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The Blessing of the Lord, Love’s Ultimate Gift

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I have read Kenneth Copeland‘s book “The Blessing of the Lord”.  I highly recommend this book!  It is informative, educational, and brings tremendous revelation in the realm of the Spirit and knowing God‘s perfect will for your life!

I have had this book sitting on my bedside table for well over a year.  I had tried to read it before and just could not ‘get into it’.  When we sold our home and moved to our temporary home, I felt prompted to pick the book up and put it on the beside table at my new residence.  I know now it was the Holy Spirit Who had me do this.

This book covers God’s blessing and HIS financial system, and it is nothing like the Babylonian system of this world.  We are going to  study several facets of ‘the blessing’ because they cover us spiritually, physically, mentally, in the arena of divine favor, and fresh revelation from God, Himself concerning different eras we have lived through and of things to come. It gives an in-depth account of things we have been told  and how they align with the Bible, and of future things to come.  

This book literally will shake up some of your thinking.  I know it did mine!  When I began to really read it, I could not believe how far below the blessing I was and had lived!  There were, and are, so many things God has for His children and I was experiencing very little of it.

I first came to the realization that my mind had become ‘sluggish’ in this area as we were selling our house and looking for another one.  I kept looking for something we could ‘afford’.  Now, don’t misunderstand me.  I am not about to tell you to go out and take out huge mortgages, or any other kind of loan.  My husband and I have determined we will remain as debt free as possible.  But, as I began to look at these houses, I found myself settling in the flesh for something God told me I could have much more of if I followed the Spirit of God.

It is so important to consult God in almost everything we do.  I don’t mean get silly and ask God what  outfit you should wear today..the green or the blue?  No.  I am talking about financial decisions, dating decisions, occupation and job decisions.  Things that literally direct the course and future of your life, should always be prayed about with diligence and we should have ears that are willing to hear what GOD wants in these arenas, not what we think we have to have!  This is where messes are made!

There will be people who will say, “I don’t like a prosperity message.  If you live for God, God will bless you with what you can handle.  Christianity is all about Jesus, it’s not all about us.”

That is right on one point.  As believers, life is all about Jesus, and we should keep that perspective!! It is about seeking Him first, loving Him, pleasing Him, winning souls, and giving Him glory.  But, in the words of Brother Copeland, “from Jesus’ perspective, it’s all about us.  He didn’t die o the Cross to save Himself.  He didn’t come to earth to fulfill the plan of redemption so He could have abundant life.  He came so that we could have it.  He became Abraham’s seed, not so He could inherit God’s promise, but that we could.  He did it so  THE BLESSING could come on us and, through us, all the nations of the earth could be BLESSED.”

I look forward to delving further into this subject in the coming weeks!  I am learning so much and I know you will be blessed by it, too.  God’s blessings are ours and His will is for us to live in the abundance of them.  See you soon, precious reader!!

 

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Comparative and Contrasting Parables

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COMPARATIVE AND CONTRASTING PARABLES

Yesterday we learned about the prayer of importunity. We looked at Luke 11:5-8 as an example of importune faith and importune unbelief.   Today, let’s dig a bit deeper and talk about comparative and contrasting parables.  

A comparative parable is when you are comparing the main character and their similarities in the parable to God the Father.  A contrasting parable is when Jesus is showing the difference, or non-similarities between the characters and God.

There are many comparative and contrasting parables Jesus spoke about.  An example of a comparative parable is the one where  the child who was hungry asked his father for bread.  

Matthew 7:8-11

New King James Version (NKJV)

8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

Jesus asked would the father give the child a stone instead of the bread.  The answer was no.  This is a comparative parable.  He goes on to say, if we being ‘evil’, which translates ‘human’,  would not give our children something that would harm them but we would give them the best we could, how much more would God give us all good things.  Here God is being compared to the good father/mother who loves their children!

Yesterday, we also saw the friend who refused to help his neighbor until he could take the neighbor’s persistent knocking no more (Luke 11:9).  This is a prime example of a contrasting parable in which Jesus shows how unlike God and God’s character is in contrast to the neighbor who thought of himself above his friend and his friend’s need.  

The Bible does not contradict itself.  If God tells us when we seek we shall find, knock and the door will be opened to us, and to ask and we will be given what we ask for, then that is the way to approach God and what we can expect of Him.   When  we are told through the contrasting parable of the neighbor who would not get up to help his friend until he pestered him to death that God is not like this unkind man, then we know we don’t have to do repetitive petitioning of the same thing over and over!  If that were the case the Bible would indeed be contradicting itself.

