Sunday, July 21, 2019

Overcome Part 2 - Prayer and Praise

Hello everyone,

There is always something hopeful about starting fresh isn't there?  It just seems to give us a new perspective on things.  Like shaking off the dust, or turning a new leaf, or cleaning the slate. Either way, a new week, or day, or moment, means a new beginning. Sometimes, that's exactly what we need to overcome what lies behind us, as well as what lies ahead.

In last week’s letter, we spoke about the profound perspective Paul and Silas had adopted to overcome the terrible situation they found themselves in.  They chose to shake off the issue of the injustice done, and instead, dwell on something entirely different.  There perspective of choice was the good, and merciful character of their God - and the results were staggering!

Paul and Silas chose to  PRAY and PRAISE.  Now that’s a pretty good pattern to follow. Regardless of whether our trouble or conflicting circumstance is self inflicted or not, the fact that we are willing to take on a new perspective of prayer and praise is the very best place to begin.  

Let’s first look at the perspective of PRAYER. Essentially, prayer involves us surrendering everything to God, and seeking out His wisdom and mercy.  That includes laying any issue down before Him, expecting to receive His wisdom concerning it.  It may even involve repenting of any self-induced mistakes.  As long as there is a will to surrender, and a will to listen and obey - a new beginning is in site!   And when we choose God’s wisdom over our own lack of it, everything changes, bringing fresh, new hope in its wake.  

God's Spirit and His Word will always provide the wisdom we need to overcome any situation, every time. But sometimes, before we can hear or see it clearly, we need to wipe away the clouds of despair and worry that cause us to become easily overwhelmed.

That's where PRAISE comes in! Deciding to place our focus on Who the Lord Jesus is, and not on our own brokenness or inadequacy is what empowers us to have an overcoming attitude where we don’t feel overcome by our circumstances. We can choose to get caught up in the glorious hope we have in the person of Jesus Christ as we praise Him from the depths of our hearts, in spite of the trouble or circumstances that surround us.

So what really happens when we praise?  Since the presence of God inhabits our praises, our choosing to glorify Him, brings His glory and power straight into the heart of our circumstance.  God's power on the job, will overpower every fearful thought and supernaturally turn our 'mourning' of the situation into dancing.  It will even destroy the enemy’s power over the situation, making whatever was purposed for our downfall an opportunity to see the glory of God in action.  

So, our praise supercharges us with the power, faith and hope we need to have an overcoming attitude when we pray. It clears away the clouds of doubt and confusion as it silences the enemy, and allows us to hear God and clearly see His perspective. Instead of the flesh having the upper hand, our spirit man is now dominating the battleground.

A person who has surrendered to the Lord with a heart full of praise, becomes a magnet to the goodness and favour of God!  Even goodness and mercy follow him around wherever he goes!   Like an earthquake in the middle of the night, where God’s Presence shook the very foundation of what was intended for Paul and Silas’s demise - God’s Presence that rises from your praise will shake the foundation of what the enemy planned for your despair. 

Now that's what I call a victorious ending!  It all begins with a decision to start fresh - with a new perspective of PRAYER and PRAISE.  We may never have to face the kind of life threatening ordeals Paul and Silas had to face, but their testimony gives us the kind of practical wisdom we need to face every challenge the right way.   

Next week I want to share some practical wisdom James talks about, where we can walking out of the devil’s trap into victory!  It will be well worth your time, teaching you how to remain in a place of overcoming victory, instead of being overcome.

Love you dearly,


Jenny

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Overcome Part 1 - Look Up!

Hello everyone,

I'm so excited about this series the Lord has laid on my heart to share with you.  It’s called “Overcome”, and I know it will find its way into your heart and be a tremendous encouragement to you!  

We all know the journey of life can take some rough turns, and that we can be faced with some hardships that really seem to have the power to overwhelm and overcome us. Today, I want to dare you to take your eyes off of what’s overwhelming you right now, and fix them on something that, I guarantee, will cause a powerfully, strong current of supernatural strength to rise up from deep within your spirit, and lead you into victory!  

