Papers, Papers, Papers! I have a long three years ahead of me but I am up for the challenge. Last week I had a gentle reminder of the benefits in the Word of God. Sometimes it is a little challenging for me to find certain articles in my school library so I use Google Scholar quite often. I have signed up for so many free periods of sites and then canceled before I could be billed. Last week I had to write a short dialogue to be turned in by midnight and I needed an article like always so I googled to find some. I landed on this particular site and noticed that if I wanted to see more than the abstract I would have to be willing to invest my funds to view. Right when I was about to type in my credit card number I heard Holy Spirit say, “You can read that article for free on the school site.” Now listen, this was a big deal for me not because it was free but because I listened. I like working ahead and doing it the easiest way. However, that is not always the most economical way. I began to give the lame excuse about not always finding what I want and I did not get a response at all (LOL). It was like Holy Spirit ignored my whimpering. So, I head over to my school site and sure enough I find the article with no problem. After I obeyed His leading, I begin to hear Holy Spirit speaking again.
Holy Spirit started to share how so many believers never tap into all of what God has for them. His first reasoning was because they don’t know what all of the possibilities are that exist for them. Why would you pay for something that you can get for free? Why suffer in silence when Jesus paid for a public display of His glory? Why stay bound when liberty is available? Then second He said, “Don’t be lazy. It’s too expensive.” Immediately I knew it was not about the paper because I could pay for that with no problem. It transferred over into every area of my life because if I am too lazy to search through the free articles I’ll be too lazy to search through the Word to get my free answer. Woo, I cannot afford that at all! Let me encourage you today to take advantage of what is inside of our life plan that the Father has laid out for all of us. Get into the Word of God and discover the endless benefits the Father has created just for you. Don’t spend your time, talent, and money paying for something that is already paid for. It makes me think of the woman with the issue of blood. She spent all her money on trying to get better and only grew worst until Jesus, the One Who had her answer for 12 years ago, comes along. The woman with the issue of blood finally decided to take from Jesus instead of letting others take from her.
She was thinking to herself, “If I can just put a finger on his robe, I’ll get well.” Jesus turned–caught her at it. Then he reassured her: “Courage, daughter. You took a risk of faith, and now you’re well.” Matthew 9:21 MSG
Jesus has the answer you are looking for. Stop today to invest in yourself by placing your finger in the Word of God. He wants to be your man with benefits! I love you my sister. Hopefully, I will see you in July at the God’s Glamorous Girls conference where we can dive into the Word and thank God for His benefits together.