A pivotal moment on my journey to the blessed life occurred when a man I hardly knew gave me an unexpected word from the Lord: “God wants to teach you about giving so that you can teach the Body of Christ.”
At the time I was a traveling evangelist, and all of my income came from love offerings I received from the churches where I preached. My income from offerings might be $800 one week and $200 the next. My wife Debbie and I just never knew. But early in our marriage, we had learned to trust God where our finances were concerned—and our income skyrocketed as a result.
The more Debbie and I gave, the more God gave to us. It was as if we were truly living out the old saying: You can’t out-give God. We were able to increase our giving to 70% of our gross income, and we found ourselves living more comfortably on 30% than we previously had on 90%.
Are You Blessed?
Since God brought us into that remarkable season of giving, I’ve done a lot of studying on God’s favor and what it looks like to have a “blessed life.” Being “blessed” means having supernatural power working for you. By contrast, being “cursed” means having supernatural power working against you.
The days of the blessed person are filled with divine “coincidences” and heavenly meaning. Blessed people may or may not be wealthy by the world’s standards, but they enjoy a quality of life that most billionaires would envy.
At several separate points in the book of Deuteronomy, God tells those who will obey Him that He will bless everything to which they put their hands (14:29, 15:10, 23:20, 28:8, 28:12). That’s God’s favor! Everything you touch does well. Blessing permeates every aspect of your life—health, relationships, work, family, emotions, and thoughts.
A Heart Transformation
Yes, as God’s people prosper, more money will come into the Kingdom. But much more important, our hearts will be changed!
No one is a natural-born giver. We are all born takers. We enter this world with a fallen sin nature, and at the heart of that nature is a tendency toward selfishness.
In contrast, God is a giver. The most widely known verse in the Bible tells us: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16).
Our Heavenly Father is generous beyond our ability to imagine. In contrast, it was selfishness and pride that caused Satan to be cast out of Heaven.
Yet many people in our culture have that picture exactly backwards. They see God as stingy and the devil as the one who likes to pass out favors.
I can tell you from personal experience, there’s no greater adventure on Earth than living the life of generosity and abundance that’s available to all of God’s people—but that so few ever dare to live. It is a journey of reward, blessings, and favor. So let your adventure begin!
This article in an excerpt from the book, The Blessed Life by Robert Morris. Used with permission. You can find it on Amazon and wherever books are sold
Robert Morris is the founding lead senior pastor of Gateway Church, a multicampus church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than 39,000 active members. Learn more at pastorrobert.com