Fresh Manna© by Pastor Tim Burt
Part Five – What Does God Want for You?
3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as you soul (your mind and emotions) prospers.
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 knowledge, in spiritual and natural maturity, and in tangible blessing 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 desire and will for you and applying your faith to it and pressing toward it in your walk with HIM.
God wants you to increase. Jesus paid the price so that you could. He put a robe of righteousness on you so that you’d be clean in His eyes while you worked at developing godly attitude, motivation, and conduct. He wants you to see yourself through His eyes instead the inadequacy, failure, and condemnation that can come when you look in the mirror.
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.”
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.
God wants you to have resources! We live in a material world. You have a material home. You have material furniture. You possibly drive a material car. You have material bills. In God there is a spiritual side of life and a natural side of life and in God they work together. They are not separate and distinct but united in His plan to accomplish much. He doesn’t want you poor and broke. He wants to meet your needs. If you don’t believe that you won’t approach Him in faith asking and expecting His supernatural help. Adam and Eve lacked nothing until they separated themselves from God through sin. Jesus has fixed that for you. You are not separate from God.
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.
When I pick up here next week, I am going to show you just how powerfully God wanted to bless and equip His children so that hopefully you will believe it for yourself. Your equipping from God of material resources is His will for you. Of course He does not want to give it to you so you can consume them on your own lusts, but so that you can affect lives for the Lord as you yourself are blessed. If you will align your heart and will with His, you will see Him manifest increase in every area of you life. As the Lord said in today’s Fresh manna verse – He wants something for you ABOVE EVERYTHING ELSE! John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as you soul (your mind and emotions) prospers. More next week…
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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