Entry #037 Praying to Not be Scattered
In our fast paced world, it is easy to feel pulled in several directions. It generally takes more than one job to have any quality of living, and we are often wearing many hats. Believers in particular may feel that we have to be all things to all people. We believe we are called to serve humanity, and met the needs of those who cross our path. Women specifically may put our needs, health and desires on the back burner to be there for family and friends. Men sometimes believe that they have to solve every problem, and met every need. But we are not God. We cannot do it all. God deliberately made us limited so that we can depend on Him. We can have it all however, just not at the same time on this earth. We can only hope for moments of instances where things come together as we imaged. The majority of times monkey wrenches are thrown into our plans. Sometimes God will even interrupt our plans for a greater and higher purpose. The problem comes when we give too much of our time, essences, energy and finances to people and things that do not positively affect our destiny. In an effort to find love, we may give ourselves to different people who don’t deserve us. We may invest so much of our time and energy beating a dead horse, into a project that was doomed from the start. Not be in control of our though and emotional life, we allow ourselves to think and feel anything, even if it is detrimental to us mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our belief systems and worldviews may be scatter by negativity opposing forces. We can allow people or Satan to cause us to belief a lie concerning God’s will, ways, word and promises. But God can help us pull ourselves together. Prayer to God, introspection of our lives, meditation on God’s word will bring our minds, body, souls and spirits into alignment. Observing the concept of the Sabbath, a day of rest, relaxation, reflection and service can help us to maintain peace and rest. Just as God is a triune being, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, He created us in like manner with a body, soul and spirit. He wants us to be in harmony with ourselves, and live in peace with others. God only scattered people in the beginning at the Tower of Babel, because their imaginations and desires were in complete opposition to His will. But today, God wants us to live in unity; united in one goal, to build His kingdom. And He wants our minds, bodies and spirits to be united so that we can experience the fullness of His goodness, and realized the destiny He has in store for us.
Entry #036 Praying to not live life Offended
We are often disillusioned by the fact that after becoming believers we still experience lost, pain, rejection, and mistreatment. We somehow think that God should shield us from any adverse situation, and protect us from all emotional wounds since we are His beloved children. Satan will try to convince us that God doesn’t really love us if He allows life to hurt us. He will tell us that God cannot be good if He lets bad things happen to good people. But God never promised us a flowery bed of ease. It rains on the just and the unjust alike. In fact becoming a believer means that we are now targeted by Satan with adversity to discourage us. When we become a child of God, we may lose friends, family members, or loved ones who refuse to embrace our new lifestyle. We may even be criticized or ostracized by people we love and admire because of our faith. Jesus told us that to be His follower we have to first take up our own cross. We have to accept the fact that on this earth, no matter what we do, there are going to be people that hate us.They are plotting our demise religiously without provocation. The best we can do is do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. We cannot please everyone all of the time, and everyone certainly cannot always please us. The main goal should be to please God. In the midst of our lost, pain, rejection and mistreatment, God is still good, and He continually loves us. We cannot do much about how people chose to treat us; we can only control how we respond to it. Just because people offend us, we don’t have to live offended. We can allow ourselves to feel the hurt from the offense, give ourselves a brief time to grieve, and then let it go. In that grieving and letting go process, we can take that hurt to God in prayer and allow Him to heal our broken heart and wounded soul. Then we have to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit who will teaching us how to daily recover, and how to move on from the offense. Finally, we have to make the decision to forgive and not wallow in the pain of the situation, but learn from it. The bible tells us to guard our hearts; that is our responsible, not God’s. When we are selective about what gets inside of us, it is easier to ward off offenses instead of constantly recovering from them. We can chose to believe that God has a good plan for us, and that He will make all things, good and bad, work out for our good. Therefore we can abide in peace, instead of living offended.
Entry #035 Praying to be used of God not Man
The dichotomy of being used of God is that He uses us to serve man, while expecting us not to be used by them. God blesses us to be a blessing, and He anoints us for service to humanity. However He does not want man to use us. This is because, unfortunately, due to our sin nature, people do not always have good motives, intentions or desires for our good services. They may inadvertently contort us in a box they created for us that may be limiting and destructive. Then after changing and bending us into what they think they want us to be, they throw us away because we didn’t turn out like they expected. But when God uses us for His service, He brings glory, honor, and blessing into our lives as we perform the role of being His servant. God expects us to keep our mission clear, and not allow it to be distorted even by the ones we are serving. When we serve people, they often put us in a lower category of worth and value. But God places us on the level of being the greatest in the kingdom as we serve the most. We have to keep in mind how God see us verses how the world see us if we are to continue being an effective servant of God without growing weary. People will often attempt to used, abuse, misuse, then accuse us when we are trying to help them or fill a need in their lives. Whether they do it intentionally or inadvertently, the result is the same, it hurts. So we must exercise balance and common sense when servicing others, and we have to listen carefully to the gentle nudging of the Holy Spirit. God will help us discern who to help, how far to go, when to intervene, and at what point we should let them go. We may not always be able to prevent people from mishandling us. But we don’t have to internalize it, and we can remind ourselves that every good thing we do in service to God’s people, we do unto God who will bless and greatly reward us.
