Blessing Blocker 5: Being Stingy
I covered this one in depth in a previous post, “Is being frugal actually keeping you broke?”(Check it later)
But I just think God’s financial wisdom is fascinating. It’s literally the exact opposite of what the world teaches.
Proverbs 11:24-25 shows us the key to becoming wealthy:
“Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.
The generous will prosper…”
Another translation puts it this way:
“Some give freely and still get richer, while others are stingy but grow still poorer.
The person who blesses others will prosper…”
He literally tells us the decision making process that will make you wealthy and prosperous: Give freely and be generous.
Giving freely and generously = Blessings unlocked.
So how do we lose everything and grow poor?
But stingy doesn’t mean what you think it means. Most of us would say that we’re not stingy. We often think stingy people are greedy people rubbing their hands together with an evil, money hoarding plot…
But then I looked up the definition,
The definition of stingy is “unwilling to give, unwilling to spend, ungenerous.”
Can you see that?
If you are unwilling to give, unwilling to spend, or if you’re ungenerous = #blessingsblocked!
How To Unlock Your Blessing
Now that you know the five main blessing blocker, what are you going to do about it?
You can say, “Oh those don’t apply to me, the reason I’m broke right now is __________.” And fill in that blank with some justified excuse…
OR, you can take 20 minutes on your drive to work today and examine yourself.
Say, “God I ask you to show me if there is anything in my life that is blocking my blessing. I want to own up to it, I take full responsibility. Show me the areas I need to improve in so we can weed them out.”
Then be silent.
Listen to what He tells you.
Then do it. Repent. Fix it. And move forward.
And one last tip:
After you’ve weeded out your blessing blockers, the next step is to expect blessings to flow in your life!
Look for them, expect them, keep an open eye for them.
When you walk into a job interview, expect to get it!
When you enter a contest, expect to win it!
When there’s a big sale or business deal coming up, expect to close it!
You walk in the blessing now, it’s who you are, you are a Blessed One.
Get used to it.