by Pastor Tim Burt
I have a question for you? How is your walk with God today? Is it better today than it was last year? Do you experience the working of God’s Spirit strengthening you and helping you live what you would honestly call a victorious Christian walk? Are you saying no to sin and yes to the godly desires you wanted to be present and evident in your life? Would people around you say you are one of the people they look to when they think of being more Christ-like?
Unless the answer is yes to all these, why are you skimming through what you are reading here this morning? Do you already know all this? Do you have victory in your life already? Are you in too big a hurry to methodically spend five minutes reading and thinking through something God wants to impart to your heart today? You might be in the trap my mother used to describe as, “in a hurry to go nowhere fast!”
God wants you to increase in spiritual knowledge and maturity, so that the tangible blessing of God may abound in every area of your life. You need to absolutely know and believe that so that you can exercise faith for it in your life. Colossians 1:10 says, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” You walk worthy by learning God’s desires and will for your life and applying your faith to ask for God's help and grace to live the life He teaches and leads you to walk out.
God wants you to increase. 3 John 1:2 says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as you soul (your mind and emotions) prospers. Jesus paid the price so that you could. He put a robe of righteousness on you so that you’d be cleansed of all sin, and washed in His sight. Then you work toward aligning your life the best you can by developing a godly attitude, pure motivation, and godly conduct. You may feel far from walking that kind of walk but that's the point. He wants to help you change that. God is your most loving Father and your greatest cheerleader. He knows what He created you to be and do. He wants to lead you in that. He wants you to see yourself through His eyes instead of the inadequacy, failure, and condemnation that can come when you look in the mirror and see your shortcomings.
When we stand before God with requests for help in every area of our life in strong faith, it’s not because we deserve it or because we’ve earned it. It’s because He is allowing us to out of love. Jesus paved that way for us. Hebrews 4:16 emboldens us saying, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
As I have said many times, to know God’s will you must know His original intent and His future intent. There was no lack in the Garden of Eden. There will be no lack in Heaven. Here is God and our future. Rev. 21:3-5 “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
Understand that lack and poverty is Satan’s curse in this earth and not God’s will. If you struggle with this truth, your own heart can help shed light. Have you ever been to a third world country or seen someone steeped in poverty? What did your heart want to do? Did you want to do something to help them? Did you want to bring increase and blessing and resources to them? Of course you did! Why? Because that is God’s heart in you. You wanted to help them. He wants to help you. God lacks nothing and he wants you to be equipped with the material resources for everything He has called you to do in this life. You aren’t called to live exactly as Jesus did. That was God’s plan for Him. Even then He had real gold, frankincense and myrrh brought to Him as a baby. These were riches that I am sure enabled Mary and Joseph to survive their trip to Egypt and back.
It is critical that you know God loves you, what He has done for you, what He is willing to do for you, and His purpose in helping you! His purpose is that of a Father. He loves you, He wants you to grow up to be like Him. He wants to help you mature and then as you grow, help others become released from Satan’s grip and into the arms of God’s love. This is what God wants for you!
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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