As a pastor I’ve been asked to bless everything from babies, businesses and sometimes even the dog Buddy. People get very excited to have the pastor bless something of value in their life. Truthfully, I’m honored when it happens.
But do you want to know a secret? I can’t bless anything.
Oh, I can pray for a blessing. I can speak a blessing. I can even claim a blessing, but the real blessing can only come from the Lord.
He is the one who truly showers us with blessings, and he is really good at it.
Here are six times on when God blesses us.
God blesses you when you know Jesus.
Ephesians 1:3, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
All of God’s blessings in your life start with Jesus. In fact, it finishes with him too. It’s impossible to experience the full measure of God’s blessing without knowing Jesus.
God blesses you when you learn his word.
Psalm 1:1-3, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.”
Want to know how to prosper in whatever you do? Learn God’s word. It’s key to his blessing in your life.
God blesses you when you trust him.
Jeremiah 17:7-8, “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Trusting in God means you have faith he will come through. When we don’t trust him, we end up trusting ourselves and that doesn’t work out too well.
God blesses you when you work for him.
2 Corinthians 9:8-10, “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: ‘They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.’ Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”
The reason God blesses us is not so that we can have more. He does it so that we can be a blessing to others and abound in every good work. Let me ask you… where are you serving? If you’re not serving, you’re missing out on the blessing.
God blesses you when you seek him first.
Matthew 6:30-33, “God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
We seek a lot of things in life – success, hobbies and happiness. That’s all well and good, but God truly blesses our life when we seek him first. Where is he on the priority scale of your life?
God blesses you when you tithe.
Malachi 3:10-11, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. ‘Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.’”
Let’s be honest, this is not a popular verse. In all the ways we seek blessing in our lives, this one is the least sought after. We don’t want God to touch our money.
However, it is the only place in all of scripture where we are called upon to test God. It’s as if he’s triple-dog-daring us to tithe to see if we can out-give him. I’ve been tithing for decades, and I know that blessing really does come when you give your first fruits – your 10% tithe – to God. Test him and see.
Zachary Elliott is the lead pastor of Fusion Christian Church in Temecula. For more information, visit https://www.fusionchristianchurch.com, https://fourminutefaithbuilder.com or find them on Instagram.