Hey y’all! I hope you’re having a great start to your week!
Today I want to share with you the importance of holding on to your word from the Lord.
pros·per·i·ty: noun, the state of being prosperous
As I walked into this year I wasn’t expecting a direct word from God. I’d heard sermon after sermon of God’s people prophesying of 2018; prophesying that 2018 is going to be MEGA, that God is bestowing upon his people abundance and favor.*
I held onto that and believe it to be true. And in addition to this God spoke a word specifically to me and that was prosperity. When you hear the word prosperity you often think of wealth and riches, but God’s definition is much more than that. My desire is to prosper in my faith, relationships, and yes, in finances. More than that I want to prosper in the talents that God has given me and I want to use them to their fullest potential.
So I had a hopeful mindset going into 2018, full of faith and encouragement. But I quickly became discouraged and extremely stressed, to the point of physical pain. It’s hard not knowing how I’m going to pay for a wedding in 8 months and a house even sooner; not knowing how I’m ever going to get out of this 9 to 5 type work and really do what I want and was called to do. I felt so unhappy when this should be the happiest time, I should be enjoying every moment and everything seemed to be falling apart when it should be coming together.
Until yesterday I had a talk with my mom and it was like the flip of a switch, my stress was gone and I felt the peace of God. She hit me with the harsh truth that God may have my blessing, my breakthrough, right around the corner and that I just might miss it simply because I am not showing faith that He can come through for me. Everyone else has the faith that I’m going to come out stronger on the other side, and they are believing for me. So what’s my problem? When I took a second to really think about why I was not putting all of my trust in God it dawned on me that part of me feels like I don’t deserve the blessing I have coming; but the truth is that none of us do. None of us deserve a single thing God gives us yet He decides to bless us anyway. He blesses us and it is up to us to use that blessing for His glory.
We have to keep in mind that when we are going through trials those trials are not meant to break us, they’re meant to make us stronger and more trusting in Christ. Our trials should make our faith rise up so that even in our most difficult times of life we may be a blessing to someone else.
When we can boldly and without fear hold on to our word from the Lord, it gives testimony to His word loud and clear. It shows hope and our belief and trust, that we may not be able to see it with the natural eye but through faith (Heb. 11:1), He is working on our behalf and He will bring us out!
God blesses us when do things by his design. So what I want you to take away from this is to hold onto that word God spoke to you yesterday, months ago, even years ago! God’s word will not return to Him void (Isa. 55:11). So keep digging and sewing (Isa 30:23) and fight through the fatigue because this is your year!! God has plans for you, don’t miss out on your blessing!
* Watch Ally’s video on The year of abundance and favor
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