I Am a Good Christian, So Why Am I Not Being Blessed?

What Am I Doing Wrong?

Many of us miss out on the blessings that God wants to bestow upon us because we think we have not sinned – that we have no sin to confess. We say ‘I have not done anything wrong, so I have not sinned and so have no sin to confess’. We say this because we erroneously think that sin occurs in the doing; in our actions. But this is not what the bible teaches us about sin. See, if sin was solely based on actions (obeying a set of rules), then apostle Paul would have been sinless! We know this because he tells us that he was blameless (guiltless) with regards to the righteousness (purity or holiness) that comes from the law or works (see Philippians 3:6). But Paul knew better than to think he had no sin because he was flawless in obeying the ordinances of the law. He knew his righteousness was like a filthy rag (see Isaiah 64:6) in the sight of God and that only God could impart righteousness onto him (see 2 Corinthians 5:21)!

Lightbulb MomentLight-bulb moment: We can be perfect in our actions and still be full of sin, for sin is not measured by how well we are able to keep the law.

The question then is this: If sin is not about actions, when have I sinned? Jesus gives us the answer in the following passage:

“But I say to you that whoever looks at woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” – Matthew 5:27

Jesus is saying here that adultery (which is a sin) has already taken place when it reaches our hearts. In other words, we have to pay attention to our heart intentions. It is important to state that Jesus did not say ‘committed adultery with her in his mind’. If Jesus had said this, then sin would occur the moment we are tempted in our minds. But this is not so, for temptation is not sin. The scriptures tell us that Jesus Himself was tempted as a man in this world, but he did not sin (see Hebrews 4:15). Therefore, Jesus did not sin not because He was not tempted, but because He did not allow the temptation to reach His heart; He did not allow the temptation to linger long enough in His mind to enter His heart, but rather rebuked it away with the Word of God. Hallelujah!

Lightbulb MomentLight-bulb moment: Temptation only becomes sin when it crosses the barrier between our mind and enters into our hearts.

It is because sin has already taken place when temptation enters our hearts that the bible tells us that we deceive ourselves and that the truth is not in us if we say we have no sin (see 1 john 1:8). So you ask – how can I not sin? Well, here it is. The only way not to have any sin in our heart is to walk non-stop in the Spirit; we have to walk perfectly in the Spirit like Jesus did. Note that the bible tells us that if we are not walking in the Spirit, then we end up walking in the flesh or in sin (see Galatians 5:16). So, if you can master walking in the Spirit 24/7 for the rest of your life, then congratulations! You have no sin. If like us mere mortals (and you are being honest with yourself) you slip out of your Spirit-walk, then you have to confess your sins (see 1 John 1:9). The Hebrew word for sin (hata) literally means to ‘miss the mark’. We miss the mark when we are not walking in the Spirit. Conversely, we do not miss the mark when are walking in the Spirit (abiding in Him); this is why the bible says that whoever abides in Him does not sin (see 1 John 3:6). See, the challenge we fail is that of abiding in Him. It is not enough that He abides in us (that we have the Spirit), but we have to abide in Him ( walk in the Spirit). This is what Paul implores us to do (see Galatians 5:25).

Lightbulb MomentLight-bulb moment: If we say we have no sin, we are saying that we are walking perfectly in the Spirit. If we say we are walking in the Spirit perfectly, we have already deceived ourselves.

Now that we know we have fallen short, we have to check our hearts to see what is in there that is keeping us from God’s best. Is it the sin of unforgiveness? Is it lust? Is it envy or jealousy or pride? What is it? See, just because we put up all the barriers and boundaries we want so that we do not act on what is in our hearts does not mean we have no sin. All it means is that we are at best trying to keep ourselves and others from harm, and at worst hiding who we truly are by saying ‘see, my actions are flawless, therefore I am a righteous person’.

Lightbulb MomentLight-bulb moment: We fool ourselves when we do not take care of our sinful hearts (not sinful actions). While our actions determine whether other people are blessed, it is our heart intentions that determine whether we are blessed for those actions – for God cannot bless sin and disobedience.

