A few years ago, almost the entire whole of what I gave my Passover offering in faith for had to do with relationships. For a good portion of my life, my friendships have been unhealthy, toxic even, and often one-sided. At that time, I was miserable because of this. I gave in faith for these relationships to change. My seed did grow, but it did not sprout up the way I thought it would. Many relationships changed drastically or were completely removed. This was heartbreaking, but thanks to Jesus He brings beauty out of brokenness. Now, because God allowed that time of breaking and tearing down, I am surrounded by strong, healthy relationships. I fully credit it to my giving in faith to God and Him being faithful and true to fulfill my heart's desires, even if it was not the way I thought it was going to be. His outcomes are always better, because He knows the end from the beginning. I am thankful for that and for the relationships I now have. I give God all the glory.
"'Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.'" Luke 6:38 (NIV)
Growing up, my only memory of "Passover" was a Bible story I'd heard several times at church. The parts that stood out to me was a man named Moses (the good guy), a man named Pharoah (the bad guy), and how God told Moses He was going to kill all the first born, except for the ones that lived in the houses where the people put lamb's blood over the doorpost. And all of this being for the purpose of getting this Pharoah to release a bunch of people he was holding captive.
It wasn't until within the last five years, when God sent me to HFWL, an apostolic ministry, that He revealed more to me about Passover and how it applies to my life. As a result, I now observe and celebrate Passover.
For the Israelites, Passover represented following through in obedience to God's command to sacrifice a lamb to get the blood necessary to provide the protection, resulting in God's promise to them. So for me today, Passover is still about all that because I know that God is the same yesterday, today and forever and so are His promises. If I offer myself as a living sacrifice to all that God commands, it will bring protection and I will be on the receiving end of all God's promises.
Personally, when I've gone before the Lord with my Passover offering, I've asked Him for specific things, some of which God has been faithful to fulfill in my life. He's given me true godly friendships, because I asked believing. He's begun to move me into my calling, because I asked believing. He's brought peace into areas of my life where I didn't have peace, because I asked believing. And while there are things that have not yet come to fruition, I am still believing. I know that God's promises are mine for the asking.
When I reflect on the fact that Jesus Christ was the Passover lamb sacrificed for me, I am overwhelmed with the love that demonstrates and because of that love, I am willing to sacrifice my life for Him.
The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:13 (ESV) To me Passover represents God’s blessings and promises to his people. Just as he brought the Israelites out of Egypt he is bringing me out of Egypt. He is bringing me out of bondage and setting me free. You shall observe this rite as a statute for you and for your sons forever. Exodus 12:24 (ESV) Each year, since becoming born again, I have had the opportunity to observe Passover. As I go before the Lord and make a sacrifice I believe that I am planting seeds. Passover is an exciting time. It represents newness. When I observe Passover I have an expectation that what I seed for will come to pass. I have been blessed to already see some of my seeds bear fruit. Through Passover the Lord has blessed me with an apostolic Godly husband, Jesus has revealed himself to my mother and he has blessed our finances.