Double For Your Service

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Isaiah 61:6-7 NASB, “But you will be called the priests of the Lord; You will be spoken of as ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.  Instead of your shame you will have a double portion, and instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, everlasting joy will be theirs.”

You shall be called the priests of the Lord. You see, 1 Peter 2:9 says that “You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” So He’s not just talking about the man or woman who stands before the congregation on Sunday morning; He’s talking about YOU!

So when He also speaks of ‘wealth and riches’ and ‘double portion’, He is also taking about YOU. You see, that’s what the grace of God does, it makes it available to you even though you don’t deserve it. It’s like being placed in the will of a billionaire simply because of his benevolence. Just one thing you need to remember; “You will be spoken of as ministers of our God.” Do you know what it means to minister? It means to be a servant, to give service, care, or aid; attend, as to wants or necessities. We are to do things for Him that He asks us to do.

What? You mean life isn’t suppose to be all about me? That’s right. The bible also says that as we do it to the least of those around us, we’ve done it to Him. When we serve our boss, we’re serving God-do your best. When we help someone less fortunate, we’re helping God. When we feed and clothe the poor, we’re feeding and clothing God. Those are the ones who are ministers to God. He keeps track of your service and promises to reward you double for your trouble.

Thank you Lord for the double portion of blessing. I’m not only blessed in my doing, I’m blessed by You FOR doing. I am rich because You became poor for me. I am healed because You took all my sickness upon Yourself. Please help me today to be aware of opportunities to love, give and forgive and as I do it, may I be the best lover, giver and forgiver. I want to be a daughter You can be proud to call Your own. I know that if I don’t do these things, I’m not serving You. Thank You for Your grace and mercy that is on me to remind me that I am not here for myself but for You and Your Kingdom. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

Peace To The Storm

 

 

Luke 8:22-25 GNT;   One day Jesus and his followers got into a boat. He said to them, “Come with me across the lake.” And so they started across.  While they were sailing, Jesus slept. A big storm blew across the lake, and the boat began to fill with water. They were in danger.  The followers went to Jesus and woke him. They said, “Master! Master! We will drown!” Jesus got up. He gave a command to the wind and the waves. The wind stopped, and the lake became calm.  He said to his followers, “Where is your faith?” They were afraid and amazed. They said to each other, “What kind of man is this? He commands the wind and the water, and they obey him.”

I love this story, but as I read it this morning I noticed a few things that grabbed my attention. First, Jesus fell asleep in the boat. He would have been sleeping pretty sound to sleep through a storm like that, one that caused seasoned fishermen to fear sinking. What was it that made him sleep so sound in the storm? He knew the will of God and rested in it. We must remember that Jesus only did what he heard the tell Him, so when he announced they were going to the other side of the lake, he knew he’d make it to the other side.

So if Jesus, Gods Son, was doing the will of the Father and a storm arose to prevent him from reaching his destination, why do we think we’re any different? When God gives a promise of provision and the opposite happens, isn’t that like the storm? Trials are going to come to try to steal the promises of God from our heart, but notice what Jesus did; he first spoke to the wind (unseen), then the waves (seen). We must do the same thing when our promise is being threatened; speak to the unseen and command the seen to line up with the promise of God.

When you know the will of God, you’ll never fear another thing.  What happens around you HAS to respond to the will of God.  Resting in what you’ve believed for in faith, shows that you trust in the God who is unseen more than the seen. Does that make sense to you? The more time you spend in the spirit realm, feeding your spirit, trusting in the Spirit of God in you, the more you can rest assured of His promises and just be about your Fathers business.

Thank you Lord for your perfect peace and rest. You gave me so many promises and you are well able to deliver on your promises to me. I thank you that your Word is alive and powerful and that when I speak your Word, it must also obey me to calm every storm that would threaten to steal my peace. You are well able, Lord. I surrender my promises to you, keep them in your very capable hands. When the storm passes over, I will arrive at my destination safe and rested.