And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
God waited…until she was hated…to produce life from her.
All these years, we have been fighting AGAINST haters, when God has been waiting on them to bless you. The trigger for a blessing was not that it was her season, or that she was due for a blessing….the trigger was the hatred of others.
And once they DID hate her, God opened her womb and left others barren.
So much greatness is inside of you, but it cannot be “birthed” or “come forth” because you have been fighting the VERY THING God has commissioned to be the sign of your blessing!!
Leah, never fought back, didn’t acknowledge her “haters”, nor did she tell them that she was a blessing! She let them hate, and kept going!!!! I will be the first to say that at first, this doesn’t make you happy, it’s not easy, not fair and Doesn’t make any sense! But for some reason, God wants us to value our enemies!
Matthew 5:11-12 (KJV) 11 Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Matthew 5:44 (KJV) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
It’s time to re-wire yourself! Change your response to the opposition of others. Because God has been waiting on their hatred to birth from you. He has GREAT plans…you have been holding them up by constantly focusing on the wrong things. I know, they are hating on you, scheming, backstabbing, lying, stealing, using and abusing your kindness as if it was a weakness. But don’t let your response counteract your impending blessing!!!!
The story of Job is well known, but, this is what is overlooked in his story:
Job 2:5 (KJV) But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
It was never about Job’s stuff. It wasn’t even about his body. Satan attacked his “stuff” to make Job respond out of character. Don’t lose your testimony because you are responding out of character for what God is using to be a blessing through you!!! And the same friends that were “hating” on him…he has to pray for….
Job 42:10 (KJV) And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Re-wire your responses!!! Bless them and curse not!!!! The haters are barren, but the HATED are fruitful!!! And every delay in your blessings…could have been because you became a hater of your haters…and forfeited what you were about to receive.
Change your response this week. Re-wire how you react to anything that opposes you. And watch the multitude of blessings you receive in abundance. Simply because you stopped responding to the hatred of others!
Elder Warren G. Smith, Sr., a native of Gary, Indiana, serves as the Senior Executive Pastor of True Faith Church Ministries of Gary, Indiana and Assistant Pastor of Southwind Church in Michigan City, Indiana.
He has been serving diligently under his pastor, Apostle Anthony Goffin, Sr., for the past 20 years. He has grown in multiple areas of ministry; including outreach, evangelism, Christian education and leadership. Destined for ministry from birth, Elder Smith has grown to become a wise and knowledgeable man through experience and revelation, leading him in becoming a published author of the book entitled “A Ministry Led Lifestyle”. This profound and Godly inspired writing was published in 2010, and He is already set for his second book to be in 2019!
An anointed preacher and teacher, he draws on his own failures and life’s challenges to deliver God’s Word. Elder Smith embraces technology and real-life application to illustrate Biblical teachings and principals to assist in conveying God’s plan; including his newest vocal recording on the latest song release, “Destined For Greatness” by Brandon McCallister and The Sounds of Overcomers, upcoming internet radio show “The Open Book”, and now contributing writer with “Hidden In God”!!! Through venues such as marriage seminars, conferences and revivals, he is committed to winning souls for Christ so that marriages are restored, families are healed and real world issues are overcome by the understanding of God’s Biblical principles!