Have you been praying for a blessing that just never seems to come your way? Are you trying your best to be faithful to God, but you feel you are falling short. Have you been on this Christian journey a long time and you can’t understand why your life is still filled with struggle and strife? Are you feeling like you just can’t hold on much longer?
There’s a message from God that will answer all of your questions, alleviate your doubt, and help you to get what you desire most out of life. God is broadcasting this message loud and clear. He is telling you how to position yourself to be blessed, but you can’t hear Him. So the bottom line is that you may be waiting year after year for something you truly desire because you’re not able to clearly hear His directives. How do you know whether this is true, and what can you do about it? Read these three spiritual jewels of encouragement for Christian Women and see.
Jewel #1: God is not holding your blessings hostage?
Encouragement for Christian Women in this area is vital, because we often feel as though God is withholding our blessings for some reason. Our Heavenly Father tells us in Psalms 84:11 that He will not withhold any good thing from us. We can see evidence of this as we look at all the extraordinary blessings we enjoy on a daily basis- things that we often overlook and take for granted, like the sun shining every day, our soundness of mind, the mobility of which we carry forth our daily lives. These are tremendous blessings, and we must not neglect to be incredibly thankful for them.
God is not in the business of withholding blessings from us. You are not being punished for any reason. The truth of the matter is that sometimes we get in our own way. We clog up the line of communication with Heavenly Father with our doubt, insecurity, and fear. We become stuck in neutral because there are areas where we simply cannot perceive what the Spirit is saying or where he is leading us.
Commit to a new agenda in your prayer life, one where you back away from concentrating so much on what you want and desire. Focus on acquiring another notch in your spiritual belt by praying for a greater connection with God through Christ, so that you can hear His directive clearly and follow His guidance to your treasures.
Jewel #2: To unlock the treasures, you must face the truth?
God has given us a little piece of Himself, a spiritual gift that abides within us. John 16:13-15 says that this gift is the spirit of truth and he is our friend. This friend, the spiritual gift that is on the inside of us, will supernaturally take us by the hand and guide us into all truth. He won’t be telling us about himself, but he will be communicating the truth about the things of God.
If we’ll be honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that sometimes we don’t want to hear the truth. We don’t want to face the fact that we’ve got some funkiness going on that we need to address. Often times we don’t want to see the truth about our baggage because we don’t want to change.
God promises in Isaiah 45:3 that He will give us treasures that are hidden in the dark and riches that are in secret places, but if you are blind and refuse to see the stuff that is holding you back, then you will be blind to the good stuff that has your name on it as well. You won’t be able to see the forest for the trees.
The Father knows where your future husband is right this very moment. He knows exactly where there’s an exciting, fulfilling job opportunity that has your name on it. God is not playing games with your life. The Spirit of Truth guides, he doesn’t push or shove. God is constantly telling us through the spirit where to go, what to do, and how to do it. He isn’t clandestine, but we need to understand that His ways are not our ways. In order to hear Him, we have to get on board with the truth–the truth about where we are in our own commitment to Christ.
You have a responsibility to put yourself in check and deal honestly with your stuff. Listen to what God is saying about the attitudes, behaviors, and emotions that you need to address within your own inner being. As Christian women, we need encouragement in this area because we often translate God’s correction into self-condemnation. We begin to feel unworthy and depressed because we think that God is angry with us.
Heavenly Father doesn’t want you to feel bad about yourself. He wants to correct you, because correction leads to power! Combing through to do a little tweaking is a process of life and growth.
So don’t resist the process. Listen to the spirit within, and yes, listen to others who speak the truth and sometimes tell you what you don’t want to hear. Your willingness to look in the mirror is the kind of eye-opening awareness that leads to spiritual growth. It sends the message that you are prepared and willing to hear what God wants you to hear, to see what He wants you to see, and to do what He wants you to do.
Jewel #3: Have faith in the process?
There are no tricks, or gimmicks to spirituality. Right this moment you have everything you need to fulfill your destiny in Christ and achieve all the success you are capable of conceiving, but getting to this place is a process and your involvement is crucial.
We are here on this earth to learn spiritual lessons, lessons that will help us to become the embodiment of Jesus Christ. The bible tells us that this is an integral part of God’s plan for us. Heavenly Father desires that our lives are filled to the brim with power, faith, and love. He wants us to understand how to demonstrate these qualities so that we can manifest blessings, and at the same time we can BE a blessing in the same powerful way that Christ was. Then we will be in the prime position to share with others and give God the glory He deserves.
Have faith that He truly does desire the best for you-really He does. He wants you to overcome every obstacle, every fear and doubt so that you have firsthand experience of His miraculous love, but you can’t do it your way. It has to be His way, because His way is the way of love.
Jesus Christ tells us in Matthew 7:7 that if we ask, it will be given to us; if we seek, we will find, and if we knock, it will be opened to us. This is God’s guarantee, and He never, ever breaks His Word. The answers to our questions- the blessings we seek- the door to both is always before us and we must choose to open it.
God has designed a process for receiving spiritual growth and blessings, and it works! That process requires that we grow in spiritual knowledge.
Spiritual knowledge is the key to growing in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and it is most definitely the key to learning to manifest the blessings we desire through faith. The choice to know and grow in this knowledge is ever before us, but we have to want it more than anything else, and we have to be relentless in our pursuit of it.
Begin to seek out the knowledge that will position you for spiritual growth and abundance. Ask yourself some new questions, and be willing to allow the Lord to lead you to new places of spiritual growth and development. Pray for a greater level of awareness and trust that as you begin to actively seek, a whole new dimension of abundance and knowledge will open up for you!
About Author: Fran Mack, a certified pastoral counselor and spiritual teacher, is the founder and president of Sundie Morning Sistas, a communications ministry dedicated to teaching the matchless Word of God. Fran’s greatest joy is to help women around the world to change their lives by teaching them to unblock their souls through the love and power of Jesus Christ. Fran is the author of “How to Be A Super Spiritual Diva”, “When My Soul Says Yes, A Journey through Prayer and Healing”, and “Reversing the Negative Cycle”.