I was talking to a former neighbor of mine this morning and he said something in which the LORD gave me immediate discernment. I was telling him about the cleaning business I started and I half-jokingly mentioned how I could use his help. Immediately, he asked how many accounts I had. I told him, and while still offering to help he politely said I needed to get more clients. I wasn’t offended, not in the least. It was as if the LORD was saying, “If you want people to help you/join your team then you need to give them a reason to. You have to make it worthwhile.” It’s not to say your cause, business, service, ministry, etc., is worthless. It’s just not worthwhile. It’s not worth them leaving other things for. The LORD was definitely showing me something, and I knew immediately what it was.
I hadn’t put the word out about the cleaning business. I told a few people, but I didn’t really promote it. Why? I didn’t want to attract or take on more clients than I could handle. It’s mainly myself doing the cleaning, with the exception of a few family members helping me out from time to time, so I didn’t want a lot of business to come without the proper resources and people to provide service. My mindset was to build the team first and once the team was established then I would seek more clients. While this is a logical or reasonable mindset or motive to have, it’s not one of confidence in the LORD’s faith (in me). It’s a safe mindset, not a faith mindset. It’s an ordinary mentality, not an extraordinary! It’s comfortable, not extreme! This is very intriguing to me, even while I write this! If there’s anyone who has received and beheld the LORD’s extreme, lavish, extraordinary Grace and care these past few years it’s me. So, how could I settle for a safe mentality?!?! I’m not sure, but one thing I do know is this: the Lord Jesus did not lavish me with His love and faith for me to play it safe. I’m going all in and all out with this Grace! I am and will be a great steward and investor of the manifold Grace of God!
The LORD brought this back to my remembrance as well. A few months ago, while contemplating starting the cleaning service, I told my wife to start buying cleaning products. I didn’t have any customers mind you, but I felt the LORD nudging me to say and do that. It wasn’t that long after she bought the products the LORD brought clients. Wow. I will never again slip into a “safe” or ordinary mindset. I was gifted extraordinary Grace to be extraordinary, daring, passionate, extreme. This is me. This is who I am in Him. In the name of the Lord Yeshua of Nazareth. Grace & Peace ✌🏾 Amen.
True and righteous living is living from the inside out.
I took my daughter out for lunch the other day. When our food came out we blessed it by praying for the ones who prepared it and for the food itself. This is our custom. As we were finishing up and getting ready to leave, the owner of the store (his name is Mel) walked over to me and said, “When you were praying I seen the Spirit. I seen Him! I felt His presence!”
I almost broke down and cried. As a disciple of Jesus the Messiah, a beloved son of the Father of mercies (2 Corinth 1:3), and a man renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created Him (Col. 3:10) by the Holy Spirit, I know I AM blessed me with His Spirit. There is no doubt. However, at that particular moment when Mel uttered those words, I was touched (again) in a special way. I suppose it’s like Jesus after He was baptized and heard the Father’s voice from the excellent glory. Before the Father spoke, before the dove descended, before He was immersed, before He even came to John – He knew the Father loved Him. He knew who He was. He knew He was born of the Spirit, filled with the Spirit, even without measure, but it’s still something about knowing it again – the Spirit descending and remaining on Him and the Father also backing up the Spirit by testifying, affirming, and confirming Jesus with the words, “This is my Son, whom I love! I am well pleased with Him!” Wow!
The Love and support of the Father strengthens you. Reassures you. Solidifies you. Validates you. Settles you. It’s one thing for you to personally know something. It’s another for the Father to confirm what you know and who you know to another person or people and they testify of it!
Daddy God, I love you and worship you today and every day. Thank you for the unspeakable gift of your Son in all forms – by body and by Spirit! Thank you for confirming and glorifying me again and again. Everything is for your glory. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with your spirit. Amen.