God will bless what you have

God will bless you with what you already have to deliver you. He does not always use natural means to bless us. He masterfully uses little things to bless us in enormous ways. That is why we should be thankful for the seemingly insignificant things that we often overlook and count as nothing. If all you have is an empty bucket, God can bless your bucket and use it to turn your life around. Nothing is insignificant to God, and a little is a lot in His hands.

Miracle in a Consecrated Jar

There is a story in 2 Kings 4, of a woman who was married to a prophet. They had two sons, and like most families, they had debt. Her husband died, leaving her with no income. Therefore, she could not pay the debt they owed. According to Hebrew law, a creditor could sell the debtor and his children as bondservants to pay any debt owed. It meant she could potentially become a homeless widow.

Her sons were most likely juveniles, for had they been adults, they would have been able to work and pay the debt. I am sure she thought long and hard about how she could get the money to pay her debt. No doubt, she sold the contents of her house to feed her sons and herself. She concluded that she needed a blessing from God, so she reached out to the prophet Elisha for help.

When she told Elisha of her dilemma, he asked, “What do you have in your house?” She answered, “I have nothing but a jar of oil.” Elisha replied, “Go, burrow empty containers from your neighbors, but be sure to burrow more than a few. Then go home, shut the door, and pour the oil from your jar into the empty containers.”

She went home and did as Elisha instructed. God anointed the jar of oil, so the oil kept flowing. She filled container after container; when she had filled the last empty container, the oil stopped flowing from her jar. She hurried back to Elisha to tell him of the miracle. Elisha calmly said, “Now go, sell the oil, pay your debt, and you and your sons live on the rest.”

What Do You Have?

Difficult times make us increasingly aware of our lack. We focus more on the things we lack than the things we have. But everyone has something that God can use to bless them. So, in the middle of your difficult times, ask God to show you your “something” that He wants to use to bless you. 

When Moses complained to God of his helplessness, God asked him, “What is that in your hand?” Moses answered, “A rod.” God used a piece of wood to bless a nation. In Luke 5, Peter had fished all night, and all he had to show for it were empty nets, but God blessed him and his partners with a boatload of fish. In Luke 6, all the little boy had was his lunch: two small fish and five (bun-sized) loaves of bread. But God blessed it and fed five thousand men, their wives, and their children. All this poor widow had was a little olive oil in a jar, but a little is a lot in the hands of God.

Elisha instructed the widow to shut the door when she poured the oil from her jar into the containers she burrowed. God wanted only the widow and her sons to see the miracle that He was performing. He wanted them to know without a doubt that He was the source of the blessing. God knew she would tell her neighbors when she returned the jars, and they would glorify Him. When God blesses you, He wants the world to know it came from Him. He is counting on you to tell others. So, the next time you say, “I don’t have anything,” put a comma there, and say, “I don’t have anything, but God…”

Consecrated Faith

Hebrews 11 says that anyone who goes to God for anything must have the faith to believe that He exists and then believe that He will reward you. Jesus said, when you pray, believe that you have already received the thing or things you asked of Him.

Not only did this “certain woman” in 2 Kings 4 believe in God, but she also had a relationship with Him because she was married to a prophet. For her, talking to Elisha was like talking to God. She had faith that God was the answer to her problem. I’m sure the widow had doubts when Elisha told her to burrow empty jars from her neighbors. She could have said, “You don’t understand, Elisha, I need money, not empty jars.” Instead of complaining, the woman was obedient. She did as Elisha instructed her. She believed that God would deliver her and followed His instructions precisely. When you pray, do you believe God will answer your prayers, or do you hope He will answer you? The Bible does not tell us to hope God hears us when we pray. It says we should believe when we pray and we will receive.

Be Obedient

Elisha told the widow to burrow more than just a few jars. The Bible does not tell us how many containers the widow burrowed, but obviously, she burrowed quite a few containers. I believe the number of containers she burrowed determined the amount of oil she received. That’s why it is so imperative that we are obedient to do whatever God instructs us to do when seeking a miracle. The Bible says, “According to your faith, let it be to you” (Matthew 9:29). The Lord does not always perform miracles like the one in 2 Kings 4 to help us pay our bills, but He does meet our needs if we trust and obey Him. If we give everything to Him, He can make a little go a long way.