In Luke 9 of some translations, it does say the following…

Luke 11:9-11

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

9 “So I say to you, keep asking,[a] and it will be given to you. Keep searching,[b] and you will find. Keep knocking,[c] and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son[d] asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish?

Why does it say this here, when clearly we have shown repetitive petitioning of the same thing is unbelief?  This scripture does not mean that.  It says to ‘keep searching and you will find’ or in other translations, ‘seek and you will find’.  I didn’t just seek God forty nine years ago when I was first saved.  I have spent my life seeking Him and His will and way in order to know Him on deeper and deeper and more personal levels.  I sought Him as a child, I sought Him yesterday, and I will seek Him every day of my life in the future to develop and maintain my personal relationship with Him.

 I haven’t gone to God knocking just once, but I have gone many times to ‘knock’ in search of deeper and deeper truths.  It is the same thing with asking.  I haven’t only gone to God once in my life and asked Him for just one thing.  I have gone to God thousands of times to ask for whatever I desired or had need of that day.  

The Bible tells us not to worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will have its own worries when we get there.  In other words, God took care of today when we petitioned Him and He will take care of tomorrow when we petition Him about the new things that ‘tomorrow’ brought today.  God is not a genie that grants three wishes.  God is the born again child’s Father, Who is willing to give all He has on a daily basis!  Hence, ask and keep on asking for our Father has all of Heaven and earth to give us!

It is so important to keep scripture in context and to read the entire passage it is in and not try to pull it out and make it stand alone.  In order to have solid doctrine and truth, it must be found at least in three different places in the Bible.  It is so important to view more than one translation, as well.  This is ‘rightly dividing the Word of truth’ and it is ‘studying to show thyself approved’.

I hope if you had any questions, this has cleared them up for you, precious reader!  God bless you!  I will see you soon!

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The Prayer of Importunity

 

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THE PRAYER OF IMPORTUNITY

I have written on ‘The Blessing’, and I have much more to share on that subject.  I am going to briefly interrupt that particular series because, honestly, I need to get this down in my spirit and writing helps me do that.  

I have seen so much confusion about this following passage of scripture, and when I found this writing by Ken Hagin, Sr., I had to study it out and really get it in my spirit and mind!  God does not want us confused,  or in disagreement!  There are people who are both confused and in disagreement over this particular passage, and they equate it to personal experiences and do not measure  it with the full Word of God.  You will always be confused, and most of the time wrong, when you do this!

I have heard the phrases, ‘praying through’, and  ’pray until you touch God’, for a great deal of my life.  What is praying through?  Praying through should mean you pray until you become convinced God is willing to do for you what you have asked according to His word, not until you have convinced Him to stand by it.  Too often the ‘old timers’ mean the last part of that sentence when they say this!  

Remember faith is believing not only God can, but God will!  God doesn’t need convincing!  He said He valued His Word above His name!  In other words, He stands by His promises readily and cannot break them.  God isn’t even tempted to break His Word to you!  He isn’t a liar or a con artist.  

What does it mean when people say to pray until you touch God?  They mean basically the same thing as ‘praying through’.  It means you pray until God is touched  and moved to compassion by your tears, sorrow, and pleading.  This is so unbiblical I cannot believe anybody ever bought into it!  

What touches God, according to the Bible, is faith!  I don’t see anywhere, where the amount of tears you cry, how loud you scream,  how much you beg, or the amount of times you ask Him for something ‘touches’ God.  Again, you may need to pray until you are convinced, but God was convinced of His word and His willingness to give you the promises He made in the word the instant He said them!

I am taking the following from Ken Hagin’s “Prayer Workbook”.  It explains this subject so well and so thoroughly.  May our old ideologies that do not hold with the Bible be put to rest once and for all time!

THE PRAYER OF IMPORTUNITY

Luke recorded something about faith and prayer that neither Mark nor Matthew said.  Luke talked about the prayer of importunity, that is, being persistent in your faith and in your praying.  Again, so many people miss it when they hear that.  They believe what Jesus is saying is this:  ”You just keep on asking, and eventually you will get it.”  Let’s look at this passage of scripture to see what  it is actually saying.

Luke 11:5-8

A Friend Comes at Midnight

5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;

6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?

7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.

8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

 

Here was a man who had a friend who came to his house in the nighttime to visit.  The man didn’t have any bread to set before his friend, so he went to another friend’s house and said, “A friend has come to visit and I have no food.  Please, lend me three loaves of bread.”

The second friend said, “But, I’m already in bed and my children are in bed, too.”  And the Bible  says, “…Though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of IMPORTUNITY he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.” (Luke 11:8).

