Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Something We Did Not Request

God has given us something different than what we asked for. Grace does that.

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have." - 2 Corinthians 8:9-12 ESV

He came as a man... someone we didn't ask for. We thought we needed a king but Jesus came as a servant... a sacrifice.

We ask for things but God says complete what you started with what you have. We have grace. He have all things that pertain unto life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3)

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the LORD, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off." - Isaiah 55:9-13 ESV

"For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" - Luke 11:10-13 ESV

We need something different than we think.

We ask for relief and God gives us forgiveness. We ask for strength and God gives us patience. Sure the things at hand are real and provisions are needed for life but God sees a different need in us... a deeper need that is not a want but a true need.

"Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them." - Hebrews 13:9 ESV

I am not belittling our materials needs... we have them... I have them. But, God wants to give us something that is finished so we will think and pray from that perspective. We can live in our needs. They are certainly large enough to live in. But, God wants us to live from our abundance.

"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God." - Colossians 3:1-3 ESV


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