The Source of All Blessings

It is possible to be blessed by God and not know it. Most of us work hard for the things we have. We went to school, got an education, found a good job, got married, and began the arduous task of raising a family. It may come as a surprise to some of you, but you did not accomplish those things by yourself. Your degree is a blessing, your job is a blessing, your family is a blessing, and all that you have is the result of God’s blessing on your life. God. If you trust in Him, He will use whatever you have in your house or your hands to bless you.

By Eric Dunbar

Once addicted to crack cocaine, my story is not unique but inspiring. I have been a professor of faith for most of my life. Before you inquire about my credentials, let me explain. I don’t mean professor as in “teacher” but professor as in “squatter.” For most of my life, I have been trying to occupy what I had never fully possessed, namely, faith. You see, my trust was in God long before I used drugs. To this day, I cannot tell you what happened to cause me to be addicted; it just happened. After a lifetime of serving God, somehow, I became a crack cocaine addict. I grew up in the church. I was born with talent. I started playing the organ for local churches at the age of eight years. I cultivated strong confidence in God early in life. From the time I was five until I was eighteen years old, I can’t remember ever missing a church service. I started playing keyboards in a popular R&B band at the age of nineteen years old. Midlife When you’re young, life is all about having fun, and I was indeed having a lot of fun. Playing in an R&B band exposed me to the rigors of nightlife, leading me to deviate from the church. I started experimenting with all kinds of drugs. At first, it was marijuana, then pills, and soon, I was using cocaine. All the while, I still attended church, although not as often. When I was married, my infrequent music revenue was inadequate to raise a family. So I left the band and found a job. I have always had confidence in God, but I didn’t know how to implement my faith. When my first child was born, I renewed my faith and got heavily involved in the church. A few years later, my pastor inspired me to begin a cell ministry in my home, where I faithfully worshipped God and held Bible studies every Tuesday. About seven years into my marriage, I slipped back into drug use. This time cocaine was my choice drug. Soon after, I learned to cook cocaine, converting it into a rocky substance called crack. That was the beginning of a life of trouble. I had become a slave to the drug; crack cocaine was now my master. Confident Expectation My wife threatened to leave if I didn’t control my addiction. Nevertheless, I remained confident that God would deliver me. But my wife insisted that I seek help. I wanted to save my marriage, so I enrolled in the Narcotics Anonymous Twelve Step Program. I completed the required thirty-day classes, and I went home drug-free. Fifteen days later, I was once again smoking crack. My crack smoking eventually led to my wife divorcing me. I lost my family, possessions, and everything dear to me. Life had become challenging, and I was near depression. My parents taught me that faith believes, so I understood the principle of faith. I had faith that God would liberate me, so I continued to pray that God would soon rescue me from this evil that had come upon me. One day I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on this scripture: “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). “I don’t go to church anymore,” I said to myself, so how can I hear the word of God? Then I thought to read the word aloud to myself. The Bible was now my best friend. I read the word to myself. The word of God came out of my mouth and went back into my ears. Alas, I was hearing the word of God. I still craved crack cocaine and got high whenever the opportunity presented itself. But for the next two years, I mostly stayed to myself, reading the Bible aloud, quoting scriptures, and praying. Believing Faith Speaks After two years of practically being alone with God, my craving for crack cocaine was gone. My confidence in God rewarded me with freedom. I learned that believing faith speaks. No longer did I profess faith, but I now possessed it. Faith is having confidence in the things we hope for. Although they are not visible to our physical eyes, we believe that God is working our hope into physical existence. It is the bridge linking us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality. When we trust God, it guarantees that God’s promises and Biblical revelations are true. We cannot detect these revelations and promises of the word of God with our physical senses. However, by trusting God, we have the confidence that our expectation will come to pass. Faith is the quintessence that the things we hope for become so concrete that even belief itself becomes a definitive reality of those things that are not yet visible. Your faith becomes so tangible that you believe you possess those things in the spiritual realm.

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