If you take this passage literally, then God would be likened to the friend who is in bed.  However, we know that God never sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:3-4).  Therefore, we know this verse is showing us an analogy or a similarity to scriptural prayer because Jesus was teaching on prayer when He gave this illustration.  He was proving a point.

Jesus was simply saying that even in the natural you could get results from a friend like the man did in Luke 11, not necessarily because a person was your friend, but because of your urgent request.  In other words, a person might not grant the favor because he is your friend, but he would grant you the favor because of your importunity;  that is, you wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Then Jesus said, “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you;  seek and ye shall find;  knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Luke 11:9).  You see, it is the importunity of faith, not the importunity of unbelief that gets the job done.  However, you could just keep on begging God and be importunate all you want to, and you would never get an answer even if you lived to be a hundred years old!  Why not?  Because your importune praying must be in faith, not unbelief.

It is the importunity of faith that works.  So believe God’s Word that when you ask, it shall be given you.  When you seek, you shall find.  When you knock, it shall be opened unto you!

I like something Andrew Murray said that will help you to see what I am talking about.  As I said, so many people have the idea that if they keep on asking the same thing over and over again, eventually they will get their request.  They seem to think that is what Jesus is talking about in the passages of Scripture we’ve covered in Matthew 7 and Luke 11.  But as Andrew Murray said, it is not good taste to ask the Lord for the same thing over and over again.  It is just not good taste; actually, it is doubt and unbelief.

Murray said that if you pray to God about something you’ve already prayed for and it hasn’t materialized, do not ask again the same way you did the first time.  To do that would be a confession that you didn’t believe God the first time you asked Him!  You could get into doubt and unbelief by asking for the same thing over and over again.

But just remind God of what you asked for if it hasn’t materialized yet.  Remind Him of what He promised and put Him in remembrance of His Word (Isaiah 43:26).  Remind Him that you are expecting the answer.  That way you are staying in faith, and you are being persistent in your faith.  That is what it means to be importunate in your faith, and this kind of praying will bring results.

You can see then that Jesus is saying in this passage the very opposite of what most people think He is saying.  So don’t stay on the negative side of importunity in prayer–just asking and begging and crying and pleading in doubt and unbelief hoping that God has heard you.  That kind of praying in unbelief  will never bring any results.

Instead, ask God in faith according to His Word, and believe that you receive when you pray.  Then be importunate in faith, continually thanking God for the answer to your prayers.  That is the prayer of importunity that will always bring results!

God moves in this earth as His children pray in faith according to the principles in His Word.  So pray for those who despitefully use you, and see God move in their lives for good.  Pray for laborers to be sent into the harvest, and see your prayers answered as souls come into the Kingdom of God.

Never give up in prayer;  never faint in your faith!  As you continue diligently to pray in faith, more and more you will see God’s will fulfilled both in your life and in the lives of others!

 

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A Covenant of Love

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Last night was a difficult night for me.  Gracie was sick, praise God she is better!  I looked at properties with not much to choose from, and exhaustion without sleep seemed to permeate me.  

Today, as I had my prayer time, the Lord led me to call Kenneth Copeland Ministries for prayer about the new house.  We have partnered with Kenneth Copeland for over 20 years now.  We have seen the miraculous things God has done with that ministry and through it.

I googled the phone number and called.  When the phone call was over I happened to look and saw a daily devotional that caught my eye.  I heard the Lord say, “Read this today…it is for you.”  When I saw what it was, I got a bit excited.  It was about our covenant of  blessing with God!!!  That is exactly what God has taught me and has had me writing on lately.  Coincidence?  I think not since the Bible says there are no coincidences with God!!  Here it is!  I pray it blesses you as it did me!!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.

– John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave…and He gave…and He gave.

 

That is the message the Bible brings us from beginning to end. It sounds simple enough. Yet few of us really comprehend it.

 

We can understand the idea of a God of power. We can understand a God who desires to be served. But an Almighty God who loves us so much that He desires, above all, to give to us? That can be hard to believe.

 

For thousands of years, God has worked to drop the revelation of His love into the hearts of men. He’s made loving promises of blessing and protection. But He’s always faced that same obstacle–human beings who just couldn’t bring themselves to believe those promises were true.

 

The story of Abram is a perfect example. He wasn’t accustomed to the idea of a God who gives. After all, he’d grown up as a worshiper of the moon, and the moon had certainly never seemed interested in doing anything for him. Then he encountered El Shaddai, the greatest Being of all. The one Almighty God. And the first thing this El Shaddai wanted to do was give to him.

 

God’s promises so astounded Abram that he couldn’t believe them. “Lord,” he asked, “how can I know I’m really going to receive these things?” (Gen. 15:8).

