Blessing

“I am” is covenant talk in the Bible, so when I read “I am” I know that it’s the same as reading “Jesus is” because Jesus paid the price for me to be in a Blood Covenant. As He is, so am I.

In my hunger for growth this year, I decided to focus on the Blessing of Abraham. I’ve heard it before, and it seems that everyone is writing about it this year, but I wanted to know more. So, I’m going to share some of my revelation with you!

Since I am the seed of Abraham, according to Galatians 3:13-14, 29, “Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law, being made a curse for me; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree; that the Blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles (me) through Jesus Christ; that I might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith…And if I am Christ’s, then I am Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Therefore, I have the Blessing because I am Abraham’s seed thanks to Jesus’ shed Blood! (His Blood Covenant with me!)

As I meditated on these scriptures, I began getting a deeper revelation of the Blood Covenant I have with Father God. Just as God was faithful to Abraham and Jesus, He’s faith to me. Abraham, Jesus and I have the same exact Covenant with God because of our faith! WOW! How awesome is that!! I’m not under the curse, or the Law, any more! I’m blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places because I’m the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and Abraham’s blessing is my blessing!

I don’t have to be in lack or under finan-cial curse any more. I don’t have to have sickness or disease in my body any more! I’ve been redeemed from the curse and re-positioned into the Blessing of Abraham!

“It’s the Blessing of the Lord that makes us rich and He adds no sorrow to it!” Proverbs 10:22. I challenge you to take your rightful position in the Blessing today!

A Fresh Crop

“Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him.” Revelations 22:1-3.

I’m convinced, as you read this verse, you are like me in that you will have new revelation of God’s Word explode on the inside of you! Lately, as I’ve read and studied the Word of God, a new hunger has been stirred on the inside of me! I hunger and thirst for more revelation knowledge of the Word because I’ve come to the realization that I’m not walking in revelation of what I already have – what Jesus has already paid the price for me to possess!

As l read these verses, “yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” came alive to me. In the natural, I can’t name a tree that produces new fruit every month? However, in the spiritual realm, this means a continuous harvest of a fresh crop is available to us; a continuous harvest of healing. Not just healing for the physical body, but healing for the mind (revelation); healing for finances (restoration); healing for every area of your life, for every person in Christ!

Psalm 103:2, reads, “Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits.”

Every month you have a fresh crop of healing! That mean in your personal age – where you are right now, this very moment; your personal situation, you have access to fresh healing, fresh restoration, fresh mercy, because it is one of God’s benefits.

“It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

God is faithful to deliver what you stand in faith to receive; be it healing, restoration, mercy, grace, or whatever you need. He is faithful!

Always Triumphant

First Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” Faith will look for a way of escape. Doubt and unbelief won’t look for an escape route. Doubt and unbelief will fall on the floor, bury their nose in carpet and cry, knowing that there’s a doorway leading out of the room if they’ll just look up, look around, find it, and start moving.

When the devil talks to you, you have to answer him. Victory has a voice! When he tells you you’re not going to make it this time, remind him the Word of God tells you in 2 Corinthians 2:14, “…God always causes us (me) to triumph in Christ!” We “Submit ourselves to God, resist he devil and he’ll flee from you.” James 4:7.

If the devil’s telling you it’s not going to work for you this time, that’s your guarantee of knowing that he’s lying to you, and you’re on the very brink of your breakthrough if you won’t stop! Simply resist the devil; tell him he’s a liar and he has to shut up!

Thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit. If you’re listening to him, He’ll reveal Bible verses for you to stand on. God is faithful. He will always provide you an escape route!

How many times has the devil told you that your circumstances are beyond what you are able to endure, or you can’t do anything about them? How many times has he told you that your faith wasn’t strong enough, or you didn’t have enough faith to overcome the situation you’re in right now? Or maybe he’s told you that you were beyond your own strength, you were out of your league and you should just give up and quit now because you were in over your head?

All those are lies of the devil! Smoke and mirrors! However, the Holy Spirit will tell you God is faithful to you. He will not allow you to be tested, and tried above that which you are able, but with the temptation he will make a way of escape. It doesn’t matter what you get into; how dark it may seem at the moment; or that you can’t see victory on the horizon; if you’ll believe the Word of God, there’s a way out of your situation that will produce victory!

Decree A Thing

There’s power in your words! “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.” Proverbs 18:21.

God created the world and everything in it by His words and it still stands today. When a king gives a decree, it is carried out as he decreed it. We’re made in God’s image and He’s given us His Name and authority to rule and reign in our domain by the power of our words. We’re heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. That in itself should give you revelation that you were created for victory!

Since Jesus is the King of kings and we are joint heirs with him; we’re created to rule and reign in our domain and speak forth decrees, just as a king would do to fulfill what he wants accomplished in his kingdom.

My three favorite Bible versions are The Message Bible, The Amplified Bible, and the New American Standard Bible. It’s good to read and study different Bible translations to get a better understanding of God’s word. Therefore, I want to share Job 22:28 in those three versions.

