Pursuit of His Presence
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"And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.... Thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow" (Deut. 28:11-12).

There was a time in my life when I had none of the blessings listed in Deuteronomy 28. Religion might have tried to explain the absence of those blessings in my life by telling me God made those promises to the Israelite nation, and not to me. But I had already found Galatians 3 that said everything God promised Abraham belongs to the Gentiles now through Christ Jesus. For "if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (v. 29).

No, there was no doubt in my mind that these blessings were legally mine. The only question I had was, "How can I get my hands on them?"

As I dug into the Word, I found the answer. To enjoy the blessings of Abraham, I was going to have to walk in the same kind of faith he did. Now as in Abraham's day, faith opens the door to God's promises. To me, that was good news.

Not everyone sees it that way, however. Some people want the blessings without having to walk by faith. But like it or not, that's just not the way things work.

"Well," you say, "I wish they did!"

No, you really don't. God didn't set up the system of faith and prayer in order to make things difficult for you. He did it because Satan and his crew are always trying to steal our blessings. God's system is designed to keep them from pilfering our inheritance.

God's promises belong to you. They're locked up in the spiritual treasure house of Almighty God. To access them, you'll have to take the time to learn the procedures. You'll have to study God's Word and discover His ways.

My willingness and even eagerness to do that was about all I had going for me back there in those early days, but it was enough. I was so desperate to learn faith that I locked myself in my garage with tapes of Kenneth Hagin's messages about our inheritance in Christ Jesus. I stayed out there with those tapes hour after hour. I couldn't get enough of the Word of God.

I'm the same way today. I can't get enough of it. I don't care what else is going on in the world, I'm going to stick with the Word. It brought me out of debt. It healed my children. It has taken me through everything that has ever come my way...and it will do the same for you.

Speak the Word: The Lord makes me plenteous in goods, in the fruit of my body, and in the fruit of my cattle, and in the fruit of my ground. I lend unto many nations, but I do not borrow. (Deut. 28:11-12)

For Further Study: Isa. 48:15-19

Daily Scripture Reading: Dan. 5-6; Ps. 119:25-49


Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

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