It was like lake Meade behind Hoover Dam. Full of everything I might ever need. Every good and perfect thing sent down from above in reserve for me. Yet there was this huge dam set up in front of it. A dam built block by block by ME, by YOU. Holding back what God intended for me. We try:
- You have done what you thought it would take to get at what is at the other side of the dam.
- You take good care of your body, can't prosper without good health and that's all true.
- You keep your mind sharp, lots of education, you can't access the provision of God in ignorance.
- You attend church, dance, sing and shout because you have been told that praise releases the favor of God.
- You hear good teaching and it sounds great but you are sometimes stony weedy hard ground and it doesn't take root.
- You read your Bible but it isn't alive the way it once was when you were first saved.
- You try as hard as you can not to SIN, not to be HUMAN. You fail, but try again in defeat.
- There are many other things you DO to get your blessing. It's a work orientation. Never will work.
Except when truth be told, that's not the problem and you already knew that. There is something more.
There are only a few ingredients to the concrete blocks holding back the floodgates God wants to open for you. We are the gatekeepers to those floodgates. There is one thing you need to understand, God wants you to be saved, filled with His spirit, healed and whole and full of fire, AND-
God WANTS you to be effective, to be excellent, To profit. Isaiah 48:17 says
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go.
He wants you to be able to profit, to be effective, to excel. He makes it clear from his word there are THREE main things that keep us from receiving our blessing, provision, inheritance. They are waiting on the other side. Let's not end up dying and going to heaven and seeing a huge lake of blessings that was pent up for us. I don't want to be asking the Lord, what lake is that? and He says to me, "I could have given you all of that on earth, but you insisted on holding it all back." I don't want to hear that and neither do you. So what are those thing holding back the provision, prosperity and blessings of God.
These THREE are the MAIN BUILDING BLOCKS to that DAM holding back your blessings:
NUMBER ONE. FEAR
Fear will stop any blessing of God as certain as a cork in a bottle stops what is contained from flowing out. It means you can't nor won't operate in faith. You will never step out because you doubt God and his word. Every wind that comes along will cause you to change your mind or be blown about so you never make a decision. Fear is s Spirit equally as influential to many as the Spirit of God. Spirit (the word) is Pneuma. That word also means wind. And it means the winds of fear blow on every person. It blew on Jesus in Gethsemane. But he chose to believe God. They blow on you. You must choose what to believe.
God says to YOU:
I have not given your the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
NUMBER TWO:.. SELFISHNESS (feeling sorry for yourself)
So many people are bound up in self pity, in self analysis, in feeling like everything is against you. The world and the devil reinforces this. He keeps telling you that you are a victim of circumstance and you deserve to feel sorry for yourself. To be entitled to a break by others. It's a lie of the devil that blinds you to the goodness of God in your life. So you love on the wrong side of the dam holding back your blessings. Look at what the Word of God says about this: Philippians 2:21:They all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
If you read what that really says, when you are all wrapped up in YOU and your self pity feeling sorry for yourself, you are not seeking after the interests of JESUS. That's a major block to the Blessings of God. He only can bless what is His will. Your self pity is not on the list.
NUMBER THREE... FOCUS ON PAST HURTS, BAD THINGS AND ABUSES
What makes this so insidious is that it is so easy. Living in the past is comfort. We know what happened and we can rehearse it again and again to justify ourselves. our failure, our actions. Meanwhile we are distracted, sidelined, out of action. Only one entity on the planet wants that to happen.. SATAN!! He wants you to never forget past or imagined hurts. Hurts of your ancestors. EVEN the Jews who saw thousands slaughtered ruthlessly came out of concentration camps and made a fruitful life with "never forget" as part of their understanding but not their excuse set. It's when the past forms our victim-hood that the block of hold back goes in the dam. Living in the past is fools paradise and stops God DEAD.
Forgetting is a gift of God, let's use it.
If we look at his word it becomes clear. Philippians 3:12-15 AMP 12 Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own. 13 I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. 15 So let those [of us] who are spiritually mature and full-grown have this mind and hold these convictions; and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also.
This is not designed to make anyone feel guilty, but to help you identify those things in your life that are holding back the blessings of God. He wants to, he really does, but YOU and I are the ones who build the huge dam that restrains him.
Let's tear down that wall, that dam and experience all God has for us on this side.