henry-fernandez.pngAre you blessed today? If you’re a Christian, I can pretty much guess what your response to that question would be.

You’d probably say something like, “Of course I’m blessed. As a matter of fact, I’m blessed and highly favored of the Lord.”

And I would have no reason to disagree with you, because that’s exactly what the Bible says about you, as a child of God. It calls you an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17), which means you share in everything He has. You have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3).

Everything you will ever need, God has provided.

But when I ask if you’re blessed, what I really want to know is: Are you truly walking in the fullness of God’s blessings or are you confusing His blessings with those materials things you obtain through worldly accomplishments?

Just because you have a good-paying job, live in a nice house, drive a fine car and have a sizeable bank account does not mean you are living in the blessings of God. Many people fall into that category. In fact, a majority of the world’s wealth is found in worldly circles and not among Christians. But if you were to ask most of them how they came about receiving all they have, most likely their road to success would not include God.

Proverbs 10:22 says, “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” The New Living Translation reads: “The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” You may have a nice, big house but how many jobs are you working just to pay the monthly mortgage? You’re driving a luxury car but how much of a struggle is it to keep up the payments?

The job you have pays well but, in reality, it may be a dead end position that’s leading nowhere.

I don’t know how you view it but, to me, those circumstances don’t match up with how the Bible describes God’s blessing. Look at it again: “The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” In other words, God’s blessings do not come with strings attached.

There is no sorrow, pain or discomfort involved. When God blesses you, He sees to it that you have peace and can enjoy what He has given you. You never have reason to worry.

I’m talking about owning a house and not having to work two or three jobs to pay the mortgage. I mean driving a nice car and not owing the bank anything on it. I’m talking about being so blessed financially that, whenever you see someone in need, you don’t have to pass him or her by. You have the resources to meet his or her need because God has so generously met yours.

Living a prosperous life is part of our inheritance as God’s children. Having what we need and more is what Jesus was referring to in John 10:10 when He said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” He didn’t intend for us to live on a beans-and-rice diet, never having anything or just barely making it.

What kind of witness would that be when we’re trying to win the world to the Lord?

Our life has to represent a balance of the spiritual and the natural. Apostle Paul made that clear in 3 John 2 when he said, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

The only true way to receive the blessings of the Lord is to release the Word of God to work in your life. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Find out what God has to say about it first and then do it His way and not your way.

There is a path that leads to the true blessings of God and it begins with His Word. Get on the right path and begin to enjoy the blessings of the Lord.

Henry Fernandez is senior pastor of The Faith Center Ministries in Sunrise, Florida, and is author of the book, Faith, Family & Finances: Strong Foundations for a Better Life. For more information, go to www.henryfernandez.org or call 1-954-742-7832.