If anyone in Bible times knew the reality of troubled times it was the Apostle Paul.  In fact, he endured more life threatening challenges than any of us will see in our lifetime.  Yet, there was something so profound about the way Paul managed to go through each difficulty as an overcomer, instead of as a victim who was overcome by his circumstances.  

This has always intrigued me, and I just know there is a lesson in life for us to glean from it.  So, open your hearts dear ones, and let's trust the Holy Spirit to be our teacher!

I was reading the account in Acts 16, where Paul & Silas were severely persecuted for working the gospel.  I say 'working' because they were doing more than just preaching; they were confirming the gospel with signs, wonders and miracles, through the work of the Holy Spirit in them.  

But their good work didn't find them favour with everyone - they were arrested, stripped of their clothes, beaten and thrown into the centre of a dark, damp and dingy prison.  And all of this because Paul cast a demon out of a young slave girl and set her free from its demonic oppression.  How unjust!  

What amazes me the most in this story is the attitude of Paul and Silas throughout this ordeal!  The only time Paul showed frustration, annoyance and anger was over the demon who was abusing the young girl who was following them around for days, shouting and causing a commotion while they were trying to do their work for the Lord. Verse 18 says, "Then Paul, being sorely annoyed and worn out,..." Yet, he showed no indication of irritation or outrage when falsely accused and persecuted for helping the girl.  

He didn't even loose his cool when he and Silas were alone in the cold, dark prison cell, after been beaten and placed in those horrid stocks that were certainly not intended for their comfort - they couldn't even pace off their frustration if their sore and beaten bodies would allow them to.

How did Paul do it?  How did he manage to control his emotions and not get all riled up and anxious about what had to have been an awful and terrible ordeal?  How did he manage to not be overcome with discouragement? 

Well, I went over this story several times, and I do think it had to do with perspective.  Somehow Paul had the kind of perspective in the heat of the moment, that clearly led him and Silas to keep their cool.  They were able to focus on the very thing that would strengthen and encourage them through the ordeal; instead of focusing on the injustice and pain they were enduring.    

They used a key to overcome, instead of being overcome; and the result caused them to experience one of the most thrilling supernatural encounters of a life time!  
In other words, Paul's perspective of the situation led him to control and focus his emotions and actions on the things he should be focusing on, which caused him to overcome instead of be overcome by his circumstances.

Wow, talk about a lesson in life, don't you agree?  Can you imagine that our perspective of any situation has the power to lead us to either overcome or be overcome?

So let's take a look at the perspective Paul and Silas had. The Bible says that in the heart of that dark, damp and dingy prison cell, instead of focusing on the terrible injustice of the whole matter, Paul and Silas chose to pray and sing.  

Now, I had to chuckle at this picture, if it was me, the kind of praying and singing I would be doing would be completely contrary to what they seemed to offer up. I can imagine my pity-full whimpers, or soulful, heavy hearted, 'woe is me' cries.  Can't you? Perhaps even a prayer that would resemble, "Why me Lord, don't you love me anymore, why did you allow this to happen, what have I done to deserve this?..."  No, not so from Paul and Silas.  

Their prayers and songs were so completely different to what was expected from two men in their situation that it caught and captivated the attention of every other prisoner in that disgusting prison that night.  The Bible says that in the middle of the night all the prisoners were listening to them.  

Here it comes friends, here is the perspective they chose.... even in their darkest hour, instead of moping and complaining, Paul and Silas chose to turn their attention on the beauty of Who Jesus is.

They got so caught up in His presence and glory that it brought such comfort and peace to the most hardened of criminals, all around them.  Now, can you imagine what kind of praying and singing must have been going on?  

Maybe something like, "Oh Lord, my God, you are so powerful, so glorious, so gracious and kind and merciful.  Your faithfulness extends forever and your love never fails.  Who or what can compare to your majesty and your matchless goodness.  You are my portion, you are my strength, you are my joy and my peace......".  

