Asking God for stuff…

In God we Trust

In God we Trust

The Bible says it, so why can’t you ask for anything you want and get it in Jesus name?

For one thing, if you read the scripture to ask for anything in the name of Jesus, you need to read the rest of the scripture: John 14:13-14, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/pray-Jesus-name.html#ixzz2iS4j48sX

I would always say, God is not Santa Claus, you don’t make a list and expect whatever you ask for. In Luke 11:1-4 we are taught to how to pray. However, if you keep reading vs 5-11 Jesus used stories or parables to teach the meaning of what he was saying. He says that He will give you the Holy Spirit to those who ask. Luke 11:12.

Now if you’re wondering what does the Holy Spirit have to do with asking for provision when you need basic necessities like food, water and shelter? You may say you’re praying for healing or salvation for a friend or family member – why would God give me the Holy Spirit, that’s not what I asked for.

If you come to understand the source of all you ask for is in the Holy Spirit that can dwell within you then you will understand. I was reminded of this as I’m going through the book, Radical, by David Platt. It has been on the New York Times best seller list for some years and a good read to remind us that God our Father is willing to give us everything we need and things we want when it is based on God’s will, not our own.

We’ll need to do a few things before God will give you the desires of your heart. “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him…” (Psalm 37:5-7a, NIV).

Seek the scriptures for answers. Look things up in your Bible concordance and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself to you as to why a prayer is not being answered. You’ll find that everything happens for the God’s purpose and in His time. May His Holy Spirit provide peace and comfort as you wait upon the Lord. “Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.” – Psalm 24:17 NLT

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Surrendering to God

O – Observation:    It’s easy to say that when we give to whatever person, entity, church, organization etc – we feel good. That’s usually a given. But for the most part we don’t give till it hurts. One might say that’s not being a good steward if we gave all that we have.  In another sense if God is asking you to give all that you have so that you are not held by the things of this world, would we be able to give it all up? Our house, car, job, family? That’s a lot to ask for. Jesus wants all of what holds us. He asked it of Moses. He asked it of his disciples. He asked it of the rich man. My question to myself should be what God is asking me to give to him. And what is he asking me to give up, so that nothing hinders me from serving him without excuses or boundaries?

Today’s reading reminds me of the song, “I Surrender All” which I’ll include here. Thanks for visiting and keeping in His Word which binds us and molds us to be the character that He wants of us.

I Surrender All

S – Scripture: Mark 12: 41-43 – Reading: Mark 12 – The Widow’s Offering

41 Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.[j]

43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. 44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”

A – Application:

I can apply this scripture to my life by asking the Lord to allow me to not hold on to the things of this world. I know that the Lord will provide for my needs, but do I trust him to provide? I pray that I can trust and obey.

P – Prayer:

Father I ask that you forgive me for all my sins. I ask that I not hold on to the things of the world. I ask that I am able and willing to give everything and every person – surrender to Christ. So that He is in control over all things. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Today’s Date: March 5, 2010

Commitment and Trust

Today’s Date: Feb 18, 2010

Commitment and Trust

Reading: Leviticus 6:1-7:27 ~ Mark 3:7-30 ~ Psalm 37:1-11 ~ Proverbs 10:3-4

S – Scripture:

Psalm 37:5 NKJV Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

O – Observation:

OYBB: Do you commit everything you do to God? EVERYTHING? Your waking life? Your sleeping life? Your job? Your relationships? Your family? Your finances? Your time? If so, do you trust that God will help you in everything you do in your life?

I also read Blackaby’s devotional today and he talks about “taking up your cross.” Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (Matthew 16:24) Here’s an excerpt: Your “cross” is God’s will for you, regardless of the cost. Taking up your cross is a choice; it is not beyond your control.

In observation of today’s scripture verse we are to commit “your way” to the Lord – which means whatever we are doing we need to give it up to God, Trust Him – but what does it mean that He will bring “it” to pass? The NLT says, Commit everything you do to the Lord.Trust him, and he will help you. The Amplified Bible says, “Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.” And The Message bible says, “Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done.”

