Wednesday, February 25, 2015
"On Fire": God Does Not Forget What He Said He'd Do. However...
I was having a conversation with one of the "On Fire" gals about the giveaways on the site. She was saying that she was hesitant to ask for items because one, she didn't want to appear greedy and two, she didn't want to be forgotten.
Both concerns are fair...
One, there are a lot of women who follow the blog and some are "repeat customers".
Two, all of the giveaways are out of my own pocket and so I have to budget wisely.
Three, that's why I rarely say *when* something will go out. I simply ask who wants what's being offered.
And you know what? It's actually all by design.
It's not often when I'll forget something or one (if I do, I'll usually post a message to ask if anyone is waiting on something---and if you are, feel free to hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org). However, it's also rare when I'm in a rush to get giveaways out. And here's why: in it's own weird way, it's a metaphor for the purpose of this blog.
The beginning of James 4 starts off this way:
"Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, 'The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously'? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: 'God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.'"---James 4:1-6(NKJV)
Those verses are powerful for a few reasons and on a few levels.
1) It reminds us to *ask* for what it is that we want.
2) It reminds us that God checks our motives before granting what we ask for. (Proverbs 21:2&8-Message)
3) It reminds us that anything that puts our relationship into jeopardy with him---eh hem, even another relationship---is not something that is good for us.
4) It reminds us that pride gets us nowhere. Humility does. (Proverbs 22:4)
OK, so how does all of this tie into the giveaways?
For one thing, if I offered, please don't be afraid to ask. Again, there are a lot of women who follow the blog; however, I take that into account whenever I post a giveaway.
Secondly, the timing may not be what you were wanting/expecting, but that doesn't mean "it's" not coming. There are things going on behind the scenes to make everything turn out smoothly.
And in many ways, same thing applies with the Father...
The Word makes it clear that first, we don't have a lot of things because we don't ask for them and secondly, a lot of us, through our demanding attitude (I Samuel 8), our impatience (James 1:4) or even our fear (I John 4:18), we tend to think that God *owes* us something or *has to* show up when we want him to. That is nowhere near the case.
When it comes to timing, I have quoted two verses a lot over the years:
"You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit."---Acts 1:7(Message)
Having the Holy Spirit in your life as you're waiting on God's perfect timing means you're getting this: "the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby)" (John 14:26-AMP) One of the things that I personally like about that assurance is in the Garden of Eden, a woman's first purpose was defined: helper (Genesis 2:18). And as you can see in the Scripture in John, the Holy Spirit is our Divine Helper. Therefore, *if anyone can show a woman how to be the right help for her husband (or future husband)* it would be the Holy Spirit. (Amen!) Are you paying attention to what the Spirit is trying to teach you? Even now?
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end."---Ecclesiastes 3:11(NKJV)
That does not say exactly *when* things will be made beautiful. What we do know is that, at the right time, which is always God's time, things will be made that way. And did you peep that it doesn't say *certain* things or *some* things will be made that way? It says *everything* will beautiful! However, because God's thoughts and ways are different from yours (Isaiah 55:8-11), you're not always going to know what is going on. *You're going to know what you need to know* (James 1:5). In the meantime, just hold onto the fact that in the end...it will be beautiful. It will be "possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind".
That's why I like Luke 1:45 so much...
A woman "passed it on to me" years ago. It, along with "Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!" (Jude 1:2-Message), are two verses that I've held dear. Back when I didn't love God or myself as well as I should have (Mark 12:3-31), I didn't realize the gems that they were.
Mary is a spiritual example of what it means to receive what God says and then rest in it. *Until he chooses to move*. And since he is perfect (Deuteronomy 32:4), God's time is the best time. And Jude 1:2? It is simply awesome! *You can't be anxious (Philippians 4:6-7) and relaxed at the same time*. Oh, but when you *are* relaxed, when you *are* calm (Proverbs 17:27), when you *are* at peace (which is a characteristic of the Fruit of the Spirit-Galatians 5:22-23), you can hear God better and you can see things much clearer.
There will be more giveaways in the months to come...
Again, look at them as a metaphor.
It's hard to get what you don't ask for.
Something not coming in your timing does not mean you are forgotten.
By me? Yes. I will do by best.
But far better than that...*not ever by God*.
And what he's got will top anything you could ask for or I could ever offer (I Corinthians 2:9-10)!
*Relax in that*.