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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 31 March 2019 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IF IT BE THY WILL and EXPECTATIONS

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IF IT BE THY WILL and EXPECTATIONS

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen it. That prayer that says, “If it be His will.”

 

Please pray for me. I need thus and such.

 

To which I get the response, “I will pray thus and such for you, that if it is I accordance with God’s will, He will answer you…”

 

“For all the good intention of, “If it be Thy will, Lord,” I cringe at that. His Word tells us His will.”

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Of course we are to pray in accordance with Father’s will. To ask what we will, and it will done unto us. Does this mean we waltz into the throne room of heaven and lay our demands at His feet?

 

Goodness, no! God is not a genie in a bottle, and our wish is not His command.

 

Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

 

It does mean to know His will for us, and ask accordingly. And He does desire for us good things, not just necessary things, but things that bring us joy in life.

 

Saw this post on Facebook the other day.

Wait! Father God cares about an old couch? What?

 

Yes. Yes He surely does. When we are grounded in Him, when we make Him the priority in our lives, when He is our passion and treasure, and the desires of our heart line up with His will and His Word, then it is His good pleasure to make a way for us to have them. Whether it’s an antique couch, or healing from disease, it is absolutely His will, and the desire of His heart.

 

How do I know this? His Word tells us so.

 

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4

 

Notice the second half of that verse: He will give you the desires of your heart. Several years ago, Father showed me something about this verse—when we delight in Him, when we seek His face and His Truth, when His Word is living and breathing in our hearts, then the desires of our heart are the very desires He placed in us to begin with.

 

Matthew 6:33 says it this way:

 

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

 

It’s contrary to our human nature—of course it is. It’s our spiritual nature, the part of us He referred to when He said, “Let us make man in our own image.” Genesis 1:26

 

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

 

With that comes authority and responsibility. But that’s another post for another time.

 

So what about the times our prayers go unanswered?

 

Wrong question.

Our prayers are never unanswered. But we might not like the answer we get when we pray.

 

Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”

Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.  Matthew 19: 16, 21-22

 

Jesus answered the man; he just didn’t like what Jesus said. As to giving all our earthly wealth away, that’s also another topic for another time, but for now, suffice to say, Father can and will—and does—bless us in our obedience.

 

To wit, Solomon.

 

God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?”

And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place… Now give me wisdom and knowledge…”  II Chronicles 1:7-9

 

He could have asked God for riches, or favor, or a beautiful wife—any number of things. But Solomon asked for wisdom—He sought the Father’s heart.

 

Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”  verses 11 & 12

 

Seek Ye First, Extreme Edition. Or perhaps, First Edition.

 

So back to making requests before God. Back to tacking “If it be Thy will” at the end. Sounds so humble, so noble. (It’s not, it’s a cop out.)

 

We’re not called to be humble and noble. Neither do we approach the throne in arrogance, but knowing and standing on His Word, His promise to us, we can approach the Throne of God boldly and in confidence:

 

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16

 

And it all circles back to relationship with Him. CINO’s (Christians in Name Only) no more have the privilege of private audience with Him than I have with Queen Elizabeth.

 

The thing about His Word, though, is that it is living and breathing, and when we read it, meditate on it, it connects us to Him. He inhabits our hearts in the most intimate relationship there is.

 

And from that relationship comes confidence. Confidence in Who He is, in His Word, and His promises to us. And prayers that have power to change the world.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, If It Be Thy Will and Expectations, Mark 11:24, Psalm 37:4, Matthew 6:33, Genesis 1:26, Matthew 19:16, 21-22, II Chronicles 1:7-9, 11-12, Hebrews 4:16, Ephesians 18:23

 

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 18 February 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – NOTHING BUT A FAILURE

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – NOTHING BUT A FAILURE

“You’re nothing but a failure.” Those words were spewed at me nearly twenty years ago. What’s shocking, though, is that I had lived under that wordless proclamation for most of my life.

 

It’s not true, of course. Although I have failed AT many things in my life—as we all have—that does not make ME a failure.

 

As an author, my characters reflect different aspects of who I am, and in my new release the main character, Pearl, seems to be most like me of all my characters thus far. Though her life was vastly different to mine in many ways, she too lived under a burden of perfectionism—and the plague of never achieving it.

 

This is not Father’s will for us. His standard is excellence, not perfectionism. While I (nor any of us) cannot achieve perfectionism, I can work with excellence.

 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

Father God has not put us here to fail. Nor has He made the standard so high or rigorous to make it impossible to succeed.

 

What I’ve learned—as does my character, Pearl—is that all done unto Him, with a sincere heart, He counts as success. Even, and perhaps most especially, when we “fail” by the world’s expectations.

 

When we keep our focus on Father God, when we invite Him into our ventures, even our mundane day-to-day activities, when He is walking alongside us, then we will know success. When He walks alongside us, He directs us, guides us and protects us.

 

And best of all, He whispers in our ear of His love for us, encouraging us and sustaining—and always willing to catch us when we fall. He is for us, not against us.

 

Seek first the Kingdom of God… Matthew 6:33

Come closer to Him, and He will come closer to us.  James 4:8

 

Father God has so much better for me, for all of us, than striving to achieve the impossible. We are His priority, He asks that we make Him ours.

 

Do not be conformed to the ways of this world but be transformed by renewing our minds. Romans 12:2

 

And we do that by meditating on His Word, which is to say getting to know Him. And the more we know Him, and more we become like Him. And the more we are like Him, the more we know He is for us not against us.

 

If He is for us who can be against us? Romans 8:31

 

Not even myself. Not even failure. We are made in His image, and He doesn’t fail.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Nothing but a Failure, Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 6:33, James 4:8, Romans12:2, Romans 8:31

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