Believe in the Lord...
II Chronicles 20:20 AMP, …………………………”Believe in the Lord your God and you shall be established; believe and remain steadfast to His prophets and you shall prosper.”
Recently, I was admonished to take a rest from social media. Now this admonishment didn’t come from just anybody. It was from a person that I reverence as a Woman of God, who operates in the gift of prophecy. What she shared with me, confirmed some things that I knew that I needed to do. So, I received what she said to me, and made a choice to followed her instructions, knowing that they were Holy Spirit led. I got the message about 4 a.m. on this past Sunday morning. What she did not know, is that I had already decided the night before that I was going to do Sunday service online. Honestly, I didn't feel like it mentally, so I said, I will just stay home. However, after I received what I knew the Lord, I got up and dressed my best and went to church in person.
I do not debate when it comes to the tithes, because I know it doesn’t belong to me. I normally pay the tithe on Friday when I get paid, but not this time. I was having a debate in my head, that oh you can pay it next Friday, when that other money comes in. I was trying my best to push through praise and worship, but I had an unsettled feeling. Finally, I took a stance, and said out loud (thank God we have to wear mask now…lol), “the tithe belongs to God and I will not rob him.” So, I immediately sat down, open up the app to pay, and sent the tithe. I, told enemy now gone with that, and then made a bold declaration, that “God takes care of Chanda, not Chanda!”
Well, after church I was trying to decide on what to make for dinner, as I had not taken any meat out the freezer the previous night. So, as I am driving, instead of going to the store by my house, I made a detour to another store. Once in the store, I took a straight path to the meat section. As I came down the aisle, I heard an older gentlemen speak to, he said, “Young lady how are you doing”?” My reply was, “All is well, thanks for asking.” I proceeded on to the meat department in search of a Pot Roast. Get there, and start trying to negotiate which one I was going to buy, based on price. Then, I heard within my spirit, “Girl, get the one you need for your family size, you don’t have to count up the cost, God takes care of you!!” I go ahead and put it in my basket, and proceeded to get the other things that I needed.
I am finally done shopping, so I head to check out, searching for an open lane. I find one empty, but the cashier is in a full conversation with another person, and didn’t even acknowledge that I was there. I didn’t even bother to interrupt her, I just decided to wait until she was done. After she finally stop talking, she turn to me, speaks, and begins ring up my items. She then gives me the total, and I lean over to grab my wallet out my purse. Immediately, I felt a presence up on me. I looked back over my shoulder, and it was the same gentleman that had spoken to me earlier. He had no basket of his own, and he had no items in his hand to check out. He just came up quickly, and said, “You can go on young lady. I am taking care of the ticket.” I grab my items, and as I am walking out the cashier in a loud voice is saying, “ I am around here running my mouth, and she just got her grocery paid for.” I, immediately thanked God.
Jeremiah 7:23 “ Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people.”
I am convinced that it was believing what the prophet said, that caused me to prosper. Along with my obedience to not withhold the tithe (even when my feeling where trying telling me to do different.) If I would have not heeded to the instructions from the Woman of God. I would’ve not went to church. Can I be honest?? Who knows if I would have even paid my tithes for this pay period. Both would have prohibited me from seeing the Hand of God, paying for my groceries. There is a reward to our obedience. God knows how to take good care of us. Not my will, but God’s will, however I have to choose which “will” I will follow.
1828 Webster defines,
Obey-1.to comply with commands, orders, or instructions. To do that which is required, or to forbear doing that which is prohibited.
He always rewards obedience,