"for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry;
for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
> God knows your happiness in the long run will depend on the seeds you sow in faith today.
Have you ever employed a tax consultant or a financial planner to help you with long-range goals? If so, you know that these people are very interested in how and where you invest.
In the spiritual realm, God is also concerned that you have a long-range "investment program." He knows your happiness in the long run will depend on the seeds you sow in faith today.
Some of the areas He would have you "invest" in (through prayer, deeds or finances) seem perfectly logical because you can foresee fairly quick results. But investing in other areas is more like "flying blind." Giving to far-off missions, spending hours interceding for people you've never met, or any other act of pure obedience takes courage.
Yet God greatly desires that we sow seeds of investment far and wide:
"Happy and fortunate are you who cast your seed upon all waters (...you will find it after many days in an abundant harvest)...Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days" (Isaiah 32:20; Ecc 11:1, AMP)
"Glory and honour are in his presence; STRENGTH and gladness are in his place."
(1 Chronicles 16:27)
> Now is the time to be faithful!
"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household?" (Matthew 24:45)
The Word tells us that God shows Himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are "perfect" toward Him (2 Chron.16:9). That word "perfect" doesn't mean that we have to do everything just right and live without making a mistake. Thank God, we don't have to do that. It means "devoted"--a heart consecrated, dedicated, loyal and faithful to God.
The mistakes we make will not stop God from working in our lives. Only our lack of faithfulness can do that.
Who is faithful? The one who spends his time doing what God has called him to do. Or as Jesus put it, the one who takes up his cross and follows Him. The one who denies his fleshly desires and spends his life on the things God desires him to do.
Maybe God has been urging you to spend more time in His Word and in prayer or dealing with you about ministering more to the people around you. He may be calling you to pray for the sick or to teach the Word. But you're busy, so you glide on with good intentions and tell God you'll do it later. Well, later is here!
Decide today that you are going to be the faithful and wise servant. Find out what is stealing your time from the Lord. Serve His interests instead of your own.
Do you want to be a ruler in the household of God? Do you want Him to show Himself strong for you? Then take up Jesus' thoughts today. Take up His purposes and His plans. Now is the time to be faithful.
"God is my strength and power: and he makes my way perfect."
(2 Samuel 22:33)
> Be Willing!
"If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land." (Isaiah 1:19)
A healthy body. Enough money to pay all your bills and extra to invest in the work of the gospel. A godly marriage and happy, healthy children. Peace of mind. God has prepared a banquet full of blessings for you.
But those blessings are not just going to fall in your lap. You must be willing as well as obedient if you're going to eat the best from God's table.
So, be willing!
Don't be willing for Satan to put sickness on your body. Be willing, instead, to be well! In honor of Jesus' sacrifice at Calvary, refuse to accept anything less than divine health.
Don't be willing to live in lack, but be willing instead to live in divine prosperity and abundance. Refuse to allow Satan to stop the flow of God's financial blessings to you.
Be willing to receive God's best plan for your marriage and your children. Don't settle for the "norm" in the world. Live above it in a home full of love and harmony, a home that is what God meant it to be.
Don't allow Satan to substitute anxiety and ulcers for the peace and undisturbedness that Jesus bought for you. Be willing and obedient to cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.
Refuse to be robbed of the banquet of blessings that have belonged to you since you became a believer. Be willing to eat the good of the land.
"And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent:
for he is not a man, that he should repent."
(1 Samuel 15:29)
We pray according to the will of God. We know that healing is in His will.
Don't pray this:
"Lord, if it be Your will, heal me."
You're supposed to know God's will from the Word. That's what faith is - is knowing God's will and acting on it.
Shield of Faith Blog
Born in South Carolina, Heather is happily married, and has three standard poodles and one shih tzu. Having travelled to over 14 countries, she has a great appreciation for living in the USA. She has a calling on her life to tell others about her healing and what Jesus has done for her. She is alive and well because of Him.