My goal is to write articles that go against the flow to pique discussion, offer a different perspective and connect some dots.
How many times have we felt the high of God's 'blessing' in our lives in some way?
It could be financial, health, relational or material. The list could go on and on. We may ride this high that we feel for a while, but then it turns to something different. All of a sudden our dependency on God is sidelined because we feel blessed in an area and we no longer need Him anymore.
Unfortunately, many fail to realize that having a form of affluence and being fortunate may not be a blessing from God after all, but rather a hindrance in their walk of faith in Him. We often hear the amens and hallelujahs that are shouted to the rooftops as many like to flaunt their so-called blessings for all to see. Often, when this happens, it is sure a tell-tale sign of walking in idolatry and that their supposed blessing did not come from their Father in heaven.
This is a paradox that we may wrestle with in our lives. As we dig deeper in the word of God, we may find something about God's people in the Tanach where they often went through the repentance → blessing → judgement cycle before God.
Think about this cycle for a second. Repentance to blessing and then judgement from God is not really a favourable outcome.
How did blessing turn in to judgement?
That depends on how we define our blessings.
Why is it that the more we perceive ourselves to be 'blessed,' the less likely we are to rely and acknowledge God?
Our supposed blessing does not draw us draw closer God, but distracts us away from him. We peacock ourselves around and say we are so blessed, but the fact is that we have fallen for the carnal worldly 'blessing' of compromise to the faith. This results in giving lip service to God, but denying Him in action and behaviour.
The seeds of false blessings propagate into the many counterfeit versions in the church system where there are many counterfeit blessings that are claimed to be from God, but they are not.
What many fail to realize is that blessing is not about obtaining the things in this temporal world, but is about having a relationship with God the Father aligning ourselves with Him. As we mature and grow and walk in obedience, we come to understand that blessing is not what the carnal world sees as blessing, but is something completely different.
When our priorities start to align with the principles of God, the manifestation of true blessing will come into our lives.
These following may expose something important in our lives concerning what we may think is a blessing from God, when in fact, it may be quite the opposite.
Ask yourself these questions:
Is the blessing in my life out my own initiative, or God’s?
Is it of my own will, or God's to have affluence in an area of my life?
Is this perceived blessing hindering my relationship with God?
An attempt to answer these questions may reveal why you may not be relying and trusting in God in a certain area of your life. What you may have thought was a blessing may be an area of hindrance in your walk with Him.
The blessing paradox that we go through may come down to the battle between our own reasoning and justification of what we believe blessing to be.
Our Own Reasoning
In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve decided to walk out their own reasoning and decided to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil rather than having daily communion with God and partaking of the Tree of Life. The daily flow of God’s revelation and His blessing to them was exchanged for the deception of their own carnal reasoning leading to dire consequences.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely upon your understanding. Know Him in all your ways, and He will direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own sight; fear the Lord and turn away from evil it shall be healing for your navel and marrow for your bones. - Proverbs 3:5-8
And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of counsel and heroism, a spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. - Isaiah 11:2
Blessing can be perceived through the lens our own rational thoughts or it can come from the revelation that God gives us. It is very important to make the distinction between the two.
It is important to know where the true blessings of God comes from. Perceived blessing that comes from our own man-made reasoning will lead to a false perception of what true blessing is. For many this has led into idolatry and then separation from God.
True blessing comes from our heavenly Father and the result is a closer relationship with Him producing a right heart.
Here are few examples of carnal blessings that many deem to be blessings from God, but are not.
- great programs
In contrast, Scripture speaks of something different as demonstrated by Christ.
- character building
- the guidance of the Holy Spirit
- a walk of obedience, faith and love
Counterfeit blessing appears to be favour from God, but it's actual purpose is to separate you from His blessing. The discerning factor is that anything that God blesses us with will bring us closer to him.
God's blessing is about having favour with Him, not men. Genuine blessing is about being fruitful as reach out to our neighbours and point them to the blessing worshiping the one true God.
Carnal blessings distract us from our Father in heaven for the desire of mammon where we love our worldly possessions more than Him.
Blessing from God will always be rooted in spreading His love towards others, not making ourselves look better than them. The love of money will separate us from the loving God and genuinely loving others. Most of the world's love is false because their sole purpose is about getting something from you.
Many do not see it this way, but working for money is actually a counterfeit blessing.
However, working to stay in the presence of God is genuine blessing and is rewarding from an eternal perspective.
When God gives us a purpose in life, it will always be rooted in abiding in His presence so we can manifest His ways to the world.
We may be putting our own ways in place of God's ways and acknowledging it as being glory from Him when it is far from it. This is called idolatry.
In Him, we will come to understand the true definition of blessing. We may try to reason and acknowledge our perceived successes and accept the accolades of man that stroke our own egos to make us feel good about ourselves, but really we have missed the mark.
All the carnal worldly blessing is all meaningless.
It is time to trade in our carnal temporal blessings of this world and receive genuine eternal blessing that can only come from God.
Being blessed is a matter of perspective, but only one will lead to life.
What type of blessing do you have in your life?
- True Prophet vs. False Profit
In the modern church today, we have prophets among us who are called by God to speak truth and others who speak the opposite or counterfeit. Without discernment, it would be difficult to discern one from the other.
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