Word of Faith

How is it that so many of us believe we won’t have trouble in this life, that we’ll be wealthy and healthy and get anything we ask for? Our Father will take care of us, but His care comes, not with the moment, but with eternity in mind. Jesus walked. He had nowhere to lay his head. He didn’t live in lavish wealth. The devil tempted him to “name it and claim it’ in the wilderness soon after his baptism. “Command that these stones be made bread.” He most certainly could have done so… but he refused. Shouldn’t we be following his lead?

It’s not that asking God for things is wrong. It’s our motive that can get off. Is our request selfish? Is it to bring glory to Him or glory to ourselves? Will it benefit others? Is it part of His plan? Will it help us reach others? Strengthen our walk with Him? Or distract us? Another way to see if our motive is right is to consider how we might react if we don’t get what we ask for. Do we get upset with God? Shake our fist at Him? Argue with Him? Keep asking, focusing on that thing, telling Him we asked so He must give it? Or can we accept any answer? Can we pray “not my will but thine be done”? Can we be assured that no matter what happens in a situation He has our best interest in mind? Do we trust Him? Do we believe He MUST answer and do what we say, telling Him He promised to give us the desire of our hearts, or do we believe He wants to, and search our hearts to make sure the desire of our hearts is in line with His purpose for our lives?

It’s a matter of trust. Some believe that God promised to answer their every beck and call, that they have Him wrapped around their little finger. Others want to answer His call, and trust He holds them in the palm of His hand.

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About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? http://wp.me/p1CY5z-1R Baptism! http://wp.me/s1CY5z-baptism

Posted on August 27, 2011, in Christianity. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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