Hey, you just sit there for a moment and begin to spontaneously, from your spirit, praise the Lord like that - I can guarantee that in no time at all His overwhelming presence will begin to overpower and overshadow and overflow inside every part of your being and into the very atmosphere around you.  

I know this because I have tried it and found it to be TRUE!!!

Paul and Silas were not the only ones caught up in all that glory!  The other prisoners must have been captivated by it, because even after the earthquake shook the very foundations of the place, and flung open every door - they all remained just where they were.

I believe they must have been enveloped in the matchless glory that came from Paul and Silas's pure, sincere worship.   Perhaps the prospect of physical freedom was less appealing or captivating to them than the matchless, fulfilling freedom found from being in the beautiful presence of the Lord.  

Or maybe they were too dumbfound by the supernatural earthquake they found themselves in the heart of.  There's even the possibility of angels being present at each of their doorways that kept them in their place - either way, there was no doubt the hand of God moved in that place on behalf of two praying, worshipping men.

Paul and Silas chose to focus on Jesus and His majesty instead of their own sorry state, and that changed everything!

Now there is a little more I'd like to share on Paul and Silas's perspective that caused them to overcome their hardships with such miraculous and ground shaking results.  

That will come in next weeks letter.  For now, I believe we have a wonderful opportunity to 'practice' our spontaneous praise and worship - centring on Who God is in our lives.  Don’t  be surprised to see His hand move on your behalf when you deliberately choose to look up, instead of being overwhelmed by what’s around you.

Much love,

Jenny 


Monday, July 8, 2019

The Blessing Part 3 - Not Until You Bless Me

Hello everyone,

In the past couple of letters we’ve been taking a close look at the new covenant promise we have in Christ Jesus.  We have seen that the blessing God spoke over Abraham, that was then passed to Isaac, then Jacob and continued through their lineage until Christ Jesus - is now available to anyone who receives Christ as Lord!

However, the blessing has now changed somewhat - nothing has been taken away from it, it has just become far better!  If you remember we read what Hebrews 7:22-23 says, “In keeping with [the oath’s greater strength and force], Jesus has become the Guarantee of a better (stronger) agreement [a more excellent and more advantageous covenant].”  

Now in the first of these three letters on the blessing of God, we saw how the Hebrew translation for the word blessing essentially means, empowered to prosper.  When the blessing of the Lord rested upon Abraham and his descendants, it was easily identified by His protection and provision.   

Interestingly, the Greek translation for the blessing of the Lord in the New Testament defines it as being far more than just an outward demonstration of God’s prosperity.   It describes it as being a divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in a life, in the form of favour, benefits, joy, liberty, pleasure and a matter of bounty.  (Strongs concordance).  

The true blessing of God that we can embrace and enjoy as His own children, is - His Own Spirit living inside us, and His glorious nature radiating through us.  

In the words of Pastor Kevin Davis, when we encounter the Person of Jesus Christ, “...it is the most precious and beautiful experience any human being can have. With every attempt to describe it, words simply fall short of its eternal significance on our hearts and souls.   That’s because when God created man, He placed a void inside of him that can only be filled by Him.”  

What Abraham, Isaac and Jacob experienced was only a shadow and type of what God had established with Adam before the fall, and what Jesus would once again restore to us through the finished work of the cross.  

Somehow, in Genesis 32, Jacob must have sensed and even recognised that without an encounter with the One, true God, the spoken blessing was not enough to reassure him that God was with him, and for him.    

Even after stealing his brother’s birthright, there was a distinctive void in his heart that could not be filled, except by a supernatural encounter with God.  That void pushed him to desperation.  In verse 23 and 24 of Genesis 32, Jacob purposefully set himself apart from all the wealth and prosperity that birthright brought him, so he could be alone with God. 

In verse 26, we see how Jacob has a face to face encounter with God and he clings with all his might to Him, crying out, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” .  What a strange thing to say.  Jacob was already blessed.  He had already received the spoken, promised blessing through the birthright he stole.  There was plenty of evidence in the form of wealth and prosperity of that fact.

