I know I am not the only one God has promised great things to. God’s great pleasure is to bless His children and the Bible tells us this in multiple places. I read someone’s post on Facebook not long ago that stated God was not in the blessing business anymore. He was much more concerned with other things and not all Christians lived or would ever live being blessed. Don’t you dare fall for that hogwash! God DOES want us to be blessed, BUT He doesn’t want it to be the focus of our walk with Him!
The Bible doesn’t say money is the root of all evil, but the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Notice the focus of a person’s heart in this case is the money, not God! When someone’s focus shifts from God and loving Him to money and all it can buy and the false sense of power it can give, it has become evil to this person. When we seek Him first and His righteousness, then nothing is wrong with not only living in the blessing but God expects us to expect to live blessed!
It tells us in Deuteronomy 28:3 it tells us, “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.” Notice God is saying this. He was talking to the children of Israel about what He would do if they honored Him and didn’t go the way of heathen countries with their heathen traditions and cultures.
This same chapter goes on to say they would be cursed if they forsook God and His ways! God is always at the forefront of prosperity. To be blessed by God, you have to delight yourself in HIM. Your primary delight and satisfaction should not be found in your job, your titles, your accolades, but in Him! This keeps our desires and our egos in proper perspective! It keeps us seeking God’s interest, and not our own!
Galatians 3:13-14 tells us we are under the BLESSING of Abraham. It says, “ Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written,“Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”[h]), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
We are not cursed, but blessed because Jesus took the curse upon Himself, when He died for us so that we COULD be blessed! Why would Jesus die for something God never intended to fulfill? God never would have stood by and let His Son suffer the torment He suffered to deny us anything that was accomplished through that death.
Blessing literally means ‘to empower’. The blessing empowers us to be saved, healed, delivered, and to prosper. In 3 John 1:2 it says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” God comes right out and says it is His will for us to prosper and be well, AS OUR SOULS PROSPER. Our souls are our mind, will, and emotions. It is spiritual maturity in the mind, if you will.
As we grow in God, seek His will, love others as Christ loved us, and are faithful to all He has called us to, we will be blessed (empowered) with every good thing. God said He would not withhold any good thing from them who walk uprightly! Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
The message of ‘The Blessing’ has been taken out of context and has literally been twisted into oversized houses, fleets of cadillacs, and designer purses. The Blessing does indeed make one rich, but not just rich in a monetary sense, but rich in wisdom, health, peace, righteousness, love, and joy! We are to seek God, not the department where designer purses hang! Don’t pull this message out of context and make it into a wish list you would hand a Santa Claus! At the same time, don’t sit around and say, “Well, Mom and Dad never had anything but we were happy. Why should I be any different?” If that is how you want to live, you can. But it isn’t how you HAVE to live!
God wants you to be filled with every good thing because when you have those things by obeying the word you bring glory and honor to Him! Expect to live in the black and not the red. Ask God to give you wisdom concerning finances, career moves, college degrees, and any thing else that comes to mind when praying concerning the blessing in your life. For goodness sake, don’t give up through unbelief the great things God has stored up for those who are called His children!
Google ‘the blessings of God’ and watch how many references pop up! Get your Bible and read the entire chapter it is mentioning. For scripture to be sound teaching it must be found in context and in at least three different places in the Bible!
Remember, dear reader, you are already blessed!! We will be learning how to walk more in the fullness of that blessing in the coming days!
If God had shown me my future I would have rolled with laughter!! Today, I live in a travel trailer. My husband and I sold our home of 25 years and we are off on a new journey. Where this journey is taking us remains to be seen.
I thought of Ree Drummond, the ‘Pioneer Woman‘. I LOVE her! When I first discovered her, I literally sat up all night and read every word she had written about her adventures with ‘Marlboro Man‘. I felt like a pioneer today and probably would have started a new blog about these new adventures with a title similar, but alas that name has been taken. Maybe I’ll do one called ‘Trailer Travelin’ Momma“. Cute, huh?
I lit a gas stove and lived to tell about it (the last time I got scared and hubby did it for me). I made “Momma’s Award Winning Chili” to go on hot dogs or Frito Pie. Not bad for someone who is in a room where there is a kitchen, booth dining table, and bedroom altogether! I have to admit, I was pretty proud of myself and it was fun.
I am no longer having hot flashes! My menopause seems to be completely cured!! It may be because it is 31 degrees outside and a furnace in a travel trailer isn’t quite like central air and heat. Nevertheless, I am quite comfortable! I am warm on my left side, where the furnace blows, and my right side feels frozen. I suppose that makes me just right down the middle! :)
I look back over my life. It has been a great one! My marriage to hubby has literally been one ‘I Love Lucy‘ episode after the other for 30 years now. We have two fantastic kids that I could not be more proud of. If I just had my high school figure, again my world would almost be perfect!
