When you think about being blessed, what comes to mind? For many of us, it’s tangible things such as a certain amount of money, a nice home and car, gold, diamonds, designer clothes and shoes etc.
When we see people living in a mansion, driving fancy cars, and living an affluent lifestyle, we automatically say, those people are blessed. Right?
We have no idea what kind of person they are. We don’t know their strengths or struggles. We don’t know if they are strong, going through something, or if they are happy. We don’t even know if they got it honest or if they scammed their way to the top. We just equate their financial success to “a good life.”
But what’s really a good life?
If we never obtain a certain amount of money in life, does this mean our life isn’t good? Does this mean we aren’t blessed or successful?
So many of us are waiting for a breakthrough, and most of the breakthroughs we are waiting on is a financial breakthrough. Come on, let’s keep it one hundred. Because in the world money talks and … well you know the rest.
More of us are struggling than we want to admit. No matter how hard many of us work, we still worry about how our rent will get paid. Many of us work full time jobs but scrape the coin jar for gas money just to get to work and back home. Some of us go without food so that our kids can eat. Some people have to choose not to pay their electric bill so that they can afford rent for the month.
When our life is in a constant financial struggle, it’s easy to get bogged down with the cares of this world and the things we don’t have. We look at the people whose lives appear great on the surface, and we desire that “good life.”
We go to church and pray for our breakthrough. We pray prosperity prayers, and we name what we want and claim it, but somehow we never get the breakthrough we think we need.
God brought to my attention the other day that, sometimes our breakthrough isn’t in achieving a certain amount of money, sometimes our breakthrough is in the literal saving of our lives.
When God saves us from tragedy, that’s a breakthrough. We he delivers us from an addiction, that’s a breakthrough. When he heals our body, that’s a breakthrough. When he saves our marriage, that’s a breakthrough. When he provides for us on the daily, that’s a breakthrough. When Jesus saved our souls, that’s a breakthrough- the biggest breakthrough of them all.
John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
An abundant life isn’t about having an abundance of money, it’s about having an abundance of God’s love, mercy, and grace!
Don’t limit your blessings to monetary value. Life is way more valuable than money, worldly success, a great job, a big house, or a fancy car. Don’t get me wrong, these things are great, but they are things that do not matter when it comes to the preservation of our souls.
In this life, our health, strength, and peace of mind is worth more than money or anything money can buy.
It’s important that we stop attaching what it means to live a good life or to be blessed to a certain amount of money or worldly success.
Yes, being financially stable is a blessing, but so are the other things that we can’t touch like love, faith, God’s favor, His protection, and so much more!
When we leave this world, we can’t take our money or assets with us. All that will matter is if we accepted Jesus as our Lord and savior, did we love our fellow humans, and did we treat people the way we want to be treated. These things are things that truly matter.
We can’t buy our way into heaven. We can’t even buy our way out of the troubles of this life. No one is exempt from difficulties, not even the people who we believe are living a good life.
Life could be good for them, but that doesn’t mean those people don’t know struggle. Some people’s success is their testimony. Some people inherit wealth, but still, they experience some kind of struggle because nobody is perfect.
It’s time to redefine what being blessed means to us, especially as believers, because many of us are blessed and successful and we don’t even realize it, because our blessings or success doesn’t look like the world’s definition of success.
We’re too busy counting other people’s blessings.
If you are saved- you are blessed. If you are in your right mind, you are blessed. If you have a job, a home, food, a family, love in your heart, people who love you, peace that surpasses all understanding, a gift, a purpose- you are blessed!
Gratefulness is the key to success.
If you can be grateful for what you do have, God will amplify it!
Sometimes, your breakthrough is in your service to others. Instead of worrying about what you lack, be of service to someone else in need. Be the best human you can be to others- that’s a real blessing, and real success.
Don’t live a life of limitations, by putting limits on God, and what it means to live a good life and being blessed or successful.
Learn to be at ease with whatever way God chooses to bless you!
Don’t covet other people’s lives, be grateful for your own, and live your best life by being the best person you can be.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:8, “For your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
It’s time we put our trust in God, and be at peace knowing that He is our provider. Money doesn’t determine who we are, the blood of Jesus does!
We are God’s children. The Word of God calls us God heirs! Therefore no matter what difficulties we face and no matter what we lack in worldly possessions, God has already made provisions for us!
6You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
7The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
8The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
9The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. 11The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.
12The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.