“You’ll take delight in God, the Mighty One, and look to him joyfully, boldly. You’ll pray to him and he’ll listen; he’ll help you do what you’ve promised. You’ll decide what you want and it will happen; your life will be bathed in light. To those who feel low you’ll say, ‘Chin up! Be brave! And God will save them. Yes, even the guilty will escape, escape through God’s grace in your life.”

“You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God’s favor] shall shine upon your ways.”

“You will also decree a thing and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways.”

I believe this is a life-time nugget to personalize for yourself; to meditate on; to ponder and let it explode into revelation knowledge!

As you decide what you want your life to look like, start decreeing it as the king you are! Just as God spoke the world into existence, you can use your words to speak and decree your world into existence according to Job 22:28. Open your mouth. Fill it with good words. Decree your victorious future and watch it manifest before your eyes!

Humility

Many of us hear the Word of God every day. Sometimes we read it, listen to it on CD, our i-phones, i-pods, i-pads, nooks or kindles. The Word of God is available in more than 26 translations and in various languages. The Word is more readily available now than ever before.

However, that doesn’t mean that we are taking advantage of technology or various translations to get the Word into our heart. I love God’s Word, but I can assure you that I haven’t arrived yet and I still need to feed my spirit man the Word of God.

Several months ago I had the blessing of working with a personal trainer to jump start my exercise program. As we walked on the track she began telling me what exercises to do and how to do them to produce the best benefits for my time invested in exercising.

At first I agreed with her and told her I knew what she was talking about because I had exercised in the past. She continued with her instructions and again, I knew what she was explaining and agreed with her. It was common knowledge to me what she was saying. Then, something phenomenal happened – some would call it a light bulb moment! As she continued to explain the simple exercises, the Holy Spirit clearly told me “It’s not what you know that makes a difference in your life; it’s what you do with what you know!”

In that moment of walking on the track the Holy Spirit revealed a life-changing nugget that I continuously revisit. He put pride and humility into perspective for me in a split second! In James 4:17 we read, “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” NASB. The Message says it like this, “As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right things to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil.”

I liken my exercise program to reading and acting on the Word of God. In many instances I know what God’s Word says; however, it is like my exercise program! It doesn’t matter what I know (pride) – it matters what I do (humility)!

In the simple act of humbling myself to read and listen to God’s love letters to me, I reap endless benefits as I act on what I read and hear. I purpose in my heart to step out in faith and be a doer of God’s Word; to act on what I know. How about you? Will you take a step of faith and act on what you know?

God’s Drawn to Movement

When it comes to receiving from God, according to His Word, it’s your move! God’s already moved and He’s waiting on you to step out in faith – make a move, respond to His word!

With God, if you keep moving, He’ll keep moving. You’ll always be moving forward; you can’t lose. However, when you quit moving, or quit speaking His Word, that’s when you start losing.

First Corinthians 4:7 says, “…what do you have that you did not receive?” The way you enjoy the blessings God’s provided for you is simply receive them by faith. It doesn’t matter where you were born or what your status is in life, God created you to enjoy His blessings. You can move from a position of defeat to a position of victory; however, you’ll have to make a move toward God to receive those blessings and benefits by faith.

God’s still God even though you go through trials and tribulations. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the midst of the biggest trial of your life – you’ve still got victory – because your story isn’t over! You still haven’t written the last two words at the end of your story!

When you get to the end of the test or trial, if you’re still in faith – believing God – there’s victory with your name on it!

Some Christians start out believing God, and then they get in the middle of a trial and say “I thought God was going to come through for me, but I guess He’s not.” When believers make that confession, they’ve just quit receiving from, and moving with God because they moved over into the arena of worry, doubt, fear, and unbelief. When they quit moving with God, God quits moving with them! It’s not that He wants to quit; He can’t move with worry, doubt, fear, and unbelief. He moves upon faith filled words. You must make the right moves by believing God and saying what His Word says about your situation.

To keep moving forward, you can’t speak doubt and unbelief and expect to receive from God, and you can’t earn God’s blessings through works. You receive by faith what God’s already done for you. Simply tap into the finished work!

Shout

Smith Wigglesworth says you can’t shout and doubt at the same time. Have you ever noticed that Jesus is going to descend from heaven with a shout? Do you remember when Jesus went to the tomb of Lazarus, He cried out with a loud voice?

In the book of Numbers we read that we can’t be cursed for the shout of a King is among us. In the Old Testament they were crowing a King; the Bible says that in the valley four miles away, there was a group gathering to try to take the throne and they heard the people shouting. They said “What’s that shout? What’s that noise?” They said, “It could only be the crowning of the New King!” That shout totally destroyed the mounting uprising.

Something happens in your life when you shout — the King gets crowned! So shout unto the Lord with a voice of triumph! Do it right now! He says, “Shout! For God has given us the city.” You need to understand that walls fall down when you shout! Cities are won when you shout! Kings are crowned when you shout, the dead rise up when you shout! The Lord descends when there’s a shout!

