Blessing Blocker: The Box

The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! 1 Kings 8:27 NIV

It’s human nature. Everyday people try to shrink God down to size—make Elohim experience their human experience. Yes God did, through Christ, victoriously walk though our mortal existence. And in so doing, He empowered us to do what many in previous generations only dreamt of doing—live outside the box. It is His nature to constantly remind us that our thoughts and His thoughts are vastly different. Visualize it. Isaiah wrote, “As far as the East is from the West…. And as far as Heaven is from Earth.” Think a thought, then, multiply it one hundred times! Ephesians 3:20 declares that the Lord is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or think! So whatever level you’ve been thinking on, it’s probably too low. If you truly believe in the awesomeness of God, then you must believe that not only can He do awesome things in your life, but He wants to as well! Let’s take the lid off the box, a Blessing Blocker you probably didn’t even know you’d put God into.

I’ve been there. I thought I was doing everything God wanted me to do. Somewhere along the way though, I’d placed barriers on myself and God. Isaiah 1:19 says, “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land,” verse 20 contrasts, “But if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” In these situations, I was actually unknowingly resisting and rebelling. I thought I was being willing and obedient. What I had done was allowed my experiences and distorted thoughts to trap me and limit God. These verses in Isaiah seem easy enough to understand (and verse 19 is definitely easy to quote!), but applying them could pose a challenge.

Case in point: Think about a difficult situation you are facing or have faced. As far as you know, you’ve been faithful to God in everything. Now at some point, was there an action the Holy Spirit prompted you to take that defied your natural mind? Why would Elisha tell Naaman to dip in the Jordan River seven times and be clean? What was Jesus thinking when He spat on the ground and made a spit and dirt patty to heal a blind man? And what was up with Peter and John when they, while broke and in the middle of controversy, had the audacity to tell the lame beggar at the gate called Beautiful to get up in the name of Jesus?! They were all out of the box!

The bottom line is this people—The Blessing can’t flow inside the box. I don’t care how long you’ve been saved. You must guard your thinking on this. Constantly renew your mind, hear sound teaching and, by all means, protect your spirit. Don’t listen to any and everything people say, or what’s flowing though the media. Check your caller ID—don’t just pick up the phone! It could be the box calling!

If I seem extra passionate on this point, it’s because I’ve recently been on a personal journey out of the box. It was an epiphany. My thinking on an area was so tightly in the box, that at one point I literally had a person sitting in my home telling me what to do, and I missed it! It took me two years to realize that God was using that person to speak to me.  The box also blocks God’s Blessing in our lives by stealing our time. Two years? Yes, two years. Thank God that this mistake was neither grave nor at the point of no return. My husband and I saw God using it to show us that when we say absolute things like always and never, we limit Him. Whoa! The only thing we should be absolute about is His Word. We’d been obedient, but we weren’t willing. And actually, we weren’t trusting. We weren’t willing to hear and obey God no matter what. So we put Him in a box and struggled until we corrected the mistake. How’d we correct it? We took the barriers off our thinking. We began to trust God in that area and let Him do His part.

Please understand that even though our paths may cross, and our testimonies may be similar, God will not require the exact things from us (outside the basics, of course). Even in the Bible you will not find identical stories of people’s experiences with God. Decisions must not be based on what someone else did or said. It’s not always safe to repeat a previous action either. Remember our examples in the Word. God’s people were always asking for His direction and permission to do things, even if they’d done those same things and succeeded or failed before.

Go ahead and bottle-feed your baby if God gives you peace about that. I did, and my children live in divine health. Go on the missions trip that none of your friends signed up for; you may meet your spouse. Witness to the person that everyone else has given up on. You might help save their life. Don’t abandon your dream, but stop trying to tell God how to use you and how to bless you—you can’t manipulate him. You must be willing and obedient. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Don’t allow the box to block you from The Blessing. You must learn to seek Godly advice, hear God, and obey Him. Liberate yourself. Whatever He tells you to do, do it. Put this Blessing Blocker where it belongs—in the box!

--Shon Stevens is a writer and professional fitness instructor. Shon lives in Texas with her husband and two children.
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