What blocks God’s blessings
Question: “I am not receiving many of God’s blessings. What is blocking me from receiving His blessings?”
In the previous section, “Does God want to bless me”, we started with Malachi 3:10. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. This shows how much God loves and wants to pour out His mighty blessings on you, but this verse also starts with a condition. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. All of God’s blessings have conditions. In this case, God is saying that we are to tithe if we want His blessings.
But what are blessings? Blessings from God include every gift that God gives us from answered prayers, healing, protection, guidance, and blessings we are not even aware of.
God is both a loving, kind, benevolent God that wants to do what is good for us, but He is also a righteous God that will not hear our prayers or give out blessings to those who are disobedient, undeserving (PS 66:18). And after great patients, God will also hand out deserved punishment.
We are commanded to love God with all of our heart, but we are not loving God when we put other gods first, when we worship other gods. Another god is whatever we put first in our life, be it your job, career, sports, hobby, or even your family. I cannot define God, but I can replace Him. Why replace God? To have a god I can control rather than a God who tells us what we need to do. The greatest commandments given us are to love God and put God first in your life.
See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known (Deu 11:26-
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live (Deu 30.19).
Some of Gods requirements include, pure hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god (Ps 24:4-
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart (Ps 119:1-
Blessed are the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, (Mt 5:5-
Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you (Ex 23:25).
Jesus not only said, "Believe me," he also said, "Follow me." God places a high premium on our obedience. We cannot please God if we do not obey God. God commands us to obey because he wants what's best for us.
But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). Joshua made a choice and you must make a choice. If you want God’s blessings in your life, you need to make a choice to love Him, to walk in His ways, and to obey. God is calling for a wholehearted choice to put Him first in your life. There is only one choice if you want an intimate relationship with the Lord and to walk in His limitless blessings.
Here are ways that you might actually be blocking God’s blessings.
1. God is not first in our lives
Whatever we put first in our lives is our god. God is a jealous God who does not take kindly to having His children worshiping false gods. Yet for years on end my people have forgotten me (Jer 2:32). In everything you do, put God first (Pr 3:6).“I am the Lord your God ... You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:2-
2. You haven’t asked for the blessing
You do not have because you do not ask God (James 4:2). When you ask, be specific.
3. You haven’t asked in faith
If you're asking God for blessings and He’ still is not answering your prayer, it could be that you are not asking in faith, truly believing He will answer. Jesus said: Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith (Matthew 21:22), whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24).
A pray need not be long, it can be as short as “Jesus Help”, but you needs to be serious with conviction, determination. If a prayer is only a casual thought, why should God take it seriously? We need to ask fervently, with passion.
4. You’re asking with the wrong motives
Have you ever wondered why God does not answer people’s prayers to win the lottery? James 4:3 says, When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
5. Not being a blessing to others
Give and it will be given to you (Luke 6:38).
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins (Matthew 6:15).
7. Unconfessed sin
People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy (Proverbs 28:13).
I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech (Proverbs 8:13). Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished (Proverbs 16:5).
God is not obligated to bless you. If you’re all about you and what you want from God, He might be choosing not to bless your life until you become all about Him (Luke 9:23).
9. Impacted by other’s sin. While God doesn’t punish us for the sins of others, sometimes we share the consequences of sin from those we associate with. Do not make friends with a hot-
10. God’s timing is different than your timing
show them that they should always pray and not give up (Luke 18:1). Don’t become discourage or give up. Your blessing may be right around the corner.
11. What you’re asking for may not be good for you
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights (James 1:17). God give good blessings, He will not give us something He knows will hurt us now or in the long run.
From the Ten Commandments we have:
Have no other Gods before me, don’t make for yourselves an idol, don’t misuse the name of the Lord, remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, honor your father and your mother, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, You shall not give false testimony, and you shall not covet (Exodus 20:3-
It is our actions toward God, others, and ourselves that help or restrict God opening up His floodgates of blessings on our lives. All the above and may more commandments are contained in what Jesus called the greatest commandment. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these (Mark 12:30-
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