I am sure if I have to ask you if you would like to receive a blessing, your answer would be yes. Well, who wouldn’t want to receive a blessing? Those who have understanding of the difference between a blessing and a reward would answer no. The simple reason for this is because they understand that the Lord has already blessed them, there is no need to seek more than what God has already given, for when God blessed us, He done so in the fullness of Himself.
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People are always waiting for God to bless them, but Ephesians 1:3 says that He has already done so – ‘…who [God] had blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.’ Now some say: ‘Yes, but those blessings are in heavenly places…’ That is where God blessed us; and in fact, that is where God does everything else too. God has done all He said and that is final; and He has given us His Word so that we can learn how to do the rest we need to do. Many Christians shy away from their God-given responsibility and they end up not enjoying the free gifts of God as they are meant to be. They have a give me, give me, give me mentality; and they don’t want to do anything themselves, it is always just God give me; and when they don’t receive what they asking, then they turn and say: ‘It must be God’s Will. Well, that is not what the Bible teaches us. God has placed no limitation of what we can and cannot ask for. In fact, God said: ‘Ask and ye shall receive’ [Matt.7:7] – ‘If you believe, you will receive what you ask for’ [Matt.21:22]. However, we must understand that we have been given authority to stand in Jesus’ stead and speak in His name. These previous verses does not say we are to ask God, for God has already given us all things; but what we are to do is speak to these things God has given us and call it forth in Jesus name. Now, if we understand these things, then we will do good in proclaiming that we are the blessed of God. Also understand this, you will receive what you ask for, so be very careful what you are calling upon; use the guidance of God’s Word and ask in consistence with the Word of God.
The above is not the only issue we are faced with. The problem is not where or how God has blessed us, the problem lies with our faith; for the Lord our God has blessed every man with a measure of faith [Rom.12:3]. Yet, many don’t understand what this means, because they don’t search / study the scripture. If God has blessed every man with a measure of faith, it means there must be a possibility to increase that measure we received. The thing is, the measure of faith every man has received is enough faith to believe in Jesus and receive salvation. Once we come into Christ Jesus and receive the free gift of salvation, we ought to get acquainted with God’s Word; and as we do so, we will discover the key on how to increase our faith – ‘Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God ’ [Rom.10:17]. I will be jumping between several subjects, so please stay focus and see how it all ties in to the bigger picture of this teaching.
Coming back to the blessings God has bestowed upon us, we ought to remember that these blessings were released in heavenly places; we need faith to materialize these blessings. You may pray as much as you want, but these blessings might not materialize too much if you don’t work your faith along side it. Sometimes we get confuse between blessings and rewards; and this teaching will both clear the difference and also teach you how to take a hold of both blessings and rewards.
There is a difference between being blessed and receiving a reward.
If you are going around proclaiming that you are blessed, you need to be able to call those blessings by name, otherwise you lying. Sometimes when I ask certain people how they are, they answer saying: ‘I’m blessed’ – and in some cases I ask: ‘Wonderful, so what blessings are you referring to / what happened lately for you to say that you are blessed?’ Most of the time people can’t really answer this simple question, because they lack understanding of simple things. You see, it is not enough to have knowledge, you ought to understand that which you know; but more importantly, you need wisdom to apply knowledge with understanding otherwise it will not work anything for you. It is our responsibility to gain knowledge on God’s Word, then together with the Holy Spirit we can gain understanding, but wisdom comes from God – and here is where many get lost: The Bible tells us that if anyone lacks wisdom, then we must ask God, Who will surely give us wisdom and not rebuke us for asking [James 1:5]. Again, the biggest problem is our level of faith. Many ask, but few receive; simply because they are not listening and they don’t know God’s voice.
There are different voices we hear:
- Our own audible voice
- Other people’s audible voices
- The voice of our thoughts and memories
- The devils voices
- and God’s voice
more deeper, we have a voice in the flesh, a voice in our soul, and a voice in our spirit.
Now some might say: ‘Why must it be so complicated, how can we tell the difference between so many voices?’ It is actually very simple if we only give a little effort into it. To know God’s voice, we ought to know the Bible, and the only way we can know the Bible [God’s Word], is to study it daily as we ought to be doing [Josh.1:8]; so when God speaks to us, we can learn to be still and know that He is God [Psa.46:10]. Simple enough, yet many make excuses to why they don’t have time to study the Word of God; and there is really no excuse, just simply lies. If you spend 5-10 minutes daily to thoroughly study a portion of scripture, you will end up in a year from now having more knowledge than most pastors. Yes, that’s right; many pastors also makes excuses to why they don’t find enough time to study the Word of God daily. Studying the Bible is a crucial part of the daily life of a Christian; in doing so you will discover in what manner you are blessed, together with gaining understanding and increasing faith in materializing those blessings. I will say it again: God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, now we have a responsibility to increase our faith by studying the Word of God and learning how to apply our faith in bringing these blessings in our physical realm. God has done His part and also revealed what He has done, we also have a part to play in all of this; and God has also revealed to us what we need to do.
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Next time you answer someone or say that you are blessed, understand why you are blessed; but above all, remember that God has already blessed us all, it is now our responsibility to call by our faith into existence those blessings.
There are rewards which we will receive when we enter Heaven one day, and the Bible tells us these rewards will be great; but there’s also rewards we will receive while here on earth. In Galatians chapter 6 and verse 9 it reads: ‘Let us not grow weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.’ Now some think that this is speaking about when we get to Heaven we will receive our rewards; but that’s not true in this verse. Yes, we will receive a great reward in Heaven, and that’s our eternal reward, but Heaven and eternity does not function in and out of season, it has no time. To receive our reward in due season speaks about time; and our world we currently live in functions on time and seasons. If we don’t grow weary in well doing, we will receive our reward in due season > but take note of the key here < if we faint not.