Entry#34 Praying to have a Positive Expectation of Good
Those of us who see the glass as half empty may have a harder time at having good expectations. We may have been hurt and disillusioned so much from life and people, that it is easier to have a negative outlook. We don’t want to be constantly disappointed, so we lower our expectations. Conversely, for the most part, when we set a standard high for people, the majority of them will meet it. People often do what we expect them to. But there are times when we are taken aback by peoples’ behaviors, actions, or responses. Especially when we have history with the person, it can be difficult to accept a radical change in them. The only constant in life is change. We may never know when a person will change how they see us, feel about us, or relate to us. We may never even comprehend or be able to prevent what brought on the attitudinal change in the first place. Most of the time it had nothing to do with us personally; it was the individual’s personal issue. The best we can do is to try to communicate the situation effectively with the hope of gaining a understanding. But as believers, God expects us to have a positive expectation of His goodness daily. We can expect good out of people, but because of our sin nature, people will always on some level disappoint and disillusion us. It is better to trust in God then to put our confidence in man. We can trust that God will help people do the right things by us, but they also have free will. God will only work on the desires of a pure heart. Therefore since God can never let us down, we should have a positive expectation that He will bring good to us every day. We can dismiss the Devil who tries to convince us that God is not for us, or that He do not have a good plan for us. We can crush him with the word of God that states that God knows the good plans He has for us that will bring us to a successful end. For all things work together for the good of them who love the Lord and to those who are the called according to God’s purpose and plan. Therefore we can expect God’s goodness, love, favor, protection, salvation, and provision every day.
Entry #033 Praying, ” Lord I Believe, Help thou my Unbelief”
There are subtle differences between unbelief, disbelief, misbelief, and nonbelief. Unbelief is absence of faith, an unwillingness to believe or count as true. Disbelief is the inability or refusal to accept that something is true or real, astonishment. Misbelief is a wrong or false belief or opinion, heresy. And nonbelief is the refusal to accept something as true, failure to believe. In order to become a follower of Christ we have to be a believer. And throughout our walk with Christ, we have to daily chose to believe in His word, His will and His way. We have to believe and be fully persuaded that Jesus loves us, He died for us, and that He is coming back for us. We cannot realize the promises of God if we do not believe them .Because we have two natures at war within us, we can have faith and doubt present at the same time. It is possible for us to have faith that God can do anything, but doubt that He will do it for us. The only solution is to feed our faith and starve our doubts. We have to be intentional about rehearsing God’s promises daily, and mediating on His words. We must command our minds to think on the things of God and not on the problems and situations. We have to keep our flesh under subjection, and not fall into the temptation to give up. We are in control of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions. We don’t have to live in unbelief; we can choose to believe God’s word. We don’t have to live in disbelief of God’s goodness; we can stand in awe and gratefulness at His grace. We don’t have to have misbelief concerning the lies of Satan; we can choose to believe the truth about God’s good report. We don’t have to feel nonbelief toward the testimony of other; we can be encouraged by their message of hope and overcoming. If we are not there yet, we can ask the Lord for help. As the father in the bible wavered in his faith that Jesus could heal his child, we can cry out, “Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief.” And Jesus will do it for us. Have faith in God.
Entry# 032 Praying to a God who is Still on the Throne
Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We owe Him our worship and praise, as we regard Him as the center of our joy. Because of the finished work of Jesus Christ, He is now seated on the right hand of the Father making intercessions for us daily. But often we remove God from the throne of our hearts. We worship the gifts instead of the giver. We place our self-effort on the throne, trying to live life without God’s help and guidance. We seat people we love and admire on the throne, and bow down to their every whim. We even worship our own agendas, emotions, and ideas at the foot of the throne where God is supposed to be high and lifted up. God is a jealous God; He will have no other God before Him. Life doesn’t work well when we do not have Christ at the center and on the throne. Only He knows the beginning from the end, and only He loves us unconditionally. When we do not make seeking and worshipping God a priority, we can never fully rest in His provisions and plans. God becomes to us what we see Him to be. We limit His ability to do great things in our lives because we do not see Him as the Everlasting Lord.Yet, He will always be the King on the throne, whether we acknowledge it or not. He just will not be the King of our lives, resting, ruling, and abiding inside of us forever. We miss the ability to experience the fullness of God’s amazing love, joy and peace when we displace Him in our hearts. We may as well worship Him now as King of Kings. For in the end, every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that He is the Lord, high, lifted up, upon the throne of God. God is in control because He is still on the throne yesterday, today and forever more.
Entry #031 Praying to a God who Deeply Loves, Highly Favors and Greatly Blesses Us
Satan tries to convince us that God doesn’t love us. He will accuse us of being sinful and unlovable, and will try to make us believe that God does not want a relationship with us because of our failures. The truth is, God so loves us and gave the ultimate sacrifice, Himself, to redeem us back to Him. We are constantly on His mind, and He only has good plans for us. Because God is Love that is all He can ever exhibit toward us. Therefore, we are highly favored of God. He cares so much about all creations, the animals and vegetation, but we are the most favored. When He made man He said we were very good. God makes sure that ours needs are met and we have the desires of our heart in His timing and according to His purpose. God blesses us with His sufficient grace. We are blessed in the city, in the field and in are our dealings as His children. He swore by Himself because there was no other greater to swear by to bless us abundantly. The Lord blesses us to the fill until it overflows, so that we can be a blessing to others to fulfil His purpose and plan for the earth. Therefore we can rebuke the Father of lies, the Devil, when he tells us we are not loved, favored and blessed of our Heavenly Father. We can stand in the truth of God word which states that we are deeply loved, highly favored, and greatly blessed by our Savoir regardless of what present state we find ourselves in. For we know that all things will work together for our good.