by Pastor Tim Burt
God does not want you confused over who He is, over who Jesus is, or over you becoming a child of God. He wants and has the best of intentions and plans for you!
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jesus died on the cross as a sacrifice for each of us—for all of our sins. He then arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven where He sits at the right hand of His Father. And do you know what He is doing now? He is praying—He is interceding for you! What is He praying for? He is praying and trying to influence your heart to make right decisions to follow Him and His will for your life! Why is He doing this? So that you can be blessed and live to be a blessing to this world—to the world around you! When you finally get hold of that revelation, you will begin to trust Him and His many promises to you. God says He has a good plan for you. That plan is blessing. Satan would like you to think God has abandoned you leaving you high and dry. That He is bringing misery to build your character. I promise you that the devil will provide more misery than you’d ever need. The Holy Spirit will help you to prevail in those times and that is what builds your character. Blessing has always been God’s intent for you and for anyone that would come to know and live for Him. There is adversity in this defiled world but God takes us out of the fire, not puts us in it! He instructed his children to walk in His blessings and to avoid the life and choices that create destruction in this world.
When God blesses us, it means to confer benefits or gifts to us—to prosper us or to improve our quality of life. His initial benefits are a relationship with Him coupled with the forgiveness of sin and the promise of Heaven through faith in Jesus Christ. That is only the beginning. God’s promised blessings are almost overwhelming to believe—especially because they are far above anything you are experiencing in your present life. He promises supernatural peace that transcends the burdens or trials that would otherwise weigh you down. Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 (TLB)
He doesn’t come close to stopping there. He promises to take you out of a war-torn ravaged life. When God came to rescue His people from Egypt through Moses, they were so beaten down that they found it hard to believe that He cared for them or that He would really help them. Does that describe you? Do you have a hard time believing in God’s promises—that they are real and cry out to you? Do you even know what they are? If you do, can you imagine them manifesting in your life? Can you believe that the deliverance and blessing that God wanted for His people then, He also wants for you today?
Let’s look into a few of His promised blessings. They may seem the opposite of your present experience and difficult for you to even imagine in your life. If you can’t wrap your brain around them, how about wrapping your faith around them?
Psalm 144:12-15 NLT says, “May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace. May our farms be filled with crops of every kind. May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands, even tens of thousands, and may our oxen be loaded down with produce. May there be no breached walls, no forced exile, no cries of distress in our squares. Yes, happy are those who have it like this! Happy indeed are those whose God is the Lord.”
Can you see in these verses that God wants blessing to affect your children, your livelihood, your assets, your savings, your protection, and your peace? Does the peace described, “no cries of distress,” sound like the peace in your life? Does God want this for you? He says, “Yes, happy are those who have it like this! Happy indeed are those whose God is the Lord.”
Mark 9:23 NKJV Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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