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Are You Being Wasteful But Praying For A Blessing?

Updated: Apr 19

Dear Friend,

We are currently in a state of emergency. While the world is just starting to unravel to the naked eye, things are already on fire spiritually. As you know, things happen in the spirit realm before manifesting in the natural, so we are physically behind.

However, we can use this advantage if we are strategic. Yesterday, I did a live where I unpacked the revelation of a gift. Here's how it went:

Let's pretend your birthday is coming up. As your friend, I spent a lot of time before the special day thinking about what I would buy you and how it might excite you when it's finally time to present you with the gift. Since I know you well, I anticipated what you'd like and/or want based on our time together, interactions, and conversations. I know just the perfect thing, so I order it.

Now it's your special day and I present you with the gift that I ordered weeks before. You receive it and you thank me for it, but you set it aside and never use it. Fast forward to a couple months later, You and I are talking and you're telling me that you're in need of a blessing. The funny thing is that the blessing you need was ordered weeks before your bday, but was gifted to you on your birthday.

After you finished complaining, I ask you if you used the gift that I bought you. You answer with a straight face, "well, no." It was at that moment that you knew you'd messed up. Essentially, you received the gift but you never used it, and then you came complaining to me about how you didn't have what you needed.

That's how we do God. He spent all this time wiring you with gifts and talents before the foundations of the world. He anticipated your every need and desire, and He crafted you in a way that would allow those gifts and talents to help meet your future needs. As His creation, you received them. Each gift is scheduled to unlock at a specific time in the future. You even received the daily downloads (Psalm 68:19).

But receiving is not the same as using.

Receiving means you have the things in your possession. Using means you're putting the goods to work. Ultimately, it's not enough to say, "God, I receive that for my life." You have to do something and cut out the spiritual bypassing.

The term, "Spiritual bypassing" was coined by John Welwood to describe the practice of using "spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep personal, emotional ‘unfinished business,’ to shore up a shaky sense of self, or to belittle basic needs, feelings, and developmental tasks." More plainly, it refers to using spirituality to avoid personal responsibility and accountability.