“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.” Psalm 35:27-28
Admittingly, the word prosperity led me to this verse. It would be a grand omission to neglect to define it. Of course, God supplies all our needs. I do have needs and yes they scurry across my mind quite frequently. Much less than before, there was a time when all I could think about was lack, the impending doom that awaited me if I could not get more, and how unfair things were. Today, my inner conversation is inundated with gratitude and trust as opposed to dissatisfaction and fear. Yet, I would be a liar if I did not admit my need for increase and thoughts of such. An influx in my finances would bolster my capacity to maneuver in the kingdom, give back to others, and birth the ministry inside of me; nonetheless, we as followers of Christ are called to serve with or without the apparent resources we think we need. Also, for those who believe that prosperity is all about dollar signs let’s check out Strong’s Concordance’s definition of the word. Prosperity in Psalm 35:27-28 refers to peace with God; especially in covenant relation, soundness, and welfare. I am saying two things here. God often calls us to minister to others, sending us out with limited resources prompting our complete reliance on Him, or He may bless us abundantly in a tangible manner encouraging the use of those finances for ministry.
According to the aforementioned definition, I am prosperous. I did not realize it until I studied Psalm 35:27-28. I thought that I was waiting on God to prosper me. To my surprise, God was patiently waiting for me to realize that my peace with Him, our covenant relationship, my soundness, and welfare was what made me prosperous not the numerals preceding or coming after a decimal point. In fact, people who are perceived as poor in the natural may have more peace with God than someone who is considered rich in the eyes of the world. So, you tell me who really has prosperity according to God’s standards? The truth has a way of shifting our perspectives. When our perspective changes, our song does as well. Our symphony transforms from “Woe is me” to “Thank you, Jesus!” How often have we declined an opportunity to work in God’s vineyard because we did not feel prosperous enough to be a blessing to anyone? Or perhaps, we’ve told ourselves “When I make it, I’ll help someone else.” The fortunate reality is that we are drenched in blessings even now. For some of us, it wouldn’t take much to muster up one testimony, kind word, donation, service, a kind deed, or compassionate act to minister to someone, but we may never do so because we may feel that we are too lacking to be a blessing.
“Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. Don’t take any money with you, nor a traveler’s bag, nor an extra pair of sandals. And don’t stop to greet anyone on the road.” Luke 10:3-4
I lament as I can recall complaints gushing from my mouth when Jesus clearly instructed the disciples to “Go and take nothing,” relying on the kindness of others who were moved by the Lord to give. I should not be ashamed or dismayed because I am having labor pains during the birthing process of a ministry without an inn. Surely, our Lord and Savior can relate to having purpose without seeming provision; his birthplace alone is proof that God’s ways are not our ways. I refuse to doubt my calling because of the lack of resources. There was a manger for Jesus, a staff for Moses to part the sea, manna in the desert, and Jesus’ blood for our sins. All of our needs, from antiquity hitherto have been wondrously provided for by the Lord. Knowing we have been called to do a thing whether it be leading God’s people across a figurative sea with a vicious army chasing us, or theoretically saving humanity from the rain that no one has ever seen, we can be assured that God will provide. We have peace with God and provision. How can we be anything but glad? Believing the lies of the enemy causes the truth to become muddied with the realities of his fallacies. For instance, Satan may say things to make us doubt our call, God’s concern and provision for us, and the feasibility of our aspirations for the Lord.
“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
We fight the enemy by believing what the Lord says above the confessions of the father of lies. Look for evidence of the truth about what God spoke to you, over you, or through you. God called me to write my healing, and lead other women and men in the same process. Do I have the resources to complete the task? Absolutely, not. How will the ministry manifest? The Lord God will provide, He will use others to give of their time, abilities, and resources to support His purposes, and supernaturally he will open doors that do not yet exist. It is imperative that we remember whose work we are called to. It is God’s ministry, not our own. God is going to heal people through the writing process, I am just the facilitator of His cause. What’s my motive for involvement in the process? Well, I have been raised from the dead and owe my life to Jesus Christ who called me out of the cave. So, if he wants me to facilitate a Christian Creative Writing program, so be it. This is usually where I ask for donations, not this time. I am going to allow the cause of Christ to manifest without my intervention. God doesn’t need me to help Him, but rather I need Him to help me do His will and sometimes that means waiting. As I wait, I do so with a great expectation of divine intervention from the Father. Brothers and Sisters do not give up on your call because you do not see how it is going to work. Pray. Ask. Wait.
I’ve prayed to confirm that this is indeed what I am supposed to be doing. I asked for help from the Lord and fellow believers. Now I wait for the thunderous move of the Lord. Feel free to check out my website for more information regarding the program that I will use with the help of the Lord to bring others to Christ in the name Jesus, Editing Destiny.
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