I never dreamed I could do half the things I have done. I have only been able to do them with God’s help, but I am in awe of the fact He had this planned for me all along. He has fueled my dreams with His word and brought them to pass through faith and trust. He amazes me to this day and I have served Him for 52 years!
I think of God and all the things He has done in my life and it gives me fresh courage for the unknown tomorrows. I know He has my new home and it is better than I can imagine. I know He has a purpose for hubby and me in helping and encouraging others. I think of the scripture where He states we would not have believed it had He told us it is so great! There again is my dream, and He is there building my faith and trust over and over!
This is the one time it is good to look back. Never look back at the negativity, but the mighty things God did when no one else bothered to look your way much less help you. Who could have known what a blessing that was! It made you depend on God, and it showed you He truly NEVER leaves us or forsakes us.
Tomorrow, Momma and I go and look at more houses. In the meantime, learning to squeeze groceries into a plywood ice chest will keep me preoccupied!
God bless you, dear reader! See you soon!
We sold our house last Friday and moved out. One day, during my prayer time, God spoke to me and said, “Sell your house now, now, now!” Don’t laugh too hard on this next part. I went to my husband and told him what God said and he said we needed to pray about it first. I completely agreed…don’t laugh too hard! Why do we pray instead of just obey what we already know to do? To delay what we really don’t want to do is the reason we did it I believe.
Our home was paid for, beautiful, and paid for!! Love the paid for part! But, it wasn’t what we WANTED! I praise God for that house and the happy years we had in it, but God had been speaking to me for some time, it wasn’t the house He wanted to give us. There was something else and I was to believe and praise Him for it.
I have a friend that was told by several doctors, including fertility specialists, there would be no way for her to ever conceive a child. One day she cried out to God in utter heartbreak. After she had cried out to the Lord He said only five words to her. They were, “Go get your nursery ready”. It took her by surprise, and she went and told her husband what God had said. ”Well, go get it ready! We have work to do!”
This couple had not conceived a baby. The doctor’s diagnoses were not only clear, but had proven medically there was no way for her to carry a child; But God had another plan! Where there is a plan from God, even though it is impossible in the natural, there is a way in the supernatural with Him! They went out that very day and bought a baby bed, changing table, and dresser for the ‘nursery’. Then she began to decide on a theme. She found diaper holders, night lights, sheets, wall hangings, and toy boxes in that theme and she purchased them. She got her Bible and every place God led her to, to pray scriptures for a child, she wrote them down and began to pray them. In less than 3 months, my friend was pregnant with no help of in vitro! Just a few years later they tried for their second baby and God did it again!
The same is true of my situation. God told me there was a house He wanted to give me and He wanted us to believe for it. I have never been one to look at home decor. I have no talent there, whatsoever! I am not like the normal woman and want this, that, and the other for a ‘dream home’. I had never even desired a ‘dream home’! I never desired one until God told me He wanted to give me one! God will line your desires up with His if you will pray and listen. When we do that, we often want things that we never wanted before and God delights and giving those desires to us!
We put our house up and it sold quickly! The funny thing is, I began to think before we got an offer on the house, “Do I really want to do this? This house is paid for, my kids grew up here, there are so many good memories, and hubby will let me redo it the way I want it.” I went to hubby with what I had been thinking about. I was wavering in fear!
When I told him what I thought he agreed and we decided to pack the old ‘For Sale’ sign up and take it off the market. Before we could do it, a couple called and made an offer on the house, right down to the last penny we had asked! No lower price, but exactly what we wanted. What happened? God knew through our fear of change we were about to abort the plan He had for us.
To make a long story short, we sold it, and we are praying and waiting on God to tell us what the next step is. The moral of the story is don’t rethink things for God! He knows what is ahead and He delights in blessing us, just as we delight in blessing our children!
We don’t just give our children the necessities, but we love to surprise them with something they love every once in awhile! God is no different as our Father! He delights in giving us the desires of our hearts as long as they aren’t desires that come before our relationship with Him.
Have you been believing God for something? Does it seem to be taking a long time? Don’t give up! Pray the scriptures God gave you, make sure it is His will, and praise Him in faith knowing it is coming!
It’s exciting to have your needs met by faith in the Word of God! It’s great to receive healing when you’re sick. It’s marvelous when God lifts you out of financial difficulties and supplies your needs supernaturally. It is a thrilling experience when, by standing in faith on God’s promises, you step out of trouble and into victory.
