Your Hundred Fold Blessings
Scripture Reading: Mar 10:28 -31 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
And Jesus answered and said,
Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or
sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and
the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren,
and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the
world to come eternal life.
But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.
Mar 10:28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we
have left all, and have followed thee.
So many of you are talking about what you gave up to walk with the Lord. I can't begin to tell you the number of times I have heard people talk about what they had before they gave their lives to the Lord. I constantly hear:
"I used to have money to burn." Well, maybe if you didn't burn the money, you'd still have some.
"I could buy whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Now I am barely
- What were you buying?
- What were you buying?
"I lost most of the friends." - If they left you because you don't have any money, they were never friends
"Nobody told me it would be this way." If they had what would you have done?
You feel that God
has left you in the middle of a big mess. You
look at those around you who are living for the enemy, and they are doing just
fine. You don't even have a job; you can't even pay your bills.
Welcome, you are right where God needs you to be.
There are times the Lord will bring us
down to the lowest level so He can raise us up.
We must become empty before we can be filled. We must
come to the end of ourselves before the Lord can begin in us. You have been sent
into the desert to give up many of your privileges, perks, and social circles
that you thought you needed. Now,
you're just getting by; learning to adjust to the basics of
life. You may not be comfortable where
you are, but it's where God needs you to be. He needed to strip you of what you held most dear; the things
you were idolizing, so that
you can learn what was most holy. He needed
to break the lust you had for recognition, before placing you in lights you
never imagined. He needed you to
become broken in order to be made whole. Claim
Mark10:29And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that
hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or
children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's.
Jesus said you have left nothing to follow Him. What you thought you left has been held in trust for you and has been collecting heavenly interest. Your possessions have been increasing at a rate that no bank could ever touch. So, stop trying to get it back before it has reached its rate of maturity. You know how we cash our saving bonds in as soon as they reach face value. Well, leave it there until it has reached a hundredfold. It's in good hands. If you have let go of your man or girl friend in order to reach maturity with the Lord; good, leave them there. Let God mature them so they will be a hundredfold. Then, when they come back to you, they will be talking marriage, instead of living with you.
Is your husband or wife acting up because you
are trying to follow God? Good, let them; take your hands off them.
Let God make them a hundredfold. If
you thought you had something wonderful when you first got married, you haven't seen anything yet. Wait until God finishes with
them. You'll need a
hiding place just to catch your breath. Leave
them alone. Be about God's business and watch what you get in return. Let
Me make them a hundredfold.
You say you lost a house. That's not the only house that was made.
Set your site on a bigger house, a better house, a hundredfold house.
Keep the vision before you while you're working for the Lord. Start thinking about the furniture you want to put in the
house. That's faith, that's a
hundredfold blessing of faith. Step
out, walk around it, claim your hundredfold house.
He has promised that everything you think you left behind to follow Him will be
restored a hundredfold, in this time.
IN THIS LIFETIME, NOT JUST
IN ETERNITY, BUT NOW! IN OTHER WORDS YOU CAN HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO. GOD
For I know the plans I have for you.. plans to prosper you and not harm
you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jer.
Mar 10:30-31 But he
shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and
sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the
world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last
Now when the blessings start flowing in, don't be surprise if you get talked about. Everybody is not going to be happy about your blessing. Everybody is not going to want to hear about your blessing. Remember His word says "he shall receive a hundredfold, with persecution".
Some of the people that prayed for you while you are struggling, and stood in agreement with you for the Lord to bring you out, will turn their backs on you when your blessings come in. Why, because misery loves company, and you probably had a lot of miserable company while you were going through. Because you were all going through, and you all had something in common. Why, because God brought you out before He brought them out. Sometimes your blessings may come with a price. You must be willing to pay the price to be blessed.
Now, that the Lord has brought you out, they have a problem with you. You have forgotten where you came from. You have forgotten your place. Persecutions. Now, you have to decide if you want to be blessed or if you want to be stressed. God has promised to restore all that you said you lost, but you have to be Godly enough to receive it. Can you stand to be blessed?
You were once the tail, now God has
made you the head. If you don't
want to be blessed, don't mess with God, because He is the God of abundance, not the God of poverty. He said that He came that we might have life, and have it
more abundantly. I heard Him say
His Father's house are many mansions.
Don't sound like a God of poverty to me.
So, do you want to be blessed or do you want to be stressed. YOUR
NOW BLESSING IS WAITING FOR YOU!
- Oh! Hey! This Is The Day
Oh, Hey! This is the day!
Your breakthrough is on the way
You've said in your heart I shall not be moved!
The mountains haven't moved, but still you have stood.
The storms around you have raged
But still you've stood in spite of the waves.
You've not swayed to the left or the right
And everything has looked like the dark of the night.
But I am the Lord that makes provision for you
And every promise that I've made is coming to pass.
Just look in a mirror and say, His promises to me
Are being fulfilled today.
Your faith for the future, you've understood
But now I call you to believe Me for today
Rise up, and say, His promises to me
Are being fulfilled today.
I am the God of yesterday
And I am the God of tomorrow
But, now I want to be the God
Of you're here and your now.
All the prophecies and words
That I gave can come to you today.
If only, you will call to My remembrance all that I've said
And with a heart of expectancy
All of your needs will be met.
I am not a man, that I can lie
And I'm not a God way up in the sky.
I�m in the here, and I'm in the now
But we must co-labor to bring forth My vow.
All that I've promised, and all that I've said,
Will come forth today, if you will raise your head.
Your voice must be heard in this physical realm
For My promises to manifest in the here and the now.
So speak them, sing them, and say them aloud
Then will My provision will come to you in a Glory Cloud.
