Asking God for “Good Things!”

Matthew 7:11 (AMP)

11 “If you then, evil (sinful by nature) as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give what is good and advantageous to those who keep on asking Him.”

Romans Chapter 8 verse 32 reminds me that “God did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will he not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” If this is the case, why is it that we do not always get all things? If God promised it to us what is stopping us from receiving it?

What if we aren’t single-minded and doubting that God actually meant all things? Or are we not being specific when we approach Him? We see in James Chapter 1 verse 6 “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” We need to believe that God is able to give us what we are asking. We also should not doubt God and be single-minded when it comes to Him.

I think we need to tell God exactly what we want. I also believe that when I am obedient to God and striving to do my best for Him, I am able to come to Him asking for what I want.

There could be sin in our lives which hinders us from getting what we want to see “Dear friends if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God” 1 John chapter 3 verse 21. I know when I sin against God, it’s too difficult to even pray nevermind asking for things. I believe I need to repent and get back on track trusting in God to forgive me.

I believe God will give “what is good and advantageous to those who keep on asking Him.”

Prayer

Lord, I want to come to You and say thank You for the good things You have given to me. I know that You will not withhold no good thing from us who walks uprightly (Psalms 84 verse 11). Thank You for hearing my prayers and the prayers of my friend today. Amen

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#FridayGratitude!

1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 18 AMP

“Rejoice always and delight in your faith; be unceasing and persistent in prayer; in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”

 

My journey has been interesting this year and my goodness something I took away this year never tells others how God is blessing you.  Let them see the blessings don’t actually go and say “God blessed me with this and that.”  I found out the minute I did that my blessings were stolen away and I felt terrible afterwards.

I am so grateful that God keeps all His promises. I have many friends and the one thing that I found is that people do not keep their promises. They failed me and I was so disappointed but then I look at them and realize they are people, it’s their nature.

My God is everything to me, I am grateful for today, I am so grateful for my job.  I am grateful for my husband and family. I am grateful that I can breathe and enjoy good health. I am grateful to God for His blessings in my life. I am grateful for open doors for my family and friends. I call on God to give each one of us the necessary wisdom and understanding for today and for the rest of the week.

I am grateful that God is in control of each one of our lives. I am grateful that I can sit here and chat with you. My hope is that God is intertwined in my life and that I will not disappoint Him.  I feel my heart leap with joy when I see God’s hand in my life. I used to magnify my problems unnecessarily and today I sparkle with joy. God’s hand is on my life. Whatever you want to ruin in my life, God is using it to grow me and strengthen me.

Prayer

Lord, humbly I stand before You, thank You for Your loving kindness and thank You for the blessings in my life. I pray that You will help me move past the people who are trying to ruin my life and let me sparkle going forward with You Spirit. Lord, I am calling on You to bless each and every person today. I pray for open doors, I pray for supernatural favour with You today as well as with people. Thank You Abba Father, I love and adore You, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen

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Calling God’s Blessing Into my Life!

Malachi 3: 10 AMP

“Bring all the tithes (the tenth) into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you [so great] a blessings until there is no more room to receive it.”

How do you view blessings from God?  I used to think God needed to bless me financially. I thought it was the only way I would be blessed. As I grow older I realised that God’s blessings is in small unexpected gifts. I believe God sees a need and sends someone to address that specific need. I think God used people to do His work and we should be obedient in that way.

I know God uses all kinds of people to help others. We are His hands and feet without obedient Christians we cannot perform God’s work. I look at the people out there and I see that there is a need but there aren’t that many people out there that wants to help.

Let’s bless other people, when you see a need and you are able to assist them, why don’t you take action and do something. You might just be serving an angle of the LORD.

I think of St. Martin, he was a soldier and saw a poor beggar lying on the side of the road. It was freezing cold. Martin took his cloak and cut it in half and covered the poor guy.  He tried to help him as best he could.  That night in a vision the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him. After this encounter Martin’s life changed drastically.

We are all looking for an encounter with the LORD, I know that I am.

Prayer

Lord, we give when we think about it but today help each one of us to give and see how You will come and speak to us. Lord I believe that we are Your hands and feet here on earth, enable each one of us to do the work You wanted us to do. Lord, thank You for Your loving kindness and thank You for Your wisdom, insight and understanding.  In the holy name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour. Amen

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2 Thessalonians 1: 12 EVS “so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

As a secretary, I used type as a footnote on all of the documents “Lord I love You” hiding the colour and sending my documents to the relevant people for approval. It was so nice to read that Bach composed 256 cantatas. His most famous was Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring this famous soundtrack from four centuries ago is still played when a bride walks down the aisle to meet her groom. I learned that he used to initial on all his music sheets Jesu, Juya – it meant “Jesus, help me.” Bach also wrote SDG Soli Deo Gloria – to the glory of God alone at the bottom of the same music sheet.

