2018 has embarked upon us quickly. What will happen this year? It’s hard to tell, but with faith we’ll make it through. 2017 presented numerous surprises; some good and some catastrophic. If you experienced situations that threatened to change your perception about God and the outcome of your life, you were also most likely surprised that you made it through those obstacles. If some of those challenges came with you into 2018, you still have the opportunity to improve your life. If you’ve accomplish a portion of your goals or changed your behavior in some positive way during 2017, that’s great, but don’t stop there, keep aiming higher.
You may have received a word of prophecy from someone regarding the blessings God has in store for your future. Excitement may have filled your mind throughout that day and the days that followed. However, as time passed, you may have forgotten what was spoken to you because of challenges that were sent to distract you. You might have also thought that your blessing would instantly appear, and you got discouraged when it did not happen as you imagined. Now there are times when miracles may happen when we desperately need it. On the other hand, when a word of prophecy is spoken, work is required on our part in order to manifest that which is promised to you. I know you may be thinking that it’s too much work to believe, pray, declare, and work toward receiving your blessing, but I would like to ask you a question. If you are informed that you will receive a paycheck after a week or two of working on your job, what do you do? You work. It’s the same thing way with your blessings.
Draw a Blueprint
Psalm 37:4 says “He will give you the desires of your heart.” Have you identified your desires and what is involved in the process of obtaining your desires? If not, schedule time to write down the steps you will need to take to bring your vision to pass. I remember watching several videos of a woman who was complaining about how a prophet had told her that the Lord was going to bless her with several things, but she had not seen it come to pass yet. So her summation of the prophecy was that the man was a false prophet. However, my summation of her complaint was that she was just waiting for something magical to happen based on her lack of action. James 2:26 says For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Habbukuk 2:2 says And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
Take a notebook and write down the things you would like to see manifested in your life plainly. For example, include in your list:
• Things you want to discard or relationships you want to start or end.
• Personal development tools you want to utilize to improve your health, spiritual life, or education status.
• Amount of money you need to accumulate to purchase items or save toward your future.
• Action areas you need to increase discipline in order to meet your goals by a specific deadline.
Making preparation for your blessings also means you will have to work on yourself interpersonally in terms of your character. This means becoming more appreciative for the blessing you already have, choosing better responses to situations and people who may not always agree with you in addition to admitting when you’re wrong and making a concerted effort to change bad habits. Sometimes a delay of blessings means that a personal change needs to happen so that we can fully value what is waiting for our possession.
John the Baptist is known as the forerunner for Christ in terms of spreading the word that a Messiah would be coming in Matthew 3. While spending time in the wilderness, he consecrated himself, and prepared to be worthy enough to baptize Jesus. Although obscure in his living conditions and viewed as awkward, he allowed God to use him as a conduit by which others would listen to what he had to say about Jesus.
If you’ve been waiting for a blessing for a long time, think about how fast or slow you’ve been regarding doing small things God has wanted you to do. Sometimes God is waiting for us to answer someone else’s prayers. You may have what someone needs in your possession and someone else may have what you need in their possession.
Isaiah 58 talks about the fast that the Lord has chosen, one that is (vs.6) “ to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke.” (Vs. 7), to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Verses 8-14 goes on to tell about what blessings will come upon you when you make these sacrifices for others despite your own challenges.
Preparing the way does not have to be a complicated process. It just means making small changes here and there as well as making room to receive the blessing. So if you have an abundance of assets that’s taking up space in your home or somewhere else, consider sharing those blessings with others. Luke 6:38 says Give and it shall be given unto you, pressed down, shaken together, and running over shall men give unto your bosom.
In the midst of preparing the way to receive your blessings, stay focused on the end result regardless of the obstacles in between, treat others kindly along the way, and expect to be rewarded abundantly.
Stay blessed and expect the best!