Everyone wants to be blessed, to prosper and live their best lives on earth. Christians hold unto the promises of God. He said that he’ll provide for us according to His riches in glory, right? For some, they are yet to see those riches and it has got them wondering what is going on. Why are they not prosperous? Why does wealth seem to elude them? Thing is, you are probably not where you want to be because of how you have been living your life. There might be things you are doing which are hindering you from possessing your blessings. Here are eight things that you might be doing, which you should stop if you want to live according to God’s riches.
- Discontentment: Many people live an okay life, can take care of their basic needs but are still not content with their lives. There is nothing wrong with wanting more or aspiring for the best but not appreciating what you have presently is something God frowns upon. If you do not appreciate the little you have, why do you think you will be blessed with more?’ Godliness with contentment is great gain.’
- Selfishness: You want everything for yourself; you do not bless others nor give to the needy. The hand that gives will receive and that is God’s assurance to us. So, if you want doors of blessings to open up to you, you have to be a blessing yourself.
- Utterances: Death and life are in the power of the tongue. (Proverbs 18:21) You might be blocking your blessings by the things that come out of your mouth. Some people have the habit of speaking negatively and expecting the worst outcome in every situation. If you never expect good things and proclaim pessimism, good things will stay far away from you.
- Unforgiveness: As human beings, getting offended is inevitable. Even if you mind your business, somehow, something or someone will offend you. Being offended on its own is not wrong. Even Jesus showed anger. (Remember the incident at the temple.) God gets offended too, when we go contrary to His words. However, you should be able to forgive, as a Christian. Being offended and staying that ways shows that you can allow pride to get in the way. And, pride is a blessing blocker.
- Disobedience: Go read Deuteronomy chapter 28 verse 1 through 15, to see that God promises to bless us if only we obey His voice. In verse 15, you will see that if you refuse to harken to God’s voice, you will be exempted from His bountiful blessings.
- Negative thoughts: Our thoughts eventually become our words. If you dwell on the negatives, you will only see things in a negative light. Your thoughts should align with the life you want, if you want to be blessed.
- The past: Holding unto the past will only prevent you from moving forward. Second Corinthians says, ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.’ Learn from your past mistakes, seek to amend them, and look to the future with great expectations.
- Fear: Fear is a stumbling block, preventing God’s children from fully enjoying the life that He has promised them. When you let go of fear, you will be propelled to reach great heights and blessings will come to you as a result. For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)