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Are You Competing with God?

Why do people have jobs?

There are several reason why people have jobs. They want to pay the bills; they want to support themselves; they want new ‘toys’; they want health insurance; or they may want to establish their identity. The truth is that God supplies our needs, not our job. Our needs are supplied by God. Our job is the mission field in which God placed us.

The money we receive from our job is provided by God. When we begin to feel like we found the job or that we work at the job to earn money, our faith in God is not necessary. If these are your feelings and you lose your job, you will feel like the whole world has fallen in on you.

On the other hand, if you believe that God provided all your needs, you will be more concerned about telling others about God. You will go to work to demonstrate God’s love and to show others what God has done for you. When you are laid off, you will continue to trust God for you needs. Your faith will grow as God changes your mission field. If you sustain medical bills, God will provide for those bills if you let Him.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19(NIV) God’s promise to us is to supply all our needs according to HIS riches. Please notice that the writer does not exclude our financial needs, our material needs, our social needs, or our physical needs. Meeting every possible need is what Jesus promised to those who are true disciples of God; those who have faith in God.

Disciples of God are people who are following Christ. Please note, not everyone who follows Christ is one of His disciples. For example, Judas Iscariot followed Jesus yet betrayed him. The Pharisees followed Jesus so they could “trap him”. Even though the Pharisees knew all the Laws God gave to his children, they were out to kill Jesus, the very Messiah whom they were supposed to be teaching the people about.

You see there were two types of followers. There were the followers who wanted to learn more about Jesus. The ones who want their faith in Him to grow. Then there were the followers who want to get Jesus out of the picture. These are the ones who claim they do not need Jesus; they are the ones who think they are ‘macho’ and do not need anyone to help them. These people believe they can have what Jesus has to offer and still keep all of their sinful desires.

True followers of Jesus are the ones who were willing to crucify themselves and their sinful desires. They are the ones whose faith in God grows stronger every day, because they have learned to trust God. They read their Bibles to learn more about God and His promises. They are the ones who put their faith in God, not themselves.

On the other hand, if you are trying to protect yourselves and your desires, you are following Jesus for the wrong reason. If you are expecting God to make YOU something great, you are following him for the wrong reason. You are trying to trust yourself, not God. When you do these things, you are in competition with God. You are reading passages of scripture that support your position and ignoring the scripture that opposes your position. You would rather follow the ideas of man than to stand up for God.

Jesus tells about a rich ruler in Luke 18 that knew all the right things to do. In fact he had done them since he was just a child. He knew the scripture and the commandments, but he was not willing to give up is natural desires. He was not willing to trust Jesus with everything.

18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’ ”

21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.

22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Luke 18:19-22(NIV)

 If you are tired of competing with God, throw up the white flag! Surrender yourself and your desires to God. Experience a freedom that you have never known before. Let God supply all your needs according to His riches. Celebrate your newfound independence!

 

NOTE: Scripture used in the blog was downloaded from http://Biblegateway.com

Who Are You following?

Here is an interesting piece of information. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says: Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  For us to have true freedom according to this verse, we must possess the Spirit of the Lord.

We have two forces in this country: The forces of the flesh and the forces of the Spirit of the Lord.

 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:5-8(NIV)

Those controlled by the flesh, are hostile to God, do not submit to God, cannot please God, and will experience death. On the other hand, those controlled by the Spirit, will have life and peace.

So…if we want peace in this country we need to follow the Spirit and pray that our government leaders will follow the Spirit, not necessarily pray that they are kicked out of office.

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:1-3(NIV)

You may say that you have been praying for the governmental leaders… but God doesn’t seem to be listening. Perhaps you are praying with the ‘wrong motives’? Are you praying that God will let you continue to live the same way you were living several years ago? Or are you praying that God will use this country for His glory? Secondly, are you depending on the power of the Holy Spirit, or are you depending on your own power to change the government?

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. Romans 13:1-5(NIV)

Since God is spirit and God has appointed the leaders of our country, it would seem logical that we would respond to government in a spiritual realm. Perhaps God has placed our currently leadership in office so we will follow the Holy Spirit rather than man?

Our peace and hope does not come from government…it comes from God. Romans 15:13(NIV) says: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Note: All scriptures used in this article have been downloaded from http://www.biblegateway.com/?version=NIVunless otherwise noted.