May the Lord richly bless both you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 115:14-15 NIV
Yesterday, I had the privilege of preaching at Hope City Church in Tuscaloosa, AL. My task was to give help on evaluating this last year, while providing some tools to move forward. For the Christian we are to conduct our lives by faith and not fear. Lots of doorways can be opened to allow fear to come and harass us, but one door is connected with our view of God’s disposition toward us.
Jesus told a parable about a king who entrusted talents (money) with three men who were to steward the money while He was gone. Two of the men used their gifts wisely and doubled the talents. One man hid his talent, and never did anything with it. When the king returned, he had nothing to show that he tried to engage with his talent to prosper it. The king asked why?
“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ Matthew 25:24-25 NIV
Fear dominated his actions, because He was afraid of the disposition of the Master. He understood that the Master was interested in ALL fruitfulness and harvesting. The Master was ultimately in control. Fear of the Master’s disposition caused the servant to withdraw and do nothing.
Fear limits your options. Fear moves you away from being productive. Fear is the opposite of life and fruitfulness. Fear grips your thinking to rationalize limited behavior. Fear is deceptive, cloaking itself as the wiser choice. Fear makes you think that you are “in control of your outcome”, but fear is dominating your actions. Fear and the life of faith do not mix, only one can lead at the time.
Plaster today’s verse in as many places as you can. God’s word helps us gain a new perspective on the disposition of our Father, God. To be sure, before we became Jesus followers, we were under God’s wrath because of sin. When we become believers in Jesus, we are moved from the realm of darkness into the kingdom of light and life. We now have a Father who wants to continually, all the time, bless His children. Being under the spout of God’s love washes away fear. Perfect loves cast away fear.
May the Lord richly bless you. God wants to richly bless you. This is far more than securing your finances. God wants you to experience fruitfulness in every arena of your life. He wants you to have peace and joy in your emotions, He wants you to flourish in all your relationships. He desires to bless everything that you put your hands to do. He wants you to experience the freedom of living by faith in God who is ultimately in control.
Both you and your children. God points toward fruit in your life by letting you know He wants His blessings to fall upon your children. As you enter 2021, what are you believing God to do in the way of blessing for your children? Salvation, marriage, pregnancy, peace of mind, living by faith, or good stewardship are examples of blessings that your children may experience this year. This verse is a place of strength to stand and pray His promises over your family. God wants to richly bless your children.
Get your heart right. Confess any fear that has dominated your thoughts. Invite the presence of the Holy Spirit to embolden your life. Ask God to help you live by faith. Ask Him to help you daily walk in the FOG (Favor Of God) The writer of Psalm 115 states that favor and blessing is God’s disposition toward you. Today, right now, as God’s child, His bent toward you is… to richly bless you and your children!!!
Blessings Love y’all