A – Application:

I can apply this scripture to my life by looking at the words “commit” and “trust” – Simplified I need to commit everything in my life to Christ and I need to trust that He will take care of everything. I need not do everything on my own and then go to God. I need to go to Him first in all things. Be committed as a Christ follower.

P – Prayer:

Father forgive me for my sins. Help me, my unbelief. Increase my faith in all things. Help me to know and do your will – so that I can “take up my cross” and commit and trust in you. In Jesus name, amen.

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Fear of God

Today’s Date: Feb 12, 2010

Fear God

 

Reading: Exodus 34-35:9, Matt 27:15-31, Psalm 33:12-22, Proverbs 9:1-6

S – Scripture:

Psalm 33:18 “But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.”

O – Observation:

What does it mean to “fear” the Lord, if God is love, why would we fear him? We should look at the phrase, “fear of the Lord,” or “God fearing”.  We’ve often heard these terms but do we really know and understand why?  I believe this is a good definition of the word fear, as used in the bible:

*Fear:  Although there are occasions in the Bible when the word fear represents the human emotion of terror (Exod. 23: 27), there is also a fear which means awe in the presence of the holy (Eccles. 12: 13). This fear induces a hatred of evil (Prov. 8: 13).

There is also awesome fear in the NT, as when the women were told about the Resurrection (Mark 16: 8). ‘Those who fear God’ or ‘God-fearers’ is a technical term applied to pagans who attended a synagogue but shrank from circumcision (Acts 10: 2).

We should note that in Psalm 33:18 it’s the “awe” of the Lord that induces a hatred of evil. God wants us to reverence him.  Like most of us, whomever raised us as our parents / caregivers, we loved them, and yet we feared them in a way that sometimes was because of the consequences of our misbehavior and even when we didn’t know if they would approve or not, it was a fear of reverence – wanting to please our parents. 

A – Application:

I fear God the same way, yet more intensely because no one is above God. He is our Lord, he gave us his son Jesus for our sins and he is our Savior. Our parents gave us physical life and we were entrusted to them on this earth, yet the Lord has given us eternal life. Thus, above my parents, my spouse, and all others, I fear God above all things, in turn he promises to ‘watch over us’.

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for your patience, love, and understanding. Lord, I thank you for opportunities – to share your Word and your grace. I ask that you show me your will and allow me to know and do your will with a grateful heart. In Jesus name, amen.

*definition of fear found here – encyclopedia.com.

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Anxiety or Peace

We’re reminded to give God praise in all things – here’s a great song by Casting Crowns, “Praise You In The Storm” which goes well with today’s devotional.

Today’s Date: February 08, 2010

Don’t Be Anxious – God’s Peace

Reading: Exodus 28:1-43 ~ Matthew 25:31-26:13 ~ Psalm 31:9-18 ~ Proverbs 8:12-13

Blackaby’s Devotional: http://www.blackaby.org/devarchive.asp

S – Scripture:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

O – Observation:

I’ve always appreciated this verse; for its simplicity, yet find the most challenging is the first part – “Be anxious for nothing” – how’s that possible? Knowing that we are all human and we have a full range of emotions. How could we NOT be anxious over the big or little things in life? Well the rest of the verse tells us how – by prayer – asking God’s help, being thankful to the Lord for what we have – let our requests be made known by asking. Since God already knows what we want and need, he wants to hear us ask – to seek – to look towards him and tell him, talk to him in prayer.

Verse 7 – says that once we go before the Lord in prayer – we will no longer be anxious about anything – because he will give us the ‘peace of God’ – a peace that is so great, we won’t know why we are calm – not anxious – because the peace of God will wash over us.

A – Application:

There are always many things to be anxious about – money, relationships, job, school, weather, need and wants…Often times people will go through every emotion they can before they go to God in prayer and cry out, “why Lord, why?” yet if we just go to God first, we wouldn’t need to be anxious and be exhausted from the emotional roller coaster of anxiety we bring upon ourselves.  I will go to God in prayer – to take care of all of my needs and those who come to me and share their problems, concerns – we need to go to God first – so he can take care of it all and we may not get the answer that we want, nor get any answer; but we will have peace.

