Let Yourself Be Happy!

Be Happy

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.

Dream Big,

Chuck

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11 thoughts on “Let Yourself Be Happy!

  1. I think Some of us just don’t know how to accept blessings. I can tell you right now when things go great for me I don’t know how to enjoy it all the time, for I look instead to the future and wonder just what will happen. That’s horrible I know, for the future is not even promised. But enjoy your blessing, for God does heavenly things. God bless you and I’ll try to dream big. Great message to pass on.

    • Thanks for your humility Leishers. It’s true, many people think just the same. We have to break that habit of wondering about the next bad circumstance… and instead, we must BELIEVE for God’s love, and blessing. Thanks for commenting!

  2. This is great Chuck!

    Often that feeling of unworthiness creeps into my own thoughts. Of course it helps to simply think that it is not about my worthiness anyway. It has EVERYTHING to do with where I live:

    Psalm 91 sums it up nicely:

    “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

    I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

    Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

    He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

    Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

    Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

    A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

    Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

    Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

    There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

    For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

    They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

    Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

    Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

    He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

    With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”

  3. Love this message! I could write a book on everything God has taught me about money. My husband and I married into debt and lived our entire marriage struggling to make ends meet. God called me to stop working after I had our third child. It was a huge step of faith, but necessary to help us rely on God completely in our finances. God has always provided for us, but I always felt like we barely getting by. I thought this was what was intended for us since we were so foolish with our money before we knew Christ.

    When God called me to start writing, I knew He would provide but I was depressed that I took a loss every year. I thought again it was His will and I should just continue on without complaining. Then, early this year God miraculously sent people to search my husband out for a job position that paid an extraordinary amount higher than he was making. It was such a miracle that within a few months we were out of credit card and equity loan debt. God spoke to me to continue planting seeds as I am reaping the financial blessings through my husband since we are one. God is so awesome! He truly does want to bless us. I want to receive all that He has for me.

    Thanks for sharing your heart. May God continue to pour out His blessings on your family!

    • Amanda,

      You are a giving person… therefore, you will spend the rest of your life with a constant flow of God’s blessings into your family!

  4. Thanks for sharing, Chuck! Those Words from the Lord to you – spoke directly to my heart. I am looking forward to the blessings and favor we both will enjoy and the ways we can bless others with it, too!

    We recently also were overwhelmingly blessed in the midst of a sorrowful time, but out of the bitter came the sweet. Mark’s mom just passed away with cancer after only being diagnosed just this past January. We have prayed for years and years for her salvation and I was able to talk to her about the Lord before she died, something she was never very open to before. We do believe and have peace that she is with the Lord now.

    After her passing, Mark’s dad gave us his almost new truck and $10,000! The interesting thing about this is, that we had just been talking, the week before Mark’s mom died, about how we were believing for new vehicles for both of us, and specifically for $10,000.

    The way these beliefs came about is this…last fall, while watching Kim Clement online (highly recommended by the way), he had us close our eyes at one point and let the Lord give us a picture of our future. Well, one of the things I saw was me driving a new vehicle that was red. The truck we were given is red.

    Also, while watching The 700 Club, I always saw where Pat and the team would pray, and sometimes, they would say that someone was praying for a specific large amount of money, and that the Lord was giving it to them. Now, recently, when I heard one of those prayers, I said to myself, “God, you are no respecter of persons. If you will do that for someone else, you will do it for me!” So I dared to believe that God will give me what I desired and needed.

    I think so many times we don’t realize that God is just waiting for us to believe in His Goodness and His Desire to bless us! We all can step into this new dimension of favor by having faith that He wants to give good gifts to His children! Let’s just believe Him!

    I’m so glad to hear these words you’ve shared today!

    • Hazel,

      Your story is beautiful. God works in so many complicated, unimaginable ways. It’s a beautiful thing for people to know in their dying moments, that their inheritance will bless someone they love. 🙂