THE MESSAGE: “How to Increase Blessings”
There are two kingdoms – The kingdom of darkness, and the Kingdom of light (The Kingdom of the Son of God). What we think, say, and believe matter greatly because these will reveal where our faith lies, and produce corresponding fruit from one of these two kingdoms.
Hebrew 3 and 4 talks about how the Israelites wandered the desert and NEVER entered into His rest because they had hardened their hearts through complaining. Ultimately grumbling and complaining always leads to a hardened heart, full of unbelief in the promises of God.
The writer of Hebrews states: “12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.”
When we say things like: “I never get a break”, “I never find a good job”, “I get sick every winter”, “I’m always in pain”, “I don’t get along with people”, etc. we are actually cursing our own lives to say such things. Such comments reveal to both heaven and hell, exactly what we believe and ultimately show where our faith is, and will produce fruit in our life from the wrong kingdom. Jesus said “be it unto you as you believe”. This is so important for us as a Christian to recognize so we can correct the way we think and talk about our experiences.
Grumbling, complaining, and talking about the terrible things that have happened in our lives, is placing our eyes on the wrong kingdom, and in fact is allowing the devil to rob us of God’s blessings. Paul said to keep our eyes on the things above and not the things of this world for a good reason. He also said in 1 Thes to give thanks in all things, for this is the will of God.
In God’s great wisdom, he understood that when we give thanks in all things and when we declare God’s promises over our lives, we are placing our faith and our expectations on the Kingdom of light (in Jesus) and we exalt the goodness of God. This is a form of faith that says “I believe my life is blessed and God’s goodness will flow through my life”, and it produces corresponding tangible spiritual, emotional, and physical blessings in our lives.
To do the opposite by grumbling and complaining does exactly the opposite; it brings more strife, loss, and destruction to every area of our lives and ultimately turns our faith away from God and towards the kingdom of darkness.
This has been a strategy of the devil for thousands of years – he believes that if he can poke Christians with adversity, most of them will fall into the temptation of grumbling and complaining, and ultimately take their eyes off the goodness of God, shipwrecking their faith in God. If we are honest and look at the history of the church, this has indeed shipwrecked many Christians (myself included in the past), for far too long. I say it’s our time to shine and begin believing God’s promises over ourselves and others, so we might receive the rewards of son-ship, found in our faith in God.
The good news is that we no longer need to fall into this trap if we simply come into agreement with God. By renewing the way the think, what we say, and what we believe through God’s word, we are more than conquerors and His Blessings dramatically increase as we come into agreement with His truth!
This is only a part of the good news of the gospel of reconciliation, that Jesus paid a very high price for, so we might be transformed into the likeness of His image! Are you ready to walk in such a renewed state that the world desires your amazing life in Christ, as you manifest His Glory everywhere you walk? I say …Yay God!