“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” Luke 12:32 (NLT)
Settle this within yourself this morning of how tremendously blessed you are. It’s not when you get the desires of your heart that you will become blessed. No, you are blessed right now! Discontentment can tell you that you need this or that before you can truly be happy. Only to find that when you finally obtain the things you want, you are now on to the next thing. Never satisfied. The people of Israel wandered in the desert for forty years, looking to reach the land that God had promised. Their hearts were full of complaints and murmuring. They were frustrated with God, with their situation, upset with Moses, and at each others’ throats because they couldn’t see how blessed they were. Although living in tents isn’t the Ritz, living in God is. They had forgotten their rich heritage and the mighty God they served. It’s insulting to God when we don’t see how blessed we are already. If you know the King of kings and the Lord of lords, and if you are a daughter of the King, then sister girl, you are truly blessed!
Prayer: Father, You are good to me. Thank You for all that You have done. Help me to walk throughout this day with a thankful heart. I have nothing to complain about and no reason to murmur. I could be dead, but I’m alive. I could be lost, but I’m found in You. Having a relationship with You means more than any material blessing. I’m Your daughter, and You are my God, and I’m content with that. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” Isaiah 43:1-2, ESV
In all of your attempts to be all that I purposed you to be and to do all that I purposed you to do, find rest in knowing you are Mine. You belong to Me. You try hard to be and to do, but you will find abundant grace the moment you acknowledge who you are to Me. It can happen in a split second while you’re trying to make sense of the situation you’re in, or while you’re trying to live right before Me. It is in those moments that I send a gentle reminder to your heart that simply reads, “Hi Daughter.” That reminder alone invites you to draw close to Me and receive My strength and wisdom. You may not know where your next meal is coming from or how you will pay this or that, but if you know you are Mine, you will know that I am your Provider. You may not know what to do about the situation you’re facing, but if you know you are Mine, you will also know that I am your Guide, and I order your steps. Receive who you are to Me. I repeat, receive who you are to Me, and watch as I pour out upon you abundant grace and My divine favor that will meet your every need.
Prayer: Oh Father God, I receive your note to my heart. Thank you for speaking directly to me. You’re right, I am yours, and you are my God. If I don’t know anything else, help me to be very sure of that. I receive who I am to you, and I receive all of the grace that comes with knowing it and believing it. In Jesus name, Amen.
(see 2 Corinthians 9:14)