Unaware of the Blessings of Biblical Prophecy

I WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE BLESSINGS WHEN I REALIZED I WAS LIVING OUT THE VERY PROPHECY OF THE BIBLE!

The past several months I’ve been radically blessed by God.  Ever since I start doing a first–fruits fast at the beginning of every year for the past five years, I can see blessings almost every day that extends through the end of the year.  The blessings can be a simple someone purchased me a coffee to I received donations of clothes for my community be love pantry or even larger donations such as material possessions, finances or favor with God and divine connections with a person.  With all the blessings I have experienced I know they are of God, for God’s people and they belong to God, but still I am grateful.

Recently the blessings we have received have outgrown our home which is my ministry center.  Over the past 15 years, our home has been a place of ministry.  Our children do not know what it is like to live in a “normal” home without people knocking at the door anytime, ministry stuff in every room in spots for drop offs or pick ups or for my team to put away.  There are desks, bookshelves and storage room and ministry items in every place we can find room and still have it look neat and tidy.

A year ago God called me to open a community be love pantry in which He tremendously blessed.  He has sent community people to drop off donations, help collect items, and social media and ministry partners to purchase that which we don’t get donated.  We run a homeless pantry, shoe/coat pantry, household items for the less fortunate or those just getting a place after being released from prison, coming out of homelessness or leaving a domestic violence situation.  We have been blessed to help people with food, health care items, bedding, clothes, household items, and much more.  Our place is currently bursting at the seams with storage units wall to wall, ceiling to floor in every area of my basement, in which we also host our home church and small group meetings.

Needless to say with a community pantry, office, resources, books and media stocked up and traveling supplies for all our road trips we are in desperate need of a ministry building.  Sometimes growing pains get the best of us with me, our children and teammates crying out in a desperate plea to God for a building.  He spoke into my spirit years ago He would provide me a building for free and recently confirmed the word through a reliable prophet.  God repeatedly has told me every word is true and I will have that building for free.

There are times I get impatient waiting on God.  In fact, I used to get jealous when another church or ministry would receive their building.  I would think, “Why not me God?”  I’ve been obedient.  I’ve waited, prayed, and sought you.  There would even be times I thought I deserved it more or waited longer.  Then I realized just because they got a building doesn’t mean they did it with God’s blessing and favor.  Many have done it in their own strength and ability and not in the will of God.  Praise God those feelings are now long gone, and I can rejoice when someone gets their building.  However, I still experience the growing pains of my home being used for a ministry center, my children’s occasional complaints of how they want their house back and how I don’t know how I am going to fit anything else in my home.

Lately, my team and family all have been saying and speaking how much we need a building.  I would like to say we are waiting patiently, but more so I will say we are waiting anxiously, with anticipation, and sometimes wondering when it will happen.  It’s not a matter of if, we know God is true to His word, but how it will happen, when it will be and where it will be.

My husband shared our church service recently about the Scripture in Malachi.  I was talking about the blessings God gave us just last week.  My husband made a reference to Malachi 3:10.  “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.”  It was like a light bulb went off in my head.  I got it!  I finally got it!

Okay, it’s not like I just got it.  I’ve always known to bring all the tithes into the storehouse; I knew we could test and try Him in this.  I knew He would pour us out blessings.  However, it was a new revelation!  I had been complaining about bursting at the seams, with my house/ministry center being filled with blessings when I was living out the very prophecy of the Bible!

My husband and I have tithed, offered, given alms and gone above and beyond in our giving for many years.  My ministry is a giving ministry to other ministries, small churches; we give to people, our community, the poor as the Bible instructs and to the children at Smile Train who need a new chance at life.  We had been tithers and given above and now God, my Lord, He was pouring us out such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.

He was fulfilling His word, yet while I was grateful for the word I was also frustrated with the lack of room we had to contain the blessings.  I went back to thinking about the building that He said He would give me.  I thought, I needed to see the blessing, which He would pour me out, that there would not be room enough to receive it before the building came.

I have to say I have definitely spent some time in repentance over this.  Not that I ever complained about one blessing, I haven’t.  Most times, I weep at the goodness of the Lord when the blessings come.  But, I did have to repent for overlooking what He was doing; for complaining that I didn’t have enough room when He was trying to prove a point.  He will complete His Word.  It will manifest in our lives.  However, sometimes we are looking at what we don’t have instead of receiving the message God is attempting to convey.

He poured us out such a blessing we can’t contain it!  What can be more exciting than that?  What I’ve come to realize, I’d like to say over the years, but the truth is more recently, is that I don’t have a building because it wasn’t God’s time for me to have a building.  He could give me one and call someone to be obedient at a moment’s notice.  He could put it on someone’s heart or in their spirit.  I will have that building.

I will wait.  I will gladly wait on the Lord.  And in the meantime, I will not complain that He is fulfilling His Scriptures, His Word, that when I tithe He will pour me out such a blessing I cannot contain it.  I am grateful, forever grateful, for what He is doing.  I’m even more grateful that He revealed the prophecy of the Bible to me.  Now instead of having growing pains, sometimes being impatient, and not understanding why I don’t have my building, I can rest.  I can wait patiently, knowing that once again He revealed His Scripture to me.  As I sit in the fulfillment of the blessing, I can share the testimony with the world that He fulfills His Word to pour us out such a blessing we cannot contain it.

Shalom ~ I’m at peace in the waiting of the fulfillment of His Word and hope that you too can wait patiently on the Lord.

~ by Kathy DeGraw on December 28, 2016.

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