 

Do you know how God answered him? By cutting a blood covenant with him. That covenant settled forever any question Abram could ever have about God’s love and loyalty. Once blood had been shed, he knew God meant what He said.

 

God did the same thing for you. He cut a blood covenant with you. And He sacrificed His own Son to do it. Jesus‘ broken body and shed blood have become the eternal proof of God’s love for you. Through Communion, He’s urged you to remember them again and again so that when your faith in His promises begins to waver, you “might have a strong consolation” (Heb. 6:18).

 

Get a revelation of God’s love for you by meditating on the covenant He’s made with you. Get out the bread and the cup. Go before the Lord with them and take Communion thinking about the body and blood of Jesus that enables you to be a blood-covenant member of the family of Almighty God. Let them settle forever the question of God’s love for you. You’ll never again have to doubt His promises once you believe in His love.

Scripture Reading: Genesis 15

SOURCE:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

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The Blessing of Abraham Now Rest Upon Us Who Are In Christ!

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And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.  Deuteronomy 28:1-68

I could literally laugh out loud now.  I guarantee you God has a sense of humor!  I have sold my house, and we are living temporarily in a travel trailer.  We are looking for another home and there isn’t a prospect in sight, and the Lord has me writing on ‘The Blessing’!  Now tell me God doesn’t know how to make us laugh!

For about two years, I tried to really study out the blessing of Abraham.  I knew as God’s children we were under that same covenant of blessing, but I really didn’t fully know what all it entailed, nor could I fully explain it.  I tried to study it in depth but it was as though the timing was always off.  I would pick up my study materials and I just could not stick with them.  I just seemed led in another direction every single time.

Since our house sold,  the days after are now turning into weeks and I have needed this knowledge to keep my faith up!  I will never lie to you, dear reader.  I did cry a few tears tonight, but praise God for hubby who spoke the word to me and I felt myself rallying again in the Spirit!

I have read Deuteronomy 28.  It is the blessing God spoke upon Abraham.  What is so marvelous is the fact it is the same blessing we as Christians live under as well.  We don’t always see the effects of  it in every Christian’s life, because it is not known by all Christians.   God has a full account of all good things that are yours for the asking and receiving!  You can’t withdraw from an account that is in your name if you don’t realize it exist.

It is as if a parent or grandparent opened a savings account for their child or grandchild.  Years can go by and steadily that person deposits money into that account for future use.  If the child never becomes privy to the fact they have money in this account, they will never be able to withdraw from it or benefit from it.  

God will not and has not left us in the dark and He has not hidden information from us.  It is all in His last ‘Will and Testament’.  That ‘Will and Testament’ is the word of God!  If we don’t know what it says, we can never lay claim to what it says we can and do have!  

Do you know the blessing of Abraham spans the entire Bible?  For God to say something over and over, He meant for us to take it and take it seriously!  He doesn’t give false hope nor does He give empty promises!  Let’s take an in depth look at what God says about living in the blessing!!

In Genesis 12:2-3 and 13:2 God tells Abraham, “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing ; and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be BLESSED….And Abram was very rich….” 

Now let us look in Galatians. Galatians 3:14 ” That THE  BLESSING of Abraham might come on the Gentiles…”  That is US!!  The same blessing God promised Abraham, we now qualify for by receiving Jesus as our Saviour!   We have become the seed of Abraham as well!

Look at Galatians 3:29 “And if ye be CHRIST’S, then are ye ABRAHAM’S SEED, AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE.”  This is shouting ground for me!  What a mighty promise and what a precious and loving Father to plan this for ALL who would come to Him through Jesus!  He truly is our Father!!  Glory to God!!!

Galatians 3:7-9 tells us, “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.  And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, ‘In thee shall ALL nations be BLESSED.  So then they which be of faith are BLESSED with faithful Abraham.”

THE BLESSING, is the gospel, the good news!!  Verses 13-14 tells us, ” Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree; THAT THE BLESSING of Abraham might come on the Gentiles THROUGH JESUS CHRIST; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”  Verses 26, 29 “For ye are all the children of God BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST….And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Now when people ask you how you are, you can say, BLESSED!!” and know why you are saying it and just what you are BLESSED with!  We will get deeper into the blessing tomorrow.  For now, I want this to sink into my brain very, very well and into yours, too!  Isn’t it good when we find out just who we really are and we didn’t have to get in a sailboat and sail around the world in less than a year to do it!  The things of God are so simple…we complicate them far too much!

You are blessed, dear reader!  I will see you soon!!

 

Reference:  ”The Blessing of the Lord” by Kenneth Copeland

 

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