Words of encouragement : from bro James
I was thinking of how many times in my life that I have prayed and asked the Lord for a blessing. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be blessed of the Lord. I would pray…bless me oh Lord…bless me today. If we need a job we ask God to bless us. If we desire something we ask God to bless us. Reality is, God has already heard every prayer , desire or petition we will ever say. Before the foundation of the world. A lot of the time we are ” waiting on God ” for the blessing. When God is saying “You already have it “. Then why then arn’t we seeing the manifestation of it in our lives?
Mark 11:23 King James Version (KJV)
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Notice that it says ” That whosoever shall say ” not God. The onus is on us and not God. He has given us the power of the blessing if you will in our lives but we need to speak the Gods word ( the will of God is the word of God ) over our life and then God can bless us like he wants to.
I remember when I was young my dad would ask my mother if she wanted to go out for a ride or somewhere. She would say to him ” Just you and me?” We as kids thought that was a funny thing to say we would even joke about it at times. It wasn’t until later on in life I realized the importance of “alone time “. Especially now that I am married I realize that spending alone time with my wife is very important. Whether it’s going for a ride , going out for something to eat , watching a movie or whatever as long as it’s just her and me.
God also enjoys alone time with us. Some people don’t understand this. I remember one time when I was pastoring a small church in my home town. Most times there would be just me and my wife and kids in attendance. One day I was discouraged after service and the Lord asked me why was I discouraged. He said to me ” what would your father think if you went to his house and said to him hi dad who’s all showing up today? and he said to you..just me and you son…and you turned around and walked out discouraged ? How would he feel? Did you go to church for people or to fellowship with me? “….lesson learn’t.
Now I am not saying that God was saying that i should be happy with an empty church. My point is we should have real intimacy with the father , real heart and spirit felt alone times in his presence.