Do we ask God to bless what we are doing or should we ask him what would bring his blessing and then do it? Two different scenarios. Do we go ahead and do a work and hope that he will approve of it with our pre-blessing prayer or do we look to see what is his righteous standard and his will and then do it? How many times have we prayed going into an activity, “Lord please bless _____” We are asking him to put his seal of approval on whatever it is we are about to do; instead of placing all of our expectations, our opinions, and our assumptions on that altar and WAITING on him first to show us what his will is(Rom 12:1,2), knowing that he will bless and then proceed. In Genesis 3:1-6, Eve only assumed that she shouldn’t even touch the fruit, instead of remembering God’s word to just not eat it. And since the fruit looked pleasant, then it must be okay after all. She was deceived into thinking that the end justified the means. Programs, services, fundraisers, so-called revivals, bake sales, softball tournaments etc., that go on in the christianity, in the church system; are they not the work of the flesh? Programs to keep us busy going, doing, and trying to attract unbelievers to visit our services through carnal methods, services to keep us in order and keep us complacent, fundraisers and bake sales to rely on the mammon of unbelievers(3John 5-7), revivals to hype up our emotions(flesh). Does the end really justify the means?
Brethren, we need to be led of the Spirit in all things. Asking ourselves what is our motive in what we are doing, does it glorify God, have I laid down my preconceived notions of what is right or wrong, am I copying the world’s methods instead of the Lord’s . But wholly(heart, mind, soul, strength) put ourselves on that altar of sacrifice and God will show us what he expects, approves of, and consequently blesses.
Rom 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.