I sit and I think back to some old hymn and think of some lady in the choir passionately singing, “don’t forget where your blessings come from!” The way this statement is normally presented leans towards the understanding that “God is blessing you, so don’t forget and become cocky thinking that it is you.” The danger in this way of thinking is that people automatically assume that if they are getting more money, new job positions, etc., that it is undoubtedly coming from God, and that is the danger.
Just because you got what you feel is a blessing, doesn’t mean that it came from God. We need to understand that God is not going to bless mess. God is not going to bless us as we strive for sin, as that would be counter to His very own character. So if the blessing does not come from God, where does it come from? You guessed it, Satan. You don’t believe me? Let’s look at scripture then, such as when Yeshua (Jesus) was tempted in the wilderness.
Luke 4:5-7 states: 5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
Satan actually went as far as to offer the son of God all power and splendor if He would worship him. The devil acknowledges that all of that splendor has been given to him to give to whomever he wants, and if he is willing to try and tempt that powerful Christ (who even outranks him in the Spirit realm), how much more is he willing to tempt YOU?
Don’t get me wrong! God does bless His children. But, because God is just, He’s not going to bless you for disobedience. Every blessing God offers is contingent with righteousness, such as in Psalm 5:12, where it states, “Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” The key to God’s blessings, however, are that you are righteous, seeking Him, and living according to His ways.
So, if you’re not living for God, and yet and still you are: getting money, getting paid, being surrounded by friends, getting new jobs, etc., you may want to question where that is coming from. Satan is more than happy and capable, as we see in scripture, of giving you the pleasures of the world for worshiping him. If your life is full of lying, cheating, stealing, hatred, lust, fornication, hurting the innocent, and all other types of wickedness and yet you are still “balling,” then you can typically rest assured that there is a “god” that is “blessing” you but it’s not the holy one, rather the prince of this world (John 16:11).
On that note, I do implore you, to consider where your blessings come from! Consider not only so that you will remain humble in the blessings that God give you, but also that you will distinguish from that which is NOT from God. For if you are being gifted by the enemy, what value of a gift is it but rather a curse. Everything that glitters is not gold, and everything that you get is not from God. Be smart, be holy, and be blessed… truly!
By the grace of God,
“The best way to destroy someone is slowly so that they won’t recognize what is happening until it’s too late, and then when the final blow is dealt, they will not be able to defend themselves from it.” ~Kelvin N. Broadus, from ‘Life Warfare’
When we are going through this life, we must realize that we are not only under constant assault, but that we must also be careful not to constantly support our own destruction. By all means, when we face an obvious threat and are backed into the corner, we typically will bite, scratch, and claw our way out or give it every effort to escape. However, what about those times when it isn’t so obvious?
Many times, we are under assault and don’t even know it. We are even supporting it progressively, and not even aware. Every negative, meditative thought is a subtle attack on the abundant, at peace life that we are promised by our creator! This is why the Bible admonishes us in “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor 10:5). These types of thoughts are sent to us by our enemies, both internally and externally, skillfully orchestrated by the “powers and principalities” that exist to keep us from becoming all that we are destined to become. And, they are so subtle, that we will often excuse them away from being the progressive, detrimental threat that they truly are, a threat that will ultimately lead to your stagnation and/or destruction.
Know this… the enemy is real! And, he is a their who “comes only to steal and kill and destroy!” (John 10:10). This spiritual enemy is after you so “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). Understanding how such an enemy operates will help equip you to overcome, BUT YOU MUST RECOGNIZE the SUBTLE and PROGRESSIVE approach!!
Even an lion in the jungle is progressive. The lion hides in tall grass watching the groups of prey, and just the same, your enemy is looking at more than just you seeing which if you is easiest to pick off. It is an intimidation game, and just as the animals being watched feel the tension in the air and don’t recognize the source, people also will feel the danger in the air and excuse it to be paranoia, all the while progressively developing more doubt, fear, and even sabotaging themselves with their own constant negative meditation and negative thought. This weakens you over time, gradually, and while this lion is still hiding in the grass without you recognizing the mind game being played on you, he waits until you become weak enough… and then… ATTACK!!!
Unfortunately, by then, your faith has become so weak, and you’ve been battered emotionally so long, that you are now helpless to fight it. This is why it is so very important to constantly pray (without ceasing), FEED your SPIRIT with the Word of God, fellowship with encouraging (COURAGE) people who will help support and empower you, and seek God’s guidance in every situation!
The devils is as a lion, but you don’t have to be the victim. Stay strong in the faith and faith building connections and activities. Don’t be the victim. All of the lion’s prey are not successfully taken, and neither do you have to be! One major key, however, is to stop the PROGRESSIVE attacks (negative thoughts, words, affiliations, etc.), and this will be your victory, in the name of Yeshua.
Bless you indeed, by the grace of God,