Are You Blocking Your Blessings?
God has promised us that He will do exceedingly, abundantly, and above all that we could ask or think(Ephesians 3:20). However, if your heart is not postured in the right position, you become the very person responsible for blocking your blessings.
You may be wondering how could you be blocking your blessings. Well, we can do this through pride and ungratefulness. The moment we forget to thank the person who provided us with the blessing, we put our heart in a posture that will block God’s ability to bless us. When our heart is blocked, pride sets in and there comes this sense of entitlement that blessings are owed to us.
Greed is yet another thing that can block your blessings. Greed is the inability to be satisfied. We can become ‘blessing gluttons’ who are always busy consuming more and more that we never take the time to stop and take in all that God has already given us.
Not that we can ever deserve a blessing from God, but in order for us to be qualified for another blessing, we must resist the urge to be greedy, especially for the things this world will tempt us with; that is, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, (1 John 2:16).
The Lust of the Flesh
The lust of the flesh is the temptation to do something sinful that will bring physical pleasure to your flesh.
For example, God blesses you with a relationship. You make the decision to have sex without being married. Sex outside the confines of marriage is a sin, and this may block God’s access to bless you with the deliverance, and peace you’ve been wanting.
God blesses you with a healthy friendship. You engage in gossip with others about those same friends. Speaking bad about others, will block God’s access to bless you.
Outside of sex and gossiping, the lust of the eyes can manifest as use of illicit drugs, excessive drinking, violence, domestic abuse, and much more.
Lust of the Eyes
The lust of the eyes is coveting something that does not belong to you such as another’s car, house, appearance, or lifestyle. “Thou shall not covet” is one of the ten commandments. When we desire or want what others have, this again means we are not satisfied with what God has already given us. We fall into the trap of thinking we need more, but the truth is you will never be satisfied if you have the lust of the eyes. Even if you do end up getting the very thing that you covet, you will still want something else.
The Pride of Life
The pride of life involves the desires to get glory for something God did. We must remember who is the one passing out the blessings. This goes back to having a heart of gratitude. The moment we try to take the credit for something God did, we have blocked our future blessings.
It also involves the desire to have a position of power over others in a way that puffs up our ego for the sake of bragging rights. There are some people who are moved by titles; they believe that those titles defines them as a person. Pride in titles such as doctor, lawyer, director, or even wife, can put us in a place of blocking our blessings. We can be thankful for the skills, and gifts that God has blessed us with but still remain humble.
The desire to feel valued or more important than others around you is also a manifestation of the pride of life. This goes hand and hand with being in a power position, but takes it a step further saying that you need to receive special treatment because of the title you carry. If you have this attitude or a sense of entitlement because of your title, this can block your blessings.
In conclusion, being ungrateful and prideful can always block your blessings. God blesses to give us an opportunity to give Him thanks. When we have a heart of gratitude and appreciation for all the things God has done, our hearts remain open and ready to receive the next blessing. God can bless us with many things, but the biggest blessing He gives is a changed heart. Now it is your responsibility to keep your heart open to receive. Don’t block your blessing.
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