Do you feel like you’re working and struggling to achieve your dreams? You’re not meant to do all the work! Find out how THE BLESSING will get you there.
Toiling and working, and working and toiling. Does that sound like your life? Sometimes it can feel like you’re spinning your wheels and getting nowhere—struggling to advance but facing setback after setback, or simply staying in the same place year after year. Certainly, there is an adversary who is always ready and willing to throw hindrances your way, but what if increase and advancement could be achieved with a simple tweak in your thinking?
THE BLESSING of the Lord was established by God to enforce all your covenant rights and advance you along in life, but sometimes it can be tempting to flip over to the natural and try to take the reins yourself. The unintended consequence ends up including delay and frustration.
God has put in each one of us the natural instinct to work hard, but we must balance our own work with a submission to the supernatural. If you’re ready to stop running, struggling and toiling to reach your dreams, goals and vision—begin to change your thinking with these five ways to put THE BLESSING to work in your life.
1. Let THE BLESSING Make You Rich
“The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.” –Proverbs 10:22 (NKJV)
In this verse, that word translated sorrow literally means “to toil.” Now, there’s nothing wrong with work. The Bible says, “If you don’t work, you don’t eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10, MSG). Work is a requirement for advancement, and the Bible is clear that diligence is required for promotion, increase and wealth. However, there is a difference between work and toil.
Work is putting your hands to something, so God can prosper and increase you (Deuteronomy 28:8). Toil is taking the responsibility and pressure of provision onto yourself. Some Christians have argued, “Well, I have to earn a living.”
Of this reasoning, Kenneth Copeland says this:
“Did you earn your salvation? No. You got it by grace and through faith. Did you earn the baptism in the Holy Ghost? How did you get it? Did you earn healing? How did you get that? Well, what makes you think you have to earn your money?”
You need to work, but you don’t need to make your own living. If you gather it for yourself, it works like a bag with holes in it. THE BLESSING of the Lord is what makes you rich—He makes you rich. The more you study, the more you’ll realize that THE BLESSING of the Lord, is the glory of the Lord, is the Spirit of the Lord, is the Lord Himself. He is THE BLESSING.
You don’t have to toil to be rich. A janitor can be rich and have a jet. Maybe you’re thinking, What does a janitor need with a jet? Well, it depends on what he does on the weekends! Maybe he’s preaching to the world on the weekends. If a man or woman is on assignment for Jesus, then that person does not live on his or her salary alone.
Each year when his board of directors determines his salary, Jerry Savelle—after thanking them—makes a personal declaration saying, “My salary is not my income. God is the source of my income, and my income will far exceed my salary.”
The same is true for you. You’re called to work, but not to struggle or toil. How do you do this? You do your work as working for the Lord, and you shift your mindset over to believing your income will far exceed your salary because God, not your salary, is your Source. You begin to rest and not worry about your finances, and you give your financial cares over to the Lord. Jesus went to great lengths to secure THE BLESSING for you, so you could be made rich and become a BLESSING to the world around you. His intention is for you to be made wealthy, not just for your own enjoyment, but for the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
When you prosper, you can bring THE BLESSING to the dark places of the world around you. Wealthy believers are Satan’s worst nightmare. They fund ministries, they support missionaries, and they pay off houses and cars.
Watch Gloria Copeland and Pastor George Pearsons share how THE BLESSING is more than enough.
When you come across someone in need—a single mom who is struggling and needs a car, for example—and you’re living on THE BLESSING, you don’t just sit there—you buy the car! That’s why now is the time to become BLESSING-minded and know that it isn’t your job, but THE BLESSING, that will make you rich!
2. Let THE BLESSING Promote You
“The houses will be richly stocked with goods you did not produce. You will draw water from cisterns you did not dig, and you will eat from vineyards and olive trees you did not plant.” –Deuteronomy 6:11 (NLT)
So many times, Christians feel the need to fight their way to the top. There are even some who are willing to vote with those who promote immorality to protect their Social Security, Medicare or anything else they feel will help them advance in life. But God put THE BLESSING in place so we don’t have to toil, struggle or rely on man to be promoted in any area of our lives.
THE BLESSING will promote you even when you aren’t qualified in the natural. It will promote you when the world says you aren’t enough; it will promote you when you’ve had one setback after another; it will promote you when you’re surrounded by enemies who want to keep you from ever reaching your destination. But you have to let THE BLESSING do the work.
When you’re operating in the natural, you edge out the supernatural because you’re putting the energy of your faith toward yourself, rather than toward God. When you learn to step back and stop fighting in your own strength and allow God to promote you, you’ll see advancements you never dreamed possible. As Kenneth Copeland says, “THE BLESSING will make a somebody out of nobody.”
That’s what happened to Joseph when he was given a dream and vision for his life. That dream all but died right there in the pit where his brothers threw him. There was nothing he could do to promote himself out of that situation. But THE BLESSING was there—that’s what kept his brothers from killing him. THE BLESSING is what sent that caravan from Egypt to the right place and the right time, to fish him out of his pit and off to his destiny.