Could it be that he somehow recognised and knew the true blessing ran much deeper into the crevices of his very soul than just a superficial, casual acquaintance with the God of His father?  Jacob wanted more - he wanted to encounter God for himself, with his own willing and surrendered heart.  Jacob recognised that the true blessing was not something that could be inherited or passed on, or by trickery be manipulated into his life.  He had to personally seek after His God and experience Him for himself.  

That night in his encounter with the Living God, Jacob received a blessing that changed everything about him.  His identity and destiny were forever altered. God called Him Israel, the name He set aside for His Own people.  It means contender with God.  In other words - Jacob had a face-to-face encounter with God, where he personally looked into His face while exposing his own vulnerability and flaws.  He finally gave up hiding behind his father’s faith and his own schemes, to face the truth of who he really was in the light of how God saw Him to be.  The most remarkable truth became a revelation to Jacob that night that would never leave him.  God saw him entirely, and in spite of what He saw, chose to be the One who would personally be with him and lead him every day of his life. 

For us, knowing and experiencing the true blessing of God is not something we can receive from others either.  It can’t be inherited and passed down from our family members.  Neither can it be manipulated into our lives or received by a mechanical formula or religious ritual.  We must hunger for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ Himself, in order to receive and experience the blessing of God in our lives.

Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].” 

God Himself is the reward we receive when we come to Him in faith.  All we will ever need to live the abundant life He has secured for us can only be found in knowing Him.  The growing epidemic among Christians to chase after the blessing as the answer to all their problems and a means to achieve success and prosperity in life, will only result in disappointment and disillusionment.

That’s why I wanted to spend some time in these letters bringing things into God’s perspective. When we begin to seek after the things He calls a priority, over and above the things we think are our priority, we will see His blessing come in its fullness in every area of our lives.  Seeking God and His ways first and constantly being aware of Who is living inside us, will cause God’s blessing to be secure and established in us.

Why not take the time to draw near to the Lord this week, open your heart to Him today and experience the true blessing of knowing Him.

All my love,

Jenny


Saturday, June 8, 2019

The Blessing Part 2 - The True Blessing

Hello everyone,

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favours] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].

And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves].”  

This was the covenant blessing God spoke over Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3.  The Bible says the Lord blessed Abraham in ALL things.  

What a wonderful covenant to live in, where God personally promises to keep His hand of blessing on you.  Wrapped up in that blessing is His goodness, protection, and bountiful provision.  That blessing will even cause the nations of the world to be blessed through you.  

Well, the Bible teaches us that through Jesus Christ, we have received the same covenant blessing that was given to Abraham and passed down to his descendants - Isaac and Jacob.    Galatians 3:14 says that through our receiving Christ Jesus, the blessing promised to Abraham  has come upon the Gentiles so that we, through faith, are all able to receive the promise of the Holy Spirit.

Immediately we see a difference in this new promise of God’s blessing.  This new covenant we have in Christ Jesus is far greater than the one granted to the patriarchs of old.

Hebrews 7:22-23 says, “In keeping with [the oath’s greater strength and force], Jesus has become the Guarantee of a better (stronger) agreement [a more excellent and more advantageous covenant].”  

This covenant is far greater for two distinct reasons.  Firstly, it’s received by faith, not human lineage.  Secondly, the promise isn’t the hand of God resting upon a person’s life, it’s the Spirit of God Himself inhabiting a person’s heart.  

Let’s read Galatians 3:14 from the Amplified Classic version, “To the end that through [their receiving] Christ Jesus, the blessing [promised] to Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, so that we through faith might [all] receive [the realisation of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit.”

From Abraham’s seed, which was Isaac, came a lineage that finally led to the Son of God coming to earth to die for our sins.  When He rose again, and ascended back to His Father in heaven, He released His Holy Spirit to inhabit every life that surrendered to His Lordship.  

What does this means for us?  When we willingly choose to accept Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour, we enter into the New Covenant we have in Him.  That new covenant means we are able to see the fulfilment of the promised Holy Spirit, where He comes to live inside us!  The full measure of God’s Presence dwells in us, forever!  Everything we will ever need for victory, peace and joy in this life is in God, Who lives in us! 

