Our society today is filled with too many people chasing blessings – instead of chasing after the one who blesses.
Too often, the only time God hears our voice is in a time of need or want. We go months or sometimes even years without speaking to God, but as soon as something tragic happens, He is the first name you call on.
That’s like calling up an old friend whom you haven’t spoken to in 5 years and asking them for a loan to pay your hospital bills. Not only are they not going to give it to you, they are going to think you are crazy too!
But for some odd reason, we seem to think it’s different with God. We think that we can just ask God to bless us, without even playing a part in the blessing itself. And then have the audacity to get mad at God for not answering our prayers.
You can’t play God like that, our heavenly father is not a sucker. Nor is he a magic wand. Yes, he is a miracle worker, but only to those who have a personal relationship with him. To experience favor from God, He has to be able to trust you first.
So today, I am dropping some very important knowledge on you… below are “3 character traits you must have” to prove to God that he can trust you enough to bless you. Enjoy!
The Character of A Champion
Character is one of, if not the most important things you must have if you are seeking to be blessed by God. Reason being, is because character goes beyond being a good person and having morals. Having character shows the type of heart you have and God is looking for people after his own heart…
After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do. -Acts 13:22
You have to understand the reasoning behind why God needs to trust you before he can bless you. See, if you don’t have the character of a champion you won’t be able to sustain the abundance of wealth that God desires to bless you with. Without the right character, the blessings will only bring out the worst in you.
If you crave power, you will abuse it and lose it. Which means God cant trust you enough to put you in a position of power. If you are greedy, your greed will cause you not to give back to others who are less fortunate, in fact you may even screw people over to get more money. Which means God can’t trust you enough to bless you with finances because you will rob others of their blessings.
If you’re not greedy, but you can’t manage money well and you are always in debt because of bad spending sprees, God still won’t bless you with finances because you will end up worse off then before. Another example, if you are a blabber mouth, always telling other people’s business, and your own friends can’t trust you to keep a secret, then how can God? Therefore he won’t bless you with wisdom because you can’t be trusted with knowledge.
Now you see why character is so important. God has your best interest at heart and he knows what you can and can’t handle so before you go blaming God for all your shortcomings, give your self a character check and see if you are even ready to be blessed.
Wherever you are in life, whether you like it or not, is a result of your character, because your choices explain your circumstances and your character explain your choices. Having the character of a champion requires you to be dependable and always willing to do the right thing, even if it hurts you.
You have to be willing to love beyond all faults and give up your right to hurt someone else for hurting you, cry behind closed doors & fight battles that nobody else even knows about. These are the types of character traits you must have to be blessed by God so he can use you to be a blessing to others. Do you have the character of a champion? Now, on the next most important trait you must have…
A Decisive Mind
If you lack the ability to make decisions and wander through life always playing both side of the fence, you will never get what God has for you. In fact, if you are a neutral minded person, you won’t even make a good friend because you aren’t dependable or trustworthy. You always play on both sides and do not have a decisive mind.
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.-Revelation 3:16
The #1 trait that God hates in people (more than liars) is luke-warmness. God can’t stand people who are both hot and cold. Which is quite understandable, because how can God trust you if He don’t know whose side you are on.
But this goes far beyond playing both sides and being lukewarm. The issue of not having a decisive mind comes from a lack of commitment, which I believe to be one of the biggest problems in society today. No one commits to anything anymore. Everyone seems to be satisfied with half-assing their way through life, just taking what they get can get from any and everybody, but never adding any value back into others lives.
Just take a look around. People don’t even take marriage seriously anymore. First sign of anything difficult, one -quick to pull out the divorce papers. What happened to for better or for worse? This is why the divorce rate is at an all time high, there’s no more commitment.
Or how about the parents who leave their children, put them up for adoption, or even worse, have an abortion. Where is the commitment? If you committed to having unprotected sex, then how dare you not commit to being a parent. A child shouldn’t be put off or murdered just because the parent failed to keep their commitment.
These type of folk lack a decisive mind because they are not willing to committ to anything. They play Russian Roulette with life and just roll with the punches, whether good or bad. But life doesn’t have to be that way. God desires for us all to live life in abundance but simple things like not having a decisive mind and not being able to commit is what holds you back.
If you are not able to make a simple decision and commit to that decision, that means you cant be trusted, therefore God can’t bless you. A major part of having a decisive mind involves committing to pay the cost of suffering to receive the blessing. I’ll use the game of football as an illustration.
NFL football, America’s favorite sport, the game we dedicate our entire Sundays to. We love watching our favorite players entertain us with fascinating superhero-like plays, but we don’t know the pain they have to endure behind the scenes. You don’t get too see your favorite players in the locker room after the game, icing their knees, taping their ankles, and wiping the blood off their toes from the blisters they receive during the game. You don’t know that at half-time, as you are watching the beautiful cheerleaders, your favorite player is getting his legs shot up with medicine to take away the pain so that he can finish the game.
That type of suffering takes a commitment far beyond measure. You see, there is always a cost to pay. There is no reward without pain, No progress without struggle. And no blessings without commitment. Do you have a decisive mind? Are you prepared to make a commitment to God? Which brings me to the last (but not least) most important trait you must have…
Do you believe that God is able? Do you believe that when God can trust you, He will bless you?
Many people claim to have faith in God, but do they really? It’s easy for you to say you have faith in God when everything is going well. But God is saying “show me the people that have faith in Me when everything is going bad and all hell is breaking loose”… that’s how you prove your faith to Him.
I have learned in my own life that if you want to receive anything from God that seems to be far fetched to the eyes on most, it will require a new level of faith – radical faith. When you have radical faith, nothing phases you and nothing can detour you away from believing in God. Yeah, you will go through hard times, and sometimes you feel like giving up, but that radical faith wont allow you to because you know that God won’t put you through more than you can bear.
I have learned to look at every trial as a blessing in disguise because you grow through what you go through. I have yet to go through something that God didn’t see me though. He knows how much you can handle and knows what you need to learn in order to get to the next level, which is the reason for the trails. It’s a test. Just like in school, you have to pass a test to get to the next grade. It’s the same with God, you have to show and prove you are ready to be blessed. And you do that by having radical faith.
Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. -Matthew 15:28
God loves us all, and he truly desires to bless our socks off… but we must do our part by developing the character of a champion, maintaining a decisive mind, and having radical faith to get the blessings that he already has waiting for us.
Can God Trust You Enough to Bless You? Talk to me in the comments below…