John 1:16 (The Amplified Bible) " For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift."
Ephesians 1:3 (New International Version) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with EVERY spiritual blessing in Christ.
Blessings come as you step out in faith.
Take the Bible at its word. Meditate on it. Believe it. Speak it over yourself. Have Faith it is working miracles for you. Believe forces in the unseen world are at work on your behalf. See yourself partnering with God everyday. Expect miracles!
Blessings can't be separated from Relationship. In The Kingdom of God, those who soak themselves in God's presence, gazing into His eyes if you will, are the ones who are most blessed. God explains it as the need to become like a little child. Children naturally trust their parents. They expect their needs to be met, and they come often with desires. Kids learn by association.
Spending a life of doing things FOR God leads to frustration. It's like a kid's crayon drawing.... cute. God's way involves looking to Him as your source in everything. Being (in His presence) vs Doing. The doing will come as you follow His lead, and the ideas, passion, peace, finances, and fortitude will come with ease. Letting God be the architect leads to us achieving way more than we could ever hope, dream, imagine, think...
Blessings come with faith through time. Kids trust their parents. The way to learn to trust God is to get to know Him.... see how he's proved Himself faithful through the centuries. Read and ponder what God-In-The-Flesh was like on earth, because what God did through Jesus is what He wants to do through us. God was always Jesus' source.
There are no shortcuts to a relationship with God, but it's worth it.
God wrote you a love letter -- not a rule book. Are you reading The Bible daily? Are you letting God reveal Himself to you through it? Are you seeing God's LOVE through its pages?
I personally read the Canvas Message Bible (see the Book List). I sit down with some colored pencils and just start coloring in this Bible. I highlight passages that speak to me as I think about God. Coloring slows my mind down and helps me dwell in God's presence a little longer...
Inheriting Kingdom Blessings is different than Inheriting Salvation. Just as a kid receives good from their parent simply because they live with them, so Kingdom kids receive Kingdom Blessings as we live or abide with Christ. The connection that exists (because God's Spirit resides In our physical bodies) is a pipeline for blessings to flow.
The first blessings believers experience are the Fruit of the Spirit:
Gal 5:21-22 (King James Version) "... the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,..."
When believers receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, a gift offered by Jesus after salvation, additional blessings are ours and start being revealed through relationship. These supernatural gifts start manifesting as we seek them and as we step out in reaching the world with the Good News of the Gospel.
Every believer has a treasure trove of Promises at their disposal. The Bible is full of Promises that God's given us to claim. How do you claim them? Well, as you spend time in the Word, God will cause some verses to come alive in your heart. Write those verses down, meditate on them, and start speaking them over yourself often. Doing this "plants a seed." God will water this seed and a harvest will come.
Learning to believe for something and speak forth faith in a situation is a new concept for many.
Our world is so full of unbelief and doubt.
May these testimonies give you hope enough to step out in your own faith journey.
The Bible is full of Promises that are meant to be planted in our hearts, pondered upon, and then spoken over ourselves for a blessing.
Every seed (Promise from the Word of God) has the power within it to perform.
Romans 12:1-2 (The Message Bible)
"So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you."
A good harvest takes time. You have to have faith that the seed is doing what God created it to do. Don't let impatience bypass the growth cycle. Those who will plant God’s Word in their hearts, allow the seed to germinate and grow to maturity, will reap a good harvest
The four conditions of people’s hearts listed in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) present a sequence that we all go through. There is a time when God’s Word doesn’t mean anything to us, because we don’t understand it and the devil just steals it from us (Matthew 13:19). Then, we accept the Word; but tribulation and persecution offend us, and we don’t let the Word get rooted in our hearts (Matthew 13:20-21). If we pass the first two challenges against God’s Word, then come the weeds (“thorns”) described in this verse. This depicts a plant that took root and was growing. It could have even begun to bear fruit, but the end result was the same as the other types of ground. The fruit didn’t mature.
Those who reach the fourth stage, where they are fruitful (Matthew 13:23), have to limit the cares of this world and other lusts that choke out God’s Word. This good ground didn’t have more than all the other types Jesus described; it had less. True fruitfulness in the Christian life doesn’t come to those who are more talented or more charismatic than others. It comes to those who are more focused on the Lord than others. If being less is the key, then anyone can be less.