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“How To Find Blessing In An Economic Recession”
Here in Mexico we have 2 distinct seasons… a dry season and a rainy season. I don’t enjoy the dry season… it’s hot, dusty and desolate.
I realize that many of you may be passing through difficult times…. dry seasons when God seems to be distant.
Many friends are stressed out, worried, and full of despair. The United States has a very LARGE National debt and hope seems to be hard to find. The economy seems to be bleak and jobs are scarce for some.
God has given me a word for you. I know these words will encourage you.
Change is coming. Stay focused. Change is very hard to accomplish when it’s done by our own desires. God is the one who brings the rainy season. It’s easy when God does it.
Here’s how God can bless you, even when times are tough…
Ask For Wisdom
James 1:5-8 says , “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
We all have KNOWLEDGE directly from the Bible.
Wisdom is when you know how to apply that knowledge to your daily life.
Wisdom is a perquisite to blessings. Solomon could have asked for anything he wanted. He asked God for wisdom. God blessed everything he touched.
When you posses’ wisdom, it will help you take care of financial needs, ministry expansion and everything else you do in life.
Stop reading now and ask God For wisdom.
Make God’s Priorities Your Priorities
Put God 1st. Make His purposes your purpose in life.
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
Are Your Priorities in Order?
- Put God First
Take care of God’s business and He’ll take care of your business.
Don’t let your personal business take priority over God’s business.
Matthew 6:33 says to “Seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you”.
Where do you spend the majority of your time, thoughts, efforts and/or money?
Is it on your job or business?
Is it on personal pleasure?
Or is it on promoting God’s Kingdom?
Apply These Keys to Financial Blessing
I’ve spent most of this year ministering on financial freedom since God is definitely interested in our money as much as we are.
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
How To Give:
Give with the right motivations, because you love God, not just because you want to receive something.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Don’t give out of obligation or to manipulate his promises, God gives to you because he loves you, not because he feels obligated to bless you.
A few more keys to financial blessings:
- Get rid of debt in our lives so we are no longer slaves to no one or no bank.
- Live to give and give to live.
- Be obedient to God when in all areas of giving- this includes tithing (10% is a good beginning), offerings, and first fruits.
Begin by being faithful in the poco (little) and he’ll bless you in the mucho (a lot)!
Be Humble and Honorable
Be Yourself, don’t try to imitate Others
Do what God created you to do. Don’t be distracted by others or tangible things that are pleasing to the eyes.
Whose Show is it?
Don’t be like those who create a show to receive honor from men. Rather… let Christ show through you and your ministry
Be the show of Christ through trust in Him, and reap the harvest of the due season of His faithfulness.
Promote God’s Agenda, Not your Own
Be sincere and promote God’s Kingdom. Minister with integrity. Here in Chiapas, It is refreshing when someone comes who is promoting Gods Kingdom and not there own agenda.
Men are interested in Titles. The only name that’s really important is the name of Jesus.
What is Honor?
Honor can be either offered or received. When it is offered, it is usually a selfless act, else we classify it as flattery. When received, it is a dangerous temptation, for that is when we stand the risk of identifying ourselves with our ego. Honor is the recognition of selflessness.
Clothe yourself with honor- Honor goes hand in hand with integrity.
Realize There Is a “Dry Season” Before Most Major Blessings
The Time of Silence is Ending
“There is a “Time Of Silence” before any major Blessing.”
That’s what A prosperous Indian Pastor who has a large Church told me when I asked him about success in his life and ministry.
Call it what you want…
I don’t know if I could call it a time of silence…but it does always seem there is a time of slowness where you’re “waiting” on God…
The words, trials, tribulations, and even sowing could also apply to this principle.
A Season For Planting
It seems to relate to the fact that there is always a season for planting where it seems like you’re doing a lot of work…and nothing happens. And then all of a sudden all your blessings happen at once.
They come in waves for any new breakthrough it seems.
You can find many examples in the Bible (such as Jesus in the desert just before his first major miracle)
Its a period of time when you’ve done everything that you know is possible in the natural
Having Done Everything… “Stand”
Chapters 5 and 6 of Ephesians talks about when you’ve done everything you KNOW to do, stand….
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Definition : ” Stand” is to go on living the things in your normal everyday life. It’s Gods sovereign move on our behalf.
There’s also a wonderful poem called “Footprints in the sand “ that basically illustrates that God has not forgotten about us in these silent, difficult times.
You’ve heard of building expansions. We often look for “expansion” verses in the Bible when we’re about to go into a Church building program.God wants to give you much more than a building…. He wants to expand your Territory.
I Chronicles 4:10
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.
An expanded ministry
The time is at the door for your ministry to expand in west and east directions so walk to it and threw it
God wants to give you a greater anointing in your ministry. It will usher in a level of walk that you haven’t seen in your ministry until today. An anointing that has been set in motion and comes with great authority and responsibility.
An increased authority
Is your hair Gray?
God wants to give you gray hair.. Gray hair is a symbol of authority, prestige, honor and respect.
God is ready to move you in a level of ministry It’s a calling of authority. You will experience Gods honor in this calling, It’s a privilege that few men have seen.
New level of respect
It’s yours at hand, it’s been set in motion in the heavens and not yet revealed in the realm of visible things .
Stay focused in the next few months and see the goodness of God revealed in your ministry,
People will start seeing you for what you are in Christ.
Receive Multiplication and Blessing From God
God WANTS TO Bless You.
Repeat these words:
“Everything that I touch will prosper. There is an anointing in my life as a child of God. Everything I do or touch will multiply in my behalf. Even others around me will be blessed.”
Receive it by faith. Stand and see the power of His faithfulness and works in your behalf.
Have you ever seen a movie or show in which you could rub an Aladdin’s lamp and ask the magic genie for three things?
I would never refer to God as a magic genie but years ago, in the middle of the night, God begin to speak to me (in a non-audible voice).
God impressed upon me to ask him for gifts.
What would you ask God for if he told you that he would give you 3 gifts? Here’s what I asked God for.
- I asked God For Wisdom– If in may lacks it, let him ask.
- Then I asked him to give me a gift of miracles to help the sick and needy.
- For the third petition I was going to ask God for an increased anointing to win the lost, but I slightly changed my request and asked him to give me compassion.
I knew that If I asked God to fill me with his love, many would experience healing, salvation and reconciliation through my ministry.
The Greatest of these is love (I Cor 13)
At that moment when I asked God for His compassion for others I began weeping and experienced one of the most powerful presences of God that I’ve ever known in my life.
Compassion should be at the top of our requests if we want to experience God’s blessing in our lives.
What Gifts would you ask God for? Ask Him now.
Finally, let us love.
Ask God to give you His heart. Loving like God loves cultivates blessings.
Start Your Journey To Success
The last 2 months of this year will be a prelude to all of 2011
What are you asking God to do through you in 2011?
Don’t wait for the New Year to begin.
The time is at hand. It’s about to rain. My desire for you is that you start experiencing God’s promises today.
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Special Thanks To Jesse Rojas and Terry Dean for helping me to clarify this word of encouragement and Thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support.
May God richly bless you and your family,