If you know what that’s like, you’re probably saying, “Oh, yes! Amen, Brother Copeland. That’s the greatest way to live!”
There was a time when I would have agreed.
But fasten your seat belt, my friend. God has shown me in His Word that He has something even better for us. It’s a life so powerful, it exceeds anything we could ever ask or think, a life so full of the fiery light of God that darkness of every kind flees from its very presence.
I’m aware that there are some religious folks who would rather I didn’t say such things. They don’t think we should ever expect anything grand and glorious in this world—just in the world to come. They try to keep people from getting their hopes up.
But I want you to know something right now: My greatest intention is to get your hopes up. When I say “hope,” I’m not talking about the weak, wistful kind of wishing the world calls hope. I’m talking about real, Bible hope, the kind of hope the Apostle Paul was referring to when he said: “For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ [the Anointed of God], according to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed…” (Philippians 1:19-20).
The terms earnest expectation and hope found in that scripture come from two Greek words, each of which can be accurately translated hope. Paul put both of them side by side for emphasis. If you’ll research them, you’ll find they mean a confident expectation, a happy anticipation of good, a strained expectancy and eager longing. They refer to an expectation so strong that it absorbs all your attention.
Raise Your Sights
If you know how to live by faith, you’ve experienced that kind of hope. Maybe you’ve been sick, for example, and you set your hope on the fact that by the stripes of Jesus, you were healed (I Peter 2:24).
You began to meditate on those scriptures until you built an inner image of yourself healed. As that image grew more crisp and clear, you began to expect—or hope for—that image to become reality. Eventually, faith rose up, put substance to that internal image and turned it into an external reality.
What you did was activate the scriptural process described in Hebrews 11:1: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for….” That spiritual process always works the same way. Hope forms the image according to the Word, then faith rises up and gives substance to that image, making it a reality in the natural, physical realm.
So, in the light of all God has promised us in His Word, what are you and I to expect? What should we be hoping for? What inner image should so capture our hearts and minds that it is all we can see?
Certainly, healing is great. Financial supply is also great. But could it be that God has something even grander for us to fix our hope upon?
Yes, He does according to Romans 5:1-2: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ [the Anointed One]: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Read that last phrase again. It says we’re to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God! We’re to expect the glory, not just the healing!
As long as you just expect healing, you’ll always be battling it out with your flesh. But if you expect the glory, you’ll be raising your spiritual sights to something bigger than healing. You’ll be expecting the very presence of God to rise up in you so powerfully that instead of believing for healing every six weeks, you’ll walk in divine health every day!
When you expect the glory, you’ll start living like what you really are—joint heirs with Jesus!
That’s Heavy, Man What do I mean by the glory?
The first time the glory is mentioned is in the book of Genesis and it’s referring to the wealth of God. So, God’s glory includes His wealth, but it’s much, much more than that. The word glory actually means “heavyweight.” God is heavy with everything you could ever want or need. He is so heavy with healing that if everyone in the whole world believed Him for healing at once, no one would have to wait until tomorrow to get healed because God got tired.
In the book of Exodus, God’s glory could be seen going before the Israelites in a pillar of a cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21). Habakkuk described God’s glory as lightning-like shafts of splendor that streamed from His hands. “…and there [in the sunlike splendor] was the hiding place of His power” (Habakkuk 3:4, The Amplified Bible). And when Ezekiel saw God in His glory, he said He was a fire from the loins up and from the loins down (Ezekiel 8:2).
The fire of God is called the glory. The wind of God is called the glory. The smoke of God is called the glory. The fullness of God is called the glory. It is all the glory because the glory of God refers to the supernatural life and essence of God. The very power that makes Him God!
Many have thought that kind of awesome glory must be reserved for God and God alone. Not according to the Bible. Psalms 8:5 tells us that in the beginning man was crowned with that glory—crowned with the same fire and flame of beauty that was on God Himself.
To crown means to anoint! God put His hands on their heads and crowned them with His own presence and glory so that they began to shine just like He shines. They were not standing unclothed and vulnerable to the elements but surrounded and protected by a shimmering force field of glory.
That glory was lost to mankind when Adam sinned. But what most believers don’t realize is that the glory was restored when Jesus was resurrected! Romans 6:4 says not only that “Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father” but also “even so [or by that same glory] we also should walk in newness of life.”
You and I are supposed to be walking in the glory! We get a glimpse of what that’s like in the Bible account of the glory flowing out of the Apostle Peter with such force that people were healed as he walked by them: “Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them” (Acts 5:15). It wasn’t Peter’s shadow that healed them but that field of glory that surrounded him.
