Losing out on blessings: Knowing who we are
What is the hindrance of believing and receiving God's blessings could be yourself; thinking that you are unworthy, thinking that blessings and favours of God is through doing good works and serving long enough in God's ministry - the more I do, the more I will be blessed.
Did Jesus redeem us by dying on the cross because we have so much sin that only death can be the ultimate measure? No, He was there on the Cross and His death is for a simple reason; He loves us (*John 3:16) and wants to revert us to the privileges where we should possessed initially – to have a relationship directly with God.
Many of times we create boundaries within ourselves in fear of the unknown. We hold so tightly to ourselves and with the much that we have, in lieu of the abundance of what God can give to us.
We are human, and we are fearful to step out of this 'self'. I always imagine, that we live in this 'transparent non-penetrative world dangers and harm proof bubble' that keep us free from the dangers of the world. We will rather not receive (thinking we are self-sufficient) what He has for us and hold on to what we have and continue to live in this self-contained bubble.
Let us just look back to that day when we are born into the world, we had nothing, we are naked and bare. This 'self' was once empty. Now look at ourselves today; we are who we are today, we have what we have today because God has given us all things.
"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised." Job 1:21(NIV)
It is the containment of us within ourselves that has refrained us from further blessings and favours that God cannot wait to give us.
Receiving our blessings: After knowing who we are
We should live like Kings and Queens on earth because of what God has given us. We are the children/heir to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
To know the greatest love of God and what He has done for us is the road to repentance. Hence, also the beginning of receiving super abounding grace and favours in your life. There is no benchmark in determining the goodness and blessings you will receive. It is once again His wonderful love and grace.
Free your life in the crutches of self and the world's expectation of you - our life is beyond ourselves and beyond this world because we are the heirs to Jesus who love us very much; He has brought heaven to earth for us and we should live in victory today and everyday of our lives on earth.
Dear Lord Father, I give you thanks and praise for the life you have given us, the victorious life and the freedom from sins that you have exchange for us through Your death. I pray O God, set us free from the crutches (self, disappointment, anger, sadness, etc.) that we held so tightly on and filled us with Your super abounding blessings, grace and favours. Dear Lord, continue to work in us in areas that need to be change and transform. God, I pray that in this year we will be able to draw closer to You and experience wonderful encounters of You through prayers and through spending time with You. O God, continue to guide our every step of our lives in the world. I pray for blessings upon blessings, favours upon favours to fall in our lives in this coming year. Thank You God, for loving us so much and in Jesus name I pray. Amen. =)
*John 3:16 (NIV)
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.