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,