Picture-‘worried man’, by migueletra
On Being “Led” By The Spirit”
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God”
Funny how you hear, and read all your life about listening “for” God, and “to” God, and “being led by the spirit, and not by the flesh”; and then one day you realize “hey, I’m doing it! But it’s not like I thought it was!”…Let this be your end game =)
What does it mean to be “led by the Spirit”? Believe it or not, it’s the very difference between seeing God influencing and affecting things in your natural, physical life, and a blind hope in a fantasy; where you pray, and nothing at all happens. If the latter is you, consider this:
“Ye lust (or want), and ye have not: ye kill, (the power of the Spirit to act on your behalf) and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight (against the Spirit) and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.” James 4:2 KJV
This is telling you that you’re shooting down your request before it is even made, and therefore…it is not made. This is the same as not asking at all.
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lust.” -James 4:3 KJV
First, the word lust, means “want”. Confused? We ask because we want, right? Yes we do. Then what is this saying? It’s saying you’re asking for something that will feed your want (or lust) and make it bigger. In other words, you’re asking God to make your problems remain, and grow.
This is about the reason you don’t get what you want, and why God ignores you. The reason is not the thing you want; let’s be real, it may be something you really need. This does not matter to God one bit. He already knows what you need before you ask him. It’s the reason you want it, and why you think you need it that God is concerned with.“…consume it upon your lust” ? Look at this verse:
“If a son ask bread of any you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent” -Luke 11:11 KJV
God is not going to give you something that will in any way contribute to the bondage you are already in.
Read that again.
He will not give you something that leaves you better off in he short run, at the expense of your long run, or end game.
People usually reflect a looming cloud of skepticism when they hear me say, or read in my post that God always answers my prayers, and always gives me what I ask for. He will for you as well, or anyone that asks. He has no respect of persons. Thing is, He’ll give you what you ask for, not what you think you’re asking for.
If you pray for a financial situation, and after a long wait your circumstances remain the same, and a pile of money didn’t magically appear on your doorstep, consider this: God doesn’t react to tears the way we think He does. Does He heed tears? Sure He does. But He will not look at your request for money as a request for money. He will look at the reason you think you need money. Then any number of things can happen. He may know you need a light bill, for instance. He will also know if you are depending on your electricity a little too much, and decide to take electricity away from you for a while…because you’re asking for money, becoming dependant on money, then like the chain reaction it is, you will become dependant on the things you get with the money, like electricity. Electricity will become more than a want, or even a need. It will consume you. (remember the line, ‘consume it upon your lust’?) Look at Luke 11:11 again.
Jesus Christ is first and foremost concerned with making you free from any and all dependencies, or ‘bondage’; because He wants you to depend on Him? Not at all. He wants you to trust Him that He will take care of “all these things”, and is more concerned about your worry of them. ( Matthew 6:26)
This is a type of bondage, and believe it or not, if God were to place a bundle of money on your doorstep, the problems would only get worse…then tomorrow you’ll be praying for a bigger pile…
...and in the long run, or end game, your potholes would become bottomless pits.
Learn to ask rather that He uphold you, and yours, in all that you choose to do. Then give thanks to Him for doing just that, before you worry yourself into a bigger hole than you’re in now.
Don’t pray for money to solve a problem, and then continue to worry about the problem. This is what kills your request before it is even made. This is the opposite of thanks or praise, and an insult to God that says a very loud, “You’re not taking very good care of me.” The very opposite of faith. The cure…look at what you do have, and thank him for that. Pretty soon you will realize He is taking care of things even before you have a chance to need them.