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 sense and experience the working of God’s Spirit strengthening you and helping you live a maturing Christian walk? Are you saying no to sin and yes to the godly desires you want to be 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?
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, and more importantly, so that you’ve become an influence and blessing in numerous ways, to the world and cries for help around you—for Him! You need to absolutely know and believe that God wants this for you and have faith that He’ll help you grow into and walk in this over time! It must be a pursuit of your life and you must know He wants you to pursue it! Colossians 1:10 NIV says, “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing 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. He qualified you despite your moments of feeling unqualified. Now He is leading you to align your life the best you can by developing a godly attitude, pure motivation, and godly conduct. You may feel under-developed at this stage in your life, but that’s the point—He wants to help you change that. God is your most loving Father and coach. 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.
In order to become what He desires for us, we, must stand before God with requests for help in every area of our life, and do so in strong faith! 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 NIV 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.”
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 and beyond that, equip you for the work He reveals to you in your heart. 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 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 give them money or resources or shelter or clothing or improve their living standards or help meet needs in their life? 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.
The love of money is the root of all evil, but the love of God’s plan and purpose often leads you wanting to help others in diverse ways. And God doesn’t forget about you in the process. Are there those that abuse this? Of course! There are those that abuse everything God has created. But don’t let their abuse distract you from knowing the correct reason for resources and for God’s willingness and desire to help all including you! Renee and I go to the mission field! We see first hand the poverty and need that people have. The gospel changes their lives and resources help them survive!
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. And give others practical help and resources in the process. Including you! This is what God wants for you! Live with the purpose of being a blessing and in turn, you will see God bless you!
Philippians 4:19 (TLB) “And it is he who will supply all your needs from his riches in glory because of what Christ Jesus has done for us.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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