June 13, 2016

"Dear God, I Want My Stuff!"

Have you ever found yourself saying or thinking......:"I want mines, God!" "I want my stuff!" 
It's give me this, give me that, bless me financially, bless me with this job, this new car- and all of that other foolishness. God is not interested in just handing you over everything you pray for. He's not some giver of everything you think you want & need. It gets tough because all you may hear in Sunday service is the preacher preaching more about your "breakthrough" coming, getting back all you lost & living comfortably...rather than truly changing your heart & loving God with everything in you, even when your circumstances shouldn't permit you to. When you give your life to Christ, it's not suppose to be a road filled with only roses & sunshine.
And that's a huge misconception among those who come to Christ. They're programmed to believe that as soon as they give their life to Christ: they are just going to get every thing their little wicked heart desires, no matter how they live Monday through Saturday.

Let's look at these scriptures:

"For the scriptures say, 'You must be holy because I am holy.'' I Peter 1:16 NLT

"Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete needing nothing." James 1:2-4 NLT

"23Then he said to the crowd, 'If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. 24If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 25And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?'" Luke 9:23-25 NLT

As believers, who hunger after God, we should always pray: "Dear God, break me, strip me from anything I place above you, teach me your ways, humble me, let me be a light to others, help me to obey you and turn from the sin and bondage that comes to entangle me, help me to be content, help me to forgive, help me to endure, help me to love you unconditionally..." Really think about that prayer...it is such a beautiful one because you're saying to God that you are going to let go of your life and seek Him, and let Him be your guide. If you really want God to build you up on His foundation, you might find that you might have to let go of your boyfriend, friends that don't encourage your walk with God, your job, YOUR dreams, YOUR ambitions, and so on. You have to want God's plan for your life...above your own. And it is not going to be easy, but I believe it's so worth it. Stop thinking about "me me me." God will give you the desires of your heart as you walk with Him because you'll notice that the big fancy car you wanted to drive, you don't desire anymore, or all the hottest clothes you wanted to buy to hit the town, you don't want anymore. You will no longer have that void that you would try to fill with temporary, worldly things. You'll start to want what God wants for you. It's a daily renewing of your mind.

Many of us don't want to be exposed before God. We don't want Him to know that deep down, we really don't trust Him to provide, to bring His best into our life, to give us the abundant life experience. We don't want to sit at His table, but just be close enough where we can get what we want, and leave, and then come back, over and over again as we please. But what happens when the door is closed...for good? You'll wish that you could get get back all those times you had the opportunity to dine with the Father, get to know Him, His ways-- Yet you were a stranger in His house, only coming by to get what you needed.

Going after God will cost you your life. You'll have to be disciplined, committed, faithful, Holy, and so much more. However, you don't have to face this journey alone, the Holy Spirit is with you, and so is God's word.

"10For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God's discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening-it's painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way." Hebrews 12: 10-11 NLT

Meditate on His word. Truly learn to think of it as your daily bread (Matthew 4:4). I enjoy God disciplining me, because there are things in my flesh that need to come under the word of God. It's a daily decision. If you know it will all work out for YOUR GOOD, why stress and fight the process?

So I know you want your stuff. But do you want it more than God? Are you looking for the money, spouse, car, or job to make you happy? God knows your heart, He knows those inner thoughts. Be honest with God. I was, I told God some years back in my prayer time, that I wanted to stay in a relationship that didn't glorify Him, as long as I could, and that when I ended up getting hurt [which I knew would come], that I would come back to Him for my healing. Silly, right? I remember that day so vividly, because I started crying as I said that. And I hated it, I asked God to help me not to worship a relationship more than Him, or the tangible things I could have... And you have to do the same. You have to want to & truly love God more than ANYTHING. You may jump up at the opportunity to hang with your boyfriend, or friends, but you're lazy when it comes to reading your bible, praying, and going to church. You have this nonchalant attitude when it comes to actually being a doer of the word and not a hearer only (James 1:22).

Before we get so focused on getting our stuff, let's focus on having an intimate, personal relationship with God. If I'm not praying or reading my bible like I should, I'm instantly convicted...and I start to miss God. Have you ever missed God? Or dying to leave work so you can spend time with Him? If you have God, you really don't need anything else. So you might be going through a desert season, where the things you held so dear are being stripped from you...good. I depend on God. Not money, not my job, only God.

Maybe you're believing God to come into your life, but you won't shed the weight of sin that weighs you down. Or waiting to start your ministry, but you still avoid the tests in the areas you need to be developed in.

Think about the day, the day you will stand before God, and give an account of everything and every word. You wouldn't want to stand before God and have Him say: "What did you do with the time I gave you on earth, my daughter?" 

"Well God, I know I spent about 10 years going back and fourth with a bad relationship that I knew you told me to let go of, I worshiped my cars and houses, I spent my life doing what I wanted to do because you didn't give me what I wanted, I didn't seek to truly share CHRIST with others, But I was at church almost every Sunday, and bible study..I chased the idea of this job, because it gave me the most money, I wanted fame and popularity, and I wanted the world to LOVE ME!" 

And God says: "But I will reply, 'I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God's laws'." Matthew 7:23 NLT

Really let that sink in. It completely wrecks me. It's my prayer that you let go of the desire to have these temporary things, more than you desire God. Pray that you are longsuffering and you know who holds your life. Let God have your whole life, trust Him for guidance. Nothing on this earth is worth your soul. Don't ignore God's promptings. Get those feelings and emotions under the subjection of Christ. Turn from sin, don't just repent, and then keep sinning. God's power is real, and can break any habit/addiction/bondage. Make a true heart change. Do it by faith, and never stop believing God. Instead of praying for your stuff, pray: "Dear God, I want YOU." And be ready to receive all that comes with it.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...