Grace and peace be unto you.
Word of Encouragement…
You are blessed because God lives in you. The story is told that King David took the ark of God and left it with Obed-Edom because he did not want to take it to Jerusalem. Obed-Edom was a poor man and God blessed him and his family to the extent that they became wealthy within three months (1 Chronicles 13:13-14). The news of his wealth spread throughout the region. When David heard about his wealth, he removed the ark and carried it to Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 15:25).
The ark no longer represents God’s presence. He lives in us and has the power to do whatever he pleases (1 Corinthians 3:16). As such, if He wants to make us wealthy within one or two months, he can. However, He will not do so because some of us are not mature enough to manage wealth. When God blesses us, He wants us to help the poor and needy and not satisfy our selfish desires. He would love to bless us, but it would not be prudent at this time. Nonetheless, we can gain His trust and become mature by seeking His Kingdom and righteousness.
How do I seek the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness?
You seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness when you pray, fast, study and obey His Word, and meditate on His Word.
We are encouraged to leave our concerns with Jesus (1 Peter 5:7), intercede for others (1 Timothy 2:1) and pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
The apostle Matthew recounted a story in Matthew 17:14- 21, about the importance of prayer and fasting. Accordingly, a man brought his son who had seizures to the disciples for them to heal him. However, they could not cure him, but Jesus did. When they asked Jesus why they could not heal him, He told them that the seizures could only be cured through prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting empowers us to overcome illnesses and forces of evil. As a result, demonic strongholds, psychological, and physical issues can be healed.
3. Study and obey God’s Word, the Bible says, “If you love me, keep my commands” (John 14:15).
4. Meditate on God’s Word, the apostle Paul says, “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things (Philippians 4:8).
Heavenly Father, I pray that you will give us the wisdom and discipline to seek your Kingdom and your righteousness, in Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.