Are you in a pit today? Have you been stuck in a place where it seems there is no way out or no possibility of advancement? Take a step back and invite God into your situation. Let THE BLESSING do the work and promote you to positions you’re not qualified for, to houses that have always seemed out of your price range, to ministries that seemed so far off, and to relationships you could never establish on your own.
Joseph was in a situation where he could do nothing on his own. He was a slave and then a prisoner, but the Bible says, “The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered” (Genesis 39:2, NIV). Notice, it doesn’t say Joseph prospered because of his race, his influential family, his education, his social status or his intelligence. No, THE BLESSING is what made Joseph prosper and receive a promotion to the second most powerful position in the world.
THE BLESSING of the Lord doesn’t care where you are or where you came from. Stop fighting the world and trying to prove yourself. Let THE BLESSING promote you, and you’ll find yourself in a palace!
3. Let THE BLESSING Defend You
“The Lord is your mighty defender.” –Deuteronomy 32:4 (GNT)
When you’ve been wronged, slighted or downright betrayed, do you spring into action to defend yourself? When you’ve been wronged, it can be tempting to rise up and take action, and sometimes the Lord will tell you to do just that. However, you shouldn’t defend yourself without His backing.
Joseph never defended himself against Potiphar. He didn’t spend time fighting to get out of prison. He waited, and he let THE BLESSING take care of it. It didn’t happen overnight, but God avenged him in every way possible. There is no defender greater than our God.
You don’t have to fight your own fight. You don’t have to defend yourself and look out for your own rights. If you humble yourself and step out of the way, THE BLESSING will go ahead of you and prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies.
This is an important lesson to learn because when you walk in THE BLESSING, you will be persecuted. You will have a hundredfold return, with houses and lands that come from THE BLESSING, along with persecutions (Mark 10:30). THE BLESSING on you will make people envious of you, and they will persecute you. But don’t pay any attention to it.
Watch Gloria Copeland and Pastor George Pearsons teach about God’s supernatural system of promotion.
Clothe yourself with humility. Cast your cares over on Jesus. When you put the situation that has concerned you into His hands and say to Him, “Lord, will You take care of this for me?” He says, “Of course I will!”
4. Let THE BLESSING Anoint You
“His anointing teaches you about all things.”—1 John 2:27 (NIV)
You don’t have to have it all figured out. Depending on your personality type, that will either be easy or tough to handle! Have you ever run up against a situation and thought, This is hopeless or I’ll never be able to do that? Well, think again. No situation is hopeless when you factor in the anointing. The anointing factor is the very power of God at work in your situation.
It is God doing those things in your life that only God can do. When your mind and flesh try to take over in these situations, you soon realize, I just don’t have the strength. I don’t have what it takes to combat this thing and win against it. That’s when you can step back and allow the power of God in your spirit—the anointing—to take over.
THE BLESSING will anoint you to fight your battles and prosper even in a famine. Think about it—how did Joseph know how to run a ranch and a wealthy man’s property? THE BLESSING of the Lord gave him the mind of Christ—the mind of the Anointed One. THE BLESSING anointed Joseph, who made Potiphar rich, and then made Pharaoh the richest man in the world.
The same anointing that was on the mind of Jesus when He was ministering on this earth is the same anointing available to you right now. But it has to be obtained and released by faith.
That’s why Abraham was so strong in faith—He was BLESSED! He learned how to receive and how to depend on THE BLESSING. As long as he depended on it, it didn’t matter where he dug a hole—he hit water.
People will always tell you why you can’t do something. But once you find out the will of God for you, confer no longer with flesh and blood. Let THE BLESSING take you where no one thinks you can go. THE BLESSING will bring you revelation knowledge. It is the gateway to the supernatural.
When you’re facing a situation, a goal or a job that requires anointing, don’t wear yourself out, wracking your brain hour after hour, searching every nook and cranny for the answer. If you knew what to do, it wouldn’t be a trial. So, count it all joy, and sit down in God’s rest, believing His wisdom is on the way.
You have a covenant right to expect the power of God in your life to work on your behalf. Factor in the power of God’s Word. Factor in the power of His Spirit. Factor in the Anointing. Let THE BLESSING do the work, and watch those circumstances change!
5. Let THE BLESSING Preach the Gospel
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” –John 10:10 (ESV)
It’s fun to talk about the ways THE BLESSING can make us rich, promote us, defend us and anoint us, but above all, THE BLESSING preaches the gospel to a lost world. When you’re living in THE BLESSING, you aren’t spending your time worrying or toiling—you have the time, energy, money and anointing to minister to others, and you’re an example of what it looks like to be a child of the Most High God.
When you’re walking and living in THE BLESSING, you shine a light in a dark world. People will naturally be drawn to you—they’ll want what you have! Everyone wants to live BLESSED, and you’ll know how to help them get there. THE BLESSING is the gospel of Jesus Christ! Take it and be a witness as He’s called you to do.
It’s time to put THE BLESSING to work in every area of your life! Any area of your life where you’ve been held back, there’s only one thing missing—THE BLESSING. No more toiling, no more struggling, no more standing in a defensive posture, and no more guesswork—let THE BLESSING do the work for you!
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