Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Being Thankful For What You Have And Not Resentful For Over What You Don't Have

…you may be partakers of the divine nature… —2 Peter 1:4

{CHAMBERS} “We are made “partakers of the divine nature,” receiving and sharing God’s own nature through His promises. Then we have to work that divine nature into our human nature by developing godly habits. The first habit to develop is the habit of recognizing God’s provision for us. We say, however, “Oh, I can’t afford it.” One of the worst lies is wrapped up in that statement. We talk as if our heavenly Father has cut us off without a penny! We think it is a sign of true humility to say at the end of the day, “Well, I just barely got by today, but it was a severe struggle.” And yet all of Almighty God is ours in the Lord Jesus! […] Does it really matter that our circumstances are difficult? Why shouldn’t they be! If we give way to self-pity and indulge in the luxury of misery, we remove God’s riches from our lives and hinder others from entering into His provision. No sin is worse than the sin of self-pity, because it removes God from the throne of our lives, replacing Him with our own self-interests. It causes us to open our mouths only to complain, and we simply become spiritual sponges— always absorbing, never giving, and never being satisfied. And there is nothing lovely or generous about our lives.”

{ELGIN} We decide on the sufficiency of God’s provision based upon our measure of what it takes for put our mind at ease and to maintain a level of comfort that we desire.  It really has nothing to do with dependence upon God and His sufficiency.  (James 4:2-3) “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” Jesus said to pray like this “give us this day our daily bread”.  In other words .. Father give me enough and I will be thankful for what I have and not resentful or anxious because of what I don’t have.  Right now I pay more for monthly cell phone service than most people in Haiti make in several months.  There is a tendency for people to look at what is wrong and not what is right .. they are never content or happy.  There is a tendency for people, those whose old nature rules in their lives, to never be satisfied with what they have but are always seeking more – better – bigger – newer.  The flesh is never content or satisfied.  Friend keep your eyes on Jesus.  Turn your heart toward God.  Strip away everything that hinders you from following Jesus and living for the Father’s glory. 

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