That’s what God put hope in you to expect. The glory! Not just healing. Not just increase of finances. Not just deliverance. All those things are great and they’re all available to us, but God wants us to raise our expectations higher than that. He wants us to expect the glory! Everything we could ever need, and more than we would ever want, can be found in the glory of God!
It’s a Mystery Where is that glory? Not off in heaven somewhere, waiting for some great prophet of faith to pull it down. Not hovering out there behind heaven’s gates. It is inside you!
It is inside you!
I can just hear your mind working: Oh, man! I just can’t understand how that can be!
I know you can’t. It’s a mystery! As the Apostle Paul said in Colossians 1:26-27: “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ [or the Anointing] in you, the hope of glory.”
Do you realize what that verse is saying? It’s saying that the anointing of Jesus Himself, the very glory of God that raised Him from the dead, is residing right now within you and every other believer on the face of this earth. II Corinthians 4 confirms that fact, saying:
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure [what treasure? the glory of God!] in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us…. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh (verses 6-7, 11).
You are as big on the inside as all of heaven! The glory of God is in you. The faith of God is in you. The love of God is in you. The mind of Christ, the Anointed One, is in you. All the fruit of the spirit is in you. Healing is in you. Deliverance is in you. All the wealth of heaven itself is in you. Those things were born in you when you were born again and they ought to be flowing out of that mortal, subject-to-death, meat-and-blood-and-bone body you’re living in right now! The glory of God should be pouring out of that earthen vessel!
Why isn’t it? Because we’ve never developed the expectancy for it.
We’ve had the idea that glory will only come when God decides Boy, I’m going to show them something today. They haven’t seen My glory for 2,000 years. Then, Pow! He just shoots the earth with some big glory gun!
No! The glory of God is within us! It is going to manifest when we meditate on the glory of God so much that hope rises up and provides an image. Then faith will release the glory of God from the inside of us where we can’t see it—to the outside where we can see it!
Remember the words Jesus spoke to Martha when Lazarus died? He told her, “Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” (John 11:40).
Those words are just as true for us as they were for Martha. If we’ll believe for the glory, if we’ll meditate on the Word of God until we develop our hope and begin to intensely expect the glory, then faith will become the substance of it—and we’ll begin to see it.
Does that sound wild to you? Well, it’s not!
If you’ll go back and read the Bible, you’ll see that’s what Christianity is all about. God intended for the Body of Christ to walk through this earth with such a manifestation of His presence in our lives that it would either scare people spitless…or draw them into the kingdom of God!
The Apostle Paul, knowing God intended us to have a foretaste of the resurrected body right here on the earth, wrote: “[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him…and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection…that if possible I may attain to the…resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body]” (Philippians 3:10-11, The Amplified Bible).
I’ve experienced little touches of that kind of glory and, believe me, I’m eager for more. More is coming, too!
Ashes Under Our Feet Malachi 4:2-3 promises: “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.”
Notice that scripture said “Sun of righteousness” not “Son of righteousness.” It’s talking about a bright, blazing glory. And the wings it refers to aren’t birds’ wings, they’re flames of fire that are shaped like wings.
But most exciting of all is the fact that Malachi didn’t say that “He shall go forth.” He said, “[You] shall go forth.” You and I are the ones who are going to go forth with this blazing glory—the same glory that appeared as a pillar of fire by night and cloud by day…the same glory that filled the temple with such power the priests couldn’t approach the altar without being knocked backward…the same glory that raised Jesus from the dead…the same glory that God said would fill the whole earth—that same glory is what we’ll use to tread down the devil until he is ashes under our feet!
The expectancy of that glory is going to grow so strong between now and Jesus’ return that it is going to fill churches. It’s going to come on congregations with such power that people are going to run from all over the neighborhood to find out what it is.
The glory is coming! Your confession of faith and your expectancy are going to pull it out of you, and you’re going to walk in that glory right in the face of hell and everything it has to offer.
Dare to release your expectancy of the glory.
Before long you’ll realize…you haven’t seen anything yet!
SOURCE: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
Two nights ago I told my daughter goodnight for the last time in the house she grew up in. I saw tears as they began to stream down her face as I released her from our nightly hug. I knew what it was. This house is the only ‘home’ she has ever known. She lived at college for 3 years but I found out she cried there, too.
No greater compliment can a child give a parent than to cry because they are leaving ‘home’. This time home was house, a structure. What truly makes a home is the family that dwells in it. I reminded her of that and that we would still be together because she moved with us.
