Steps to Receiving Your Double Portion

David CerulloBy David CerulloApril 6, 20229 Minutes

This month Inspiration Ministries is celebrating an amazing milestone. Twenty-five years ago, we said yes to God’s calling and took a step of faith to launch what has grown into a worldwide Soul-winning ministry that is now touching lives in more than 155 nations.

What a testimony to God’s faithfulness when we take steps of faith and obedience. During the past 25 years, He has transformed this ministry into a multifaceted international media and crusade outreach known as Inspiration Ministries.

In addition to being the twenty-fifth anniversary of this ministry, there’s an even MORE important reason why this month is a special season on God’s calendar—a season when supernatural Harvests are available for all those who will trust and obey the Lord. The Bible says God has instituted “Appointed Times” when He wants to bless His people in extraordinary ways. These seasons of supernatural blessing and provision remind us that there are two different economies in which we can choose to live.

The world’s economic system says work hard, be smart, and you’ll be rewarded. It’s all up to you. In contrast, God’s economic system is based on the law of Seedtime and Harvest. He says He will take care of you if you’re obedient to His commandments and faithful in your tithes and offerings.

While the world says hold on to what you have, God says, “Give, and it will be given to you” (Luke 6:38). And while the world says hoarding our wealth brings prosperity, God says withholding what you have will lead to poverty (Proverbs 11:24-25).

Every promise in the Word of God has a condition attached to it. The Lord tells us in Malachi 3:10, “Prove Me.” He says, “If you’ll do ‘this,’ I’ll do ‘that.’”

Though our salvation has NOTHING to do with any actions on our part other than believing and receiving His free gift of eternal life, the blessings we receive from God have EVERYTHING to do with our obedience…fulfilling His conditions.

The Lord’s amazing love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness are 100% unconditional, but His blessings are just the opposite: They are 100% conditional.

Special Days on God’s Calendar

One of the Lord’s Appointed Times is the Feast of Tabernacles, commemorating His care and protection of His people when they journeyed from Egypt to the Promised Land. During the Feast of Tabernacles, we’re reminded each year…

There is shelter, protection, and provision in the tabernacle of God’s presence!

Along with the Feasts of Passover and Pentecost, the Feast of Tabernacles is one of three Appointed Times when God said He would meet with His people and bless them in extraordinary ways.

God clearly instructed His children that these are to be perpetual feasts, for all generations (Leviticus 23:40-41). Yes, there is a BLESSING in store for you when you commemorate the perpetual feasts, celebrations, and Holy Convocations (“rehearsals”) God designated as His Appointed Times.

God promises in Exodus 23 and Leviticus 23 that if you bring your offerings and obey what He’s told you to do, He will pour out seven specific Covenant Promises in your life:

An angel of God will be assigned to protect you and lead you to your miracles.

1. An angel of God will be assigned to protect you and lead you to your miracles.
2. God will be an enemy to your enemies.
3. The Lord will prosper you.
4. God will take sickness away from you.
5. You will not die before your appointed time.
6. Increase and an inheritance will be yours.
7. What the enemy has stolen will be returned to you.

As wonderful as these blessings are, God amazingly offers us seven additional “Double Portion” blessings when we observe the Feast of Tabernacles…

A Double Portion of Blessings

Joel 2 has many parallels to the “Days of Awe” leading up to the Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles. Just prior to the Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles, the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) sounded an alarm and called people to sober soul-searching. In the same way, Joel 2 begins with a call to repentance, fasting, and holiness: “Blow a trumpet in Zion” (v. 1)…“Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, gather the people, sanctify the congregation” (vs. 15-16).

This passage goes on to list seven special “Double Portion” blessings the Lord wants to provide for His people during the Feast of Tabernacles:

1. A double portion.
“He will cause the rain to come down for you—the former rain, AND the latter rain in the first month” (v. 23). Although the periods of the former and latter rains were usually separated by many months, God wants to give you a double blessing during the Feast of Tabernacles so you can receive both of these outpourings of provision “in the first month.” This double portion was of great practical necessity to the Israelites, because the Harvest blessings of the Feast of Tabernacles season had to last them a longer period than the interval between Passover and Pentecost (just 50 days) or between Pentecost and Tabernacles (about four months).
2. Financial prosperity.
“The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil” (v. 24).
3. Restoration.
“I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (v. 25).
4. Special miracles.
“You shall…praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you”(v. 26)…“and I will show wonders” (v. 30).
5. God’s presence and favor.
“You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel…My people shall never be put to shame” (v. 27).
6. Blessings for your sons and daughters.
“Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy…your young men shall see visions” (v. 28).
7. Deliverance from harm or oppression.
“Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered” (v. 32).

Honoring God’s Appointed Times

In order to unlock the “Double Portion” of blessings God has for you, it’s crucial that you fulfill His conditions. Deuteronomy 16:16 says, “None shall appear before the Lord empty-handed.” At these special times each year, the Israelites were to present their sacrifices and offerings to the Lord from the Seeds they had Sown and the Harvest He had given them.

Do you want to Reap God’s BEST? Do you want to see Him move in your life as never before? Then begin now to prepare your heart and your special Feast of Tabernacles “Double Portion” offering to the Lord.

I’m convinced that if you need a miracle breakthrough in your body…your relationship with the Lord…your marriage…your children…your emotions…or your finances…
This is your opportunity to obey God and receive His DOUBLE PORTION blessings!

I am standing with you, believing God to give you amazing breakthroughs during this very special season on His calendar.

God bless you!

David Cerullo