Are you blocking your blessing?
Tonight Pastor Greg Hurd was the guest speaker at church. He is the Pastor at a local church not far from the cutest little rent house ever here in Green Country. He was talking about our attitudes and how we talk to God. One of the things he said brought all the thoughts in my head to a screeching halt! He said he was the one that was blocking his blessing and not allowing God to work in his life because of his attitude. Now he was talking about something in his past and was at this time talking about his life but I know that he also meant for us to realize that we should insert our names here. How many times have we blocked our own blessings because of our attitude?
I am not meaning that we are being disrespectful or not showing God the proper respect he deserves. I know that there are plenty of times I am sure I have done just that – been disrespectful to God. We (me and God) have argued plenty of time. Usually this means that God has asked me to do something that is so outside the box that it would make me uncomfortable or is something I just plain do not want to do. However- God is in charge in my life- he is the all powerful, ever present, one and only God. And I strive to be more and more like him every day – so that means he always wins the arguments! He reminds me that he is the one who died for my sins and took on all sickness and disease so I would not have to – In my eyes for me to not do whatever he asks of me is unthinkable. Even if it means doing something I have never done before. Pastor Greg was talking about when we are whiny and complaining that we think He as not done anything in our lives for us.
There are times in every Christian’s life that hard times come for us- whether it is about a relationship, a financial blip, something about our job perhaps- life will get messy and sometimes life is just plain hard! Jesus said:
Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV)
8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
So when we complain and start our list of how we feel that he has wronged us that makes him unhappy. Until we step out of the way and open up to what He is trying to tell us, we block our own blessings. The more I think about this the more I think this is about how we are to choose to be joyful and be obedient but also about our faith.
The Bible is full of verses about how God will provide our every need. My favorite is in Matthew.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first thekingdom ofGod, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
He is telling us here that he loves the grass in the field and the birds in the air and the flowers –but he loves us more and we are not to worry about tomorrow.
That is my favorite place he talks about meeting our every need. So – in my opinion- when we don’t rely on our faith and remember that we know God’s word is just as alive and true today as it was in Jesus’ time and we forget that God can not lie – we are showing that our faith is not quite as strong has we thought. So not only are we moaning and complaining we are allowing our faith to waiver. Now- I am not pointing fingers and trying to make you believe I am better than all that – I have done my fair share of moaning and complaining while on my knees talking to God. Believe me – but now I need to remember that he loves me so much and wants me to do well- And is working to prosper me so that I can be a good witness about his goodness and mercy. When I get over myself and quit the moaning and complaining he can then work in my life how he had planned to from the beginning and the issue I had been worrying over could be solved like he had planned from the beginning. The lists we make should be a list of our blessings – counting it all joy about what he has done in our lives. Pastor reminded us tonight we should remember that sometimes when he asks us to do something for someone else it might not be for their benefit- it might really be something God is teaching us and being obedient and doing what he asked might be the door opening for our blessing.
So again I ask you- are you blocking your blessing?
I am praying for you!