Yes, God in His mercy can still pull us undeservedly out of situations and grant us favor, but with sinful hearts, we never experience the fullness of the riches of the inheritance that He has for us. To keep our hearts from being infiltrated by the temptations we endure, we must guard it with the sword of the Spirit (meditating on the word of God), prayer, command our angels to do battle on our behalf, and rebuke the enemy with His words flowing from our mouths. We must stay vigilant, humble, and surrendered.

When we fail to realize that sin occurs in the heart, we fail to put up barriers between our mind and heart and so we fall into sin immediately. Most of us spend our lives putting up all sorts of barriers (including locking ourselves away from the world because everything causes us to fall) between our heart and our actions without realizing that we have already sinned. It is those of us that do this that are always wondering why God is not moving in our lives! To this we usually fall into the trap of more legalistic law keeping or we simply convince ourselves that God does not have particular goodies for us! As if God withholds goodies from His children (see Matthew 7:11)

Food for Thought: If you are not eating of the good of the land, go to the doctor (see Paging Doc Jesus) to check your heart for you may very well have heart disease.

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3 responses to “I Am a Good Christian, So Why Am I Not Being Blessed?

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  2. ekule

    God bless you for your contribution on this topic.

    Our lives are made up of complex choices, errors, mysteries and so on that one single factor cannot sum up the reasons for why things are not working out (mostly financially) in our lives.

    A list of things can affect one’s (material/financial) life even after surrender:

    1. Consequences of wilful sins (can bring quick demotion in this sinful world where a child of God swimming against the evil current).

    2. Poor spiritual guidance or applying wrong solutions to mysteries.

    3. Spiritual laziness with prayer and faith -not seeking God’s face personally.

    4. Demonic manipulation due to doors unknowing opened by careless but very harmful sins.e.g. Abortion (God revealed to me the at point I committed that sin it was worse than witchcraft because it meant killing my own seed -it weakened my spiritual covering. Also, when the earth receives your kindred’s blood it won’t yield to you it’s strength -see Genesis). Repentance for these go beyond words of forgive me Father.

    5. Consequences of past sins (healing and recovery process from spiritual setbacks). All wounds both spiritual and physical need time to heal. The nurturing process should be considered also.

    6. We are livings beings in flesh on earth and that means God judges us by our actions, Yes! Actions confirms agreement with sin so our actions count a lot. The heart is the object under attack but what we finally do gravely affects our standing with God and laws set in motion by Him.

    If satan could only keep the thoughts in our mind and heart but we never have the chance to carry them out, then this world will be earth-heaven. Not carrying them out even when it’s in your mind or heart is what resisting temptation is partly. But like you emphasized in agreement with the Lord Jesus Christ, the supreme resistance is blocking it out of your heart completely.

    7. Witchcraft, Yes! People take for granted the influence of witchcraft (satan’s workforce on earth) on our lives but it’s as real as the sun. Wisdom in interactions and disclosure of personal prospects. Follow the leading of the Spirit.

    8. Prince of this present age, the devil. Earthly possessions are dealt out predominantly in this age to the children of the world. Compromises to get to the top that most worldly people are willing to make, God’s children will not make them in a heartbeat.

    9. Economics, shrewdness, hardwork, opportunity, parental financial platform, support, etc, also contributes.

    10. Mystery of life and God. History and the scriptures have shown since the early church that true Christians don’t get wealthy.

    Wealth takes focus, focus takes time, and time is life. Wealth is mannon and you will legally give it your focus, trust me! God will become secondary in your focus -the approval of Jesus Christ is our ultimate focus. God-given wealth however, comes after pruning plus all of the above.

    11. Earth isn’t Heaven! God’s promises may be intercepted in our lives due to our imperfections, ignorance, shortcomings and doubts. However, they will come fully blown for all eternity so in all the lack, doubt, limitation and so on, we just need to press on toward the price for nothing can be compared with what awaits us, His children.

    God bless us all!

  3. william

    Not only just Christians that don’t prosper, lot of descent people as well as evil people do not prosper. There just isn’t any justice in this world.

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