Blessings come in many different facets. Oftentimes, humans think a real blessing has to be something monetary. In my case, my blessings were more of a spiritual nature such as love, peace, joy; then opportunities, more time to complete tasks, new beginnings, divine accomplishments, accelerated ministry and crazy favor -- I mean crazy favor. I'm basically referring to Divine Blessings, which come from God. Waiting on the Lord for our blessings can sometimes be very painful and long but worth every pain, ache, tear and definitely worth the wait. Jacob wouldn't let go of God until he blessed him. Even though Jacob ended up with a limp, he was able to go on and fulfill his destiny. (Inspirational Reference: Genesis 32)
Last month, I experienced an overflow of blessings from my Heavenly Father. God allowed me to be blessed by others in ways I never expected. Out of my obedience and sacrifices, I was rewarded by God through 'men'. Luke 6:38 says to give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
All that I had given out, given up and sacrificed has come back press down, shaken together, etc..etc. It's like a boomerang of blessings that had been returned to me. Wow..God is the true and ultimate Rewarder of every good and perfect gift. Once God blesses you, no one can take your blessings because they are of God, from God, by God. My divine blessings came in many shapes, colors, sizes; from people, places and things; words of encouragement, lost contacts, re- connections and divine connections. God also made provisions for my family during this season of promise. Wow, how awesome and wonderful He is!!
If we seek God first, and His righteousness, all things shall be added (according to God's perfect will). He promised to supply all of our needs, and will allow us some of our wants. There were several partitions made to God by me and my family during our season of fasting and praying. Not only were our partitions granted, God went above and beyond our requests. Wow, what an awesome God we serve!!
OK -- reality check: I am not so arrogant to brag -- these blessings did not come easy but with a huge price; with much persecution. During my tough times, I just leaned and depended upon God. I did not give up nor give in and as a result of my perseverance, my blessings came in like a flood. The persecution increased my humbleness and reminded me that God is in control, regardless of my circumstances. God loves us and will chasten us in order to prepare us for our divine blessings. I am grateful for all that I've experienced during my down time and moments of despair. My trials have now become great testimonies; not only have my trials trained me to completely rely on God but I am a better person, spouse, co-parent; but most of all, a better Christian.
Blessed are ye when humankind shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my name sake. (Matthew 5:11) You know you're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. Even when everyone around you is doing wild and crazy things, God sustains you; always providing a way of escape. Even when your family, friends and loved ones turn their backs and your enemies increase, God will shield you and cover you in order for you to maintain a hopeful heart then proceed to fulfill your divine purpose. Nothing and no one will harm you. No harm will come near you. (Psalm 91)
As a result of my faithfulness, I was so richly blessed by God. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished. (Luke 1:45) I have given birth to a powerful ministry. As a pastor and teacher of the Gospel, ministry is life for me and food to my soul. Preaching and teaching the Gospel is my life's work, my passion and God will make sure I accomplish every divine purpose and plan He has for ministry and for my life. Now, that's something to shout about!! Hallelujah! Praise God! Thank You Jesus! Amen!
Divine Blessings come more than a 'dime a dozen'. The packaging may be nothing like you expect but when you seek God, you shall find Him and receive everything God has promised; MORE than you could ever think or ask (according to The Way Maker's perfect will).
Are you ready to receive your divine blessings? Seek - God - Expecting.......
Pastor Doris G. Deckard
- Pastor Deckard
- Dallas, Texas, United States
- Pastor Deckard is a native Texan and lives in Dallas with her family. She preached her first sermon in 2004 and was ordained in 2008. Pastor Deckard has continued to preach and teach at Church of the Solid Rock. She has made her life all about service and participated in many workshops and seminars, from parenting symposiums to diversity conferences along with speaking engagements. Pastor Deckard has traveled locally and internationally, preaching and singing for the Lord. She is a Partnered Ally with the University of North Texas Equality and Diversity Programs and received many awards for her various community-outreach programs and volunteer services. One ministry very close to her heart is Sand Branch. As a Preacher of the Gospel, Pastor Deckard desires to introduce more souls to Christ as she encourages others to focus more on spirituality and their relationship with the Lord. Pastor Deckard founded D. G. Deckard Ministries in 2007, a 501c3 Christian organization. She is also the founder and Pastor of Church the Solid Rock, Dallas TX; a place of worship, acceptance and spiritual growth.
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