Did you read Deuteronomy 28? Did you see the blessings that is part of your inheritance through Jesus? I love the way The Message says it:
….. All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God:
God’s blessing inside the city,
God’s blessing in the country;
God’s blessing on your children,
the crops of your land,
the young of your livestock,
the calves of your herds,
the lambs of your flocks.
God’s blessing on your basket and bread bowl;
God’s blessing in your coming in,
God’s blessing in your going out.
7 God will defeat your enemies who attack you. They’ll come at you on one road and run away on seven roads.
8 God will order a blessing on your barns and workplaces; he’ll bless you in the land that God, your God, is giving you.
9 God will form you as a people holy to him, just as he promised you, if you keep the commandments of God, your God, and live the way he has shown you.
10 All the peoples on Earth will see you living under the Name of God and hold you in respectful awe.
11-14 God will lavish you with good things: children from your womb, offspring from your animals, and crops from your land, the land that God promised your ancestors that he would give you. God will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand. You will lend to many nations but you yourself won’t have to take out a loan. God will make you the head, not the tail; you’ll always be the top dog, never the bottom dog, as you obediently listen to and diligently keep the commands of God, your God, that I am commanding you today. Don’t swerve an inch to the right or left from the words that I command you today by going off following and worshiping other gods.
Read it again slowly! Look at this!
The blessings will be so much, it will spread out BEYOND us; God will LAVISH us with good things; He will THROW open the doors of his sky vaults; WE will be blessed; our CHILDREN will be blessed; our ANIMALS will be blessed; our WORKPLACES and WALLETS will be blessed; we will have so much, we won’t have to borrow; we will have so much, other people will realise God is at work in our lives!
So what is wrong people? Why do we not see this blessing manifested in our lives?
The clue is in the last verse of the passage I quoted above. “… by going off following and worshiping other gods”.
I know you are thinking, ‘but I don’t do that. I am not serving other gods. I am not worshiping other gods’. What this speaks of is unbelief and lack of faith. We do not believe in God’s provision anymore. We do not believe that this blessing is true. We do not believe that we can be so blessed in today’s day and age. We do not believe that we really have this portion allotted to us through Christ. And we even justify our unbelief through phrases such as ‘bad things happen to good people’, ‘we live in an imperfect world, we just have to accept the sickness and trouble that comes with it’, etc etc etc. What utter rubbish!
We are to lazy to believe the Word of God in all its fullness. We are too lazy to fight with our own lack of faith!
The blessing is there. God has already given it. To all of His children. He doesn’t have to do anything else. It is up to us now. What are we going to do? Are we going to believe the Word of God, or are we going to keep confessing our trouble in this world, and in so doing, actually confess that satan is stronger and we just have to accept it. Harsh words, but they are all true. Think about it for a while.
My God said it, I believe it, that settles it!