Barriers which block Blessing (part 1) – A Wrong Conclusion
I promised to handle with the item what kind of things are prohibiting to see this word/promises fullfilled.
In this article I shall open a bit a matter of the fact that sometimes we handle word/promises in wrong context.
Yesterday I get a comment including totally opposite word/message than mine. In addition to this also this word/message was in the Bible and in the books of prophets.
The situation is very typical. Even in the Bible we may see opposite perspectives on a matter at hand. Some ones have said that the Bible in itself is a contradictory and dissonant book. Anyway, don´t stare at only the words/message picked up from the context, but instead of that, look at the context and ask: In which situation and whom those words/message(s) are said or written. The context is the key to understand, what actually happened in the scenes and why something happened/was said/was written. Without this kind of contextual touch to the reading we may misunderstand something fundementaly wrong.
The same works in the line between preaching and listening or/and using such gifts of Holy Spirit as prophesying, words of knowledge or wisdom.
I give an example.
If a preacher or writer quote promises of the Bible saying for example ”Lord is saying that He is sending you grain and juice [of the grape] and oil, and you shall be satisfied with them–”
There are people in the assembly which take these promises and start to invoke to those in their own lives.
One of these people is taking the promise as an example of a prosperous believer. He/she is acting as the word would be true. Or even more, he/she is taking (in literal meaning) ”grain, juice and oil” by force. He/she is ”prophesying” to some of their own listeners that they should give money to a ”prophet”: ”Thus says Lord, sow a seed and you will prosper… Lord has spoken to me…” And in some cases he/she are continuing by saying…”If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.” (Comp. Isa 1: 19,20)
You may observe a subtlety in an the Bible and two different preachers: One an another preaching this Word and an another puting the Word to his/her own interests and picking the word up from its context.
It is ok to invoke to the Word of Lord in ones life – but only when one operates in accordance with the preconditions.
If there is misusing of Word of Lord in the scenes there can´t be any kind of blessing including it. The only way to get the results waited is to get the results by force (manipulating people). And there isn´t any kind of blessing including it, too.
When people around this kind of abusive preacher see this kind of bad fruits, they usually take a wrong conclusion: There is something wrong in the Word preached. Usually, there happens also that those people turn themselves to the opposite side of the matter reading texts of wrong prophets and teachings. Of course that is ok – but at the same time that is only opposite side of the matter.
1. There isn´t anything wrong in the Word itself. The mistake takes its place when one put the Word to a wrong context and/or try to manipulate with the Word people around him/her.
2. There isn´t anything wrong with gifts of prophesy/wisdom/knowledge. We will find those out of course if some one says that Lord says something, if Lord doesn´t do so…
And in every case we have to look around the context in which the Word is spoken/written at the first time.
For example in this quotation of Joel we may find deep repentance preceding the blessing of ”grain, juice and oil”. People have put their lives order before, then Lord gave and fulfilled His promise. The blessing didn´t just happen.
In this context the verse ”If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land…” is ok – but instead of that the verse used to manipulate people to do ones own will is out of context.
So we see here even two kind of barriers which keep us out of promises/blessings.
1) Misunderstood Word/teaching. Because we try to put/use Word/teaching out of context, we can´t see results promised.
2) Seeing misused Word/teaching and disappointment after that may cause that we are to refuse this kind of Word/teaching generally speaking.
Once more: Let´s keep Word/teachings in those context, so we may see also results promised and desired.