Stop praying, and asking Me to do what I've done
It is not pleasing to My Son or Me.
You know what I've promised,
You know what I've said,
So if you really want to see it,
Just open your mouth.
My promises to you are yea and amen
I am on call to hear you again.
Open your mouth, and let it out
And you will receive what you speak
If I promised it to you, My promises I keep.
Oh! Hey! This is the day!
I will anoint your words, as you say them out loud
When I hear your voice, it will turn My head
And the mountains will be removed,
Along with worry, and doubt.
Sing, shout, and go about
Verbalizing My promises with your mouth
Heaven will move, and the earth will be still
As My promises to you I fulfill.
story comes from Jonathan in New Jersey.
I need to share my
story with you. I had said that I
wasn't but I remembered when I read your story "Dead Weight" and how it ministered to
my sister,( who at the time was in a bad relationship at the time and no matter
what we said to her she wouldn't listen).
When "Dead Weight" came across my computer it was like someone was
looking at what my sister was doing. I
shared the story with her and all I can say is that the Lord moved upon her and
she is free.
Therefore if what I
have gone through will help someone else receive from the Lord, I feel I must
share it with you as you did with us.
Last month a close
friend of my purchased a new car and he didn't use his old car as down
payment. A few days after buying
the car he called me and said I could have his old car (a very nice 1995 Nissan,
loaded), and all I would have to do is have it transferred in my name, get
insurance and tag etc. Let me back
up a little, I didn't have a car and my wife and I were trying to get back on
our feet. I had been praying and
asking the Lord to bless us with a new car, and I felt beyond the shadow of a
doubt that he had heard me. So when
my friend had offered me his old car, I was a little disappointed. I was expecting a new car.
I must admit I allowed pride and jealousy to come in because he didn't
have to offer me that car. He could
have used it for a down payment for his new car but he didn't.
I thanked my friend and told him that I wanted the car, but weeks went by and I hadn�t made any attempt to get the car from him. Well, his wife happened to ask my wife if they needed to bring us the car. Of course I hadn't said anything to my wife about any of this. So when she got home needless to say we had a very strong conversation. She wanted to know why I hadn't said anything about the car and why hadn't I gone to get it. I thought she would have shared my concerns about waiting on the Lord for a new car. But she said "Idiot". Yes, I know the Lord promised you a new car and I am standing in agreement with you, but before He can bless you with something big, you have to show him that you can appreciate the little things that He is trying to give you. If you can't accept this blessing, do you really think He will bless you with something you aren't ready for She said "You know we can't afford car payments now, so the Lord moved upon our friend to bless us with a car until we can afford the new one that He has promised us. Why can't you see that when the time is right, you can trade the Nissan in for the new car that the Lord promised us?
I can't begin to tell you how low I felt. She was right (Men hate for their women to be right). I immediately asked God for forgiveness, then my wife. I called my friend and confessed to him how I felt and asked if he could forgive me and if the car was still available. He laughed and said he understood, and the car was there whenever I wanted it.
I said all that to say this to those of you that are
waiting on a blessing from the Lord. Please don't allow pride and jealousy to
hinder what God wants to give you. You
have to show the Lord that you are thankful for all blessings no matter how
small. When you can praise Him for
the small things, He will begin to move in your life to bring you the big
things. In other words BE GRATEFUL!!!!!
Sometimes it takes seeing our blessings through the eyes of someone else before we can grasp how truly blessed we really are.
I'm am overjoyed today because once again, God as showed up and showed out!!!!! I am so excited to share this with you!!!!
Yesterday one of Yolanda's reps came to us very upset because her younger brother (approx 45 years old) was hooked up to life support and the doctors were not expecting him to live much longer. The thought of her brother dying brought tears to her eyes. As she started to cry, Yolanda and I joined hands with her and began to pray. She felt better after we prayed and we left it in God's hands.
When I came in this morning, Yolanda told me to go to my desk to receive a blessing. There was a bouquet of flowers on my desk with a card attached that stated: "Dear Anitra and Yolanda, Thank you. Certainly God has heard us. He has attended to the voice of our prayers. Mickey is home. He was sent home today 02/03/2003 at 10:30 a.m after spending the night in ICU. I believe that your prayers had a lot to do with it. Accept these flowers as a token of our deepest thanks. Blessed are those who walk with God and you and Yolanda truly are blessed. Thank you."
All I could do was shout "Thank you Jesus!! Thank you Lord!!" To God be the Glory!!!!
Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:
1. Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.
2. Announcement in a church bulletin for a national PRAYER & FASTING Conference: "The cost for attending the Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
3. The sermon this morning: "Jesus Walks on the Water." The sermon tonight: "Searching for Jesus."
4. Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the recreation hall. Come out and watch us kill Christ the King.
5. "Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don't forget your husbands.
6. The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.
7. Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community.
Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say "Hell" to someone who doesn't care much about you.
8. Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
9. Miss Charlene Mason sang "I will not pass this way again," giving obvious pleasure to the congregation
10. For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
11. Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
12. Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Jackie's sermons.
13. The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing, "Break Forth Into Joy."
14. Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24th in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
15. A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
16. At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What Is Hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice.
17. Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
18. Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
19. Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
20. Attend and you will hear an excellent speaker and heave a healthy lunch.
21. The church will host an evening of fine dining, superb entertainment and gracious hostility.
22. Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 p.m. - prayer and medication to follow.
23. The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
24. This evening at 7 p.m. there will be a hymn sing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
25. Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 a.m. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.
26. The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
27. Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. Please use the back door.
28. The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 p.m. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
29. Weight Watchers will meet at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
30. The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: "I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours."
31. Our next song is: "Angels We Have Heard Get High.
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