To be diligent takes some effort. Some things associated with diligence are faithfulness, work, persistence, believing and seeking God. In it we find a key that helps unlock the blessings and favor of God in our lives. Diligence is a prized possession that we all want to have in our lives.
As we tap into God’s plans, we also know that He is ready pour out blessings that cannot be contained – because He is THAT GOOD!
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I. The Diligent Soul
“He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”
As we are diligent God will bless us. Did you know that God wants you blessed and prosperous in every area of life? What does it really mean to be rich? It means to have everything in abundance, even to the overflow, as we follow the Lord. God not only wants us blessed in the natural but also in our relationship with Him.
“Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon (worldly wealth), who will commit to your trust the true riches?”
As we are faithful with all the resources God has given us He will bless us with the greatest of riches, even understanding of the mysteries of God with the reality of His Presence. (2 Corinthians 4:7) Why? Because it is His divine plan for you to experience the fullness of Who He is – for He is the abundant God, even El-Shaddai (The All Sufficient One) and Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Who Provides). As we pursue God we experience His fullness, wholeness and completeness because there is no lack with Him.
“The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.”
II. Pursuing the Lord
God is the source of all things. As we seek his face and are diligent to follow His voice, we will experience His overflow in our lives – because having a diligent heart is a key.
“The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting,
But diligence is man’s precious possession.“
The first area of diligence should be in pursuing God. Because we seek first His Kingdom He will add His abundance to our lives. (Matt. 6:33) As well we need to learn to be diligent in all that concerns our everyday lives. There is innate power in the seeking heart, wisdom in the hearing ear and blessings with fullness in obedience. God wants us to be full of faith knowing that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.“
Nothing is impossible with God and with God all things are possible. Since that is the case we can have a bright expectation of good because that is why Jesus shared this with us.
III. Faith Created By God’s Words
We need faith to please the Lord. The good news is He is the author and finisher of our faith so we don’t have to work that in our own strength.
“…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
It is through that relationship with God that we are able to live by faith. Hearing His voice creates faith within us, even finding fullness when we act on what He has shown us. The Lord pours out divine ideas of creativity giving revelation, understanding and direction in our lives personally. When we recognize His leading and step out in faith the blessings of God flow into our lives.
IV. The Snowball Effect
Have you ever created a snowball and then continued to roll it until it grew very large, even giant? That is the power of momentum. Things start small but as you continue they grow into something much bigger! Faithfulness and diligence, working with your heart and hands, combined with God’s Spirit has the power to bring increase, multiplication and blessing in your life.
Make diligence YOUR prized-possession today! (Deut. 24:29)
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