It sounds terrible I know. But there are people who blame God for everything that is wrong in their lives. Especially the things they don’t have! After all, they prayed about it and they stand in faith about it. Unfortunately, that’s all they do!
I remember this little lesson from my mother.
Matthew 6:26 – Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Yes, God cares about even the birds. Yet, God doesn’t put a worm inside the bird’s nest every morning. The bird actually has to fly down to the grass and look for the bird. Otherwise it will die of hunger.
The same principle applies to us.
The unemployed man can pray for a job; he still has to update his CV, go through all the adverts and apply for all those that are applicable. Otherwise he will stay unemployed until the day he dies.
The student can pray for good results; he still has to spend his time wisely and study hard, otherwise he will fail his exam.
I can compile a long list of examples but I am sure you grasp the concept.
If you want something, pray about it, yes. Believe God for it, yes. But do what you have to do to make it happen. Faith demands action!
Can we be too religious in our thinking and reasoning? Is it at all possible? Yes.
A good friend mentioned something yesterday that got me thinking. And from experience I know that when something keep mulling around in my head, I should blog about it. Somebody needs to read it. So here goes!
Everything that is wrong we blame on the devil. Everything we do wrong, we blame on the devil. Quite frankly, I think the devil gets more credit than he deserves! Many things in our lives are there because of choices we made. The circumstances we have is often the direct results of things we did or things we did not do. It has nothing to do with the devil or any of his plans. We are often our own worst enemies!
I get upset when people blame the devil for their sin. The devil cannot make us do anything. He can put temptation in front of us, yes. But MAKE us fall into the trap? NO. We know what is right and what is wrong. We have the Holy Spirit and He guides us every step of our lives. When we veer off the road, it’s because we CHOOSE to. We choose to sin. We choose to do the wrong thing.
And then we blame the devil.
We go to church on Sundays but we make no effort to get knowledge about the spiritual laws in the Word of God. Our prayers are ineffective. Our confessions as negative. Our faith is sadly lacking. We do not know the promises in the Word, so how can we stand on them? How can we believe in something we do not know about or understand properly?
But we blame the devil.
It is time that we accept responsibility for our own lives! Satan is not our master. He cannot achieve anything in our lives unless we yield to him. If we yield to him through sin, we become his slaves.
Stop blaming the devil. Start taking responsibility!
Have you ever been dirty? Not just a little bit, but really, really dirty? Can you remember what it feels like? Hair heavy with oiliness. Dirt and grime under your finger nails. Dirty clothes that smell of dust and sweat. Fury teeth. Dirty underwear. You get the picture right? If you are anything like me, the mental picture freaks you out. I hate feeling dirty.
Can you remember how good it feels to have a nice long shower to get rid of this dirty feeling? To stand under hot water and feel the dirt running off your body? To work up lots of lather with the soap. To brush your teeth and have a mouth full of smooth teeth again. Afterwards you feel so good. You feel lighter. You feel less tired. You feel like a brand new person!
Now think back to the day when you accepted Jesus as your Saviour. Do you remember how good it felt to be spiritually clean? Do you remember how joyful you were, knowing that your sins had been forgiven? Nothing could get you down! You were floating on air!
What happened to that joy? Life is tough I know and it’s hard to stay positive in a negative world. Stress creeps up on us and steal our joy. Satan makes life difficult for us and steal our joy. People let us down and steal our joy. If we don’t guard our hearts, we end up in a pit of depression.
Nehemia 8:10 – Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Psalm 51:12 – Restore to me the joy of my salvation.
We need that joy to survive. If there is nothing else today in your life to be joyful about, be joyful about your salvation. That alone is reason enough to smile all day long. You have the right to call the creator of the universe “Abba Father”. He knows your name. He knows how many hair you have on your head. He planned you. He knitted you together in your mother’s womb. You were fearfully and wonderfully made!