What does a blessed life look like? Is it the person that lives in a mansion, drives multiple luxury cars, or has a different designer handbag for every day of the week? Maybe it's the one that has the biggest diamonds, most custom-made suits, or the largest shoe collection. It could be. Or the people I've described could be just like every other consumer that's living paycheck-to-paycheck and possibly one late payment away from filing for bankruptcy. How can you really tell the difference between someone that is blessed or burdened? The answer lies in their giving, not in their material possessions.
Being blessed isn't just about what you can buy for yourself, but it's about having the abundance to give. As noted in Genesis 24:35 your blessings ought to make you wealthy. Wealth is accumulated, not consumed. God may have blessed you with a good job, promotion, or new business, but that blessing can quickly become a burden if it's mismanaged. Proverbs 22:9 says, "The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor." Are you in a position to share generously? You're blessed, not because of what you have, but because of what you're able to give away.
From the pulpit to the very last pew, your "blessings" ought not be laced with debt. If they are, your blessings can become a burden and hinderance to your financial freedom. Trying to keep up with a consumer's lifestyle will also have you keeping up with their debt burdens. Some of the real housewives "looked" blessed before they filed for bankruptcy . If you really want to look blessed, show it in your giving. That is the true face of abundance.
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