Last night fear tried to overtake me again in the area of provision. This is something that Daddy has been leading me into freedom on. For so long I’ve believed that my job or Jason’s job was our provision and that isn’t true. I felt I needed to provide for myself that God didn’t want to really provide for me. God has been showing me that it is He and He alone who is our provision in all things. He has challenged me to even let go of my budget and trust Him, trust that I hear Him in my finances just as I do in the other areas of my life. When we hear Him and follow His voice we can never go wrong. Honestly, I haven’t been able to let go of the budget yet (old habits die-hard) but there has been a shift and my dependence on it has changed. It has brought about such a new sense of peace for me that even when the numbers don’t add up I trust Him. He hasn’t failed me yet.
Last night when fear started to overcome me and I found myself crying out to him from my bedroom closet, he began to remind me of all the times he has miraculously provided for us in abundance. Times where there was no explanation of it being anything other than God. For example, when he called me to quit my 13 year teaching job that was half of our income to stay home and homeschool our children the budget said you will be $161 short every two weeks. We stepped out in faith anyhow and I quit my job. For months every two weeks
our checkbook balance would show that we were somehow off and our balance would be over what we where suppose to have. It wasn’t just by $161 but it was even a little extra. This went on for 6 months until we were able to refinance our home which saved us over $300 every two weeks. I am a very detailed person, I don’t make mistakes in our checkbook, there was no other explanation.
Another example he reminded me of was when I received a huge medical bill in the mail, that same day a friend of mine called me and said that the Holy Spirit had told her a month ago to cut me a check on that very day and she wanted me to know that it should be in the mail that day. The check not only covered the bill, put provided extra to cover all the expenses for a ministry trip I had wanted to take as well, abundance.
Daddy reminded me through a precious friends wisdom of Abraham, and David, and Adam and Eve, all who were supplied with abundance. He reminded me of the prodigal son who wasted everything but came back and he provided more not even upset with him. He reminded me of the fortune that was brought upon Jesus birth by the wise men. So I started to dig and study certain words and promises he has given us.
He continued to show me the heart of a father is so for His children. I am so overwhelmed with Him reminding me that my relationship with my children is just a small shadow of His relationship with me. Every desire, wish, dream that I have for them He has for me. The difference is that He is the perfect parent, even on my best days He is better. To look at Him in any other way than that is to be deceived about His true identity, His true desires for us. His very life, His very essence is love. He came to save us, bless us, and give us His very life now.
The word Save in the New Testament means Sozo, Strongs defines it as save, heal, deliver, protect, be made whole in health, prosperity, and peace of mind, to thrive, prosper, or get on well. The word saved in the Old Testament is Yeshuwah in Strongs it is defined as something saved, deliverance, aid, victory, prosperity, health, help, salvation, and welfare.
Like many promises in His word if we can’t believe it it’s unlikely we will receive it. “It shall be done according to your faith.” Matthew 9:29. Please remember however that we don’t muster up our own faith to receive, Daddy persuades us lovingly to the point that we are able to believe and receive (have faith) in who He is, and in all of His beautiful promises to us.
Ask Him today what blessings you are missing out on due to unbelief and then ask him to persuade you unto belief. He’s a good father and He wants you to receive all the blessings he has for you.
Blessings is defined in Strongs as Barak which means to bestow good upon. God wants to bestow nothing but good upon you.
I love how it’s put by David Cerullo on his blog Prosperity Defined: “God’s prosperity certainly includes financial blessings, that is only a small part [however] of what the abundant life is all about. In addition to providing His children with material abundance, the Lord wants to bless us with good health…strong relationships…peace of mind…victory over addictions…and an intimate relationship with Him.”
Biblical prosperity stems from receiving God’s wisdom and obeying His instructions on your journey.
Another promise we are given is peace which is the greek word Shalom, in Strongs it means to be made whole, healthy, happy, prosperous, and at peace.
Psalms 29:11 The Lord gives strength to His people, the Lord blesses His people with peace (shalom).
These are just some of the promises he has given to those who believe. I pray that each of us can fully believe and receive all the goodness of God, both to receive His Zoe God Life and His Abundance of blessings.
Shalom my friends!