Simply start by saying, “Lord, I thank you for today!” Thank Him for what He’s done for you….”I thank you that my expectancy and faith levels are high, and coming up higher. I thank you that I’m hungry for more of you to be revealed in my life. Thank you for the blessings you’ve given my family. Thank you for the increase, the joy, the peace in my heart, the laugher that’s returned to my life. Thank you for restoration of my family. Thank you for restoration of my finances and my health. Thank you for the shout that you’ve put back on the inside of me! Thank you, Lord! Thank you that you made me more than a conqueror!”

As you thank God, keep in mind that thanking Him for what He’s done and what He’s going to do before you have it, is an expression of faith. It’s an act that you already believe you receive it. A shout of thanksgiving will cause the fullness of God to manifest in your life.

Honor

By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life. Proverbs 22:4 Honor is the central focus to all other principles of the Bible. Proverbs has much to say about honor and covenant by a wise man who’s teaching his son how to live a righteous life style.

Abraham was chosen by God to establish His covenant because He knew Abraham would teach his children to “keep the ways of the Lord”…or in other words, he would live a life based on and filled with honor for God. Genesis 18:17-19. When he did this, Abraham was in right-standing with God.

Proverbs 21:21 tells us that “He who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life, righteousness and honor.”  Jesus repeated these same words in Matthew 6:33, when He said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  In these two verses we’re guaranteed that anyone who follows, or seeks, after mercy and righteousness (right-standing with God) will receive both with honor.

The person who gives will find life, dominion, authority, and honor. Matthew 10:39 reminds us “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” In order to give, a person must make himself vulnerable just as Jesus did when He gave Himself on the cross for us. Losing sight of ourselves will cause us to find life. When he gives his life, or puts it at risk, when he make himself vulnerable obeying the Word of God, he places himself in a position in which God can trust him with dominion, authority, life, and honor.

To go a step further, the Word of God tells us that we are to honor one another in Romans 12:10, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.”  The honor of God (His covenant with us) will change our attitude.  When we live in honor, it brings God into the situation.

When we honor the covenant God offers us, He’ll honor us with love, grace, mercy, and prosperity.

God’s Treasure

You are God’s greatest treasure! Romans 8:16-17 says, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ…”

The devil will try to make you feel like you’re not special. Religion and other Christians can make you feel like you’re not worthy. However, when you get a revelation of who you are in Christ, no one can make you feel inferior or unworthy without your consent.

It doesn’t matter what you’ve gone through, what you’re going through, or what you will go through in the days ahead, you still have value and are important to God! For something to have value, it must have an owner. Think about the things you own! They’re important to you because you value them. You paid the price for them to be yours, or someone paid the price and then gave them to you as a gift. You are no exception. You have an owner in Jesus Christ, and if you were the only person in the world, He would search for you until he finds you, rescues you, and draws you to Himself because you are valuable to Him. He paid the price for you with His Blood.

God is no respecter of persons and has already blessed you with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3) When you get an understanding of this, and that God is no respecter of persons, it is easier to receive everything that He has already blessed you with – peace, joy, revelation, finances, health, etc. If God will bless anyone, He will bless you!! Just receive what He’s already done for you!

Actually, God has actually picked you out for Himself before the foundations of the world. (Ephesians 1:4) You are chosen by Him; set apart for Him; handpicked just for God and His purposes! First Peter 2:9 tells you that “you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people.” You are a peculiar person! That means you are very special to God; His very own possession. Handpicked. Chosen. Worthy. God’s greatest creation and His very special treasure! He loves you with an everlasting love.

Extraordinary

Extraordinary means: “Beyond the common order, beyond the common method and beyond the common course of things.” Another definition is “Remarkable, uncommon or rare.” If you’ll believe God, what was once rare in your life is going to become the norm.

However, some people have trouble believing this – not only today but in Habakkuk as well as Paul’s day. Habakkuk 1:5 tells us, “Look among the nations and watch – Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you.”

God’s still saying “I’m going to work a work in your day that will be so marvelous, so wonderful, so extraordinary, that some will not be able to believe it, even if it’s clearly described to you in detail!” When God makes statements like this, we need to realize that it’s time to stretch our faith, stretch our imaginations and think bigger than we’ve ever thought before.

It’s time to forget the past. Isaiah 43:18-19 says “Do not remember the former things; neither consider the things of old, Behold I am doing a new thing…” God’s saying it’s going to happen and you can expect it to come to pass in your life or, you can just hear about it happening to others – which do you want?

To live an extraordinary life, you must learn to confess “I’m living in the realm of the extraordinary.” The question is “Do you believe He is able to bring the extraordinary to pass in your life?” God’s will was, and still is to heal people and make you wealthy; however, they aren’t healed automatically or become prosperous just because it’s His will. People have to take responsibility to receive their healing or finances.

If you’re going to see the extraordinary become the norm in your life, you must take responsibility for expecting God’s Word to come to pass. Not only for yourself, but so He can use you to be an example for others to see His goodness, and reveal how much He loves you. He wants to bless you with an extraordinary – rare, uncommon or remarkable – lifestyle to get the attention of other people and draw them near to Him to change their lives as well!

Today is the day to expect the extraordinary to manifest in our life!