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God Desires to Bless Us

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 NASB)

God Desires to Bless Us
God desires to bless us abundantly beyond all we could dream up. He wants to pour out upon us from His treasury and heart, yet many of us have been trying of our own strength and knowledge to protect our lives from loss and hardship.

Recently I was awakened in the early morning hours and unable to sleep. Not so ironically, I found a large hole in our sheets when I awoke. I knew it had not been there before, but it was too large to have happened so quickly. As I got up, giving up on going back to sleep, the above verse from Matthew 6 came to mind.

I felt God saying that blessings were coming, that they were hovering over us, ready to be released, but that I needed to repent for trying to protect us from lack in a natural way instead of trusting in Him and consulting Him first. This was an additional emphasis on what the Lord has been saying to us through others recently, with a message that came during a Prophetic Roundtable held for our region. Father God is so good to remind us of what He wants to communicate, pushing His truth and love deeper into our hearts.

We must seek not to store up for our own protection or gain, hoping to avoid calamity and loss. We need to trust our good, good Father to provide for us as our great Shepherd and Provider. We need to seek Him in our preparation and life choices, obeying what He leads us to do and pursuing Him wholeheartedly. He promised to Israel that His plans for them were for a hope and a future, not for calamity or evil, and this He spoke to them (as was recently pointed out to me) in the very midst of their captivity (Jeremiah 29:4-14)! So too, He cares for us who have called upon the name of His Son Jesus.

Above all our vision must be one with His: To store up treasures in Heaven and to partner with Him in expanding His Kingdom on the earth. As we seek first His Kingdom and righteousness, we must believe the promise He has made to us that when we do so, all else will be added unto us:

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 NASB)

During the Roundtable a few weeks back, the Lord spoke these truths to us through the above Scriptures as well as through the book of Haggai from the Old Testament (I highly recommend reading the entire book in its two chapter entirety during this season):

You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?” declares the Lord of hosts, “Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house. (Haggai 1:9 NASB)

This is a very good season in which the Lord has brought this truth to a deeper place in our hearts, and so let each of us ask, seeking His answer and obeying what He says:  What is my part in helping to building Your house and seek Your Kingdom first? And expect to be blessed beyond what you already have been, seeing the signs and wonders following you as you go forth with Jesus’ heart and vision!

To Single Daughters/Sons of God

“There is a kind of man who curses his father
And does not bless his mother.
There is a kind who is pure in his own eyes,
Yet is not washed from his filthiness.
There is a kind–oh how lofty are his eyes!
And his eyelids are raised in arrogance.
There is a kind of man whose teeth are like swords
And his jaw teeth like knives,
To devour the afflicted from the earth
And the needy from among men.

(Proverbs 30:11-14 NASB)

Daughters of the living God, I beseech you:
Stay away from men such as these! As you await the godly husband the Lord has planned for you, trust God and know His Word! Fix your eyes wholly on Christ and let God guide your every step! Throw yourself into the only relationship that will satisfy–your relationship with Christ! A man worthy of a woman of God is one who is wholly focused on Christ alone.

Sons of the living God, I beseech you:
As you await the godly wife the Lord has planned for you, trust God and know His Word! Throw yourself into the only relationship that will satisfy–your relationship with Christ! Fix your eyes wholly on God, and He will take care of the rest, bringing a godly woman focused on the Lord into your life.

“…your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously,
and He will give you everything you need.”

(Matthew 6:32b-33 NLT)

Lover of God, Lover of My Soul?

A lot of believers can get uncomfortable when they hear the word “lover” in relation to God, and I have been there myself as well. However, I have been growing in the understanding of just what it means to say that we are lovers of God.

The world has absolutely ruined the connotation of the word “lover.” It has nothing to do with how one views a physical love relationship as the world sees it. It’s also not one some “Jesus-is-my-boyfriend” phrase that people often say it is.

Being a lover of God relates to us as believers growing to delight in Him and His will, seeking to live for Him in all aspects of our lives. It means loving Him and His will above ourselves and our own desires, seeking to give Him all our hearts and all our lives.

Being a lover of God means loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. It means that we love what He stands for, and that we love His Word and truth. It means we love His will and seek to do it. It is living the teachings of Jesus and trusting in Him for salvation. It is seeking His Kingdom and righteousness first with all our beings.

“If anyone desires to be first, he must be last of all, and servant of all.”
(Mark 9:35 Amplified)

Jesus As Lover of Our Souls

Jesus being called the Lover of our soul is also something that can make some people uncomfortable, but it is so true: God loves our souls more than anyone else! After all, He displayed His love by taking the sins of the entire world upon Himself, dying as a sacrifice to pay the price for for us so that we could live free from the debt of sin, sickness and death (John 3:16-17). So of course He loves our soul! This also is not a “Jesus-is-my-boyfriend” connotation. Not at all. This is part of the Gospel and the relationship we are meant to have with Jesus, one of intimacy and true love, not love as the world knows it.

Servant of All by Misty Edwards

I wanna be Your lover, so show me how to go lower [that is, how to be humble]
For in the depths I will find You where You’re serving my brother.

I wanna be with You where You are, I wanna be with You where You are
I wanna be with You where You are, You’re the servant of all.

I’m in love with a King who became a slave,
I’m in love with a God who is humble.
You gotta go down if you wanna go up,
And you’ve gotta go lower if you wanna go higher and higher,
Well you’ve gotta hide and do it in secret if you wanna be seen by God.

Cause it’s the inside outside upside down kingdom
Where you lose to gain and you die to live.
[emphasis mine]