The move is still going on. We are all exhausted! This is our first night in our new place and the first thing to happen was the kitchen faucet broke into pieces. Water sprayed everywhere like an exploding volcano. Water dripped from the cabinets, the ceiling, and it spilled all over the floor. My husband quickly turned the valve off and I can say the place is now spotless! :)
I could feel the angst building in us all. Even Gracie is tense and seems scared. God reminded me this is when we are to become very sober and vigilant, as it says in 1 Peter. The enemy was doing everything he could to steal our joy and to bring upset and strife among us on a day we should have been celebrating.
After we had cleaned our temporary home, the Lord reminded me of something Reverend Mark Hankins says. He cites the scripture ‘Count it all joy when you fall into various trials and temptations….” He ends it by saying with each trying thing that comes you say, ‘One joy, two joy, three joy!” NEVER let satan rob you of your life giving joy! It is your strength!
There was a book by the title of “If the Devil Can’t Steal Your Joy, He Can’t Keep Your Goods” by Jerry Savelle. That title says it all. When it rains, get under God’s umbrella of protection by staying in the spirit! He says He hides us in the cleft of the rock. We are safe from the storms that come to steal our peace, joy, and confidence in the Lord.
How quickly our situation could have soured if we had chosen wrong attitudes. How we could have prolonged the blessing the Lord has already prepared in advance! Nope…not this time! It feels good to grow up. It is wonderful knowing that the very things you would have fallen for before, God has brought you to a place you see it coming and you know how to avert it!
We are home, though temporarily in this ‘structure’, and this is an enjoyable season of our life! God has blessed us, and even in our exhaustion, we are going to be thankful and relish it! We are together and God is in our midst…what greater home could you have?
How one small family of four can accumulate so much I do not know, but accumulate we did! We sold our home we have been in since 1991. We raised our children in this house. It is full of wonderful memories.
We got the word we are going to ’close’ on a certain day. We relinquish our home the same day as well. All of this took place in less than a month. I decided I better get myself in gear and started packing a week ago. Overwhelmed doesn’t begin to describe how I felt when I began to look at all we had stuffed into this house.
As I packed the last of it today, the Lord spoke to me and said, “This is what happens to your mind as well, when you don’t spend quiet, listening time with Me. Experiences in the world drop one little thing after another until your mind is so cluttered with junk, I have no room in your mind anymore and you can’t think MY thoughts which are of deliverance and joy.”
It is true. We make time to think about what has happened in the past, what is happening today, how we should have handled it then, what we should have said about things today, and we completely leave Jesus out of the picture. It isn’t long until all those ‘experiences’ replace the word of God and His voice.
I have seen people lose their peace, direction, and hope in life by trying to figure and reason it all out. They look at others who have been through similar things, and how they handled it. They go and find ‘groups’ who talk and talk and talk about their bad experiences over and over and over and nothing changes except they have someone who understands what they have been through, but cannot tell them one thing about how to leave it behind and go forward into a glorious future, free from the shackles of things past.
Don’t get me wrong, these ‘groups’ have their place and I am not against them! But, when your dependence is on a program instead of God to deliver you, you have put your full confidence in the arm of the flesh and flesh will always disappoint you! Only God can give you eternal peace and deliverance in your mind.
Can you imagine how much ‘clean up’ time it takes when we have ignored God and instead given full attention to what we are allowing in our thought life by meditating on things instead of His word for years and years? We depend on our five senses to lead us instead of depending on God.
God and His ways will never make sense to your feelings, but He WILL make sense to your spirit if you are born again because you are connected to Him as an unborn child is to its mother in the womb. She is the life line of that baby. Her nutrients are the baby’s nutrients. Her health directly affects the life of the unborn child. You should be so centered on God and His word, any thing that is contrary or not in agreement with God’s way of being and thinking will become foreign to you and you will reject it. You have His mind because you are connected directly to Him in the spirit!
God tells us not to lean to our own understanding, but in all of our ways acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths(Proverbs 3). His mind becomes our mind, His peace is our peace, His joy is our joy, and we rest from struggling. We no longer struggle with the past because it has been replaced with Gods‘s peace and His vision of the future. We know good things are ahead because there is no fear of evil when we are in Him. There is no fear in love and God is love! (1 John 4:18) We have full confidence all things are working together for our good, according to Romans 8:28. We no longer concentrate on what was, but instead we set our minds on what is and what is ahead!
People or circumstances whether past, present, or possible future should not be the thermostat of our moods nor should they have the ability to alter our state of mind. Set your mind on the things above and keep them set (Colossians 3:2). When you do this, nothing will be able to disturb you or move you off your peace and tranquility that can only be found in God!