Updated: Aug 26, 2020
Blessing. Favor. Abundance. Breakthrough.
When did these become negative words to the Body of Christ?
I've noticed a recent trend among christians that any time someone talks about receiving breakthrough or blessing, they'll immediately get shot down.
"We shouldn't focus on blessing."
My heart just sinks thinking about it.
Don't get me wrong, I understand entirely where the sentiment is coming from. There has been an overload of excesses and abuses, particularly in the lives of a handful of ministers, which has led us to imagine that the lives that ministers lead are those of lavishness and luxury.
But speaking as one of those ministers, I have to say, in most cases, that is so far from the truth!
This is one of the worst lies that the enemy tells. It's not that "God doesn't want to bless you." Most of us will agree that God is a good God, who wants to bless His children.
The lie that the enemy uses is this: "God doesn't want you to desire blessings, and He doesn't want you to focus on those blessings."
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4:8
Jesus himself said, you have not, because you ask not! When we believe God has good things for us, and ask for those things, our faith pleases Him!
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11
Jesus is begging us to stop worrying about how we will feed ourselves and clothe ourselves - in other words, expect God to provide! If you aren't expecting, then you are worrying! But wait a minute... Jesus takes it a step further. Not only is he saying that God will provide, but that he will give good gifts! Gifts are above and beyond everyday needs. Gifts are wants.
When children come home from school, they know that their parents will cook dinner for them. (Most) children don't stress over whether the food will be there for them when they are hungry. They expect provision. But our God is so good, that he has not only promised to provide, but he has promised to bless!
Prayer: Father, shift our mindsets from guilt, to confidence in the area of blessing. We look forward to the provision you've promised, and the gifts that you desire to bestow in our lives. We thank you that the breakthrough is already here! Amen.
Questions for reflection: Do I often find myself stressing over whether God will provide? Do I feel guilty for asking God for breakthrough or blessings?