Hey sweet things! My daughter organizes a weekly devotional that is sent out through e-mail. Our friend Jacob Mhyre wrote this one for the week and I am sharing it with you here. He is a young adult that is a leader to those his age as well as those younger than he is. We need male leadership like his for their generation!! Please join me in praying blessing for his life of leadership. I hope this blesses you! Check out the new testimony of Ms. Williams on the post “Are you Wrestling with God?”. Here is another opportunity to pray DIVAs!
Hey y’all, here are my thoughts for this week.
We cannot be afraid to ask for big things from God. Sometimes it’s easy for us to think that we are somehow offending God by asking for too much, or that we are in some way taking blessings from others. This notion is not only false, but antithetical in its result. The irony is that we think we are overextending or taking advantage of God when we ask for large blessings, when we are actually underappreciating and limiting God by not opening ourselves up to his best gifts.
One of the predisposed notions that I think we can fall prey to is the belief that God has put us in this life as a sort of purgatory to be endured before the reward of Heaven. But God wants us to be blessed in this life. In the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:10) Jesus prays “thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” The take away from this is that God’s desire and perfected version of earth is that it would be just like Heaven, and Heaven is in all descriptions a blessed and awesome place. Further supporting this idea, Galatians 3:14 explains that Jesus sacrifice on the cross transferred the blessing that was on Abraham to the Gentiles. So God’s vision for us it to be blessed in the same way God blessed Abraham.
This doesn’t mean that we should never face challenges or battles. Indeed this world is the battle ground between God and the devil. But there is a significant difference between facing a challenge and getting steam rolled by a challenge. We will face challenges, yes. But if we keep our faith in God, no challenge can overcome us and we will have prosperous success. Isaiah 54:17 says “no weapon formed against you shall prosper.” That is what God wants for us.
Hope this helped!