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A Rainstorm of Blessings Awaits You

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how a rainstorm of blessings awaits you.

Recently, we’ve been talking about remodeling our spiritual life, including remodeling our prayers. We’re all also familiar with what it looks like when we remodel a room. Let’s say you wanted to open a room up so that more light could enter it; you would simply rearrange the furniture, moving those pieces that are obstructing the light.

Sometimes, moving just one piece of furniture can shift the energy of the entire room. The same can be true for our spiritual lives. We have to move out those things that are obstructing our light and that are blocking us from more.

This is what happened to the Israelites when Elijah confronted them. The Israelites had been enduring a severe drought and, during that time, they wavered back and forth between worshiping God and the false god Baal.

When the Israelites ultimately chose God, Elijah knew without a doubt that a shift in their circumstances would soon follow. They would go from a severe drought to a mighty rainstorm.

What is the one action that you need to take to create a shift in your life? Sometimes, we can see the need to repurpose a room, but we continue to walk past the room day after day. The same can be true for our lives. We see the need for a change, but we postpone taking action—all the while, postponing our mighty rainstorm of blessings.

As you think about your next move, remember these words: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

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So today, get your umbrella out for your rainstorm of blessings.

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Sit Back and Receive God’s Myriad Blessings

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God’s blessings come in many shapes and sizes.

Recently, we talked about how God won’t lead you where He won’t feed you. We also studied parts of the prophet Elijah’s journey during the severe drought. When Elijah started out on his journey, God directed him to the Kerith Brook and told him to drink from the stream. God also commanded the ravens to feed Elijah.

Eventually, the brook dried up, and Elijah could no longer receive his water from the brook nor his food from the ravens. God then sent Elijah to meet a widow and the widow became his source for food and water.

It is clear that ravens in the air and a widow look quite different. That’s because God’s blessings come in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes, we can be caught off guard when God’s blessings come from a different source. In other words, we can be guilty of confining God’s blessings to our own understanding.

For example, God used nature—the brook and the birds of the air—to bless Elijah during the first part of his journey. Therefore, the human inclination is to look towards nature again because we believe that if God used nature once, He will use it again. Yet that is not necessarily true.

This is how we can miss our blessings. We are looking for them to come from one way, and they end up coming from another direction and in a different form. However, they are all blessings from the Lord as it all belongs to Him.

The next time God’s actions feel like a Jedi mind trick to you, remember these words: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.” Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)

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So today, don’t try to case God’s blessings—just receive them.

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Clean Out That Spiritual Clutter

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

Today, I am asking the question: Am I blocking my own blessings?

In this series, we’re talking about our blessings and our relationship to our blessings. Sometimes we can have what I call “spiritual clutter” that blocks our blessings.

When I think about blessings, I usually think about wanting to be in a place to receive them. Yet subconsciously, I may be carrying around more weight than God wants me to, which interferes with any blessings I may receive.

Sometimes we may harbor certain feelings and emotions that add up to emotional clutter. I know for myself, when I know better but don’t do better, I feel guilty. That is emotional clutter.

We’re all familiar with physical clutter. We know what it looks like when our desk is cluttered, or our closet or garage needs cleaning out.

Occasionally, we may also need to do a spiritual cleaning so that we stay in tune with God and release emotions like guilt. Instead of trying to do things in our own strength, we ensure we are turning to God, seeking His help and guidance in every situation.

What emotional or spiritual clutter could be blocking your blessings? Understand that God wants you to receive these blessings, but He’s asking for you to turn it over to Him so that you can do it together, not in your own strength. Remember these words: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness…against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

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So today, let that clutter go.

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What Should You Do between God’s Blessings?

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 77:11 (ESV)

Today, I am asking a question: what do we do in between God’s blessings?

In this series we’re focusing on our blessings and our relationship to them. When I think about this question, I realize that the key is to remember that if He did it for us before, He can and will do it for us again.

When I think about this topic, I reflect on the Israelites. We recall how God performed an amazing miracle when the Israelites appeared to be trapped between the wilderness and the Red Sea.

