“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!
“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!
A casual study of the book of Leviticus overwhelms me with the demands of the law and all the the Israelites had to go through just to catch a glimpse of God, it also fills my heart with Joy that I am of the dispensation of grace. I am not under law but under grace. I can lay hold on the provisions of the sacrifice of Jesus and have fullness of life. How awesome is the grace of God ! That we can boldly come unto His throne of mercy and obtain mercy, no more walls, no more veils! No more sacrifices! Just peace and joying in knowing that He died to set me free, therefore I am free indeed! Oh the boundless, unfanthomable love of Christ! The lyrics of Imela by Nathaniel Bassey comes to mind
When I think upon Your goodness
And Your faithfulness each day
I’m convinced it’s not because I am worthy
To receive the kind of love that You give
But I’m grateful for Your mercy
And I’m grateful for Your grace
And because of how You’ve poured out your Yourself
I have come to sing this song out in praise
Okaka, Onyekeruwa (Great and Might creator of the world)
Imela, Imela (Thank You! Thank You!)
Eze mo (My King)
Who am I to sing Your praises?
Who am I to worship You?
Its Your blood that makes the difference in me
And made a way to enter into Your throne
I could not come near Your presence
I could never sing Your song
But the sacrifice on Calvary’s tree
Is the reason I can cry out today
““For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 NLT
Every teacher has students that are harder to love than most, and Teddy Stoddard was one fo those students for Jean Thompson. Teddy came to class dirty, was unresponsive, and turned in abominable work. Mrs. Thompson returned many of Teddy’s papers with a large, red “F” on the top. If she had read Teddy’s permanent record, she would have seen a history of trouble from first grade on. His home life was in turmoil. His mother became terminally ill, then died the next year. The school counselor noted his depression, and recommended psychiatric help. It was all in the record . . . but Mrs. Thompson never read it. On the last day before the Christmas holidays, Mrs. Thompson received gifts from all of her students, including Teddy. His was crudely wrapped in brown paper and contained a rhinestone bracelet with a few stones missing, and a half-used bottle of perfume. The other children laughed as Mrs. Thompson put on the bracelet and dabbed the perfume on her wrist. “Isn’t this lovely,” she said, nodding to Teddy with a smile. After class Teddy approached her desk. He had never come forward before. “Mrs. Thompson,” he said, “thank you for liking my presents. You smell like my mother used to smell, and her bracelet looks good on you, too.” When he walked out, Jean Thompson sank to her knees and prayed, “God, I sought to be a teacher of facts and not a lover of children. Forgive me for misunderstanding Teddy. Help me to love him more.” The next morning Jean Thompson arrived in class a changed teacher, and Teddy Stoddard was a changed boy. She tutored him so he could catch up with the other students. She looked for things she might praise him for, no matter how small. He had never encountered that kind of love before, and he blossomed under her care. At the end of the year, Teddy graduated into the next grade, but Mrs. Thompson received notes from her student for many years after that. The last one read, “Dear Mrs. Thompson: You can now call me Theodore J. Stoddard, M.D. Would you ever have believed it? By the way I’m getting married July 26th, and I would love for you to come. You can sit where my mother would have sat. You’re all the family I have. My dad died this year. Hope to see you soon. Love, Teddy.” Teddy was saved by love. And so are we.
COPIED FROM THE YOUVERSION BIBLE APP
“In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them.”
Mark 4:34 NLT
To have an understanding of the things of God, we must get alone with Him. It is in this time of communion that He speaks to our hearts, our situations, our future
Specific instructions received from God gives rise to specific and efficient victories! Moses did everything that was related to 5he tabernacle just as the Lord had commanded Him! That is the reason the building ans setting up of the tabernacle was such an efficient and almost effortless job
The good news is that at the very heart of God is a rescuing love. A love received not earned, believed not achieved. A love so overwhelming and so amazing that He reaches out and down into the ages to save and rescue us. Wouldn’t you want to experience that love today! Call out to Jesus and He is there to release this love to you.