P – Prayer:

Father we thank you for your love and mercy. We praise you for giving us your word so that we have guidance in what to do in all situations. I ask that you help meet my daily needs of food and shelter; and that you bless us with work that we can provide for ourselves and help others. Lord we ask that you give direction to your will and ways. Help us in our faith. Help us to be focused and disciplined so that all things work together for good to those who love you and are called according to your purpose.  In Jesus name, amen.

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Fear of the Unknown

Today’s Date:  January 20, 2010

“Fear of the Unknown” (ODB Heb 11:8-12) 

 

Reading: Gen 41:17-42:17, Mt 13:24-46, Psalm 18:1-15, Proverbs 4:1-6,

Our Daily Bread 1/9/10

S – Scripture:

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called . . . . And he went out, not knowing where he was going. —Hebrews 11:8 http://tinyurl.com/y8blnas

O – Observation:

In the One Year Bible, I’ve been enjoying reading through Genesis and Exodus – so much so I’m ahead on my reading of the Old Testament. There are so many things that amaze me: the life span of people in that time went from 900 yrs to 400 yrs to under 200 yrs old. The fact that God would speak directly to his chosen messengers: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – and they were men who didn’t always obey God. In addition, things did not happen immediately, some of God’s promises took hundreds of years! Who needs television and movies with all that went on in the bible: lying, stealing, killing, sexual immorality, sibling rivalries, family rivalries, vengeance, money, power, slavery…

Which brings me to the Our Daily Bread devotional of Jan 9, 2010 – here’s an excerpt:

Has God ever asked you to do something that seemed unreasonable? Something that took you into the territory of the unknown? What if He asked you to refuse a long-awaited promotion or resist a longed-for relationship? What if He called you to a remote part of the world or asked you to release your children to serve Him in a faraway place?

The unknown is full of haunting “what ifs.”

Imagine how Abraham felt when God asked him to move his whole family without telling him where they were going (Gen. 12:1-3).

The fear of the unknown could cripple our capacity to follow God’s leading through the days ahead. Yet, like Abraham, when we cling to the One who knows all things, we’re in good hands—regardless of where He leads.  — Joe Stowell

 A – Application:

There’s been many occasions where I felt led to go somewhere and I didn’t really want to go. Yet I trusted God that if that’s where he wanted me, I would be obedient. I usually and still am, challenged in not knowing the full story or plan before taking action. I like to be prepared. As time goes on I know that it’s not always about where we are going, but about the journey getting there, that’s how I came up with the title of this blog. As a student of the bible and child of God, I am persuaded that the scriptures of Isaiah 55:8 (New King James Version)

8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
     nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

P – Prayer:

Lord I pray that I would come to understand your ways. I ask that I will know and do your will with a joyful heart. Father I pray that I have patience for what you are teaching me and that I will be able to fulfill whatever your ways are.

God also asked Abraham to persevere—to stay in an unknown land even when the lure of past comforts may have threatened to seduce him and his family back to their comfort zone in Ur. – J. Stowell (ODB)

I pray continued trust and faith in Jesus that I am where he needs me to be and will go where he is directing, like Abraham to persevere – ‘even when the lure of past comforts have threatened to seduce me back to my comfort zone’ – in all things: work, family, home, church… Lord be my guide. In Jesus name, Amen. ###

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The Have and The Have-Nots

Date: January 18, 2010

Sharing a Piece a Candy

Scripture Readings:Gen 37-38:30, Matt 12:22-45, Psalm 16:1-11, Proverbs 3:27-32

S – Scripture:

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”  – Proverbs 3:27-28 – NLT

O – Observation & Interpretation:

How many times have you seen someone holding a cardboard sign that said, “homeless” or “need work” or “hungry” – interestingly since moving to this city, I noticed mainly homeless men, will go person to person in parking lots asking for “change”.  In today’s society there’s a large concern for safety. Just watch the news and you wouldn’t want to step outside of your home. I go by instinct, if I feel led I give, if I don’t I move on.  There have been times the Holy Spirit tells you, by the urging of your spirit, go back, don’t turn your back, buy a meal or share whatever you have.

