“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
God does not work OUT OF need! He works out of faith through obedience! How would you explain to someone the above scripture, which is taught repeatedly in the church? There are Christians who quote this scripture many, many times over. So how are we to explain it? What is God’s perspective on this?
What man thinks is a need is not necessarily a need in God’s eyes! This is how you know it is a need of God for your life: If the need is preventing you from doing what the Lord has called you to do, and you are walking in obedience - then it is a need!
Our idea or definition of a need is more often a desire or a want - rather than a need. If the need is NOT preventing you from carrying out something regarding your calling and what the Lord has anointed, you to do on this earth - it is NOT a need!
Example: IF God has told you to go from point A to point B to speak for Him - and if your car has broken down and you don’t have transportation, THAT is a need. But! Transportation is the need! Not a new car! God can provide the transportation and the need is met.
However, there are many people who have used issues like this to buy a new car, instead of fixing the car they have. Even if the car is old, or breaks down frequently, a new vehicle is not the need unless God says so! The transportation is the need! Understand?
God does NOT work in and through our lives out of a need we think we have! HE WORKS IN AND THROUGH OUR LIVES OUT OF OUR OBEDIENCE!
Did you know Jesus LEARNED obedience through His sufferings? “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:7-10 (NIV)
Obedience to God is - Focusing on God!
God wants our total obedience! What does that mean? It means that we have been “...bought with a price and we are not our own. Therefore, glorify God in our bodies...”
We are His servants which means that before we do anything at all we need to ask God, “What would you have me do? How do you want me to handle this?” Too many times and too much of our lives is spent doing what we feel that we are supposed to do and then we ask God to bless it! That is NOT God’s way of doing things! He wants us to ask Him everything – when we eat, what we should wear, how should we plan our day, who should we talk to and speak with and where should we go etc.!
The only way to do this is to keep FOCUSED on God! How do we do that? We keep our minds focused on Him rather than circumstances! We trust Him to work His perfect will. We do all the warfare He directs us to do. We ask Him how we should pray in every situation. We pray protection around our words and be careful about the words we speak - every word is a prayer – whether a blessing or a curse!
Being focused on God means total attention to Him! Asking Him every move we should take – without interference!
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