TRUTH: I Got Benefits


Open Enrollment season has just concluded. It is that time of year when employees select their non-health and health insurance needs. Whether dental, vision, long-term disability, or medical coverage, those who have employers who offer insurance had to chose. As a child, I often heard people talk about jobs that had good benefits. I did not realize that was until I asked, but I truly understood when I was an adult. People will take a job that pays less for benefits that are far greater. TRUTH: I Got Benefits

Likewise, there are benefits in the spiritual realm. The benefits of surrendering one’s life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are innumerable. As I was praying with a group of men this morning, we read Psalm 3. I want to focus on those benefits I read in Psalm 3 and verse 8 as well as related verses. TRUTH: I Got Benefits

Lord, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are rising up against me.
Many are saying of my soul,
“There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah.

But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
I was crying to the Lord with my voice,
And He answered me from His holy mountainSelah.
I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me round about.

Arise, O Lordsave me, O my God!
For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek;
You have shattered the teeth of the wicked.
Salvation belongs to the Lord;
Your blessing be upon Your peopleSelah.

The benefits underlined above are tremendous. They remind me of 1 Peter 2:9-10 which says, “ But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nationa people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” TRUTH: I Got Benefits

 

Benefits (NASB)

Psalm 3:8 – Salvation belongs to the LordYour blessing be upon Your people! 

Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?

Psalm 37:39 – But the salvation of the righteous is from the LordHe is their strength in time of trouble.

Psalm 62:1 – My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation.

Isaiah 43:3 – “For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I have given Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in your place.

Isaiah 43:11 – “I, even I, am the LordAnd there is no savior besides Me.

Isaiah 46:6 – “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me

Isaiah 44:8
‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid;
Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it?
And you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me,
Or is there any other Rock?
I know of none.’”

Isaiah 45:21
“Declare and set forth your case;
Indeed, let them consult together.
Who has announced this from of old?
Who has long since declared it?
Is it not I, the Lord?
And there is no other God besides Me,
A righteous God and a Savior;
There is none except Me.

Hosea 13:4
Yet I have been the Lord your God
Since the land of Egypt;
And you were not to know any god except Me,
For there is no savior besides Me.

Jonah 2:9
But I will sacrifice to You
With the voice of thanksgiving.
That which I have vowed I will pay.
Salvation is from the Lord.”

Revelation 7:10 – and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

TRUTH: I Got Benefits as a person of God’s own possession. I belong to God. I Got Benefits because I belong to God. I am a chose race or people. Jesus tells me that in John 17:16 – “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.” The benefit coverage I purchase on my job or not just for me but also my family. Similarly, the benefits that Jesus purchased by His incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension are not for Him but His family of which I belong. Do you belong to the family of God? Have you answered the call to TRUST Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If you have, you belong to the family of God with all His benefits. TRUTH: I Got Benefits; Do You?

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