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!
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!
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!
I was posting recipes. God had spoken to me to add them in, albeit temporarily. I have to say, they were popular and I am glad I was able to share some things my mom and grandmother shared with me, but the purpose of this blog is not to share recipes. I never intended it to be a recipe blog site.
Jesus said it best when He said it isn’t what goes into the stomach that is important but what comes out of the mouth. In other words, you have to eat, but more important than your physical body is the nurturing of your spirit! What comes out of your mouth shows the substance of your heart and it also shows what your mind thinks about. Your mouth shows you what you are made of and you will either speak life or death. There is power in your tongue, so there is power in your mouth!
An acquaintance and fellow writer told me one time, “If you want readers, don’t write devotions. People aren’t interested in devotions or Christian literature anymore.” I felt like someone had slapped me! Our lives should EVOLVE around Jesus. You will only GO as far as you GROW.
We need to know how to hear from God, how to get a grasp on God’s direction for our lives, how to have a spirit of wisdom and revelation at work within us. Solomon didn’t ask for an exotic food or decorating sense or how to look like a ‘celebrity’ when God told him to ask anything from Him and He would grant it. He asked for wisdom!
Wisdom should be the main thing we all are searching for, and if you are smart, you will search for it in Jesus Christ. Even demons know Jesus is God so don’t pretend you don’t. Deep down, you absolutely know it!! Many just do not want to admit it. Admit it while you can for the day will come when it will not be able to save you from hell and it will be too late…you will admit it one day anyway. Every tongue is going to confess Jesus Christ is Lord the Bible says! Do it now while you can still save your soul!!
You will find me bolder. I am not here to pacify you, nor am I here to sooth wrong thinking. I don’t mean to offend, but if the truth hurts then let it change you instead of fighting it. You will lose every time! The truth always stands…ALWAYS! You are fighting a losing battle and why would anyone want to continue to be wrong?
I have found I don’t have to back down from any thing God has called me to do. At the moment, I have sold my home and we are without a real address. I am not homeless. Thank God for a Christian couple who opened their home to us temporarily, but I had to let go of what I had to move into what God has and is preparing for me and my family. I will be writing on more of this adventure in faith in the near future.
I have gone from being ‘safe, steady as she goes, no changes’ to being a risk taker in God! By faith, my family will step into literal air this Friday. God will show us the direction we are to go as we listen and we will go where He says. I guess you could say I am flying, wide open! I hope you enjoy the journey with us.