Monday, August 5, 2013

Your needs vs priotiries

'For the Lord God is the sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly'. Psalm 84:11

“Everything is needful that He sends; nothing can be needful that He withholds,” said John Newton. 

Need. I need this, I need that, I need an upgrade, I need more clothes, more shoes, I need to get married, I need holidays. 

Our lives are packed with needs, every single day we go about answering to them. We do it automatically. We concentrate on keeping ourselves happy.
This note is for you to take very personally. I don't want you to just read it, but let it sink in. Think about the questions I'm about to ask you and... answer them honestly in your heart. 

What was the craziest thing you've ever done to get what you wanted (and you didn't actually need it?) did you get into debt? Did you lie? Did you steal? 

What is it that you want at the moment that you can't just get? It may be something that is expensive, or it can be something that money can't buy- like peace at heart, forgiveness, or a spouse. 

What are you still waiting for to happen? Do you wait for the day when you will know what you want to do with your life, do you wait to win in a lottery, do you wait to meet someone you'd fall head over heels for? Do you wait for people to respect you for who you are? Do you wait for those days when you'll be actually happy, but even tho you keep on achieving the goals you set before yourself, you keep on buying new toys, you keep on changing who you are with... that happiness is still miles away from you? Do you go to sleep with fear that what you are looking for is wrong? With knowledge that you have back-stabbed someone again just to get away from the situation and get people to believe that you were right? 
What is your conscience telling you? 

Did you know that being a Christian doesn't automatically make you obedient to God, or that whatever you do 'must be God's will otherwise He wouldn't have let it happen', is a lie? 

Stop blaming God for your mistakes.  

Stop talking about Him as if you were a marionette that was forced to go and do something dumb, then use Romans 8:28 as if God did want you to do it so He could use it for your good. He could, when you confront yourself. Or He could just let you experience the consequences of your choice. That's Him using it for your good. 

God does have a will for every single life on Earth, but that life has to commit to Him first. 
I cannot stand hearing people blame God for their decisions. 

So what are the true needs, and what does it mean to wait patiently? 
It's crazy how many things we don't actually need to survive. We could pretty much get down to water, bread, one pair of shoes, one change of clothes and one coat, plus somewhere you could sleep, but a bed is not necessary. Everything beyond that is an excess. 
I look around and I see that everything I own is an excess. 
Good job we have a merciful God who sees how the world is doing and allows us to make a use of today's technology. 
Which still doesn't mean that we have to have the newest gadgets or as I said before live a lifestyle of satisfying our needs. 
Think now of two things you'd really want to have. One of mine is having a very good camera. 
Do I need it to survive? Absolutely not. 

Don't get blinded by owning things, don't get confused between the priorities of this world and the priorities of your heart. Remember that your relationship with Jesus is the first and most important thing and anything beyond that won't satisfy your heart, won't give you peace. 

“Everything is needful that He sends; nothing can be needful that He withholds,” said John Newton. 

Nothing can be needful that He withholds. If you don't have it right now it means you don't need it. 
With that, I'd like to tackle a controversial topic, which is searching/ waiting on a spouse. 
People get desperate to have someone in their life. Christians in this area are probably the worst. Why? Because we get manic about it. I've seen people travel from one conference to another to 'hunt'. I see girls get obsessed so much all they do is 'pray for the right guy', forget to grow themselves, like every guy they meet, treat a 'hi' as a 'sign', him coming to the same birthday party as a 'date'. 
I'm not saying praying is bad. It's the most important thing. But seriously people, concentrate on what God wants to teach you during your time of being single. Learn to love it and cherish it, because once you get married and then have kids, you will hardly ever be able to have a time when you won't be disturbed by anyone. 
There is no time in your life that doesn't have a purpose. There is never a time of 'pause'. There could be a time between the chapters of your life but that time is specifically deserved for preparation. 
Nothing can be needful that He withholds. 
You may have been waiting for so long that you think God is playing a joke on you. You may 'know better' what you need, which is why you are signed up to more than one dating site, you keep on chasing guys, you do not guard your heart. Anyone can walk in and out whenever they want to. You petrify men because whenever you talk with them you mention the exact plan you have for your life and the number of kids you want to have. 
This is not preparation. And if you keep going like this, you may be waiting for a long time. 
This is not submitting to God but trying to have a total control over what happens, even tho you've lost control over yourself ages ago. 

The only thing you need right now is go and delete all those accounts on dating sites, then go and pour your heart out before THE ONLY MAN YOU NEED RIGHT NOW, and that's Jesus. 

This was specifically for someone and you will know if that was you. If so, please don't ignore it.

God wants good things for you.

Everything in your life has a purpose unless it's been created by you for you only. 

God knows what we need, and He will give it to us in his time. Not ours.
We can't rush Him on. No desperate move will make Him give you what you want before you are ready to have it. 

God loves you because He is Love, he knows you better than anyone ever will, so I think he is worth of your trust.

Let go and let God.

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