Over the past few weeks, the LORD has been speaking to me in a variety of ways to STOP STRIVING. I even had a vivid dream on April 15 that woke me up about this. I sense strongly this message is intended for many other people too, perhaps you.
During our last Master’s Mind Marketing group meeting for the Founding Father’s Tribe on April 19, Jeff Clark had us reflect on Proverbs 10:22 – “The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow (labor) with it!”
Jeff went on to explain that the Hebrew word translated sorrow here actually means hard labor, hard toil, striving. He said another way to translate Proverbs 10:22 is “The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, and our labor adds nothing to it!”
According to Adam Clarke’s Commentary, “Whatever we receive in the way of providence, has God’s blessing in it, and will do us good. Cares, troubles, and difficulties come with all property not acquired in this way; but God’s blessing gives simple enjoyment, and levies no tax upon the comfort.”
According to Family Bible Notes, “True prosperity flows from God’s presence and blessing. Without this all apparent success will but multiply our troubles.”
The world says “Follow these steps to success,” but God says “Rest in Me, abide in Me, and I will take care of your needs.”
Psalm 127:1 admonishes us, “Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it;”
And in Deuteronomy 8:18, Moses warns “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth.”
Through Jesus Christ, we become adopted sons of Abba Father, being set free from the bondage of sin and death. After our spiritual rebirth, God wants us to live our lives as sons of His, not as slaves.
In the story of the Prodigal Son, the father reminds his oldest son after he complains about the favorable treatment of his younger brother, “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.” (Luke 15:31)
Are you striving to make things happen? Are you complaining about the lot dealt in your life?
If so, then stop right now. And start flowing in the Spirit by following God’s game plan
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
P.S. Yesterday evening I received an email from Breaking Christian News announcing Chuck Colson’s death at age 80. That broke my heart because Chuck Colson was a spiritual giant and a champion for religious freedom. While I was deeply saddened by this news, I rejoice knowing he left a plan of succession. This morning I was led to writing this inspiring tribute to Chuck Colson
Blesings to stop striving!
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