Have you ever had a real life good luck streak before?
Honestly, so many good things have happened to me over the past 7 days. Everyday, all day, very, very good things are happening! I can’t believe it.
This streak of blessing is far too sudden, far too extraordinary for coincidence.
I told my daughter, “In times like this, I know there is a God.”
Yes, of course, I have seen God (and worshiped Him) in the low marks of my life too. He doesn’t have to bless me to prove his existence.
But, God is shining on me this week in a financial/material way, and I’m thankful.
For example: On Saturday night, a man gave us his family timeshare, ocean front, Virginia Beach. He also gave us $100 cash. On Sunday we gave away the cash to someone who needed it. Then, on Sunday night, another person (unrelated to this situation) pushed an envelope under our door at home, with another $100 cash.
If you know anything about our past 10 years in ministry, especially our past 4 years, you know that we have sacrificed more than anyone can imagine.
Yesterday morning, I was brushing my teeth in the VA Beach timeshare bathroom, and I smiled at myself in the mirror.
I thought about the blessings and I wondered if there were more to come.
I thought about how guilty I feel when good things happen, as if I don’t deserve God’s blessings.
I didn’t used to think like this. But I’ve been abused by angry, jealous people in recent years, and I’ve developed somewhat of a poverty mindset.
As I considered these things, God said to me, “I am blessing you with my favor! I am going to make you exceedingly happy! Do not fear those who want you to be poor and downtrodden. Do not think that you are any less deserving of material wealth just because you are in ministry. If you had remained in business, you would be a multimillionaire by now. But, you have given your life away to follow My plan for you. I am your provider whether you are in business or ministry. Now, let Me bless you like I really want to! I am for you! I want to lavish My love on you, for the rest of your life. I will eliminate your debts and finance your dreams. Plan your missions to other nations. Build your churches, ministries, and businesses. Dream as big as you can! You have My favor. You cannot fail!”
I could not believe what God was saying to me! No, this was not just something I made up in my own mind. The words came to me without thought. They were loud and clear. They were spiritual, not mental words. This was a message from God.
Do you feel undeserving of God’s blessing?
Would you feel awkward, if God spoke to you like He spoke to me?
Have you also developed a poverty mindset during the years of lack?
Let yourself be happy!
When I was in business, I had no problem enjoying $30,000 per month. I earned that money. I was a big giver. So, I enjoyed my wealth.
But, in ministry, it’s easy to feel bad when someone gives you their one week beach timeshare!
Whether you are in business or ministry, you have to let yourself be happy.
God does not think the way people think. He is a good God.
Too often, we keep ourselves in poverty, because we don’t feel worthy of God’s blessings. He speaks a message to us, like the one He spoke to me, and we turn it down.
“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. (Matthew 7:9-11 NLT)
I’m going to meditate on this message from the Lord. You should do the same.