I have been sharing with you in the previous post about blessing blockers. I wanted to sum up all four of the blockers in one post. In the book, The Fourth Dimension by Dr. David Yonggi Cho he shares what blocks our prayers from being answered.
The spirit of hatred, the spirit of fear, the spirit of inferiority and the spirit of guilt are what Dr. Cho refers to as blessing blockers. The paragraphs below wrap up why these spirits can hinder God from hearing and answering our prayers
The Spirit of Hatred: If we keep hatred in our heart we can never have God flowing through us. Hatred is that unforgiving spirit that will be the number one enemy to our faith life. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15
So how do we get rid of hatred when we have been hurt so badly? We start by giving our pain to God. He is the only one who can heal us. We then have to ask Him to help us forgive those who hurt us and to teach us how to pray blessings on them. When we release the pain, we release the hatred. Releasing the pain does not mean that we were not justified in how we feel, it just means that we are trusting God with it. We must remember that God said vengeance is mine! As we start to pray blessings on those who have hurt us, we open up the pipeline to receive our blessings. It is written, “It is more blessed to give then to receive.” Acts 20:35, NKJV. The more we pour out forgiveness, the more blessings we receive. WOW!
Spirit of Fear: Whatever we fear will come to us. The dictionary defines fear as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power, love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7)
It is not easy to let go of the spirit of fear, but that is why God gave us so many examples in the Bible of how to overcome fear. We all know the story of David and Goliath. The whole Israel army feared Goliath, but David went after him in the name of the Lord and killed Goliath. Everything we fear can appear to be as big as Goliath, but we can take God at His word. We have His power to overcome any fear! Fear keeps us locked in prison and causes us to miss our blessings. When we operate in fear we put our faith in Satan!
Spirit of Inferiority: The dictionary defines inferiority as the condition of being lower in status or quality than another or others. We can be so deceived in this world by a person’s occupation and the sum of their income that we let it hinder our opportunity to have all the blessings God has stored up for us. God does not want us to feel inferior to anyone because we are each made in His image. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them Genesis 1:27. No one is better than anyone else. A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. Proverbs 18:16, KJV
It does not matter how many failures we have experienced, or how little the income that we currently have, we are just as valuable as the president of our country. God does not want us to compare ourselves to others. This jams up the pipeline for us to receive our blessings when we have our eyes on comparison we cannot see the blessings waiting for us. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, Galatians 6:4-5, NIV
Spirit of Guilt: We all have things in our past that we wish we had not done and sometimes we carry that guilt. When we hold on to guilt then we are not accepting the gift that Jesus died to give us. Carrying guilt opens the door for Satan to use those emotions to keep us in bondage because we cannot go back and change the mistakes we have made. Locked in bondage keeps us from hearing God and blocks the blessings He has for us.
We can’t receive God’s love, compassion and forgiveness because our hands are too full with guilt. We have to be willing to empty our hands so we can receive His blessing. Note to self!Nothing we do is a surprise to God! Hallelujah!
In closing I find that this scripture sums up how we release all blessing blockers This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8, KJV
Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20