I have noticed that my children would not stop reminding me of what I told them I would do for them. If I promise to take them out on a certain day, I must be sure I would create that time to do so, else I would not rest. To them, “promise is a debt that must be paid.”

Friend, God has ordained a channel of releasing His blessings into your life. It is the channel of the gospel. The gospel contains the message of God to you, and inside the message are the promises that you can leverage for every blessing that you desire. Most times, people ask God for the blessing without understanding the gospel (Romans 1:16, 4:13, Galatians 3:18).

What the poor need is not handouts but the gospel (Matthew 11:5, Luke 4:18). It is the message of what Christ has done for them to permanently deliver them from poverty and to usher them into unending blessings (2 Corinthians 8:9). A lot of people come to Church looking for instant blessings without taking time to hear the gospel. The gospel is superior to the blessing.

If you are not interested in the gospel, you cannot partake of the blessing (Luke 5:15). If you are not interested in hearing about what Christ has done for your healing, you are not yet ready for healing and health. People lose their healings, because the gospel that should guide them in the exercise of their faith for healing and health, and preserve the same was not listened to.

When the gospel is correctly preached, people can access the profit that is theirs in God (Hebrews 4:2). This is the purpose of preaching and teaching (Acts 20:32, Romans 10:14-17). While the gospel is God’s message to man via Christ, the promise is God’s message to you that is capable of releasing God’s blessing to you. The gospel is general, but the promise is personal (Hebrews 6:13-14).

You cannot have faith for what God has not promised (Numbers 23:19). When you receive the gospel, look for the promises that address your area of need. This comes via the written or spoken word (Hebrews 6:13-14). Don’t live your life pursuing the blessing. Rather, receive the gospel, realize the promise and release your faith for its performance. All the promises of God in Christ are Yes and Amen (2 Corinthians 1:20)!

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria