Blessings and Prosperity

So many people are wanting to know an easy way to achieve Blessings and Prosperity. I dare say there is no easy way, but there are certainly guaranteed ways to achieve blessings and prosperity, if you are willing to do what the scripture outlines.

boat cropww Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours Psalms 128:1-2 (NIV)

I will hasten to say that being blessed and prosperous does not mean that you are totally excluded from the trials and testing of life. However, with these two attributes operating in your life and the right mindset, you will certainly be enjoying a rich, full life and overcome any of life obstacles. Some may dare think that they can face anything if they just get blessed with money, but although Ecclesiastes 10:19 asserts that “money answers all things”, I doubt that you can fully enjoy wealth without good health, good relationships or peace of mind. When I refer to blessings I think of the Biblical Blessings that began with the spoken blessings from God Himself. His words were spoken to invoke wholeness, increase, dominion, fruitfulness, protection and multiplication in every area of life.

The Bible has much to say about blessings and how to achieve them. In psalms 128 we are reminded that the fear of the Lord and obedience to Him, are doorways to blessings and prosperity. Those are choices you make in your actions and how you live before God. Too many are wanting to live life by their own rules and blame God when things go wrong. Unfortunately, refusing to obey God’s word and direction, yet wanting to attain the blessed life, has resulted in many being lured into sinful and destructive practices, because the deceiver, Satan, targeted their greed and lust, and offered a ‘sweet and easy’ alternative which had no lasting value.

Jesus showed us clearly in Matthew 5:1-12 that blessings are not only the glitter and glamour of wealth and the living good life. He showed us that there are deeper blessings that comes from an inner attitude, the focus of your heart and even being mistreated for the sake of Christ.

Matthew 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Now these verses have been used in so many different ways to prove man varied points of view. For example, verse 3 has been used for years to get people to assume that a poverty mentality is a good thing. There is much written in the Bible to refute that point of view, but today I simply want us to look at cause and effect.

Simply put, when it comes to blessings you can expect to reap what you sow. What you sow in your faithfulness to God, what you sow in your attitude towards the things of life, for example, your family, other relationships and your job, and what you sow in your attitude in times of persecution or times of plenty, will determine your harvest of blessings. Like Joseph and David in the Bible, these blessings may not come through the way you expect them, nor through the people you assumed would be willing to bless you. They will come from God, in His way, through His source and in His time. He is the only source of lasting blessings, and peace in the ebbs and flow of life.

I personally believe that one of the keys to being blessed is faithfulness to God even in the midst of troubling situations. Also remaining obedient to Him even when ridiculed and ostracised and blessing those who curse you, or do evil to you, just as Jesus said to do in Matthew 5:54, Paul in Romans 12:14-16 and Peter further urged in 1 Peter 3:9. They were not trying to tell us to be door mats to other people’s evil behaviour, but pointing us to the right attitude we should have before God. Leaving all vengeance to Him and not treating those who hurt us, like they have treated us. For me, when I’m mistreated, I make an extra effort to pray blessings for the ones who hurt me. Blessings such as asking God to allow them to see their own ways and repent. Asking that He provides for them whatever may be missing in their lives. Praying for their salvation, if I know they are not saved and so on. It does not take the pain away immediately, nor does it mean that I need to make them my close friends, but it redirects me to the true source of my healing, strength and deliverance. Note that I said, ‘I make an extra effort.’ This is because it is not an easy thing to do when you are hurting, but I’ve gotten 1 Peter 3:9 drummed into me enough to believe that it is something I must do, in obedience to God. Even if I have to do it through clenched teeth and begging God for His help to forgive and bless them. I also know that there is a special promise attached to obeying that verse…

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9

If you obey, you have the promise of inheriting a blessing. I believe that God always makes good on His promises.

There is so much more written in the Word about blessings and prosperity. However, today let us simply ask ourselves if we have been pursuing them God’s way. Are you living in obedience to God’s Word? How is your attitude, even when you are wronged? Would the harvest of what you are sowing in your day-to-day life, be welcomed?  Are you blessing those who make themselves your enemies? Are you willingly blessing others around you and speaking blessings over yourself? In summary, are you willing to follow God’s direction to blessings and prosperity? The choice is yours.

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us; Selah. That thy way be known upon the earth, thy saving health among all nations. Psalm 67:1-2

Be blessed!

 

Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding us in your Word, that you take pleasure in the prosperity of your servants. Lord I believe you have given us power and strength by the Holy Spirit to obey you and follow your directions. Helps Lord to be faithful in honouring and living for you, as we want your true and lasting blessings. Lord, like the Psalmist we ask you to be merciful to us and bless us and cause your face to shine upon us. We thank you for answered prayers. In Jesus name. Amen.


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Blessings and Prosperity — 2 Comments

  1. Nice post! So many out there pursuing blessing and prosperity without really knowing what blessing and prosperity is – much less how to find it! I love the beatitudes for that reason, and I actually started a list on my own blog of all the “blessed is” statements I’ve come across – including your Psalm 128 reference!

    I thought you might enjoy it as a fellow pursuant of “biblical blessings”:
    http://thepursuitofhappy.org/blessed-list-of-happy/

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