Last week we lost a valuable (and expensive) tool for Bill’s business. It was a key. We tore through the house all the toys, book shelves, drawers, under cabinets, cars and everywhere else we could think of. It was frustrating. Bill had to borrow one, just so he could do his job. Now, is it written anywhere in the Word of God, where that key is? No. This is one of those Proverbs 3:5:6 moments. It would cost us $350.00 to replace. The days went by without us finding it. We asked God but there weren’t answers right away. I prayed, friends prayed. It was becoming a big deal.
Finally, Bill asked, God is it available to find this key? Yes. Is there something I need to do to find it? Yes. Then a memory of him in a clients front yard popped into his head. It was literally a picture of their front yard. He got in his rig drove over there and looked at the exact spot from the picture in his memory. There sat the key, half in and half out of the snow drift by their fence. We celebrated and rejoiced over this for two days! Wow! What a miracle! But also the electronic key wasn’t water damaged or ruined, we charged it up and used it. Wow! That is the abundant life. But when Bill sat down with God he got his needs and his wants parallel. There is a fine line there. Only God knows when our wants and needs are balanced. Look at this verse.
“For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and[is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
God uses His Word to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart. Wow. God is interested in our intents and our thoughts. He wants to know if those things are balanced. When we do all the steps I’ve been telling you about, that’s when we succeed because these steps work with God to find out His will for our lives.
“The spirit of man [is] the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” Proverbs 20:27
The spirit of a man, is the candle. We, by our own freewill, have to straighten out the imbalanced portions of our lives, with God’s help. So many people pray to God and think He will change the motives or greedy parts of our lives. But let’s examine that, why would God do for you something that He asked you to do for yourself?
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
He doesn’t. He doesn’t renew our minds for us. He doesn’t change our minds and hearts, we do. Individually, it is up to us.
“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance (a change of heart)?” Romans 2:4
It is up to us to change, but we have lots of God’s goodness to help us. That word goodness is the Greek word chrēstos, which is God’s kindness.
One of the things I prayed for since I was very young, not to brag just to say it’s something that really works, is; I prayed that God would help me always stay hungry for Him. I always want to grow and learn something new with Him. Because of that, I feel like I’ve learned ten lifetimes worth in my short life. Even through the stubborn prideful times. (Which I have in plenty!) I feel blessed and you can too. Anytime God shows us something new it’s worth celebrating! Hearing Him, walking with Him and imitating Him is as easy as Romans 10:17.
“So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Make up your mind to hear the Word daily. Make up your own mind to grow with God. Put yourself in the position to learn from Him. This series on the more abundant life is just one more way to help you walk with God.
God Bless You Today!
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