However, even after He parted the sea and created a dry path for the Israelites to cross on, they immediately became preoccupied with what was next. For them, that was worrying about what they were going to eat and drink.

Although they didn’t necessarily panic like they did when Pharaoh was charging toward them, they definitely began to fret. I think that is common. When God delivers one blessing and we’re waiting on Him to answer the next, we may experience a sense of anxiety.

The best way to calm yourself while you’re waiting on God to answer is to go back and reflect on a time when the circumstances seemed impossible, but God saw you through to the other side.

What situation are you waiting for God to deliver on for you? Think about that and remember these words: “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.” Psalm 77:11 (ESV)

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So today, remember that what He did before, He can and will do again.

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Your Blessings Are Coming. Are You Ready?

When it seems as though God has not fulfilled any of His promises to us and we are waiting for blessings that don’t seem to be coming, we can become discouraged. Instead of rejoicing, we may cry, complain, or even talk ourselves out of believing that His blessings are on their way. However, in these times it is important to take a step back, imagine ourselves exhaling in God’s arms, and recall that His promises are guaranteed to be fulfilled.

Here are 3 ways to ready yourself for the blessings to come:

  1. Give God your supernatural response. In times of struggle, it can be difficult to imagine how God will fulfill His promises to you, and you may begin to doubt that His blessings are coming. This is exactly how Jeremiah and the Israelites felt when they were exiled to Babylon. Yet instead of simply complaining that God had allowed him to fall into such a dire and chaotic situation, Jeremiah responded to his personal tragedy in a supernatural way. He purchased a piece of land that was sure to fall into the hands of the Babylonians to demonstrate how much he believed in and trusted God’s word—despite the mayhem he and the Israelites were living in. His supernatural response to the turmoil around him signaled to God that he was ready for his blessings when the time came. Ready yourself for your own blessings by reacting in a supernatural way and remembering these words: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)
  2. Anticipate God’s promises being fulfilled. Because you are not privy to God’s timeline, it can be frustrating when you experience another setback exactly when you believed you were due for a win. However, in the book of Acts, Paul and Silas demonstrated how shifting the focus from pain to hope will usher in God’s blessings. When they were stripped, beaten, chained, and jailed, they did not cry out to God, but instead rejoiced, worshiped, and sang. They celebrated the knowledge that God’s promises to them would be fulfilled despite their current situation. This supernatural response demonstrated their unwavering faith in God and trust in His word as they anticipated His blessings that were yet to come. Anticipate God’s promises to you being fulfilled by singing for what is to come and remembering these words: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
  3. Give thanks for the smaller victories and blessings God has given you. While you await your major blessings, it is easy to disregard or even forget the smaller blessings that God has provided for you. However, as it is made clear in the story of David, it is the day-to-day victories that you enjoy that bring you closer to God. David was immensely blessed by the Lord and made sure to give thanks for the major victories that God provided for him. Yet he also expressed his gratitude for God’s small, daily blessings, which brought him closer to God and created a raw relationship between the two. In fact, David’s constant appreciation for everything the Lord gave him prepared him for and ushered in the major victories with which he was blessed. Therefore, instead of simply waiting for God to bestow the next miracle upon you, usher in your big blessing by giving thanks for all your smaller ones. To keep gratitude in your heart, remember these words: “I will give thanks to you, Lord…I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1 (NIV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by exhaling in the arms of God.

“All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart.”

Mark 11:23 (NLT)

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Sing in Anticipation of God’s Blessings

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Today, I am singing in anticipation of God’s blessings.

Recently I was reading in the book of Acts, which details how Paul and Silas were stripped and beaten with rods for proclaiming Jesus in the city of Philippi. Imagine how miserable their circumstances must have been. They were stripped naked, beaten, put in chains, and imprisoned.

However, around midnight, the strangest thing happened. Both Paul and Silas began to sing and pray.

Think about that for a moment. It makes perfect sense at midnight to cry out to God or even to complain to Him. Yet despite all they had been through, they chose to sing and worship and praise Him.