If I’m in my car and someone approaches me I try to give food if I have it, or carry McDonald gift certificates with a few dollars so they can buy a meal. I’ve learned never to give cash, if possible, and I don’t have much anyway, so if they are truly in need they would appreciate the food. All that aside, if I have something or someway to help then the bible says I should help, not send them away.

A – Application:

We have started to gather clothing to donate and I’ve found a local agency that gives donations directly to the homeless so there’s no “sales” of donations and then helping others with the money from the sales. http://www.ourm.org/ – I was listening to the radio and found the Orlando Union Rescue Mission.  When we have extra funds, I try to have a few gift cards on hand in the car to hand out. When we drive long distances we often have snacks and packaged items with us – which we can hand out. In addition, we all know times are challenging for many of us, but we usually have a little more than someone else. I’ve tried to give of my time when I don’t have money to spare and that’s been a blessing.

I wrote about the homeless child in India that had two pieces of candy and offered me one, just because he wanted to say thank you for visiting him. I think about him often and God knows that little boy has made such an impact on my life.

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for providing and blessing us with our daily needs. Thank you for the abundance that we have where we can share with others. Thank you for the internet that can teach others how to give and share your love. Amen

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What is a Yoke?

Date: January 16, 2010

Tired? Be Yoked with Jesus

Scripture Readings: Gen 32:13-34:31, Matt 11:7-30, Psalm 14:1-7, Proverbs 3:19-20

S – Scripture: Matt 11:28-30 Then Jesus said, “come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

O – Observation:

Jesus said he would give, ‘rest for the weary.’ What is weary? What is a yoke? A ‘Yoke’ means a bar of wood, constructed to unite two animals, enabling them to work the fields. http://bibleseo.com/christian-life/yoke-bible-definition-word-study/

In the various commentaries and bible dictionaries I’ve searched – figuratively, “Yoke” is a symbol of submission (see link). In these verses, Jesus is saying to take “his” yoke. If we unite with him, he will teach us. Can you imagine having a ‘yoke’ connecting yourself and Jesus, plowing fields, drawing loads, going through your daily life. As he is the knowledgeable one, the other person (like the two united animals) who helps bear our burdens. Jesus is so kind to say that his ‘yoke’ is easy, because he will help and not allow the ‘yoke’s bar’ to chaff on us, because he is right along side of us. We don’t need to carry burdens (loads) of stress, work, oppression, bondage – we can cast our cares to Jesus. We can be freed from this. I Peter 5:7 ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’

A – Application:

I have read this scripture countless times, over the years, yet I am often amazed that as I go before the Lord in my quiet time, that new wisdom is revealed. I knew what a yoke was, I had heard this passage taught by many teachers, yet today it’s the Holy Spirit teaching again, that Jesus is with me. That I can be linked up with Jesus and I don’t have to or need to, carry any burden on my own. Too often I say, “I can’t do it, it’s too much, I’m so overwhelmed.” Yet the bible clearly states I don’t need to carry burdens alone.

Today’s devotion for me is as if Jesus is telling me, “Fool! How many times do I have to tell you, stop doing things on your own? That’s why you’re tired, overwhelmed, depressed, and moody! Snap out of it!”  Well, that’s how the Spirit of God has to speak to my spirit sometimes, so that I listen, I’m a little thick skulled at times. Always thinking and thinking and thinking – how to do this, that, and whatever, yet I need to go to Jesus first. Hey, if we’re yoked together, he’s not far. And since the Word of God says, in Jesus words himself, “Come to me.. I will give you rest… take my yoke… learn from me… you will find rest for your souls… my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

These verses also remind me of:  II Corin 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?  – Is this true for marriage, friendships, work? You can look into that. I believe definitely for marriage. I believe that those we spend the most time with, have an influence on our Worldview. It’s a challenge to spend large amounts of time with people who don’t have the same biblical foundation as yourself. Think about it this way, do the people you spend time with challenge you ‘towards’ God or away from him? Most of us will need to work in the secular arena. Most of our children will need to attend public schools, vs Christian or Home School. However, we do have a choice with our thoughts and actions in our “down” time. After work, we don’t need to get a drink with the gang. After school and during breaks – do we have gossip talks, and/or do things that are questionable in God’s eyes? Seek God Mt 6:33

