I hardly ever sign off my emails ‘God Bless you’ but a lot of people do. I always felt it was a bit cheesy. Similarly I’ve always struggled with the idea of prosperity. I have shied away from the teaching and written it off. I’m still not entirely comfortable with it, but I have discovered something – I am incredibly blessed. And most of my life I have kept that blessing to myself.
I went to a conference in Harrogate at the start of the week where Bill Johnson from Bethel church was speaking. It’s not the type of conference I would normally go to, but I came away very encouraged. Johnson was not what I expected, and delivered some real nuggets. But the most amazing part came not at the conference (despite a lot of healings on the Tuesday night) but after the conference, the next morning.
I was walking into town and I had an incredible awareness of how blessed I am, how much I have to be grateful for, but more than that it felt like it was bursting out of me. As I walked into town I was machine gun blessing everyone and even ended up praying with a local business owner in their shop. I had a new understanding for what Jeremiah said about the fire in his belly that he couldn’t contain.
It made such a difference that I was blessing people from the blessing I had been given, from the awareness of God and all He had and was doing for me. It’s given me a new hunger for God, that excites me more than ever, because I am not just seeking God for my own benefit, but so I can share His blessings with others too. For so long I have stored up the stuff God has been teaching me for myself, it’s time to open the storehouse.
Luke 12: 16-21 “And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
We are blessed to bless others.