John 5:5 (AMP) There was a certain man there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus noticed him lying there helpless, knowing that he had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to get well?” 7 The invalid answered, “Sir, I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am coming to get into it myself, someone else steps down ahead of me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up; pick up your pallet and walk.” 9 Immediately the man was healed and recovered his strength, and picked up his pallet and walked.

The man relied on everyone else except God. He relied on someone else to put him into the pool and he relied on himself.

NOTE: When we try to accomplish things using our own self-effort, we’ll always come up short.

God never intended for us to use our logic, strength, and limited reasoning skills to get blessed. God’s original design is for us to rely on Him for every blessing. But doesn’t God help those who help themselves? No. God helped us when we couldn’t help ourselves.

From the early days, God told us through our earthly father, Abraham, that He will bless us, He will make our name great, and He will cause us to be a blessing (Genesis 12). He never intended for us to do it ourselves.

Know that anytime we attempt to make a blessing, it has fifty-fifty chance of being successful; however, if we totally rely on the finished works of Jesus, the Word of God guarantees success. Don’t try to make a blessing because the blessing we make won’t compare to the blessing God has for us. Rely on God.