No matter what is going on in the world, or no matter how loud the media screams doom and gloom, you can rise above! I've discover from walking with God and studying His Word for 44 years that God's desire has always been to bless His people.
Unfortunately many Christians do not really understand God's blessing. In fact, that's why I just wrote a new book called, Every Day a Blessing Day. I am so excited about this revelation and how it can cause you to succeed and excel.
It’s one thing to know the blessing of God is always in operation and available to us each and every day. It’s something else to successfully apply biblical principles in such a way that the blessing manifests in your life.
Just because we know the blessing exists doesn’t mean we’ll ever walk in it. It’s when we take the principles from God’s Word and appropriate them that we see results of the blessing in operation in our lives on a daily basis.
Think, for instance, about what it takes to get an airplane off the ground and into the air. Certain principles must be appropriated, such as drag, lift, and thrust.
When properly applied, these principles allow a massive man-made object to overcome the law of gravity and actually fly. It doesn’t mean gravity has been done away with. All you have to do is cut the engine to find out gravity is indeed still in operation.
Likewise, the curse gained legal entrance into the earth through man’s disobedience to God’s Word. The curse is part of the law of sin and death. Although the blessing remained intact, the only people who walked in it were those who were obedient to God. You, too, have the ability through God's grace to rise above the curse and walk in the blessing of God every single day if you so choose.
The Word of God is your source to overcome the curse and operate in the blessing. You have more access than ever before to the Bible through numerous translations available in both print and electronic media. The Word is the only foundation on which you can establish your expectations and activate your faith.
Why is that? Simply put, the Bible is the only viable source of truth available to mankind. The Apostle Paul said, When you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
Notice that the Word of God works effectively in those who believe. However, as exciting as this truth is, you still have a responsibility if you want to see the blessing operate in your life. To appropriate the principles of blessing, you must commit to doing three things on a consistent basis:
- Feed upon the Word of God
- Do the Word of God
- Refuse to be moved by your circumstances
When Carolyn and I first heard and received the Word of Faith in 1969, I was deep in debt. When I shut down my business to go into the ministry, that debt was still hanging over my head. I wondered how I would ever be able to go out and preach when I didn’t have the money to pay my bills, but as I fed upon the Word of God, it created a hope, an expectation, that all of these circumstances were going to change.
Although there was no immediate change in my circumstances, I consistently fed my spirit with the Word of God. Every once in a while, somebody would call and say, “Jerry, can you repair my car?” I’d tell them I didn’t have my shop anymore, but they didn’t care. They’d just bring their car to my house, and I’d repair it for them. I considered that as God providing for me. That’s how I was able to pay the mortgage and the car note and to put food on the table so I could keep feeding on the Word of God.
One day a man who was a local contractor called and asked me to work for him on a house he was finishing that week. Even though I didn't know anything about construction, he said God told him to ask me.
Who was I to question what God had told him? For the next week I spent my days sweeping out newly completed construction areas, burning the trash, and running to the lumberyard to pick up materials. I spend my evenings feeding on the Word of God, sometimes until three or four o’clock in the morning, and refusing to be moved by my circumstances.
Some days I didn’t have enough money to buy lunch, but someone would say, “Hey Jerry, let me buy your lunch.” God used those times to show me He was absolutely true to His Word, which says, And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was seeing the blessing at work. God was telling me that it wasn’t the time to give up, that He was moving on my behalf.
The job was completed on time, and at the end of the week, the man I worked for came to my house and handed me a cheque that represented 10 percent of what he had made on that job. He had given me the tithe. When I saw the amount, I was speechless. I walked over to Carolyn and showed it to her. She was speechless, too.
The next day, I went to the bank and walked right into the office of the vice president. He was the man who had helped me get into all my debt, and at the time, I was way behind on my payments. Nobody could have been more surprised than he was when I handed him a check to cover the entire amount I owed. And nobody could have been happier than I was to walk out of the bank with a note marked “paid in full.”
I believe that turnaround was the beginning of a journey for Carolyn and me—a journey in which every day was to be a blessing day. It would still be some time before we learned how to appropriate the principles that enabled us to walk in the blessing at the level we do today. But once we had that breakthrough, we knew our lives would never be the same.
You, too, can learn to appropriate the principles of the blessing. And when you do, I can assure you, your life will never be the same. If God did it for me, I know He will do it for you!
Let me encourage you to feed on the Word of God. Read your Bible daily. If you want God's blessing to manifest in your life, then regardless of your circumstances, you are going to have to respond in faith and do what the Word of God says to do.
Your continued support of this ministry positions you for a harvest of blessing and enables this ministry to continue teaching you and many others the biblical principles for a victorious life. As a thank you for your offering this month, the monthly contact message is a 3CD set called Every Day A Blessing Day.
Thank you for being a part of what God is doing around the world and for believing in the call of God on my life. Now is the time for you to walk in God's blessing on a daily basis!