THE GRASS IS NOT GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE

We were told as children that the grass is not greener on the other side simply because things are not always what they seem, but I have come to realize that yes the neighbors grass may actually be greener than mine but it is because my neighbor tends to his grass. The truth is that the grass is always greener where you water and fertilize it.

And being thankful—really intentionally listing out things for which we are thankful—is a great way to start watering and fertilizing. It changes everything.

So bring out your shears, trowels, fertilizers, etc and let’s get to work making our own grass the greenest it can be!

1 Chronicles 16:8

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”

Colossians 2:6-7

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

1 Timothy 4:4-5

“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”

Colossians 3:15

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

Phillipians 4:6

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Jeremiah 30:19

“From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained.”

1 Corinthians 1:4

“I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.”

Revelation 11:17

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.”

Psalm 100:4

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

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LAND THE LORD HAS ALREADY GIVEN ME!

“I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you—”
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

As I read this passage this morning joy just welled up in my spirit, a song of praise burst forth from my mouth because it just dawned on me that everywhere my foot goes is already mine. I am not asking for it, I am not begging for it, it is land my God has already given me! Past tense! I am not about to receive it, am not planning on getting it. It is Land my God has already given me!

Divine health is land my God has already given me!

Abundance is land my God has already given me!

Protection and security is land my God has already given me!

Whatever thing I need and require is Land my God has already given me!

Glory Alleluia! My God has already given me all that I could ever need or ask for!

It is mine already!

Alleluia!!

A SPECIAL POSSESSION

The dictionary defines possession as something that is owned or possessed and the state of being completely dominated by an idea or emotion.

The dictionary also defines special as Better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual and Exceptionally good or pleasant

The Bible says in the book of Deuteronomy: “That is why the Levites have no share of property or possession of land among the other Israelite tribes. The Lord himself is their special possession, as the Lord your God told them.)”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭10:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Can the same be said of you and I, is the Lord our special possession? Do we prize Him above all else, do we see Him as exceptionally good? Can we say that He has completely dominated all of us, every part?

The Levites had no physical earthly property, no possession, no inheritance nothing but they had God and that was all they needed. The never lacked, they were never abandoned, all their needs were met. There was nothing missing in their lives simply because God was their special possession.

Can we also make God our special possession today? He is the same yesterday, today and forever, He never changes! He will be our ever present help, He will be our shield and exceeding great reward, He will be our ever present help

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING FOR?

Two men were walking down the sidewalks of Manhattan, one a Native American and the other a born-and-bred New Yorker. The noise was incredible: cars, buses, horns, sirens, people talking loudly in the midst of chaos. Suddenly, the Native American said, “Listen! I hear a cricket! Do you hear it?” The New Yorker was incredulous. “No way! You couldn’t possibly hear a cricket on a Manhattan sidewalk during rush hour.” His friend disagreed, and to prove his statement, he bent down and retrieved a chirping cricket from a crack in the sidewalk. “How could you hear it?” the New Yorker asked. “Easy,” said his friend. “I’ve lived outdoors all my life. I can hear a cricket over any other kind of noise. That’s not amazing. If you want to see amazing, watch this!” And with those words, he reached into his pocket, pulled out a quarter, and dropped it on the pavement. As soon as he did, heads began to turn. It seemed as if every Manhattan-ite for blocks heard the coin as it hit the sidewalk. He had proved his point: you hear what you are listening for. Our ears pick up the sounds to which they are tuned. Let me ask you a question. What are you listening for? Do you hear God’s voice amidst the cacophony of everyday living? Do you see his hand at work all around you? Is your heart tuned to sing His praise? We can either listen to the din of the world, or strive to hear the voice of God. The choice is ours.

Copied from the Youversion bible plan : Everywhere I go: Learning to see Jesus

THE BLESSING

“This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.””
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭32:24-26‬ ‭NLT‬‬
What was Jacob actually asking for when he said I will not let you go unless you bless me? Was it riches? No he had an abundance of cattle and goods. What Jacob was asking for was simply For God to give him the power to do that which he was designed or intended to do. He realized that he couldn’t achieve anything on his own Andy needed the power and ability of God to achieve greatness. Are we seeking a true blessing from the Lord or are we seeking for material things? The blessing that matters and that completes us is the power and ability of God to fulfill purpose!

GIFT AFTER GIFT AFTER GIFT!

“From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“We all live off his generous bounty, gift after gift after gift. We got the basics from Moses, and then this exuberant giving and receiving, This endless knowing and understanding— all this came through Jesus, the Messiah. No one has ever seen God, not so much as a glimpse. This one-of-a-kind God-Expression, who exists at the very heart of the Father, has made him plain as day.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:16-18‬ ‭MSG‬‬

God is a God of abundance, a generous God and He has given us the privilege to live off His abundance, off His generosity. Our existence is off His generosity, we have nothing asides from Him, we live off His generosity, outside of Him we have nothing.  Why then do we lack, why do we live mediocre lives, why do we not see abundance all around us, maybe because it has not dawned on us that WE LIVE OFF HIS GENEROSOUS BOUNTY, THAT WE RECIVE FROM HIS ABUNDANCE!