Now we are able to embrace a personal, living, loving relationship with God Himself.  A relationship where His own Spirit inhabits us - we don’t have to beg or wish or wonder if He is with us - He IS IN us!   

This is the promised blessing - He fills our hearts with His Presence which, with our continual surrender to Him, influences everything about us.  He transforms us from the inside out - from our thoughts, to our attitudes, to the way we speak and the things we do.  And when we live like this - controlled by the Spirit of God - goodness and mercy follow after us, and His favour surrounds us!  

In this new covenant we have in Christ Jesus we are able to truly know and experience Him in His fullness.  His power, His goodness, His wisdom, His love that conquers all and never fails, His peace that passes all understanding, and His irrepressible joy that gives us inner strength is our portion!

Even if we don’t always feel these things, it doesn’t mean they’re not there. Remember Galatians 3:14 says, “... by faith we receive the realisation of the promise of the Holy Spirit.” While He is living inside us, His kingdom is too!  God’s Word says His righteousness, peace and joy are our portion.  We just need to agree with His Word and decide to believe it for ourselves!

I want to show you what I mean by saying His kingdom is inside us.  Romans 14:17 says, “[After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

That means God’s righteousness, that secures our right standing with Him, and His victory over the power of sin is part of our new nature in Him.  We don’t ever have to fear punishment from Him, we can boldly draw near to His throne of grace, receive His mercy, and supernatural help to move forward in the right direction.  

Look at what Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favour to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].”

So when we miss the mark, we turn to Him, receive mercy for failing, and grace (His supernatural help) to adjust our ways to align with His will and move on.  No guilt, or shame, or condemnation is ours! 

Do you remember how the beginning part of Romans 14:17 says, “[After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes],...”.  That doesn’t mean the promise doesn’t include God’s bountiful provision.  That will always be a supernatural result of His kingdom living inside us.  We can never separate God from His goodness!  

This first part of Romans 14:17 is emphasising the godly order of first things first!  Our promise is first and foremost God living inside of us, inhabiting us and influencing every area of our lives with Himself - as we make Him and His Word our first priority.

Then, as a result, the outward evidence of His blessing becomes obvious through His provision in our lives.   

Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.”

There it is - the supernatural result of putting our priorities in order and seeking the right things first!   This is the true blessing of the Lord!  By His Holy Spirit we are able to put Him first in our lives and enjoy every blessing that comes from that! 

Why don’t you ask the Holy Spirit to help you have a strong and clear revelation of His Presence that is living inside you right now!  He will give you a clear perspective of the true blessing that is yours through Christ Jesus!  

All my love,


Jenny

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Blessing Part 1 - Empowered to Prosper

Hello everyone,

The Word tells us that God delights to see His children prosper and succeed in life, and that His blessing is on and for those who choose to follow whole heartedly after Him.  Deuteronomy 30:19-20 says, “I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.  And may love the Lord your God, obey His voice, and cling to Him. For He is your life and the length of your days, that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”  

The blessing of the Lord is available to all His children, and over the next few letters, I want to speak about what that blessing is, and how we can determine to walk in it. 

To begin with, let’s take a look at what the Bible claims the blessing of God to be.  In the Old Testament the Hebrew word for blessing essentially means, empowered to prosper.  We see God speak this empowering blessing over Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  

Genesis 1:28 says, “And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.”  

Attached to Adam and Eve’s blessing was an appropriate instruction, that’s because they were blessed for a purpose.  They were to be fruitful, to multiply, to fill the earth, to subdue it and have dominion over every living creature on it.  When God blessed them, He empowered them to prosper and increase and have dominion.

Later on, in the book of Genesis, after the fall of man, God once again speaks a blessing over man.  This time, He blesses Abraham.  Genesis 12:2-3 says, “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favours] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]. 

And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves].”

