And he came into all the region round about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins; as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, And every mountain and hill shall be brought low; And the crooked shall become straight, And the rough ways smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
Every twist and turn, bump and dip, God has the power and the grace to make all things straight, smooth, and level. When you’re lost, God will show you the path out. Every day we must demonstrate our faith in Him, and His ability to meet our needs and exceed our expectations. We must thank Him for all of our blessings, even the ones that we haven’t received yet.
Think about the small things that are actually huge when you no longer have use of them—like the sense of smell, taste, sight, hearing, and touch; thank Him for the ones you actively have use of, and thank Him for the ones that are heightened as they make up for the ones you no longer have full use of. They are all gifts from our Father.
You may not have money to pay your bills, but thank God for providing for you. Thank Him for those coins you ran across in your home, car, on the bus, or on the street. Thank Him for the gift card you forgot about, that made it possible for you to buy food, gas, or toiletries.
Thank Him for touching the heart of your debt collector, who opts to accept payment arrangements with you, rather than dragging you down the debtor’s path of shame, ridicule, and torment.
Whatever you do, don’t take for granted God’s gifts to you.
Don’t grow an attitude of passive expectance, where you don’t think you have a role in this blessing besides receiving His gifts. If you owe money to someone, don’t just say, “God’s got this” and then don’t take the steps to contact the person you owe the debt, make payment arrangements, offer a good faith payment of a lower amount, paying off the debt as more money comes in by God’s favor.
Our Father doesn’t do laziness. You have to be a hard working and diligent steward in His Kingdom. You can’t walk around with your hand out like a spoiled child. You must work. You must push yourself to the threshold, and then keep pushing.
At the same time, God doesn’t look favorably upon those of His children who show no grace to others, but expect to receive it from Him. If someone owes a debt to you, show compassion. Remember those people and companies you have and still owe money to—what would you pray that they would do if you had difficulties paying them on time or at all?
Don’t forget, to receive a blessing we must be a blessing. Life is a constant cycle. What we put in it we get out of it. If you’re late paying bills, guess what? Someone is going to be late paying you. If you make a habit of only paying a fraction of a bill, don’t be surprised when your paycheck is short. When you don’t tip your server adequately, don’t be surprised that you get mediocre service elsewhere. It is a cycle.
God’s always doing His part, but we must do ours also if we expect to see the fruits of our labor, and to be prepared for the bounty of blessings that He has planned for us. So why don’t you focus this week on doing your part to make the cycle of life work not only for yourself but your fellow brothers and sisters.
Do your part to make those crooked paths straight, to raise those deep valleys, and lower those mountains and hills flat.
Last night Father Your message came through loud and clear, guiding me to Zechariah 4:7. I pray for my mountains to be flattened to nothingness. I want to see clearly, even with obstacles in my way. I want to see through them, because they are not Your reality, so they can’t possibly be mine. I’m claiming this victory today Lord; in Jesus’ name I humbly and sincerely pray. Amen.
I love each and every one of you, and pray that you have an awesomely blessed day. God bless you. Be a blessing to others!
PLEASE NOTE: THIS MESSAGE WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 18, 2010. IT HAS BEEN MODIFIED (MODERATELY OR SIGNIFICANTLY) TO ALIGN WITH CURRENT STANDARDS AND FORMATTING; SECTIONS HAVE BEEN EDITED AND CONTENT EXPANDED TO REFLECT MY CURRENT THOUGHTS.
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