We usually think of singing and rejoicing in response to God’s blessings. However, singing is not always in response to God’s actions, but in anticipation of them. They sang to shift focus from their pain to their hope and to create space for God to act within them.

As we think about our own personal situation that we need to sing in anticipation of, let us cling to these words: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

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So today, sing in anticipation of God’s blessings.

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Are You Blocking Your Own Blessings?

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

Today, I am asking another question: Am I blocking my own blessings?

When I think about blessings, I usually don’t think about me being the one who is blocking them. However, as I began to give it a deeper look, I could see that there were ways that I harbor certain feelings and emotions that add up to emotional clutter and, in turn, block my blessings.

We’re all familiar with physical clutter. We know what it looks like when our desk is cluttered, or our closet or garage needs cleaning out. Yet what blocks our blessings is emotional clutter.

Earlier in the week, I talked about evaluating my life and how I sometimes avoid the process because that may mean I need to make changes. Sometimes, when I don’t make the changes I know I need, then I feel guilty. That’s the type of clutter that can block our blessings.

When we carry around guilt over not turning our problems over to God, or not asking for His help or guidance, we carry that around. That baggage makes our connection to God weaker.

I also talked about the difference between being right and doing right earlier in the week. When we sink a lot of energy in trying to be right, that adds to our spiritual clutter as well.

Therefore, let’s join together in identifying and cleaning up that spiritual clutter by clinging to these words: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness…against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

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So today, let’s give God all of that emotional clutter.

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Have Faith: God Will Bless You Abundantly

blog, blessIn our lives, sometimes it seems God is nowhere to be found. Instead of answering our prayers immediately in the way we expect, He may allow us to stay in a situation that seems impossible to overcome. During these times, we must embrace our faith even more, knowing that He will come to bless us in ways we couldn’t even imagine.

Here are 3 ways you can demonstrate your faith that God will bless you abundantly:

  1. Remember that God answers prayers in a grand way. There may be times in your life when you feel you have prayed to God constantly, but you’re still are not receiving an answer. You may feel as though God is ignoring you because He can see your struggles but hasn’t intervened in your life in any way. In these moments, think about the struggles of Hannah. She wished and hoped and prayed for a child for many, many years. Taunted by her husband’s other, much more fertile wife, she even appeared drunk in the synagogue because she wept so profusely for a baby. Finally, after years and years had gone by, God blessed her with not one, but five children! In other words, God will answer your prayer—and He will do it in a grander way than you could have ever imagined. Hold these words in your heart: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
  2. Embrace your obstacles and know that you are God’s showcase. It may be easy to believe that God has turned away from you when you encounter hurdle after hurdle. It might even feel like God doesn’t want you to go down the path you are on because of the seemingly insurmountable problems you are facing. However, that is not the case. Consider Nehemiah, the man who decided to rebuild two miles of Jerusalem’s walls. He faced opposition in the government, construction delays, and zoning problems; he even had problems with infighting among his own men. Yet in the end, he triumphed by overcoming all his obstacles and rebuilding the wall in 52 days. His work then allowed others to see the glory of God through him. So today, know that God has not forgotten you while you face your obstacles. Instead, He is allowing His light to shine through you for the rest of the world to see. Embrace these words: “For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 (ESV)
  3. Expect blessings around every corner. Often when you pray to God, you may already have an idea of how you believe He will answer your prayer. In other words, you expect him to come through a certain door. However, that is not always how it works out. For example, Jesus once ran into a woman who had previously had five husbands and who was living with another man at that time. Yet instead of sending her away, he told her everything about her life and even added that he was actually the Messiah. In turn, the woman went back to her town of Sychar and told everyone what she had experienced, causing the entire town to turn to God. While this sinful woman was an unexpected avenue for God’s work, He still was able to convert a whole town of people. Therefore, we must remember that God’s ways are not our ways, and that He can deliver our blessings through myriad doors and people. So remember to expect blessings everywhere while clinging to these words: “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 (NLT)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by maintaining your faith in God’s blessings.

“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

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