042 Blessings

A blessing is a benefit.  It is a sign of God’s Grace towards you.  It may be prophesied as coming or having occurred.  As God is the giver of every good gift or thing mankind can only ask God to bless or declare it is coming or has occurred.

If a man is to provide the blessings then God will provide it to him to give as part of the stewardship that man has of the things of God.

It will be a physical blessing as that is all that a person can give to another.

If it is for services rendered then it is payment for service and not a Blessing.

Blessings are part of God’s Grace and when you bless another as God instructs you to bless them you are showing the Grace of God.

An example is where God says: “I will bless them that bless you “

A person has been blessed by another person and God says He will bless the giver of the person blessing even though He does not need too.

All true blessings come from God and a man can only ask God to release blessings.  Remember it says every good and perfect gift comes from The Father and true blessings are perfect gifts from God.

Why does God withhold His blessings?

He has the right to as King, but does not do so carelessly or frivolously.  Normally there are five reasons:

You are out of His perfect will for you so He cannot bless you as He desires too but cannot, (usually because of unrepented sin, unforgiveness or bitterness).

He is withholding it to mature you

So you will appreciate it better when it is given later

The person who was supposed to bless you is not listening to God so they are not doing what God wants them to do for you.

You will not use the blessing at the moment in the way He wants you to use it.

Another reason you do not see God’s blessing is that you are not spiritually aware enough to recognize it.  Remember, God blesses you in so many ways before you even look for them:

You have life

An intimate personal relationship with Him

Heaven is your Home

The Holy Spirit’s presence is in you

God meets all the needs that you do not realize you need to exists

God also said to me you do not understand what it means to have the king’s favour.  When kings had absolute power, the king’s favour meant you prospered in the kingdom.  So, if you are in a proper relationship with God, He will prosper you in line with prosperity as it is given in His Kingdom and not as the world sees it.  The world is the kingdom of His enemy so He will not prosper you in a way to benefit His enemy.

This means you need to look for God’s prosperity in accordance with the principles of His Kingdom which have to do with eternal rewards and meeting your needs to live and serve Him there and not to have a party, wealth or a good time.  He does promise to meet your needs to do His work.  But all rewards of value are in His Kingdom and not on earth.

Blessings and their financing

When you Bless a person, you are only giving out of the abundance God has given you above what you need to survive and do His work, not the abundance over luxuries you do not need.  You are only a steward of what you have and blessing another is giving them the stewardship of something you were once steward over.  This has to be after providing for the needs of your family.  I repeat needs and not luxuries.

1 Chron 29:14 But who am I, and what is my people, that you should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have you given thee.

This giving is not sacrificial as you use what is given for your family to survive as God desires them too.  It is given out of the abundance of what God has given you above what you need to live.

This means that sacrificial giving is out of the things your family needs to live.  This is unscriptural.

1 Tim 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

God looks at the heart and not the sacrifice.  He looks at the reason for giving not the gift.  His sacrifice is not from the deprivation of worldly goods but from selfish desires and pleasure as give yourself to Him for His purposes.  He does not need things as He owns them all.  He desires you.  That is how you bless God by being a ‘living sacrifice’, putting Him before yourself in all things.

Ps 51: 16-17 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Rom 12:1  1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

When you give to another you should be only doing what God tells you because if it is not the Will of God it may actually do harm to them and remove a chance for God to bless them and you.  It would also not be a sign of His Grace but of your reason.

Many give out of guilt and thus actually harm the receiver who relies on their giving and not God to provide.  Hence the Western world has done great disservice to the poorer countries making them rely on their giving rather than the countries own supply of good or helping them to become self-sufficient and thus making these countries vulnerable when the west can no longer give to them.  They have, by this, made these countries rely on the western nations and not on their country and thus these people are not prepared to survive in the disasters and famines that are to come.

Instead of learning to rely on God, they rely on the West and thus God cannot do His work of miraculous provision in their country (Grace).  I am not talking about disasters but normal events that cause hardship or problems in a country.

This wrong giving also deprives the poor in the West from receiving aid they should have from their churches and so the Love of God is not shown as it should, even to their own brother and sister followers of Jesus.

Emergency or disaster relief are different but even then, it should not come out of what you need to keep and feed your family and should also be guided by The Holy Spirit.

By this wrongful giving to these poor countries Satan has robbed many of blessings both in the West and in these poorer countries as well as hindering The Grace of God being expressed as He desires it to be and along with needs for the structure to maintain denominationalism has tied up much money that could have helped the poor, the needy and brought many to Jesus.

When you bless make certain it is what God wants in the timing in way that God desires it done.  That it is a sign of His Grace that He has provided the blessing you are able to give another.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.