Saturday, February 23, 2013
Lou this one is for you! The Bible tells us that God is not a respector of persons. You have asked what this means. It means what He has done for one He will do for another. I heard a message with this theme probably 7 years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. The promises that are offered to us are ours. If God heals one person then there is no reason, in God, why He won't do it for another. I hope you caught the part about in God. If we don't receive it is not God's fault. Perhaps there is something in us that blocks our ability to receive the gifts God has for us. A lot of hurt has been caused though by people saying, " If you had enough faith, you would have received." So there must be some balance here. One of my favorite books is What's so Amazing About Grace and another is Where is God When It Hurts. He can explain some of this far better than I can. Just for basics, God does not favor one child over another, we are all His favorite. There are many things that keep us from His presence though and they all lie in us. It CAN BE lack of faith. It can also be sin, like jealousy or greed or hatred, etc. God's desire is to bless us, but we detirmine the blessings and inheritance we will receive. God desires us all to be free from the detrimental effects of sin. Our prayers can be hindered when we ask with wrong motives. The thing is, if you truly want to know what is keeping you from receiving, ask God for insight, wisdom and understanding. If we seek Him with our whole heart, not just part of it, we will find Him. The thing we don't want to do is grow weary in doing good, because we WILL reap if we hang on. Faith and love move God. Let us seek to love as God loves because afterall He IS love. Let Him purify our hearts and get out of His way and allow Him to work in His timing, not demanding He do it when we think He should. God is not a respector of persons. What He has done for my friends He will do for me as well, just not the exact same way. So if you desire for God to do something, then give Him everything. He put treasures in His word for us to find as we would an Easter egg. Intimacy grows through time spent in prayer. Make Him your priority and then get ready for the ride. He is waiting on you.