When things don’t work out, people are quick to say: Maybe it’s not God’s Will. God allows us to go through things, and He shows us certain things, because He wants us to affect a change. We need to learn from Jesus to use circumstances to glorify God. No matter what had happened, everything can be recreated when we trust God.
Look at the story of Job (Job 1:12). Job was a very wealthy man, but satan told God that He is protecting Job. Satan wanted to test Job’s love for God, so God allowed it. Job’s down fall wasn’t that God allowed satan to test him, his down fall was that he feared loosing everything. Satan of course quickly tapped into this fear of Job and took everything away from Job. However, Job trusted God, and through trusting God no matter what, Job recreated his life and gained everything back he lost seven fold.
God has created in us an ability to recreate the things we not pleased with. And through giving us His Word to use, we can effectively recreate things to the glory of God. God doesn’t want us to live a life any less than a king. He wants us to overflow with joy, peace, happiness and love. How can we live this life, when we live in sickness or poverty. Challenges are there to drive us out of our comfort zones unto higher places. Challenges push us to use the Word of God to live full lives. Make use of the Word and bring glory to God as you show forth God’s goodness by living the good life God intended for us to live.
Difference Between Blessings and Rewards:
If you read our articles on our blog, then you should know that as God’s children, we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings (Eph.1:3). There is nothing we can do to receive any more than what God has already given us. The truth is, we haven’t even begun to dig deep to find out what all these blessings are. People think because they haven’t seen the manifestation of a particular blessing, that God hasn’t blessed them with it yet. This however is not true. We have a responsibility to call the blessings of God real; or in other words, we are to manifest all blessings. I will get into that in just a minute.
Religion teaches us that we need to do good for God to bless us, but that is not what Ephesians 1:3 tells us. We have been blessed with all spiritual blessings already. Now it’s our responsibility to make manifest those blessings. We need to understand God’s thinking to understand what blessings are. God don’t want us to think that it is because of our doings that He blesses us. God blessed us because of His profound love for us. One more thing to understand is that no matter whether you do good or bad, you are still blessed. Now, before you throw this article away, listen carefully.
The Bible says that God makes it rain on the wicked and righteous (Matt.5:45). That means that the blessing of receiving rain which will water the crops comes on us, no matter whether we do right or wrong. So am I saying that even if you do wrong you are still blessed? Yes! We are, that is God’s love for us, we are still blessed no matter what we do. However, when we do wrong or have sinned, sin consciousness take control and that blocks us from making manifest the blessings from God.
Making manifest God’s blessings:
When we understand that we have a responsibility in manifesting God’s blessings, we then need to discover how to do that. I can basically wrap that up for you in one verse, Hebrews 11:1 taken from the amplified version; “NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].” The Word of God is our assurance and our title deed which confirms that what God says is truth. There is things we hope for, but because we haven’t seen them yet, we believe that we are still to receive it – which is the wrong mindset. Now, we need to dig deep and find out what God has given us already, we need to see it in the Word of God. Once we can see it in the Word of God, we need to call it real, even it is not real to the physical senses, we need to perceive it as real, because to the spiritual senses those things are real. We make manifest God’s blessings by calling real what is not revealed to the physical senses. It is by taking God on His Word, not just believing, but knowing and confessing with your mouth that we manifest God’s blessings. On entering Christianity, this is what we did, we confessed with our mouth Jesus, Who we didn’t see – but through the Word of God Jesus became very real to us. All we need to do is stick to the Word of God and we are sure to come back with a testimony. The blessings of God which He has already blessed us with is just as real as the God Who blessed us with it all.
Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” The word reap here translates from Greek to receive a reward. In our good deeds, we will receive a reward. “God will repay each person according to what they have done.” (Romans 2:6 | NIV). This is speaking of reward. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24 | NIV).
We receive a reward for doing good; and the only reward we should be interested in is the crown of life – eternal life. All other things we seek in life, God has blessed us with already. No wonder Jesus says in Matthew 6 that we should not chase or worry about material things. And in Matthew 6:33 Jesus said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” Manifesting the blessings of God is in seeking God first, getting the reward from God is by showing forth His nature – LOVE.
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