While I was getting ready to type all this and see what God wanted me to share. He took me back to a time when I was in intimacy with Him. I then caught myself doing something ALL people do. ASK, ASK, ASK. More of the “GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE” attitude.
I then thought, imagine if I was the one hearing that prayer..I’d get tired of listening to someone just asking for things ALL THE TIME.
I mean, He does gives us “all the desires of our heart.” (Psalms 37:4)
According to HIS will, of course. But, when do we ever thank Him?
When things are great, that’s all we ever do.
“THANK YOU JESUS!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!”
But, when things AREN’T so great…we tend to say things like “WHERE ARE YOU JESUS, I’M NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU ALL OF ME, BECAUSE YOU’RE NO WHERE TO BE FOUND!”.
When God is most quiet, that’s when he tends to do something GRAND for our life. He’s working behind the scenes, working things out for you in the spiritual – when all we can see are things not being done when we ask for them in our convenience in the physical.
I encourage you today that the next time you open up in prayer…let it not be a “gimmie” prayer, but a “God, Im thanking you today, for TODAY!” prayer.
When we have a problem, all we do is TALK about the problem to God, right?. Now, I’m not saying you can’t do that.He’s our companion, our shoulder to cry on. But think about it, you continue to talk about your problem, so therefore your acknowledging that your problem is bigger than your God! So, after a while we begin to lose sight of who HE is and we lose sight of who WE are and the only thing BIG to you is YOUR PROBLEM.
When you start talking MORE about the situations around you, than you do about the PROMISE HE has given you. You are PRAISING your problem.
WHATEVER YOU PRAISE WILL BE MAGNIFIED IN YOUR LIFE!!
Our God is a COVENANT GOD.
What he says, WILL come to pass, BUT on His timing. You may feel like you’re in your personal dessert, but:
“Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.” Deuteronomy 8:2 (NLT)
In the NIV version it says ” to know what was in your heart..”
Hmm, to “know what was in your heart”..
Now ask yourself, “What’s really in my heart?”
When we start to magnify our problems more than God, we tend to want to do whatever we can to “solve” the issue, but all we ever to is make it worse. Right? AM I RIGHT? lol
Instead of always asking for a way out of things, take a step back and maybe start to think that maybe this is the dessert that God has put you in to see what is in your heart and to see if you and I are going to remain faithful. God won’t ever leave you in the dessert forever, there’s a promise land he’s wanting to take you too. I promise. ALWAYS keep your eyes on the Lord.
I encourage you to stop having that “GIMMIE heart”, and have a “THANKFUL heart”.
A thankful attitude and heart opens the WINDOWS of Heaven. Spiritual blessings begin to fall freely into you when you do. When you look to God with a grateful heart, you get glimpses of Glory through THOSE windows. We may not be able to live in Heaven NOW, but you can EXPERIENCE and taste a glimpse of your ultimate home. Thankfulness shouldn’t be done just on good days, but as well on your bad. By thanking God in both good and bad you are telling him you TRUST HIM. A thankful mindset doesn’t mean you’re not acknowledging reality.. It’s just flat out saying that you BELIEVE in Him and that you are willing to rest in Him, He is your Provider, He is your Finances, He is your SAFE HAVEN. He is YOUR EVERYTHING in the midst of your trials and tribulations. He loves you too much not to be there for you. It says in Hebrews 13:5 “I will never leave you, nor forsake you”.
“I am your refuge and strength, an ever present and well proved HELP in trouble”. Psalms 46:1
I pray that you allow God to be bigger, and allow him to be MAGNIFIED in your life. Always remember you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength (Phil.4:13)
You’re not alone.