Blessing and favor….What does it look like?

What does blessing and favor on your life look like? How do you know that you are blessed, or that God has placed His favor on you? How can people look at you, and know that you are blessed?

I can tell you that the vast majority of people will relate it to money, and assets. Both personally, and externally when looking at someone else. You see someone with a lot of money, and you think they are blessed. You get a new car, you thank God, and post it on Facebook saying you are blessed. We see people living in big homes, and we think the favor of God is on them.

Sometimes it really is the favor of God. Sometimes they are taking advantage of people, and doing things they shouldn’t be doing in order to have those things.

The big question for this post is….Are the people who don’t have the things we normally equate to blessing, and favor blessed? For the people who are doing what God has asked them to do, the answer is 100% yes. Don’t just equate material things to blessing, and favor. God is so much bigger than that.

Sometimes the people who are being pressed down the most are the most blessed. I’m talking about the people who when you look at their life externally it looks like all hell is breaking loose, and their life is falling apart. God’s favor is on them in a tremendous way. You have to be pressed down, and shaken before you can run over with blessing. You have to be broken all the way down before you can be built back up into something new, and better.

When I went through basic training years ago I learned this lesson without knowing it. In the first half of basic training the drill sergeants beat you, break you down, and make you feel utterly defeated; however, it is only for the purpose of rebuilding you into a better soldier than you ever could have been before.

How can you know if God’s favor is on you? Ask yourself….Is He pressing me? Is He shaking me? Is He building me?

In the sermon on the mount Jesus tells us who the blessed people are. He talks about internal growth, not external things. Is He making you humble? Is He making you hunger, and thirst for righteousness? Have you been in a place of mourning? Not I, but Jesus says you are blessed. Those that have been in places where they needed mercy, are merciful to others. Those that have been in places of mourning, comfort others.

If you will follow Jesus no matter what might happen, or what it looks like, you will be blessed.

He is for you, and I am for you! He is only pressing you so that He can establish you!


What happened to humility?

It seems to me that too many of us went to college and majored in log removal-how to remove the log from your lying, hypocritical brother or sister’s eye. How to slam your neighbor if they disagree with you. How to be hateful, and condemning in a Facebook post. How to post inappropriate pictures that show death and destruction on Facebook that you would never want your kids to see. Etc.

I see too many posts that say if you believe this, and not that you are a lying hypocrite. These keyboard warriors are really slamming these obviously ignorant people. The problem is that most of them are not offering any ideas, solutions, or putting forth any real action to solve the problems. We are demanding very difficult situations to be fixed, but acting as if we shouldn’t be the ones to do it. Let’s use the refugees for an example. Most of the people posting on this situation aren’t writing any checks to get them here, and they aren’t equipping their spare bedrooms to house them. We care enough to slam others, but we don’t care enough to inconvenience ourselves. Lets use an easier one. The county I live in has 25% of the children who live here go hungry when they are not at school. The county I live in also has way more than enough money to fix that problem. The question is who is contributing to help? Who even knows it’s a problem? Who is more worried about being right, and making their opinions known? We can war on the digital battlefield all day, all week, all year, forever, or we can humble ourselves and try to make a tangible difference while we have the chance. Hire someone, train someone, donate, open your home, do something. If you are passionate about the refugees then do something about it, not in the digital world, but the world you walk in. If it hurts your heart to see kids go hungry then do something about it.

We need to go back to school. We need to spend some more time with Jesus. The course He taught on this area was called spec removal-how to see that you are jacked up enough that you will never need to worry about the log in your brother or sister’s eye. How to walk in humility, and see the hurting people around you. How to see that it’s not all about your opinion, and realize you are empowered to raise people up. How to not waste time on senseless arguments, and to work at making a difference through loving people. Etc

We need to remember we were made perfect, and righteous by Him, but we also need to remember to renew our minds everyday. Our theology isn’t nearly as good as we think it is, we aren’t nearly as right as we think we are, and our perspective isn’t the only angle from which people can see things.

Let’s pray for each other rather than bash each other. Let’s put our heads together, and come up with solutions. Let’s put our hands together in order to implement those solutions. Let’s love and encourage one another, and spur each other on to good works.

Let’s live our lives Kingdom first!