When God created man, the first thing he did was to bless him (Genesis 1:28). God wants you to have a good life. He wants you to enjoy his blessings. That’s the whole point of his saving grace. But many times, we block his blessing knowing or unknowingly. The following are eight common ways in which we block His blessings in our lives.
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God’s blessings will only work in an atmosphere of faith. Allowing unbelief to take root is a sure way of locking out God’s best from your life. One time, Jesus entered a city to do what he did best – healing the sick, delivering the oppressed and doing good. But as soon as he entered the city, he noticed how much unbelief was in the hearts of the people. As a result of this unbelief, Jesus was unable to do any great works there.
“And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folks, and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching”. (Mark 6:5-6).
Can you imagine Jesus himself in the flesh unable to do any miracles when the people were in unbelief? This serves to show how powerful unbelief is. Unbelief has robbed many children of God of their rightful blessings.
When Israel asked God for a king, God anointed Saul to be their very first king. But then Saul grew haughty and forgot to walk in absolute obedience as God would have wanted him. This not only cost him the throne but his life as well. Even when Prophet Samuel tried interceding for him, God told the prophet to stop praying for a disobedient king.
And the Lord said unto Samuel, “How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? 1 Sam. 16:1
When you walk in disobedience to God’s instructions, you miss out on his blessings. Before Israel stepped into the Promised Land, Moses spent time reminding them of the consequences of disobedience in Deuteronomy 28. He reminded them that if they walked in disobedience, they would receive curse upon curse instead of the blessing.
Ignorance is a great hindrance to God’s blessings in our lives. The devil capitalizes on our ignorance in order to deprive us of God’s blessings. In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon made a sad observation – he saw princes walking on foot while slaves were riding on horseback. It’s almost like the princes didn’t know the privileges they were supposed to be enjoying.
Likewise, most Christians are ignorant of their position in Christ and as a result, they end up falling for the cheap tricks of the enemy. Hosea reminds that ignorance can lead us to destruction (Hosea 4:6). To avoid missing out on his blessing as a result of ignorance, it is a good idea to be a good student of the word.
Having a negative attitude is another reason why some people miss out on God’s blessing. When you are negative, you leave no room for hope and without positive hope, there can be no faith. A negative person will always inspire the devil to attack because they already look at things from the same point of view. But a positive person gives God a good platform to perform the miraculous.
For instance, the woman that lost her son in the book of kings refused to be negative. When she told her husband that she was going to visit the prophet, the husband asked her if everything was ok. Her response was, it is well “Even though her son was dead, she decided to focus on the fact that the prophet could raise his son from the dead – and her positive attitude paid off. You can tell a positive person from the words they speak as well as their actions. Positive persons speak and act in faith.
Apostle Peter deserves our commendation. Apart from Jesus, he is the only man that actually walked on water. Never mind, he did it for only a couple of steps, unlike Jesus who had walked on the lake right from the shore. Peter walked for only a couple of seconds and then he began sinking.
But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, “Lord, save me!” Mathew 28:30
Peter was doing just fine until fear took over. See, faith and fear cannot coexist. They are mutually exclusive. Just like Peter, many Christians begin a faith venture and just when they are almost getting to the place of their blessing, fear comes in and they begin to sink. Fear is the greatest contaminator of faith.
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you So that He will not hear. Isaiah 59:1-2
Any unconfessed sin in your life could be blocking God’s blessings in your life. As the scripture above illustrates, sin can make it hard for you to access God’s provision. God is a holy God and it is, therefore, his nature to stay away from sin. When you continually live in sin, the sin separates you from God and this makes it impossible for God to respond to your prayers.
You are a product of the decisions you make and the friends you keep. Hanging around the wrong people could cost you your blessing. When Saul hanged around prophets, he began to prophesy like them. When you hang around the right group of people, you get easy access to God’s blessings. Solomon put it this way:
He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm proverbs 13:10
Laziness will Block Your Blessings
Laziness is a sin. God created mankind for work. That is why his first instruction to man was to till and keep the land he was given in Eden. As you read through the Bible, you notice an interesting pattern – God never called idle people. He always went for those who were busy working on something.
Jacob was found taking care of sheep. Moses was found serving his father in law. Gideon was found threshing wheat. Elisha was found ploughing the field. Job was found farming. Mathew was found collecting taxes. Peter was found fishing. Paul was found teaching the law.
God never blesses laziness. When you just sit back and start “waiting” for God, God will bypass you and bless the next person that is busy doing something. Take some time and analyze your life – have you done all in your power to ensure you are not blocking God’s blessing in your life? What can you do differently to make it better?
9. Holding on to the past
Many believers block they blessings because they refuse to release the past, hurts, trials, troubles, and problems. Living in the past and refusing to move on only hinders growth and blessings.