It’s a set up

Spiritual Reflections

The circumstances in our life are never an accident. More than likely, the things that happen to you are part of a bigger plan to give you the life that you’ve always dreamed of. Another thing to consider is that the harder things are for you, the more God has for you to learn. Lessons are not curses, they are gifts in the establishment of true happiness. Your favor may not be wrapped in a way that you are comfortable with or can recognize, so it’s essential to treat every occurrence in your life as part of destiny.

In December 2014, I claimed financial stability and security for 2015. By January 2015, I was knee deep in debt from taxes, student loans and more. In addition, I decided that I wanted to have a car by the beginning of the next school year, as commuting on foot was taking a toll on my health. One day, during my planning period, my boss asked if I wanted to work for the summer camp. I quickly said yes without thinking about the assignment. Months later in July, as camp ended, I remembered that I signed up for the 12-month pay out for teachers. I was elated because I would have the extra money I needed to get my car by August.

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As I celebrated that financial blessing, I discovered that I would receive a free rent credit for helping to facilitate my complex’s pool party in July. Yet, out of habit, I’d already paid the rent, which meant that my August rent would be free. This was another financial blessing, considering that my out-of-pocket tuition fees for seminary studies in the fall would round out to the same amount as the August rental payment. God is wonderful indeed!

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Here I am, approaching the end of summer 2015 and marveling at the wondrous works of God. I stood in amazement as I realized that God had indeed set me up to receive what I prayed for. The phrase “be careful what you ask for” was really taking shape and elevating my faith. To make me smile and praise even more, God led me to ask a colleague to run my credit to help me tackle my debt. I worried that my credit would be too poor to qualify for a new home. It turned out that I was only a few points away from qualifying, which meant that I would be debt free within eight months. The financial stability that I claimed almost a year ago was on the way and the financial security was running a close second. As my debt was being cleared up, other financial opportunities fell into my lap each month. God showed me step by step that he is indeed, able.

Ephesians 3:20 states that God is able to do “exceedingly or abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” You won’t be able to conceive how the set up comes about in your life; all you can do is throw up your hands and worship God in the overflow. When it comes to circumstances, occurrences, happenings, moments and encounters, know that the Holy Spirit is conducting an all-out orchestra of blessings just for you. Don’t fret over what it feels like in the human realm. Get up, expect the great and welcome the set up. : :

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Posted by Isai Efuru

Isai Efuru is a native of Newark, N.J., and hails from a legacy of singers, ministers and musicians. She published and performed poetry while a student at Rutgers University, and continued to write poetry and prose as she enjoyed a successful singing career in house music. Efuru answered her call to ministry in 1993 and joined the Unity Fellowship Church Movement, where she has served as a Reverend and Psalmist for over 20 years. She has published a collection of poems (Consilience), a novel (Earth) and a memoir, “Daughter: A Pre-K Memoir.” She currently teaches in Charlotte and runs an inspiration blog for PraiseCharlotte.com.