Hello [subscriber:firstname | default:Beloved],
Some pious Christians have sometimes challenged me about the timing of my messages on blessings. They would have liked messages on holiness, real conversion, fear of God, etc. It is written in Matthew 6:33 : « But seek the first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.». The Bible presents a hierrarchy of things. It does not say to seek only the Kingdom of God but to seek them first. When we read this verse, we understand that there are other things that we can seek, in addition, from the Lord.
This pious Christians have a bad perception of blessing : they assimilate it with the meaning given to it by carnal persons. For them, whoever says blessing means car, house, money, well-paid job, travel, etc. ; in short, they only assimilate the blessing with the material goods that a person has. Because of this image which is not correct, in the biblical sense of the world, they reject certain words of blessings pronounced on their lives and thus deprive themselves of divine graces.
They also pull out their « spiritual claws » when they hear about prosperity. However, prosperity, as several biblical passages attest, is the consequence of God’s presence in our lives (2 Kings 18 :7, Psalm 1,3 ; 1 Samuel 18 :14). The Lord was with Joseph, and this glorious and permanent presence of God in his life guaranteed him prosperity and success in all his undertakings (Genesis 39 :2-3, 23).
Beloved, the blessing is not limited to the many material possessions you may have. It is, above all, a word that God speaks about you and that manifests in many ways in your life. In the Garden of Eden, He blessed Adam and Eve by declaring a word on their life (Genesis 1 :22).
Yes, you love holiness, you are pious, you fear God, you aspire to walk in His ways ; and I bless God for it ! However, don’t forget that holiness is a blessing that God gives you, just like any other blessing ! It is because He grants you this blessing that you are able to walk in holiness, in fear of His name. Seek first the Kingdom and righteousness of God which includes real conversion to Christ, sanctification, fear of God, etc. But in the name of this godliness that I salute and which pleases your God, does not play the hyper spiritual Christian who rejects the rest of the graces and favors that God reserves for him, including the material ones. Do not seek only material goods either, it would be against (Matthew 6 :33). God fulfills the desires of those who fear Him (Psalms 145:19).
Know that « The Lord (your Heavenly Father) will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you » (Deuteronomy 28:8).
In the name of His Son Jesus-Christ, I bless you, I bless your house, your family, the work of your hands, all your businesses and may prosperity be your share in all respects. (1 John 3 :2, Deuteronomy 28 :1-13) !
May God bless you !