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When we ask for anything but His name

I have no doubt. Any good father would be willing to give their child anything they desire should they plead long and fervently enough (Luke 5-10). How much more would our loving Father in heaven give us anything we desire (Psa. 37:4, Matt. 7:11)?

Jesus replied…
“You can ask for anything in My name,
and I will do it,
so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.”
(John 14:13 NLT)

And the problem is, we do ask for anything. Anything from private jets to the raising of the dead or even a simple request for that “perfect” spouse, there’s nothing we aren’t bold enough or too unashamed to ask God (as if, He owed it to us somehow).

All that is indeed a problem for two main reasons:

  1. We are unaware that when asking that heaven or paradise be brought to us on earth now, we would risk “having our reward in full” (Matt. 6:2,5,16,19-21, Luke 16:25).
  2. We are unaware that like a father, God is hurting that we would go after anything else (Jer. 2:5) rather than desire Him alone (Psa. 27:4).

Apparently, God would even go as far as to let us severe our ties with Him, should we choose prosperity and happiness over being part of His family (Luke 15:11-13).

That’s just how good He is.

Either way, whether we want everything else and nothing of God or we want Him as much as we want the benefits, I am confident that a believer will eventually choose the material riches over the eternal One. We cannot have two competing longings in our hearts last forever (Matt. 6:24).

The only way to Christian maturity is to want nothing, but God (Psa. 23:1, 27:4).

The question is, are we brave and in love enough to choose to be content in God alone?

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Don’t be on fire for God

There’s something quite bothersome about the imagery being passed along in churches of a piece of coal catching fire. It’s supposed to symbolize a Christian catching fire for God and as it goes along and touches others, it passes on the fire it once caught from the furnace. And so on and so on.

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