Is God your crutch?
Do you “lean” on Him only in tumultuous , troubling, & trying times? As life goes by at ease with no “too hard for me” situations, do you even acknowledge that God is still ever present in all, everywhere, & at all times? God is here during the GOOD and bad times but we sometimes tend to forget that when life is at its best .
Psalm 139:7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
Jeremiah 23:23-24“Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.
Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Let’s say that God has a metaphorical “inbox”. How often do you overload it?? Is it only with personal petitions here and there during rough times, or is God pleased on a daily basis to hear praise, thanksgiving, & intercessory prayer for others from you?
Phillipians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
Prayer must be done faithfully and through the spirit. So many of us render up vain petitions and wonder if our prayers get lost in the clouds.. If we pray in a manner that does not acknowledge the will of God first then we are praying to the air only. It’s His will not ours..and this is what so many “followers of Christ” don’t recognize. The most important thing we need is the holy spirit dwelling in us to help us understand what God has planned for us! If we have not the spirit, then we have not faith!! When God doesn’t answer our prayers, without the holy spirit we will become bitter toward God for not fulfilling our every selfish petition. The holy spirit will help us to discern why God isn’t answering our prayer because it’s his own will that is always best for us! The holy spirit helps us to live a righteous life by conviction in our hearts when we start to go off on the wrong path. He turns us back around in the direction we should be going in – towards Christ!
Romans 8:11 – But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
So many people take this verse literally but give no merit to it’s most important point. Whats that you ask? Righteousness. How can you expect an all knowing God to cater to your every request if you do not honor him on a daily basis by your way of conduct in a God-fearing, righteous, & spiritual manner of living? If you want God to fully honor you as his child then return him the favor by fully honoring him first. We cannot expect God to just bless, protect, & provide, if we in turn have no intention of fully serving him. Don’t be half-hearted with God, but give him your whole heart and then watch the blessings rain down. You will even see unanswered prayers as blessings as the holy spirit starts to remove the veil from our eyes to enable us to understand the will of God. With that we will see it’s what we’ve been lacking all along. The holy spirit will help you in understanding that Gods will is and always will be supreme over ours!!
Galatians 5:25 If we live in the spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Shawny R. >