You’ve been blessed to be a blessing! So great are your blessings that you can walk through rising rivers and not be swept away and run all out and not faint. Remain focused on Me and watch your blessings grow.


Let me blow your mind a little this morning with a revelation I’m sure you’ve never been told: It takes hard work and commitment to be blessed.

What? Aren’t you just blessed because you’re God’s child? Yes, you are, but also no, you’re not. You see, it takes selflessness and a willingness to change your way of thinking to match God’s if you want to move forward.

People who walk in the promises of God are people who have been through difficult things to get there. Just because they do not smell like smoke, doesn’t mean they haven’t been through the fire.

Meshack, Shadrack, and Abednego can tell you from experience that even though it looks painless, changing your attitude and conforming to God’s will tends to hurt. You learn not to give in to the pain and discomfort because you know God will reward you. When the reward comes, you tend to forget the pain.

 A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. – John 16:21

When you refuse to “yield your members” (Romans 6:13) and conform your life to the heart and dreams of God, you actually forfeit your upgrade. Saul gave up his upgrade, along with his crown, family, and nation because he refused to conform to God’s very clear order.

So Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.” – 1 Samuel 15:28

Don’t be like Saul. Hang on to your upgrade. Work for it and fight for it. Being blessed is something you strive for. It will cost you, but the reward is worth it.

And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them. – Daniel 3:27