Another new season, another 21 day fast to kick off the year! Each time God has asked me to fast there has been something very specific that He has wanted to show me. But not this year. For this fast, I went into the 21 days with no direction or word from the Lord. There were definitely a few days that I questioned if I even needed to be participating this year. It just didn’t seem like He had anything to speak to me.
It was discouraging and frustrating. I felt like as though I was sacrificing and being obedient without any reward. Many of my friends who were fasting as well were receiving major revelations and being presented with great opportunities! And me? I heard nothing. In fact, during the fast I had some extremely challenging days.
During the last 4 days of the fast, I was thrown a few curveballs. During a vent session with a close friend she said four words that shook my spirit: don’t block your blessings.
Don’t Block Your Blessings
Was I blocking myself from receiving a blessing because I was being bitter and blind? His goodness is all around us all the time. And many times, His answers to our prayers are so much grander than what we imagined, we don’t recognize it when it comes.
So, friends — what are you waiting on? Are you praying for a breakthrough? Well open your eyes. He may have already delivered!
Sometimes I think we forget that hearing from God at all is the biggest honor there could ever be. That He would find us worthy to even ask me hear Him speak is the greatest privilege. He is a good, good Father who wants to shower us with love and life abundant. He does not withhold from us. So, look around, take in the beauty, and think back to some prayer requests you have made in the past.
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Don’t block yourself from experiencing the blessings God has for you simply because you don’t recognize them when they come.
If you want to follow Me, you must deny yourself the things you think you want. You must pick up your cross and follow Me.
Matthew 15:24 | The Voice
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it, He throws caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon. His right-living, right-giving ways never run out, never wear out. This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.
2 Corinthians 9:8-11 | Message