Last week in my area of the world, we were receiving 60-70 mph wind gusts. I looked out the window and said to Dianne, “Look at the wind blow!” The wind chimes on our side port sounded like the bells of Westminster Cathedral. The leafless tree branches were breaking off in the wind and since it was trash day, paper and tin cans were everywhere. She casually came to the window, to see what I was seeing and said, “You can’t actually see the wind Mel. We are seeing the results of the wind…” or something like that. We already have a definition of GLORY; “the manifestation of the Word seed”. What I saw last week was the Glory; or the manifestation of the wind. Whenever the word reflects the image, that is the GLORY. In Genesis 2:7-17, we see the GLORY OF THE GARDEN and the GLORY OF MAN. They both come from the Word of God. I want to go further in the WORD; from in the beginning, down the biblical pathways and see where it leads.
Revelation 22:2 says, “Through the middle of the broadway of the city; also, on either side of the river was the tree of life with its twelve varieties of fruit, yielding each month its fresh crop; and leaves of the tree were for healing and the restoration of the nations.”
In the Book of the Revelation, “the tree of life” had been moved from the beginning to heaven. And now, descended to the holy city of Jerusalem. (Revelation 21:10) Before I continue, I would like you to repeat aloud with me the following statements before moving on to “How Can I Withdraw The Blessing“.
SAY: I HAVE, the Blessing.
SAY: I HAVE, the Blessing IN me.
I HAVE, the Blessing ON me.
I HAVE, the Blessing AROUND me.
The nature of the Blessing is in Proverbs 10:22: “The blessing of the Lord–it makes truly rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.” It is not the effects; it is the force behind it. It’s like the wind blowing outside. So “how can we withdraw The Blessing? How can I see it manifested? How can I draw it out?
Lets start the detective work by turning to Ephesians 1:3: “May blessing be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has BLESSED us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm.” We learned we have “The Blessing“; “I am BLESSED.” Turn now to Galatians 3:13-14; 29. In these verses, we learn that we are all sons (and daughters) of God by FAITH, through Christ Jesus. The BLESSING of God is IN ME; ON ME; AROUND ME. So where is the fruit or the Glory on some believers? If we can’t say it, if we don’t experience it. Are we pregnant in The Blessing but walking in the curse? Is ‘something’ blocking The Blessing?
Proverbs 26:2 says, “Like a sparrow in her wandering, like a swallow in her flying, so the causeless curse does not alight.” A curse doesn’t come without a cause. A curse is a “BLOCKER” and there has to be a foundation for it. Numbers 23:8, 20 says, no one can curse what God has blessed. Here comes another BUT…we who have been BLESSED can cause a foundation to be formed by not supporting a blessing.
Job 4: 8: “As I myself have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble and mischief reap the same.” You can cause a foundation; not supporting a blessing.
Job 36:7-9: “He withdraws not His eyes from the righteous; BUT He sets them forever with kings upon the throne, and they are exalted. And if they are bound in fetters [of adversity] and held by cords of affliction, Then He shows to them [the true character of] their deeds and their transgressions, that they have acted arrogantly [with presumption and self-sufficiency].”
There are 4-Ways we can withdraw the blessing from what has already been deposited through Christ Jesus.
#1. OBEDIENCE in LOVE and The Word.
#3. A PURE HEART.
#4. THE TITHE EXCHANGE.
There is also reciprocal or opposite ways to BLOCK THE BLESSING .
#3. NOT A PURE HEART.
#4. NO TITHE EXCHANGE.
Lets look at OBEDIENCE V.S. DISOBEDIENCE. Partial obedience and delayed obedience is still DISOBEDIENCE! Deuteronomy 11:26-28 discusses this question of obedience or disobedience.
“BEHOLD, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse–The blessing if you obey the commandments (God’s Word) of the Lord your God which I command you this day; And the curse if you will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God…”
Choose the obedience or the curse. Since God gave us a free will. Adam and Eve had a choice in the Garden. And our choice. “Choose disobedience and you receive the curse”. It all starts with wrong words. “Wrong words determines your wrong thinking, which determines your wrong emotions, which determines your wrong choices”.
FAITHFULNESS V.S. UNFAITHFULNESS is next. Turn back to Galatians 3:13-14; 29 for another look at choices. We have learned by God’s Word, “I am blessed.” We also have been taught, in Proverbs 26:2, that the deposit has already been made BUT…The Blessing can be blocked; yet ‘a curse without a cause can’t happen’. Look at your life honestly; right where you are now and see where you stand in The Blessing; then turn to Proverbs 28:20.
“A faithful man shall abound with blessings, BUT he who makes haste to be rich [at any cost] shall not go unpunished.”
A faithful man shall abound. To be strict and through the performance of duty; steady in allegiance; dependable in performance. Can God trust in your faithfulness? Faithfulness requires a test. It takes time and proving. Abound means to flow or richly supplied. If you are not dependable, that’s unfaithfulness and a blessing blocker.
Proverbs 13:11 says, “Wealth [not earned but] won in haste or unjustly or from the production of things for vain or detrimental use [such riches] will dwindle away, BUT when he who gathers little by little will increase [his riches].” There are lessons to be learned. Wealth unearned v.s. getting wealth, little by little. FAITHFULNESS?
Proverbs 23:4 says, “Weary not yourself to be rich; cease from your own [human] wisdom.” Labor to be rich is labor in the wrong direction. Labor in the things God has already given us; HIS WORD!
I will continue my detective work in “How Can We Withdraw The Blessing?” when we meet together in “The Word Detective” blog. I will start looking for clues in I Corinthians 4:2; Matthew 25:14-28 and try to determine what “A Long Time” can mean.