Do you pray every day?
But no matter how many times you’ve asked, it seems like your prayers are never answered.
Have you ever wondered why?
The reason could be that you’re blocking your blessings.
Yes, it is possible to do things that unintentionally prevent God from giving you what you want.
God is generous and wants to bless His children, but sometimes we make it difficult for Him to do so.
If you want to find out if you’re blocking your blessings, here are some signs to watch out for:
Signs You’re Blocking Your Blessings
1. You don’t have faith
The first and most important thing you need in order to receive a blessing is faith.
Of course, faith is not something you can see or touch.
It’s a belief that God exists and that He is able to do what He says He will do.
Mark 11:22-24 says, “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
If you don’t have faith, it will be difficult for you to receive anything from God because you won’t believe that He is able to do it.
2. You are lazy
News flash: God is not going to bless your laziness.
In fact, God hates laziness.
The book of Proverbs is filled with verses that tell us just how much God hates laziness.
For example, Proverbs 19:15 says, “Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.”
Also, Proverbs 10:4 tells us, “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
In other words, if you want to be blessed, you need to work for it.
You can’t just sit around and expect blessings to come your way.
God blesses people according to their efforts, not according to their idleness.
So if you’re lazy, you’re probably blocking your own blessings.
3. You are always complaining
If you’re always complaining, you’re not going to be blessed.
The book of Philippians 2:14 says, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.”
And in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we are told to “give thanks in all circumstances.”
These verses make it clear that God does not bless complainers.
Basically, God is probably more likely to curse them.
Think I’m exaggerating?
The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for forty years because they complained about the food, the water, and the conditions.
They were so ungrateful that God finally had enough and decided to punish them by making them wander around in the wilderness until all the complainers had died off.
So if you want to be blessed, make an effort to be positive and grateful for what you have instead of always complaining about what you don’t have.
4. You are too proud
Pride is another big no-no if you want to be blessed.
God doesn’t like proud people.
The Bible says that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).
Believe it or not, God can stop His blessings from coming to you because of your pride.
For instance, He may not promote you at work because you are too proud to take advice from others.
Or He may not heal you from an illness because you are proud to confess your sins.
If you want to receive God’s blessings, then you need to check your pride at the door.
Ask God to help you get rid of your prideful ways, so you can start receiving His blessings.
5. You are running away from God’s will
Sometimes, we can block our own blessings without even realizing it.
Everyone has a unique path that God has laid out for them.
Unfortunately, some people never find out what God’s will is for their life.
Or worse, they find out what it is, but then they choose to walk away from it.
You say, “I would never do that!” But you may be doing it right now and not even realize it.
How can you tell if you are running away from God’s will?
Well, let’s say you are good with computers. You may have a talent for coding or web design.
But instead of pursuing a career in the tech industry, you decide to become a doctor.
You may think you are doing what’s best for your future.
But if it’s not in line with God’s will for your life, then it’s actually a blessing that you are running away from.
Nevertheless, if you don’t know what God’s will is for your life, that’s okay.
Just ask Him to reveal it to you.
6. You are always comparing yourself to others
Do you find yourself constantly comparing your life to other people’s lives?
You want God to bless you so you can have what they have.
But what you don’t realize is that you are actually blocking your own blessings by doing this.
The word of God says that we are not to compare ourselves with others (2 Corinthians 10:12).
God has a unique plan for each and every one of us.
So it doesn’t make sense to compare our lives to other people’s.
We all have different talents, abilities, and experiences.
And God wants us to use those things to bless others, not to compare ourselves to them.
Pray and ask God to forgive you for comparing yourself to others.
Then focus on being the best you can be and using your gifts and talents to bless others.
7. You are not a giver
Just briefly, if you want to know whether you’re a taker or a giver, ask yourself this question:
Are you more interested in what you can get from people or what you can give to them?
It’s not that giving is better than receiving.
But if you want an abundant life, you have to learn how to give.
The reason is simple:
It’s impossible to receive an abundant life if you’re not willing to give one.
God loves those who are generous, and He promises to bless them.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).
What does it mean to be a giver?
It means having a giving spirit and an attitude of generosity.
It means being quick to give without expecting anything in return.
God is a giver, and He wants His children to be like Him.
8. You don’t forgive others
Are you holding onto anger, resentment, or grudges towards others?
If you don’t forgive others, you’ll keep the door closed for blessings to come your way.
Unforgiveness will block your blessings because it keeps you in a state of bitterness, anger, and resentment.
Remember, our father prayerfully asked God to forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us (Matthew 6:12).
Make no mistake about it:
Unforgiveness is a sin.
It’s an offense against God, and it will hinder your relationship with Him.
My advice for you is to let go of your grudges and bitterness and ask God to help you forgive those who have hurt you.
Only then will you be able to experience the abundant life He has in store for you.
9. You are living in sin
Let’s face it.
If you are living in sin, you are not going to experience God’s blessings.
Sin blocks His blessings.
Most of the time, we sin and don’t even realize it.
We may think we are living a good life, but if we are not following God’s commands, we are sinning.
Here are some common sins that block God’s blessings:
- envy and jealousy
You may say, “I’m not perfect, but I try to do good.”
We all sin and fall short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23).
But if we are truly sorry for our sins and ask for forgiveness, He will forgive us and bless us.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
But if we willfully sin and do not repent, we cut ourselves off from His blessings.
So, take a close look at your life.
Are you living in sin?
If so, repent and ask God to forgive you.
Then turn away from your sin and ask Him to help you lead a life that is pleasing to Him.
One main sign that you’re blocking your blessings is that you’re constantly fearful.
Fear can be crippling and often indicates that we don’t trust God.
Think about it this way.
You want to start your own business, but you’re afraid of failing.
Or, you want to get married, but you’re afraid of being hurt again.
These are just a couple of examples, but fear can show up in many different ways.
If you’re constantly living in fear, it’s a sign that you’re not trusting God.
And when you don’t trust God, you’re not allowing Him to bless you the way He wants to.
Our heavenly father says, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you always.” (Matthew 28:20)
He also says in His word, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Cast your fears on Him, and He will take care of you. (1 Peter 5:7)
When you let go of your fears and trust God, you’ll be amazed at the blessings He pours into your life.
The best way to be blessed by God is to live a life that is pleasing to Him.
When we sin, we cut ourselves off from His blessings.
But when we repent of our sins and ask for forgiveness, He is faithful to forgive us and bless us.
So, if you feel like you’re not experiencing the blessings of God in your life, take a close look at your life and see if there are any areas that need to be addressed.
Then, ask God to help you turn away from your sin and live a life that is pleasing to Him.
He will bless you in ways you can’t even imagine.