RECEIVE GOD’S BLESSINGS!
God wants to take you to levels higher than you have ever been before.
When you begin to understand the levels of favor, opportunity, influence, promotion, health and creativity God has for you, you’ll never be the same.
Obstacles won’t intimidate you. Naysayers won’t discourage you. Limitations won’t hold you back.
No matter what the circumstances around you look like, I want you to get this down in your spirit today…
God wants to bless you in every area of your life! You aren’t called to barely get by. You weren’t created to struggle through each day, barely paying bills, frustrated at work, unhappy at home.
As a child of Almighty God, you are a joint-heir with Christ Jesus. Every good and perfect gift from the Father is available to you.
Success is your birthright!
That means that every setback is temporary. Every roadblock is artificial. Every limitation can be overcome.
I want to encourage you that we serve a God who strategically orders our steps. He is not random — He is precise and accurate.
God has already laid out His good plan for your life… down to the smallest detail.
Just as God will strategically use good breaks, promotions and the right people, God can also use adversities, disappointments and closed doors to move you toward your destiny. It might seem difficult right now, but if you’ll keep moving forward, one day you will see how God can use it for your ultimate success.
You may never know why you’re going through a challenging time, but you can come back to this core truth that God knows what He is doing. His plan for your life is better than you can imagine.
God is bringing you to a place of unprecedented success.
Make this declaration a part of your daily life:
I am blessed for success. I am in it to win it. I will not let what somebody said about me, this rejection, this breakup, this closed door, this disappointment, or this sickness cause me to get sour. God strategically placed me here. I will succeed because God is for me, and He will provide everything I need.
Remember, God has a great plan for your life and He will never leave you or forsake you. He wants to make you an example of His goodness!
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2).
A prosperous life begins with a prosperous soul (the place where your mind, will and emotions reside)—one focused on God’s Word and aligned with His will. When your soul prospers, you are positioned to receive unlimited prosperity in every area!
BLESSED IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
Romans 5:1 – Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
We are not trying to get peace with God. We already have peace with God, having been justified by faith through our Lord Jesus Christ. This peace with God brings us the peace of God, which guards our hearts and minds. (Philippians 4:7) Then, the peace of God inside us will also translate into the peace of God outside usin all our outward circumstances.
Firstly, we will find that what would normally cause us much care and anxiety will no longer be the case. Secondly, not only will everything turn out well, but we will also be blessed in more ways than one. This is what happens when Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is our peace.
A church member, though stricken with cancer, enjoyed the peace of God, knowing that He was her healer. She later received confirmation from two different doctors that she had been completely healed of cancer. In addition to receiving her blessing of complete healing, she also received from her insurance company a critical illness claim of S$50,000!
Another church member, upon hearing news of her retrenchment, committed the matter to God, believing that He would work all things out for her, especially her loss of a regular income. Shortly after, she received her retrenchment packaged a substantial five-figure sum. And within days of her retrenchment, she received calls from her contacts in the industry, offering her jobs, two of which were jobs in well-known multinational corporations (MNCs).
At that time, she had not yet started looking for a job, so the calls were unexpected but welcomed. She finally opted to work for one of the MNCs a dream come true for her at a salary that was 30 per cent more than her previous one! When she simply prayed, Abba Father, I trust You to look after me, and rested in His love and peace, she was abundantly blessed.
Beloved, because Jesus is your peace, you are blessed in more ways than one. Your soul will prosper. Your health will prosper. Your finances will prosper. Your loved ones will be taken care of. Your relationships will flourish. You will enjoy the favor of God. All because you have the Prince of Peace!
Jesus said it is more beneficial for us to have the ministry of the Holy Spirit than it was to have Jesus present with us in His physical body! John 16:7
God doesn’t want you to just read about His promises. He wants you to receive and experience each one. Today, I’m declaring that you are favored to win! (Job 10:12 NKJV)
KNOW WHO YOU ARE :
If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. – 1 Corinthians 12: 17–18, NIV
In the New Testament, John was baptizing a crowd of people and drawing a lot of attention. Somebody came up and said, “John, are you the Christ or should we keep looking?” Without missing a beat, John said, “No, I am not the Messiah.”
See, John knew what he was, but he also knew what he was not. It’s just as important to know what you’re not because if you don’t realize your limitations, you’ll get drawn into areas that may look impressive and may feed your ego, but they are outside of your gifting and calling, outside of what God anointed you to do. Anytime you go outside of your limitations, it will be a constant struggle. Don’t let that be you! Instead, stay focused on what you’re good at. Follow peace in your heart and know who you are because God created you just the way He wants you to be!
