God is a God who loves to bless. In the written Word there are thousands of promises of peace, health, joy, wealth, love and more. They're all waiting for believers in Christ to ask, believe and receive them. O Lord, Bless Me Abundantly: 30 Days of Sowing the Word is to be used as a shepherd's staff that will lead you as you journey down the path of continual blessing and abundant life.
Beginning with O Lord, Hear My Cry: A Book of Psalms Devotional, my books are a testimony of my deliverance from Egypt to warring and entering my personal Promised Land. I lived for years believing that if God wanted me blessed the blessings would fall into my lap. Through a relationship with Holy Spirit, His wisdom has taught me how to effectively ask, seek and knock and have the doors and windows of heaven opened for me.
And [Jesus] took them in his arms and blessed [the children], laying his hands on them. ~ Mark 10:16
There are so many people in the world who despise children. Children are an inheritance from the Lord (Psalm 127:3) and that brings the attention of the enemy. In this portion of Jesus’ history the disciples didn’t feel children were worthy of Jesus’ attention because He had such important work to do every day. But Jesus was always doing the unexpected. He allowed the children to come to Him, He loved on them, and decreed blessings on them.
If we point our children to Jesus and allow them to build individual relationships with Him we won’t lose them to the world. Jesus’ love is too powerful to walk away from permanently. If we foster relationship with Him, His blessing, and understanding, we won’t even have to deal with them walking away for a season. With His vision of success for their lives they won’t leave Him because it can’t be realized without His leading (Proverbs 22:6).
Decree aloud Mark 10:16: Jesus, take my children, biological and spiritual, and all children in the world in your arms and lay your hands on them for blessing.
Copyright © 2014 Zari Banks, M.Ed
"I cry aloud to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah." ~ Psalm 3:4
I love the Psalms. Proverbs were my favorite until I was in the pit of desperation, but then I fell in love with the Psalms because I found rescue in them. Last week in homeschool we started reading the Psalms in the NRSV Bible and Psalm 3:4 inspired a flood of writing.
My testimony begins with crying out to God to rescue or kill me (if you haven't heard that podcast episode it's worth listening to). I was instructed to read the Psalms. There are a several lessons in this so let's dive in.
There are promises of rescue, breakthrough and deliverance, provision, vindication and much more in these 150 chapters. Everything from loss, to bouts of depression, rejection, persecution, etc. is mentioned in the Psalms. The Lord already knew the messes we'd get into and prepared a way of escape. The pit of despair that I'd so fabulously constructed for myself and believed no one else could ever relate to is even mentioned in the Psalms (40:2). Seriously ... there's nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). There are so many people who get tied up in court cases and instead of wasting all that time, money and heartache we can try our cases in the Court of Heaven by believing and decreeing some of the promises from the Psalms. Are people lying on you? The answer is in Psalm 15. Do you have fear of death? The answer is in Psalm 91.
There really is no excuse for anyone to live a less-than extraordinary life. God has promised us too much. He's written an 800,000 word contract (Bible) and sealed it with Jesus' blood. He cannot go back on His Word (Hebrews 1:3, Numbers 23:19). Do you believe Him? Or are you going to wait until you lose everything to begin searching the Bible with insatiable hunger? Learn from my former stupidity. PLEASE. I'm begging you. When you read your Bible each day, don't close it until Holy Spirit breathes on it and speaks something to you (James 4:8, Ephesians 1:17, John 16:13, Matthew 4:4, Matthew 7:7). Unless you wait for Holy Spirit, hear and implement the revelation you will continue to perish for lack of knowledge. I don't want that for you. God doesn't want that for you. You don't want that either or you wouldn't be reading my work.
Copyright © 2014 Zari Banks, M.Ed