Circles of Blessing
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3NIV).”
Now comes the fun part! Once all hindrances are removed, it is time to move forward in God and to reach out to others. When Christ has control of all of our life, and we are not feeling guilty, ashamed and condemned, we are able to see the needs of others and to hear God’s voice everyday.
I received a small inheritance, and so I prayed, “God, where do you want me to pay my tithe for this?” Since I have a relative in full-time ministry working nearby where I live, I thought, “What better way to use the first fruits of this gift!” After I sent the money, I was SO under attack from Satan. Obviously something powerful had been accomplished, for Satan was mad! As I shared this with the person I’d given the gift to, he said. “As your relative, I have the authority to speak against this.” As he prayed for me, I felt so free and light. He didn’t know it, but I was struggling with a relationship issue with another family member, and God spoke to that issue as a result of my having been obedient to give to Him.
I also went to visit this fellow later, and I asked for prayer again, as I’d been experiencing some health issues. As he laid hands on me, and commanded that if there was any spirit causing this, it had to go, and I felt it leave! I was so weak and drained after, but I felt giddy from the release of the oppression. I have thanked the Lord everyday since, because I have not felt such freedom in years. That one gift, opened the door for blessing, healing, and more opportunities for me to bless others. My eyes are opened and I love it when God says, “Go bless this person”, or “Go bless that person,” because it means I am in right relationship to hear His voice.
As we reach out and bless others, they are encouraged and they reach out to others and the circles of blessing just keep moving out into bigger and bigger areas and God’s will is done on the earth!
Thought: Bless: “to confer good or happiness on.”
Prayer: God, thank you for loving me and using me for Your glory. Set me free from my own problems so I can reach out and bless others.
Challenge: Pray and ask God to show you today a specific name and action that you can do for someone. Even an encouraging phone call may make their day!