P – Prayer:

Lord Jesus, thank you for being with me every step of the way. Even in times when I think I am alone, there you are, right next to me, yoked along side – saying you’re trying to guide and I’m pulling in another direction. Thank you for your patience, your forgiveness, your love and understanding. Help me to know and do your will, so that I’m not pulling in the wrong direction as I stay ‘yoked’ along with  you. Amen.

Side Notes:

Here’s an excerpt from the Definition of Yoke in the Bible:

Yoke in the Bible (NT):

  • Mt 11:28-30, Acts 15:10, 2 Cor 6:14, Phil 4:3 etc
  • Gal 5:1: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery.”
  • Paul in Gal 5:1 and Peter in Acts 15:10 talk about yoke of bondage that the Law brings, the yoke that no one can carry. The requirements of the Law are beyond our capacity!
  • Rom 8:2 – “Because through Christ Jesus, the law of spirit has set me free from the law of sin and death.”
  • Christ Jesus has set us free from the yoke of bondage through the law. Jesus took upon himself the yoke of Law and fulfilled it. Therefore, through him, we can be set free from the yoke of sin and death.
  • Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
  • Jesus invites all who are under the yoke of Law or sin and offers the true rest for their souls.
  • We may visualize this as Jesus being the master or a farmer and us being yoked with a lighter load. But that is NOT the right picture.
  • Farmers used to yoke the young ox with the old experienced ox to train them. The old ox will take the major load and the young one will be walking along and learning from him. If you read this verses in light of this, it makes more sense.
  • What a wonderful picture, Jesus is giving to those who are exhausted, weary and burdened from carrying the load by themselves! What a comfort, peace, joy and rest it is to know that Jesus is right with us, walking with us, teaching us and strengthening us side by side!

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Trusting in God

Date: January 10, 2010

 

Title: Trusting in God, Not in Your Own Understanding

 

Scripture Readings: Gen 23 – 24:51, Matt 8:1-17, Psalm 9:13-20, Prov 3:1-6

S – Scripture:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. –Proverbs 3:5-6

O – Observation:

“Solomon is the main writer of the book of Proverbs.” GotQuestions.org reports, “In the Book of Proverbs, Solomon reveals the mind of God in matters high and lofty and in common, ordinary, everyday situations, too.”  The key words to this verse are: trust and seek. We are to trust the Lord, not depend on ourselves and what we can reconcile in our mind, and to seek God’s will, not our own, in everything we do – only when we do these things – will the Lord give us guidance as to where we should go when we ask for direction.

A – Application:

I will trust in the Lord. I need to remember that although God has given me a brain to think and has instilled information and wisdom, that which he has given me is not all I should depend on, but continue to Seek the Lord – and to have peace that whatever I am seeking him in – is God’s will, not my own. Only after doing these things, will I be shown the path to take. I will take steps of faith to go in the area that God is leading.

Here’s another excerpt from GotQuestions.org, on the explanation of the book of Proverbs.   “Our fear of the Lord’s wrath and justice is what drives us to Christ, who is the embodiment of God’s wisdom as expressed in His glorious plan of redemption for mankind. In Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3), we find the answer to our search for wisdom, the remedy for our fear of God, and the “righteousness, holiness and redemption” that we so desperately need (1 Corinthians 1:30). The wisdom that is found only in Christ is in contrast to the foolishness of the world, which encourages us to be wise in our own eyes. But Proverbs also tells us that the world’s way is not God’s way (Proverbs 3:7) and leads only to death (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25).”

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for this day. I ask forgiveness for my sins and that I am able and open-minded to know and do your will. I pray that I go to you first in all things, not wait as a ‘last resort’ and go to you when I am desperate, but from the beginning. So that I can show you that I trust you, lean not on my own understanding, seek your will in all things, no matter how big or small, and that you will guide my path. Amen.

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