Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “This is what the Lord says… ‘I chose your ancestor out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest … Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling?’ Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.’” 1 Samuel 2:27-30
Have you ever tried taking a shortcut to work, only to find that it made you even later than you already were? Sometimes, cutting corners costs more than it’s worth. The same can be said for blessings. When God blesses us, we have a choice: we can keep that blessing to ourselves and have a little bit more, or we can accept His blessings with humility and give back what is His.
When you’re locked into the natural, you’re locked out of the supernatural! God will bless those who honor Him, but His blessings will pass over those who ignore Him and His commandments. God wants to bless you – don’t lock yourself out!
Ask God to show you any areas of your life that you may be withholding from Him. Thank Him for the countless blessings He’s placed in your life.
Read Genesis 28:20-22. Does your attitude reflect that of Jacob? For each positive thing that happens to you today, remind yourself that it is a blessing – a gift from God. Then take a moment to thank Him for it!
“Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord or for their duties as priests. Whenever anyone offered a sacrifice, Eli’s sons would send over a servant with a three-pronged fork. While the meat of the sacrificed animal was still boiling, the servant would stick the fork into the pot and demand that whatever it brought up be given to Eli’s sons … So the sin of these young men was very serious in the Lord’s sight, for they treated the Lord’s offerings with contempt.” 1 Samuel 2:12-14, 17
Have you ever felt short-changed? Maybe you don’t make enough money at work, or you feel like someone should be treating you with a greater level of respect. Society has taught us that we are entitled to more than what we already have. The fact is, every dollar, every promotion, every relationship we have is a gift from God!
When we begin to treat our blessings, especially our finances, with a level of entitlement, we rob God of the honor that He deserves. Are you giving God credit for the countless blessings He’s placed in your life?
Thank God for always providing for you! Ask Him to show you any areas of your life where you’ve been “locked in” on yourself and excluding Him.
Take five minutes and write down some of the areas of your life where God has blessed you. Go through your list and thank God for each blessing one-by-one. This is an amazing way to bring your focus back to Him!
"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name." Psalm 100:4
Today is a day of thanks. It is a day when millions of people celebrate and remember what they have been blessed with. So today, as you focus on the blessings in your life, remember the God who has given them to you. God has blessed all of us. But it isn’t just so we can be blessed. It is so that we can turn around and be a blessing to others as well.
Think about all you have been given. Focus on those blessings today. But don’t let your thanks end when dinner is over and the football games are done. Instead, use today as a starting point of living a life of Thanksgiving, every single day!
Take time to thank God for a list of blessings in your life. Use this prayer to simply show your appreciation for what God has so generously given to you.
During your Thanksgiving meal, go around the table and share with one another what you are thankful for. Go around as many times as you can, and list as many things as possible. And gain a true perspective on the blessings in your life.