I find myself walking through a season where God is to be teaching me how to receive from Him. Giving is easy, receiving can sometimes be hard. With every Bible reading and prayer time, I seem to consistently come across scripture that indicates it is possible to live a life of constant blessing. Somehow, we step into a slipstream of His presence and then experience one breakthrough after another. I continually feel myself reaching into His heart to access this type of lifestyle…not because I’m selfish, but because I realize that the struggle with finances, time, relationship, etc. causes us to be distracted from deeper purpose. If I’m just struggling to get by (whether it’s emotionally or financially), then how do I find the energy to pursue God more? If I have just enough to get by, then how do I move in the greater things? I am to live in more than enough.
Didn’t Jesus provide leftovers when He multiplied the loaves and fish? Yes, He did. That really sheds light on His heart. He’s more than enough. He paid taxes with money from a fish’s mouth…I don’t believe He desires for us to walk in financial struggle all our lives. It’s so distracting.
I am really seeing that we can tap into more…I’m just asking God to renew my mind to receive it.
For months now, I’ve been contemplating some of those I read about in the Old Testament. They were obviously highly favored and all they did prospered, even though they made some epic mistakes and perpetrated deliberate wrong doings at times.
Case and point, Abraham. He was always blessed in his work…his flocks. He made big blunders on his way to being the father of nations, but God redeemed him over and over again. He always walked in physical blessings. That never changed, even in his mistakes.
Soak that in…
Abraham made a series of big blunders, yet God never took away his blessings. Likewise, He won’t take away yours either. He will make a way. Even when there seems to be no way…He will make a way. We are made for more. I am desperate to remove all limiting beliefs from my life, aren’t you? He is more than enough and desires us to walk abundantly in Him. His abundance is not selfish, it’s generous. His abundance isn’t miserly, it’s more than enough. His abundance opens earthly doors that release us to release heaven in more places than we could otherwise.
Abundance also looks like me being able to stay home and raise my family. That’s abundant living. We’ve made sacrifices for our abundance, but I don’t regret it at all. Abundance looks like homeschooling and teaching our kids about Jesus around our kitchen table. Our abundance may appear as lack or too simple to the world, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I have felt life expanding so much during this season. I know and believe with my whole heart that financial abundance is next. God promised me that if I would stop working and raise my children, then He would bless Chris in his work. I believe him. Anytime I’m tempted to go find work, God reminds me that my time is far more valuable and no job outside of the home could pay me enough to make it worthwhile…so I stay. I live abundance in the walls of my home and man, it’s so satisfying.
Breathe that in. Let the wonder of it fill your lungs. Breathe deep and enjoy the knowledge that God’s good plans for you won’t change. When you are covered in Jesus’ blood, you stand as one who is redeemed…as a child of God…as a co-heir to the Kingdom.
Believe it. Receive it. Live like you know it.
God, today I stand ready to receive Your full blessing. Pressed down, shaken together and running over blessings are waiting for me and my family. We say, “Yes” and stand ready with cupped hands, to receive. Lord, lead us in all things. Bless every step we take. We honor You with all our hearts, as we lean not on our own understanding. You are the Waymaker…we will follow You. Thank You for filling our home, our lives, our family line with the abundant blessings of heaven. Let heaven come to earth in our family, now and forevermore. In Jesus’ name, amen.
What mighty praise, O God, belongs to You in Zion. We will fulfill our vows to You, for You answer our prayers. All of us must come to You. Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, You forgive them all. What joy for those You choose to bring near, those who live in Your holy courts. What festivities await us inside Your holy Temple. You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our Savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas. You formed the mountain by Your power and armed Your self with mighty strength. You quieted the raging oceans with their pounding waves and silenced the shouting of the nations. Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, You inspire shouts of joy. You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile. The river of God has plenty of water; it provides a bountiful harvest of grain, for You have ordered it to do so. You drench the plowed ground with rain, melting the clods and leveling the ridges. You soften the earth with showers and bless its abundant crops. You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy. The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep, and the valleys are carpeted with grain. They all shout and sing for joy! Psalm 65:1-13
The godly can look forward to a reward, while the wicked can expect only judgment. Proverbs 11:23