Haggai 2:18–19 (ESV): 18 Consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Since the day that the foundation of the Lord's temple was laid, consider: 19 Is the seed yet in the barn? Indeed, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have yielded nothing. But from this day on I will bless you." 

The secret to blessing is found in one key element…obedience. To walk in the will of God is where we will find perfect peace, true joy, and total contentment. Nothing else can bring the greatest blessings in life except obedience. Try it, I dare you!

After the people of Judah were woke to obedience God went on to proclaim blessings. He said because they had chosen to put God first above their own needs He would bless them. Everything they had done in the past eighteen years brought them fleshly prosperity but not true blessing. What they were missing could only be found by walking in the will of God.

When we walk obediently to the will of God everything changes! The world goes from black and white to full color. This is where true blessings flow. No one can cheat the system! You might seem to be living the dream on your plan but it will never last. If you want real blessings you must walk in obedience. Amen?

Father, thank You for showing us the way to a blessed life. We want our lives to be examples to others of how obedience yields a far better return than anything this world could offer. Keep us in the middle of Your will we pray in Jesus' name, amen.