The Word is My Life
Monday, December 11, 2017
My Words are life to those that find them . . . . Prov. 4:22

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March 2015 Your Great Reward!

From My Life’s Journey                                                                                                                                  March, 2015

Topic: Your Great Reward!

The story is told of a woman who asked God to speak to her and a bird sang, but she didn’t hear.  She asked God to let her see Him, and the sun began to shine brightly, but the woman didn’t see.  She asked God to show her a miracle, and she awoke that morning but didn’t discern His answer.  What this story reveals is that God is a personal God – He meets us in our world just where we are – but many times it is not in the way we expect. 

In the Old Testament, the children of Israel would go into battle, but before they went, they would ask God a question: “Will you, O God, go with us?”  If God said He would go with them, they went forward in full assurance of victory.  They needed no other natural details – the number of chariots, horses, swords, or spears on the other side – God’s presence was sufficient.  For us, often our eyes are on natural expectations:  We are looking for a certain amount of money to come our way, when God has said, “I will go with you.”  We may be looking for a certain individual in our lives to make a remarkable turnaround, when God says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

One of God’s names is El Shaddai which means multi-breasted one or the God of more than enough.  As Christian women, it is important to slow down – breathe in and breathe out – from our many cares and activities and think on this:  If God is more than enough in my life, why do I fret?  Why am I nervous?  Why am I depressed?  God Himself is my exceeding great reward (Gen. 15:1). 

God, who created the heavens and the earth, is on our side.  Lord, help us change our perspective from looking at what we do not have and what we lack to appreciating the immense riches we do have in Christ.  Do you operate from a position of lack in life or from a position of authority?  The Word says that you are a king and priest unto God (Rev. 1:6).  Kings don’t lack for natural resources, and priests don’t lack for spiritual resources.  Since God is your great reward, you can pray from a position of authority versus one of lack.

 Also, consider this:  You are not just a servant of Almighty God, you are His child.  If you have known the love of a good parent, you know just a taste of how vastly you are loved.  If you have been a faithful, loving parent to a child, you know only a small portion of how deeply you are loved by the true and living God.  The God who created universes calls you His own, and Jesus Christ your Savior is not only your deliverer, He is your friend (John 15:15) and your elder brother (Rom. 8:29).  As we pray from this mindset, we can come boldly before the Father in prayer (Heb. 4:16) and receive the victory!  Rest in knowing that God only has plans to prosper you (Jer. 29:11). 

We are in personal relationship with an eternal God and an ever-living Savior, Jesus Christ.  You have received great reward already because you walk with a personal God.  I spoke at a church once, and the title of the message was “It’s Already All Right.”  Indeed it is … if you consider it so.

The Word of God provides so much encouragement, but we must allow ourselves to draw from it.  To me, that means I must meditate on – chew on deeply – rich knowledge from the Word of God to draw spiritual nourishment from it.  As I do, I begin to speak and act differently – with boldness instead of fear, with assurance instead of cowardice, with comfort instead of anxiousness.  Next, I pray for God’s help to align my heart and my mind.  When I have this type of spiritual integration, I’m not praying from my mouth things my heart doesn’t align with.  I’m praying in fullness of faith that my prayers are heard and received and that God is doing what is best in my life.

 

You are already blessed eternally because God is your great reward.  This is a thought that is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report (Phil. 4: 8).  Receive God – a personal God – as He steps into your life today.  He’s the Almighty, but He’s also the chirping of a bird on your window and the warmth of the sun on your face.  

Ever onward, ever forward~

Dr. Iris Barrett