I write in my pondering journal about once a year. I have higher hopes for more frequent deep pondering, but an annual pace is just where I’m at. This year’s topic is a very big and important revelation for me so I’m announcing it to the World Wide Web.
Backstory: I am in two separate Bible studies currently. One on Mark and one on Luke. This is a wonderful and fascinating way to study the life of Jesus if you’re wondering. Here is my discovery…
Luke 7:23 “Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” (Jesus)
Blessed= when God is present and involved in one’s life…
The hand of God is at work directing divine purpose, or blessing, in all the affairs of the one who doesn’t let the perceived activity or inactivity of Christ trap him or make him stumble. (Beth Moore, Jesus the One and Only)
Or..God is present to me in my life whenever I am not doubting Him. (Whenever I believe He is). (Me)
Mark 3:28-29 “Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” (Jesus)
Sin= missing the mark God sets for us.
Here that passage is again, in the Message translation:
“There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven. But if you persist in your slanders against God’s Holy Spirit, you are repudiating (turning your back on/not believing) the very One who forgives, sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives.” (Jesus)
As long as people say that the goodness of God is the evil of Satan, they will not come to God, repent (turn back to face God) and receive God’s forgiveness. They cut themselves off from God. (QPlace Study Guide: Discover Jesus) (my italics)
So, becoming separated from God, or unblessed, happens through our own rejection of His forgiveness. Because God’s purpose in Jesus was to give us an unconditional forgiveness we could believe in, rejecting Jesus is missing the mark God has set for us. Therefore being unblessed (or without God’s presence) is primarily a matter of belief, or disbelief as the case may be. Believe you are forgiven and there you will find God.