You may ask, is this all there is to the blessing? Well, there is still one more thing,
Like I said, the kingdom is all encompassing, once it advances and there is progress, you who herald the kingdom on your shoulder and with your life are not left out
“8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Josh. 1: 8
“18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” Deut. 8: 18.
“6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Hosea 4: 6.
Knowledge spans beyond being acquainted with information, it reaches to having deep insight and understanding on the working principles, dynamics and the workability of a phenomenon. Irrespective of what we desire in life, its meat-and-potatoes are all embedded in scripture; and like I earlier on said, the Holy Spirit who is the greatest asset God has given to the church. Spirits are known predominantly by two things, the territories they lord over (prince or Persia, Ephesus e.t.c.) and their most predominant character (spirit of Love, anger. e.t.c.)
The Holy Spirit is a spirit that reveals truths. All realities of what we are and what Christ has made us to be are embedded in the word and is revealed not by mental juggernaut, but by staying with the Holy Spirit. No one learns without either sitting or walking with the teacher, or learning from the experience of others (in this context, learning by experience is detrimental) and it happens that the things of God are reveled. Staying out with the Spirit that reveals truth will bring about inspirations on what to do, how to do it and when it should be done.
What to do to bring wealth and riches will be whispered into your ears by the Holy Spirit and a man’s gift makes way for him. It is the works of your hands that God will bless and cause to increase and multiply; never forget that he is king and will better back up what he orchestrates.
Just as Jacob who had the blessing from His father Isaac, it was by the spirit he learnt the technology in genetics that gave him the result he got while crossbreeding.
“37 And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. 38 And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink. 39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted. 40 And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban’s cattle. 41 And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.42 But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban’s, and the stronger Jacob’s.” Gen. 30: 37- 42.
How can a man who has no connect and touch with God be able to have this result? It is impossible.
See what His father in-law had earlier on said,
“27 And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.” Gen. 30: 26
Let us look at another personalization of what the blessing is.
“30 And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship; 32 And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, 33 And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work. 34 And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35 Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work. ” Gen 35: 30- 35
The Spirit of God is the teacher of all, just he instructs Joshua war strategy, teaches him how to prosper and have good success, Bezaleel and Aholiab to be excellent craftsmen in all manner of workmanship in gold, silver, brass, stone cutting, wood work, embroidery in linen, scarlet and also in weaving, he can do even much more in this dispensation where He is the key player at work.
Being blessed is simply being empowered to succeed, being endued with potential and ability to do, proffer and deliver what is supernatural, impossible and offer what money cannot buy.
A blessing like I said way earlier can turn a parched dry land into a forest, a wilderness into a fruitful vine.
Mortality is a curse that came into power at the fall and therefore cannot be used as a yardstick to ascertain or clearly epitomize something divine.
The blessing therefore is the residence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer, this is the greatest investment God has in the earth and in us because by Him, all things can and will be done. Even the word of God which always proceeds after His Spirit cannot do much without the Spirits’ backing. Blessing has a synonym, and it is ‘Solution’ being blessed is simply being a solution to a problem, blessing from God’s perspective (that very blessing that makes rich and adds no sorrow to it) isn’t giving having ten billion in your local currency in your account, otherwise, the world wealthiest men who do not believe in God necessarily would be the most blessed and we know that God is king, we also know that you cannot enforce or see the expression of the blessings of a king over a rebellious subject.
The likes of El Chapo of Mexico will be termed “blessed” if blessing is measured by material possession. Blessing is measured by how much kingdom impact one has made on the earth surface, do you realize that when such impact are made, there is joy and peace in the heart of the doer, this joy and peace cannot be easily eroded. They are attributes that was furnished by a spirit therefore natural and material things (present or absent) cannot kill it.
“16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. ” Prov. 18: 16.
“29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” Prov. 22: 29.
Collating these two scriptures, any diligent impact maker will have material stuff in abundance.
“11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?” 1 Cor. 9: 11.
A man who has been made a blessing (empowered and endued) and sent on a mission (kingdom mandate) will never lack provision, if it will take God to cause ravens to bring food to him, or cause the earth to vomit its treasures before his feet, God would do that and much more if this vessel is configured for the task and is in right alignment.
I am of the believe that money and other material things help to serve God better and facilitate the spread of the gospel, grace is the fuel by which the economy of God runs, the money and other resource such as skill and knowledge are also the fuel upon which the gospel will glide and reach the uttermost part of the earth.
Money and other material things will help you reach the unreached via print, press and other media; organizing social and welfare services by which many will experientially see the loving and caring arm of Jesus, “15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” James 2: 15- 16.
The first minister of the gospel to buy a jet bought a jumbo jet which was used to transport relief materials to people in dire need; ministers with very busy catalogue or are often needed in places of with great distances between then and within a short period of time will need a very fast transportation medium and may need a jet, cargo planes and ships could be needed for transportation of materials, these I believe are not bad in themselves, but they are not the blessing, they are the products of the blessing and our eyes shouldn’t be basically fixed on them, neither should our success in obeying the kingdom mandate be measured by these.
Moreover, see what the scripture says, “17 Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.” Zech. 1: 17.
The blessing is directed related to the spirit and the soul of a man, while its products are intended to meet the physical or carnal needs of men.
As believers, we must periodically recheck and reorder our priorities; in all what we uphold as a doctrine and principle, we must compare everything with The Divine Reference (The Bible), The is always what the devil has sought to do, take us to a point where we cannot come to be recalibrated by the master instrument.
Let all we do be balanced and accurately founded on scripture without any form of bias. Your quest for prosperity without purpose will open a door way for mammon to possess your soul, there are only two lords, God and mammon and no one can serve or pledge loyalty or seek the two simultaneously “24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matt. 6: 24.
The ultimate pattern laid said this: “34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matt. 6: 34