Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Keep Asking, Seeking, and Believing!
If at first you don't succeed, keep trying. Scripture reminds us to ask, seek and knock and when we do we will receive an answer. Sometimes God doesn't bring the answer to your prayers the easy way because He has set you up to receive a miracle. Don't stop asking, seeking, praying and believing! The wonderful thing is, God created His body to be the answer for each other's needs. Not just in practical things, but in spiritual needs as well. If you feel like you need an elevated expectation of faith, someone has the gift of faith. If you need encouragement, someone has the gift of being able to encourage others and restore their hope. If you need a healing or a miracle, there is someone that carries that faith-filled anointing to help you receive the answer to your prayers! Ask the Lord to give you eyes to see His anointed servant in the field that has the anointing to help you. Lord, lead us to those that are the conduit for your anointing to flow...the answer to our prayers!
I have been releasing quite a few strategic prayers against the enemy lately, and powerful declarations for breakthrough. The enemy is not happy about it, either! Our finances have been under attack and it's been quite frustrating. We've prayed, asked, declared and yet we keep getting hit with things that we simply can't foresee that keep sucking our finances dry. Yesterday as we were praying, I asked the Lord (AGAIN!) for wisdom. I said, "Lord, with all due respect, if we are in error somehow, show us where and we will repent. But if this is just the enemy being a thief, then show us what we can do that is anointed for breakthrough." Not even an hour later, my husband called and we talked for a minute and he had the 'idea.' As he was talking, instantly my Spirit agreed and we both knew it was what we needed to do. It was a very simple thing, actually, but it did require giving out of our need. The enemy kept hammering away at our finances trying to incite fear so that we would reduce our giving, but my husband said, "This is a test, and because the enemy is a thief, we are going to double down and give twice as much." We've been in that place before many times, and I tell you, it works. When the Lord gives you an idea and joy springs up because of it, that's a witness that you've received a key strategy that's anointed for breakthrough. We could not wait to follow through on what the Lord told us to do, and there was joy and expectancy in releasing what came from our hand as we placed it into the other person's hands!
When you're desperate for a breakthrough, look for others to sow into. Where you have a need, plant a seed. It doesn't have to be complicated. There have been times when we've sowed tents, blankets, food or other practical things into the homeless. We sowed a vehicle into a family that didn't have a car. We've sowed simple meals or a plate of food into various individuals. I remember one time being so desperate for a breakthrough that I ran down the street with a plate of food looking for someone to sow it into. All I had was enough for one plate! But ask I prayed and walked, I found a woman digging through the trash and she gratefully accepted it. Listen, the enemy doesn't want you to sow. He will tell you that your little offering won't make a difference. He will tell you that you look ridiculous. He will tell you all sorts of things to hinder your steps of faith! Don't listen to those voices; he is just full of fear because you're about to receive a blessing! We are so blessed we have to give away what we have. With the Lord as Jehovah Jireh, our provider, He will always replenish what we give away!
The enemy knows when breakthrough is close, and will tempt you with fear of lack, fear of taking a step of faith, or simply try to convince you that you have nothing to give. So many things are just a test of our faith, but when we give the Lord what is important to us, a divine exchange takes place, and He is able to give us something even better. Remember the little boy with only a couple of fish and a few morsels of bread...or the widow woman with her last meal of a little loaf of bread...or the woman with nothing in the house except a small cruse of oil. God took what was ordinary and anointed it for breakthrough when it was given in faith and selflessness. None of them could have foreseen the domino effect that would have people to this day still talking about their miracles, and using the examples of their lives as a model for breakthrough. How about you? God wants to give you a God-sized breakthrough that will keep people talking for years to come as others share your testimony. Believe it? He does! That is what makes the good news really great news to those who hear about YOUR story! Ask the Lord what you have to sow and where to plant your seed of faith. When you bless someone else you position yourself for an outpouring of God's goodness.
It is important to be able to recognize the times and seasons of the Lord. Right now we are very, very close to a tipping point where God will pour out the answers to prayer. For some it will be a cup of blessing; for others it will be a cup of judgment because they refused to correct the path they were on. You never know who will have that last prayer or act of selfless giving that tips the bucket to pour out. Don't give up, double down and get serious about asking God, "Who can I bless today? What kind of seed shall I sow? Who needs me today, Lord?" Generosity, especially sacrificial giving out of one's need, attracts heaven's attention! When God looks for someone to bless, He looks for those that are properly positioned. Humility, faith, and acts of generosity and selfless giving all position us for breakthrough. Praise, prayer and worship also position us for breakthrough. But, when we get all the elements working in tandem together, we become a magnet for heaven's outpouring.