Like before, God’s blessing came with an empowerment and purpose. Abraham was empowered to increase and prosper greatly in order to be a blessing to the nations of the world.  He was to demonstrate the extravagant goodness and generosity of God in spite of and in stark contrast to the lack and poverty the devil had enforced on people through famine, plagues and calamity.  

No matter where Abraham went, no matter how dismal or barren the circumstances, the blessing of God that was upon him caused him to prosper and increase when every odd was against him doing so.

The Bible shows how this blessing was passed down from generation to generation from Abraham to his children.  God even blessed Ishmael, but He reserved the same covenant blessing he had given to Abraham for Isaac and his descendants.  

We read about this in Genesis 17:20-21 where it says, “And as for Ishmael, I have heard and heeded you: behold, I will bless him and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly; He will be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.  But My covenant, My promise and pledge, I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next year.”.

And so this covenant blessing, a purposeful empowerment to prosper, would be passed down Abraham’s blood line in the form of a birthright.  It was spoken by the father over his first born son.  Abraham spoke this birthright blessing over Isaac, who in turn was to speak it over over his first born son Esau.   But that didn’t happen did it.

No, here we see a very interesting twist in history.  Esau was the older twin brother to Jacob.  We read how these two brothers couldn’t be more different in looks or nature.  Esau was a rough mannered hunter, while Jacob was more tender hearted and preferred the comfort of home to the wild outdoors.  

When the time came for Isaac to bless Esau with his birthright, Jacob with the help of his mother Rebecca, deceived and tricked Esau and Isaac.  He managed to steal his brother’s birthright from him, over a bowl of stew.  

When all was said and done, there was no turning back.  Isaac could not reverse the blessing he spoke over Jacob, nor speak another over his son Esau.  Jacob had succeeded in receiving the covenant blessing through a traditional process that had been passed down from his great grandfather, to his father, and now to him.

The trouble was, as much as that blessing became increasingly evident in his life, and he prospered and increased in wealth and riches; his heart grew increasingly troubled with unrest.  On the outside Jacob looked every part of the One who had received the blessing of empowerment to prosper.  However, on the inside there was a void and emptiness that was eating him alive.

That’s because Jacob was beginning to recognise that the blessing of the Lord is far deeper than external wealth, it falls instep with a heart that seeks after God and His righteousness.  Proverbs 10:22 says, “The blessing of the Lord—it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it].”  

Jacob knew full well that he simply couldn’t go any further without making right with the Lord and his brother.  The miserable torment he was feeling inside was preventing him from experiencing the true blessing of the Lord in his life.  

This unrest came to a head when he knew he was about to be reunited with his brother Esau.  In spite of the blessing being evident on Jacob’s life, he was terrified of what his brother would do to him when they met. 

A little while ago, I read something Pastor Kevin Davis wrote about this conflict in Jacobs heart.  It stirred something inside of me that inspired me to write this series.  

In the church today so many people are chasing after the blessing.  They are so determined to be blessed that they will go to any length to have a man or woman of God give them the blessing, or a formula for it.  They long for the empowerment to prosper in health, wealth and riches - believing that would solve all their problems and fulfil their lives. 

But that isn’t the true blessing of the Lord at all.  Even though prosperity in every area of life is a result or fruit of the true blessing in our lives, it certainly isn’t defined by the terms people have labeled it to be.  

As a result, so many are left chasing after an image of something that simply has no substance to it.  They pursue an empty promise of wealth, fame and riches without any character to sustain it.  

That’s because God’s blessing is and has always intended to be an empowerment to prosper from the inside out.  It’s a lifestyle choice to follow after God with all our hearts and to cling to Him and His ways first.  Something we will see Jacob begin to understand and thrive in, in the letters to come.

Next week we are going to find the truth about the true blessing of God from the Word itself.  We will discover, as Jacob did, that the true blessing is far deeper than a superficial, external display of wealth, that is lost as quickly as it’s found.

Until then, I pray you will become increasingly unsatisfied with all that is skin-deep and not soundly rooted in the truth of Who God is and His way of blessing you.

All my love,


Jenny