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Time to Thrive!

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Birds-in-Winter-Season-RainI know I wrote on thriving yesterday, but bear with me, I am still on thriving today. I KNOW God is saying ‘this is our year to thrive.’

He confirmed it to me again this morning as I was running an errand. I turned on the radio and the announcer said ‘I know we are all thanking God for what He helped us survive in 2016, but now is the time to thrive in 2017.’

I thought ‘YES! Praise GOD!’

You were not meant to ‘just survive’ you were meant to thrive. I read a statement this morning that said; Surviving is for those who have no hope. That’s not you — not if you’re God’s child. You were meant to thrive.

I know this to be true. I see it throughout the Bible.

We all know the story of Joseph. He was betrayed by his brothers, thrown in a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused, thrown in prison and left there for a long time. Yet through it all, the word of God tells us, he thrived. Every time the enemy threw something new at him, he was promoted and in the end, he ruled and reigned, just as God said he would. He didn’t just survive, he thrived. God’s favor was upon him and nothing could stop him from thriving.

Then we see the life of Isaac. Isaac belonged to God, Gods favor and blessing rested upon Isaac. However, that didn’t stop famine from coming to the very place he called home.


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The bible says in Genesis 26 that there was a great famine in the land, so great that Isaac thought about leaving and moving somewhere else, but God told him to stay. Isaac obeyed God and remained in the land. And he sowed in the land. Now…who sows in famine? It makes no sense, but God said sow and sow he did. Genesis 26:12 says; “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.”

Once again, we see God’s people didn’t just survive the famine. Isaac belonged to God and he thrived in the famine.

This is our destiny friends. Thriving is our destiny. Jesus came that we might have life and life more abundantly. Jesus didn’t come so that we could survive what the enemy threw our way, He came that we would remain in peace and thrive through it all.

Many people spend their days trying to survive. They say ‘just three more hours and I will be off work’ or ‘I can’t wait until Friday comes’ or ‘if I can just get through this month.’ Friends, that is survival mentality and it is high time we break that off us. Some of us have had it drilled into our minds and our thinking for way too long, it is going to take GOD to free us from it. The good news is that He can, He will and He desires to even this moment.

As for me, I will thrive this year. Just because I say so. The Bible say I have whatever I say…as long as it lines up with God’s word and this certainly lines up with God’s word. He wants me to thrive, I come into agreement with Him and make a firm decision that I am thriving…from this day forth. How about you?

 

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"I’M GOING TO REFRESH YOU ON A BREEZE!"

by Jo Ellen Stevens

Hello Spirit Fuel Readers. I wanted tell you a story about something that happened to me a few years ago in a Summer not unlike many Summers that My husband and I had for many years of learning God’s provision. This particular Summer it had been very hot and humid and truly it seemed like one of the leanest Summers that we had in a long time.

OUR TIME OF NEED

We were Pastoring a small church at the time and we both had been working at the school for many years and each Summer we had no jobs and had to trust God for the provision for how we were going to live through that few month period. This summer was no different. At the end of the year I would always start getting this feeling of almost panic wondering how we were going to make it that Summer. This particular Summer when that panic hit me, God said “ I want you to take the money that you have in your purse and send it to a particular ministry. I was like “but God that is all that I have and it may have to last….”

THE NEW BREEZE

Being Obedient, I went on-line and sent the money that He told me to. A few weeks later, I was outside in what seemed like the hottest day of the year. There was not a breeze to be felt, when suddenly, this little cool breeze came across me and I said out loud.,“THANK YOU GOD FOR THAT BREEZE!” He spoke to me that day as I said that and said. “I AM GOING TO REFRESH YOU ON A BREEZE DAUGHTER.” I thought, “what could this mean? I got up from there and went into the house that day and no sooner did I get in there until the phone rang. It was a member of our church and the woman on the other end said “my husband and I want to buy you a new car! We were looking at a couple of them and saw a particular one and it was called a “PLYMOUTH BREEZE!” That night we went to get the BRAND NEW RED BREEZE and we drove around and around that town in it, feeling like millionaires. The Lord at one point told me to look at the new car next to me and said, “see that car” and I said, “yes Lord!” he said, “the blessing of the Lord it makes rich and he adds no sorrow with it!” I said, “What do you mean Lord?” He said. Well, you have a new beautiful car and so do they but, they have a payment book and you do not!"  

You see, what it’s all about is obedience! Obedience and thanking God for the small things like the little breeze that came over me that day and obedience even in the small things. I didn’t think my small offering that day would do anything, but in my obedience we reaped a great harvest and refreshing!” Not only that, God let me know that year that he saw and he heard my plight! This is why when God says sow a seed, he has bigger plans for it than you can imagine or think. My friends, obedience is key! I want to encourage you, that if you are reading this and feel led to sow a seed into this ministry, that God is faithful to refresh you and show himself strong in your time of need! Not only that, He always gives back, pressed down, shaken together and running over!” He wants to show you His faithfulness in your life and wants you to know that you know that it came from Him!

Arise Shine! Jo Ellen Stevens

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