Linda Evans Shepherd : The Most Powerful Secret to Blessings
A couple of years ago I got an email from a woman named Sara who said, “I live in a nursing home and have no purpose. My car won’t run and my TV is broke. My life is terrible and I’m absolutely miserable. God has blessed everyone but me. Surely you would agree that I should kill myself.”
“I think there’s great hope for you,” I told her, “and I can prove it.”
“Write me back next week with a list of five blessings God has put in your life.”
A week later, Sara confided, “I could only think of four, and one was that I was blessed that you would even talk to me.”
“Then we are going to have to stretch your blessing-perspective, I’d like for you to watch for the blessing God has hidden in your life every week.”
It was hard at first, but after a while Sara began to notice that there were blessings hiding in her life. She soon reported, “I made five dollars from redeeming my neighbor’s beer cans. It’s the first time I’ve had money in ages so I walked down to the corner store and got me a soda pop.”
But later, when Sara shared her faith with these same neighbors and they received Jesus as their Savior, Sara complained, “Since those neighbors came to faith and got set free from their drinking problem, I’ve lost my weekly beer-can money. Do you think God will still provide for me?”
And in fact, it wasn’t long before a local pastor took an interest in Sara and begin to have a parishioner not only take her to church, but take her out to Sunday lunch.
But still Sara wasn’t content with her life. “I just don’t understand it. I prayed for a woman who works at the nursing home and God healed her back.”
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“That’s wonderful!” I said.
“Well, if it’s so wonderful then why doesn’t God answer more of my prayers?”
“He’s giving you one breakthrough after another!” I assured her.
“Well, I think it’s amazing that the people from your church fixed your car!”
“I guess you’re right, and now that I have my car back maybe I can drive myself to do some volunteer work.”
Sara decided to help at a local food pantry, finding a purpose for the first time in years. Then Sara got a really big blessing; she received a forgotten pension.
Sara was beside herself with joy, eagerly planning to use at least part of the funds to tithe to her church, buy a new TV and also to do good deeds for others. She was especially excited about buying a friend a much-needed pair of eyeglasses!
So how had Sara been able to change her perspective from hopelessness to purpose, joy and miracles? She learned to trust God by recognizing and counting His blessings.
This season is the perfect time to count the blessings God has given you. For when you count your blessings, you will improve your ability to trust the Lord. And those who trust the Lord are awarded with ever-abundant blessings as Jeremiah explained:
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit” Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV.)
The fruit of counting your blessings causes you to develop a deeper trust in God. A deeper trust in God causes you to develop a root system that taps into His living water. No matter the drought, you will not only have joy; you will have the faith to stretch out your arms as you reach out to Him. Your trust in God will become a shade and comfort to those around you. You will not only be blessed, you will be a blessing.
A WORD FOR YOU TODAY!
A word by Joel Yount:
Several years ago while walking at a park an Eagle had flown right over me carrying what looked like a dead snake. The one thing that amazed me was how low the Eagle was flying as it flew above me. It was as if God was highlighting this occurrence that I had never experienced before.
Before seeing the Eagle and the snake, I had been walking around the park praying and declaring scriptures for breakthrough regarding a situation. Leading up to this time, it seemed as if there was an escalated season of attack from the enemy as someone had attempted to shut the Spirit Fuel website down. However, God stepped in and the individual responsible for that attempt did not succeed. Praise God!
Pay Attention To Signs God Reveals To You
God had stepped in many ways in only he could do. The escalated attacks had ceased. The Lord revealed to me that the Eagle had represented His power and protection coming down and taking the enemy (the snake) out of his place.
The Lord instructed me to send this testimony out today because He wants to remind many of you that nothing is hard for Him. He will send signs in the natural that relate to what is going on in the supernatural.
The prayers and declarations of saying scripture out loud at the park had activated something in the Spirit realm I believe. One important action I had taken before this event was sowing several seeds into different ministries. This act stretched my faith. When I saw what God did and how he turned the enemy’s plans upside down I was amazed. God is turning the enemy’s plans upside down in your own life today! Do something in the natural to activate the supernatural in your life today.
Right now I encourage you to sow a seed of $50, $25, $100, or $500 into Spirit Fuel and name it “Breakthrough” as an act of faith. By sowing a seed today into Spirit Fuel, you will be helping to reach more people on the internet for the Kingdom of God. It takes a dedicated team and resources to maintain the Spirit Fuel platform.
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