Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Psalms 103:2 KJV
There are so many benefits that God the Father has provided for the believer thru Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour and Friend. That’s right Friend!!! Whether you know it or not or realize it or not Poppa is not just your Father but your Friend. It’s a great thing to have a good relationship with your earthly father and if that relationship stays intact and matures one day you will be able to not only call your father, father but also friend. The same thing applies and even more to our Heavenly Daddy. However this closeness comes purely out of the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ and relationship.
And so the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” And so he was called God’s friend. James 2:23 International Standard Version
To be called the friend of God is a high calling. You are called a son of God as well and both of these are BENEFITS. I want you to take a moment and think about all the things you do with close friends. All the private, trusting conversations. All the admissions of faults with out concern of judgement. Think about all the laughter and sharing and caring. That is how your relationship is to be with God the Father, The Lord Jesus and The precious Holy Spirit. They are all precious and are all One. Jesus calls us friend.
“No longer do I call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master does, but I have called you my friends, because all that I have heard from my Father, I have taught you.” John 15:15 Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Jesus calls us His friends and He tells us what He has done and is doing. The Father, Jesus and The Holy Spirit should be at the top of our list of friends. Many times you may come to your human friend and tell them of a problem you may have be it health or financial or otherwise. And in many cases the friend cannot help. But Jesus can and has already. This is great!! Look at another great benefit provided to us.
Blessed is The God and The Father of our Lord Yeshua The Messiah, he who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings in Heaven in The Messiah. Ephesians 1:3 Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Don’t let the word spiritual in that scripture throw you off. It does not mean intangible blessing. It means ‘every blessing emanating from the Spirit.” Do you realize that your body emanated from the Spirit. The very air we breathe emanates from the Spirit. Everything good we see emanates from the Spirit. These are blessings and benefits from God the Father. See Poppa as your personal best friend. See Jesus as your personal best friend. See the Holy Spirit as your personal best friend. When you do even more benefits will come to light in your heart and mind.
All the ‘blessed’ to you! Shalom!!!