What do you get out of the deal?
I’ve talked before about being a blessing to others. Indeed this is very important, but today I want to talk about being a blessing to yourself. Not so much physically, more so spiritually. The concept of reading our bible, going to church or spending time with God in my opinion has been misconstrued. So many people do it as an obligation or requirement. This simply should not be the case. There are no laws about these things. Out love for God should prompt us to want to pray, study the word of God and serve the Lord.
I really want to shift your mindset for just a moment. God is not like man. He does not have an array of feelings He experiences everyday like we do. He is love. He is joy. He is peace. He is happiness. Yes, He desires to have a relationship with us, but if we choose not to it will not change who He is. When we spend time with Him in prayer, serve in church, give to others, study the bible we are actually blessing ourselves. Our devotion to Him is the best thing we can do for our self. I am a true believer that if you are about Our Father’s business, He will be about yours. In other words, when you do what you are supposed to for Him, He will make sure that all your other personal cares and concerns are taken care of.
Stop letting other people discourage you when it comes to the things of God. You do what you have to do. Better yet, you do what you know you have been called to do and what you are suppose to do. Speaking from first hand experience, I can honestly say that the worst hurt can come from people in church. But this is why you have to stay focused. You must have a righteous mind and desire to be about the things of the Father, just like Paul. Paul was determined to do the will of the Father by any means necessary. I admire that. People talked about him, beat him, put him in jail, did everything they could to discourage him but Paul knew what he had been called to do and he did it. He was not distracted or discouraged by what he experienced in the flesh. He knew that his blessing was not temporary or earthly. His blessing was eternal.
When it comes to the things of God, it is quite ok to think of yourself. Study your word. Spend some time in prayer. Bless yourself, you deserve it. Next time you are being attacked or feel dismayed about spending time with God, remember what you get out of the deal and I am sure that will encourage you. The things on this earth are temporary, but with salvation comes everlasting life which is eternal. #iDeclare #GodBlessYOU
Father God in the name of Jesus, I thank you for blessing me. Thank you for showing me that all of my blessings are not physical or temporary on this earth. I decree and declare that I will do all that I can to be a blessing to myself, while I grow closer to You. I will study my word. I will spend time in prayer. I will be a blessing to others. I will stay focused on what You have called me to do and I will complete it. In Jesus name, Amen.
John 3:16 ESV ““For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Proverbs 11:30-31 KJV “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise. Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.”