Motivational Monday: You Are Blessed

Daniel Oladele, Program Director of the Maple Court Veterans Transitional Housing Program in Durham, NC.

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

2 Corinthians 9:8

God’s voice is so powerful that it can bring about abundant increase. When He speaks in a situation of lack and acute shortage, whatever is responsible for that anomaly is arrested and there is bountiful provision. An example of this can be seen in the lives of the children of Israel. In Genesis 46:26-27, we read that all the people that Israel brought with him into Egypt including Joseph and his family were 70. However, when they were leaving Egypt, the men alone were numbered at 600,000 (Exodus 12:37). In fact, the Israelites’ rate of multiplication in Egypt was so high that it became a source of worry to the Egyptians (Exodus 1:7-10).

Sometimes, we think that such miracles can only occur in biblical times. But we must not forget that God is always the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Malachi 3:6). He is so faithful, constant and loving.  This reminds me of a veteran named Paul who came to our Maple Veterans Transitional Housing Program in Durham, NC few years ago. Maple Court is a 24-apartment facility that provides veterans in need a safe environment to stay while our staff works to help them obtain income stability, enhance their health, and locate housing.

Paul came to Maple Court without any hope of making it. At move-in, we had a chat and he reported feeling hopeless as his life was on a downward spiral.  We talked about faith and the importance of working through program by staying steadfast, prayerful and believing in one’s self. We highlighted program expectations and set personal goals; he promised to focus on personal development, and to utilize all of the support offered to meet future needs.  To cut the story short, Paul worked with Maple Court staff and a Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) representative to access VA benefits. Within two months, Paul received 100 percent service connection benefits.  He was also approved for Social Security disability a few months later.  This veteran recently bought a new home and a brand-new car.  This is one of the testimonies of what God can do in our lives if we trust and obey Him.  

A blessing summons all the forces in heaven, on earth and underneath the earth to help an individual to succeed. To bless someone, you have to open your mouth to declare it. When God blesses you, all the angels of God will assist you, and even demons will fight one another to clear the way for you.  Ask God to declare His blessings on you.

Daniele Oladele
Program Director
Maple Court Transitional Housing Program

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