HEALTH THROUGH THE OIL, BREAD AND WINE
The Lord will answer and say to His people, “Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, and you will be satisfied by them… – Joel 2:19
A brother from New Zealand shared an amazing healing testimony with me. After undergoing two surgeries, he was diagnosed with grade eight prostate cancer and given a grim report by his specialist.
A couple, who were elders from his church, anointed him with oil and prayed over him. He felt God’s power go through him. Following this, his wife would anoint him every night with a bottle of oil, and they would pray and take the Holy Communion together. His symptoms started to disappear and he began to feel so much better. At his next checkup, his specialist was amazed. She proclaimed his blood test report ‘‘fantastic” because it showed all indicators in the normal range!
Beloved, the oil, bread and wine represent Jesus’ finished work at the cross. Jesus provided His own body to be punished for the healing of your diseases and afflictions. Rest in the reality that by His stripes you are healed!
BE A WITNESS, NOT A JUDGE
John 16:8 “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”
It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to reprove sin, righteousness, and judgment. It is not our ministry. We are simply witnesses. A witness is not the judge or the jury. A witness simply relates what he has experienced, thereby providing evidence to the truth of something. We are to witness in word and deed, to the truth of Jesus being alive in us and let God be the one who convicts. We are simply to testify to what we have seen or to what has happened to us.
Some people in their zeal, have gone beyond the witness stage and have tried to bring people under conviction themselves. This is assuming the job that belongs to the Holy Spirit alone. This not only frustrates the witness but it drives many people away from God. We make a very poor Holy Spirit; therefore, we should stick to our job of being a witness and let the Holy Spirit do His job.
Jesus specified an orderly progression in the way we should witness. First we start in Jerusalem (i.e. where we are). Then we go to those nearby (Judaea).
Finally, we take the gospel to every religious and racial group (Samaria) throughout the whole world.
There are some very practical reasons for becoming witnesses in this way.
Jesus testified that a prophet is honored everywhere except in his home town among his family and friends. Typically, at home is the hardest place to witness. Starting with those who know us best will cause us to humble ourselves and give God all the glory. Also, if rejection comes, this tempers us and our witness, so that we will be more effective and more resilient when we go to the outer most parts of the earth.
ARGUING AGAINST RESURRECTION
Matthew 22:23-30 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him. Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. Finally, the woman died. Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?’ Jesus replied, ‘You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.’ (NIVUK)
In Jesus’ day, the religious leaders were in two main groupings: Pharisees (who believed in an afterlife with a bodily resurrection), and the Sadducees (who did not). Jesus had been saying that He would rise from the dead (Matthew 16:21, 17:9, 17:23, 20:19), and therefore threatened the theology and credibility of the Sadducees in the eyes of the people. Those leaders wanted to discredit Jesus and so invented a story in the form of a riddle to trap Jesus and prove that they were right.
In the Old Testament, if a man died without having children, his brother had the responsibility to marry the widow and give her children who would run the brother’s estate (known as levirate marriage – Deuteronomy 25:5-6). So the Sadducees made up a scenario in which seven brothers married a widow, asking whose wife she would be at the resurrection. They assumed that Jesus would not be able to answer this riddle.
It was an elaborate story, but it did not faze Jesus. He told them that they did not know what they were talking about because the Scriptures make clear that marriage is only for this life: heaven does not need sex for procreation, comfort or enjoyment. All the attention will be on the Lord, and we will be fully satisfied in serving and worshipping Him, as the angels are now.
The resurrection is still very important in spreading the gospel. The resurrection of Jesus showed that death had been defeated and sin had been fully atoned for. It also pointed the way to the resurrection of every believer (1 Corinthians 15:20-23). Indeed the whole of creation will be transformed when the church is raised with new bodies (Romans 8:19). Yes, some clever people like to argue against the possibility of resurrection: but Jesus was raised and seen by so many eye witnesses. He also solemnly promised to raise all those who believe in Him (John 6:39), and His example secures our confidence. Of course, those who do not want to be judged by Jesus might like to think that there is no afterlife at all: but they are wrong. So spread the good news that those who believe in Jesus will meet Him and be with Him for ever!
Prayer: Living God. Thank You for being the life-giver, and for proving that in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Forgive me for sometimes being so engrossed in my life now, that I fail to look forward to being welcomed in Your heaven. Help me to know and spread this good news. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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