It is my heart’s desire to seek to glorify my God. I feel that I lack in so many areas but it is my heart’s desire to seek to glorify God. I want to do the right thing at the right time, I constantly am praying please help me do this right Lord.

It was a strange day for me, I seem to be giving people a lot of lip. I want to asseverate Revelations 5 verse 13 “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them singing: ‘To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!’” Singing praises to my Lord and Saviour, the One I can trust with all my heart and soul.

In my eating and drinking and working I should be glorifying God. 1 Corinthians 10 verse 31 “so then, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of [our great] God.” I thank the Lord for my job, I am so grateful to be working this year. I am able to help others and serve God too. I am grateful that I can come to work each day and do my best work now. I am grateful for good family and friends. I am so grateful that I am healthy and God is watching over me. I want to glorify God each and every minute of my day.

In all circumstance, we should seek to glorify God. In the past couple of weeks, I have been going through a number of difficult situations. I was sitting in Church and was reminded that God is still God. Romans 8 verse 18 “For I consider [from the standpoint of faith] that the sufferings of the present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us!” Suffering isn’t something I love or enjoy but during these difficult circumstances, I seem to bloom and grow.

Prayer

Lord, humbly I want to glorify You. I love You Lord and I know that without You I will never make it. I bring my problems to You today and I pray don’t change my circumstances but change my point of view. I am stubborn and full of nonsense help me get over myself in Jesus Christ Name, Soli Deo Gloria – to the glory of God alone. Amen

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Bless my job, LORD

Deuteronomy 28: 8 ESV

“The LORD commands the blessing on you in your barns and in all that you undertake.  And he will bless you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”

I know in the past I used to view my job as a means to earning money.  It never occurred to me that I had a calling and God placed me in a position for a reason. I believe until you reach that point of understanding you may not see your job as a calling.

I don’t mind serving other people, it’s a pleasure and I enjoy it.  In 1 Peter 4 verse 11, I see that “… whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies.” I have the strength from God to serve others.

It is important to equip yourself with your job.  We are reminded in Proverbs 1 verse 5 “Let the wise hear and increase in learning and the one who understands obtain guidance.” Learn as much as you can about your job. In doing that you are equipping yourself.

I realized when I was doing my job in the past it would be for a Manager. I wanted his favour but lately, it struck me that I actually am working for the Lord.  Ephesians 6: 7 – 8 “rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.”

My contract job is a gift from God and I never view my job as punishment. Ecclesiastes 5 verse 19 “Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil – this is the gift of God.” I have been out of work for a very long time, God allowed me to get this job and I will praise Him for it. Thank You, so much Lord.

In the past, I struggled with criticism but lately, I thought about it and I realized I can make this work for me. I am not perfect and remember I am still learning, I decided to try harder and work towards improving myself. Proverbs 13 verse 18 “Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honoured.”

There are times that you need to actually go the extra mile in your job. I am reminded of Matthew 5 verse 41 “and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” In the long run, I believe this pays off.  My husband constantly reminds me that give them more than what they expect. Abundance is something he constantly is preaching.

Prayer

Lord, O my God, thank You, so much for my job.  You know that I am so blessed and that without You, I would not have been here. I am giving 100% of my attention to my work. I go the extra mile and do my best for all concerned. Thank You, for blessing me today and the rest of my life. I am so blessed with You in my life in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

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Are you positioning yourself to receive?

Proverbs 12: 15 NIV “The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

How many gifts have you received this week?  Are you open to receiving anything good each day?  The past couple of weeks I have been monitoring the gifts I receive each day.  What a great surprise.  Taking note of each gift however small I must tell you it creates expectancy as well as the feeling of gratefulness.

I am positioning myself to receive from God.  I want His gifts in my own life and if I don’t position myself to receive from God I won’t.

The past couple of weeks I have been taking note of all the gifts I receive each and every day.  I know you may think an orange is something simple but I didn’t have one at the time and received it.  A pair of sandals I loved and I received it. Sweeties, oh my goodness packets of sweeties I received them too. Unexpected lunch I received it.

I am learning to position my lap so that God is able to bless me to receive from Him.  If I don’t position myself how will God give me the desires of my heart?  What if He wants to send me on vacation to Israel or Mauritius?  My lap is open and I want to receive His gifts.

I won’t lock my mind and shut the small gifts out because I am expecting something great from my God.  I believe when the time is right opportunities will “drop into my lap.”

Position yourself to receive from God. Don’t miss the opportunities that are coming your way, be open to what God has for you.

Prayer

Today Lord please help me to react on what You show me. I am positioning myself to receive opportunities from You. Please take my thoughts captive and help me to stay open to You.  In the holy name of Christ Jesus of Nazareth. Amen

 

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