Philippians 4:6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ( definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
How many times have we read that verse and then just shrugged it off feeling like God was talking to someone else? Why do we find ourselves in such deep sorrow that we cannot acknowledge that God really does love us and He wants to bless us? How is it possible we can believe Jesus died on the cross for us, yet we don’t ask for anything in faith that we really want because we feel undeserving of it? When I was in the middle of my marriage and we were fighting to keep our heads above water I was looking at the ground and seeing the disaster I was in when I should have been looking to heaven for help!
Put your hand in front of your face about an arms length away. What do you see? Your hand! If you want to see what is on the other side you have to move it away, but it is still there. If you want to look to either side you have to bend your body in uncomfortable positions to see around it. Now let us imagine for a moment that your hand is your battle. We cannot see through it. Without moving it out of the way we can not go around it. Because it is attached to you it goes before you where ever you travel. Why would we want to live like that, always focusing on the pain right in front of us? Constantly reminding us of what we have to face every day?
Okay, now if we take that hand away and join it with the other and offer them in surrender to God, our gave is lifted upwards and our focus is taken off from our hands, our battle. We now can focus on something else and begin to regain sight of what we really should be focused on, God’s provision. When our eyes are free to gaze upon our loving Father, things become clear. We suddenly can hear His voice. We can begin to trust Him for the things we need in our lives. God wants to step in and save us from our battle, but we have to be willing to give up the fight. We have to finally get so desperate we just throw our hands into the air in total surrender, claiming no more, the battle as our own.
In the past few months I have been trying to figure out why I am so happy, even though to the outside world I should be going slightly insane. People say I should divorce and start a new life with someone else. Financially things are still not in perfect order and some say I should file for bankruptcy. I am refusing to go down the worldly road when God has taken me by the hand and lead me a path of trust and blessing. Why would I not listen to God and move in a direction I know He does not desire for me? If we take things to God in prayer and make our requests known to Him, then and only then can He begin to move on our behalf!
I am choosing to stay near God and away from worldly desires and distractions. I am focusing on becoming the vessel God needs me to be. Sometimes He wants me to do crazy things, but I see the vision and press on for completion of the task and He just keeps blessing me! I told my friend this morning I was going to buy one of those necklaces that says “Spoiled Princess” because that’s how I feel some times. God loves me. God loves you. Anyone can receive the blessings they desire if they just lay down their lives and start renewing their RIGHT relationship with God. Not just a superficial love, but a deep, trusting love that nothing can break through! Start today to believe in that verse above, maybe reread the prayer of Jabez and start today working towards seeking God for all things in your life!