Most of the time when I hear people’s cries in prayer, begging God for a ‘blessing’ it’s in fact a reward that they are after; but how do they expect a reward if they haven’t done anything to deserve it. Jesus, speaking to His disciples, gives sound and solid examples of the things which the Father rewards. Let’s take a quick look at these things:
- For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: was a stranger, and ye took me in:
- Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
- Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee a hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
- When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
- And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. [Matthew 25:35-40]
Sometimes we turn a blind eye to those in need, yet it is the Lord Who created all mankind; and inasmuch as He is exalted to a place of authority with God, the Lord suffers in the afflictions of all mankind – when we turn from those seeking help when we are able to help, it is as we are turning away from the Lord Himself – He died for all of mankind, not only for you and me; but even for the beggar on the street corner.
When we are moved with compassion to help others who are in need, the Lord will reward us in due season. It might not be today or tomorrow, but it will be according to God’s Word. Therefore, seek the needs of others and do whatever you can in meeting those needs [or at least some of it]; be it a beggar on the street corner or supporting the vision of a ministry [who largely meets the needs of their surrounding communities], there is ample enough need in this world for you to never run short in doing good. We can’t help everyone, but listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, not only will He lead you to the right place, but He will also give you a compassionate heart to reach out to those He wants you to reach out too.
Here’s another good example – Matthew 10:41 – ‘He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.’ Some folks reject or do not know how to receive men/women of God into their homes; and they miss their reward. God has directed those people to you or to your home so that He may reward you, but you miss the reward, because even though you open the door for them, you have not received them in their name.
They who takes a hold of God grace are blessed, and they who continue to do good receive a reward; which is over and above the blessing the Lord has already given.
We need to hold on to the Lord
Jacob had to wrestle with God for a blessing [Gen.32:21-30]. Today we have no need to wrestle with God for blessings, neither do we need to ask God to bless us, because He has already blessed us [Eph.1:3]; but we need to thank the Lord for the blessings He has bestowed upon us; and equally important, we are to hold on to the Lord. Let me put you into perspective here: For us to hold on to the Lord simply means we saturate ourselves with God’s Word. The first step in doing so is to understand Joshua chapter 1 and verse 8: ‘This book of the Law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shall meditate therein day and night; that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.’ God gave us a complete unfaultable recipe in prospering and having good success in life; all we need to do is mix the ingredients and apply faith.
The ingredients are:
The baking period:
The end product:
- Prosperity and Good Success
Seems simple enough; now all you need is courage. Yes, it takes courage to go against the systems of the world. Our upbringing and lifestyles can discourage us in many ways. What people will say and think has a big impact on us, yet it shouldn’t. Dare to believe; and have courage to apply your faith – even in the most difficult and challenging situations – for God works the best in our weaknesses. Do it and don’t quit. Lastly, Romans chapter 10 and verse 9 gives us a key ingredient in working our faith. This is the bases on which you came unto salvation and the very principle of materializing God’s blessings: Believe in your heart; and confess with your mouth! Locate God’s blessings in His Word to you [the Bible], and start speaking it, and don’t stop speaking it until you have the evidence of things not seen [Heb.11:1].
They who continue to do good will be rewarded [Gal.6:9]. He who sows will surely reap in season!
This month of May 2019 is our month of REAPING REWARDS – Hallelujah!
Now that you know what you know, apply it Do It, Don’t Quit
Join us where you are in partaking in COMMUNION
prepare for yourself and loved ones a cup of red grape juice and a piece of bread
Place your hands over the cup and bread; and pray thus:
‘Dear Lord God; I ask you to bless this cup as it represents the blood of Your dear Son,
Jesus Christ; and also bless this bread as it represents the body of our Lord Jesus which was broken for us. Let Your Spirit be released over these items and bless us as we partake in communion as You have commanded us. In the name of Jesus – Amen!’
Let’s read together; Matthew 26:26-28
“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said: Take, eat, this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying: Drink ye of it. For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the wine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Before partaking in the cup and bread, take a moment and release all types of unforgiveness; clear your heart and mind, and forgive the trespasses of anyone who might have wronged you in any way; for 1 Cort.11:27 says that anyone who partakes of the cup and bread in an unworthy manner is drinking condemnation unto themselves.
Take up the cup and give thanks. Thank the Lord for being the ultimate sacrifice for all
mankind’s sins, for taking your place on the cross so that you may have salvation.
Drink from the cup – Amen!
Break the bread and give thanks. Thank the Lord once again for giving Himself up, for His body being broken so that it may be well with you. Isa.53:5 says that by His stripes you were healed; therefore, you walk in divine health as the curse of sickness and disease has been broken from your life.
Break the bread and eat – Amen!
Declaration: ‘Dear Lord God, I thank You for blessing me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places, and giving me wisdom to call those blessings into my world. Thank you for preparing my heart to do good and setting me up for rewards. As I am moved by compassion to do good, I am confident that You will reward me in due season; therefore a await patiently on you Lord, for you are my God, a God of His Word; never failing to fulfill the things You promise. May you grace fill my life and may the world around me see You through that which I do; and may all men glory in You O Lord God – Hallelujah!
Have a blessed month of Receiving Rewards
Remember that this is our Year of DIVINE RESTORATION