Sometimes I think we have no idea how greatly God can bless us (2 Kings 7:2) or how greatly He wants to bless us (Haggai 2:15–19).
I. How often do we resist the changes that bring great blessings?
A. If the option had been yours, would have chosen to be born into this world (Job 10:18–19; Jeremiah 20:14–18)?
B. If you could choose at any moment between life and death, when would you die (Philippians 1:21–24; 2 Corinthians 5:1–8)?
C. There is a certain amount of fear involved in putting off the old man of sin (Romans 6:6; Ephesians 4:22).
II. God often blesses His people in ways they couldn’t imagine.
A. He blessed Israel with the land of Canaan (Exodus 14:12).
B. He blessed them also with His Word (Romans 3:1–2).
C. He blessed them ultimately with the coming of the Christ (Romans 9:1–5).
III. We can prevent God from blessing us.
A. The prophets rebuked Israel for this very thing (Judges 2:1–3; Isaiah 63:7–10; Malachi 2:2; 3:10–12).
B. Jesus and the apostles rebuked Israel for this also (Matthew 23:37–38; Acts 13:46).
C. We must make sure that we do not prevent this mistake for ourselves (Hebrews 4:11).
If you are willing to surrender yourself completely to Him today, you cannot imagine the ways in which God will bless you.