After months of silence, finally a new blog post. I just HAVE to write this blog this morning, I just HAVE to.
I have sat through months, yes months, of sermons on the same topic. Ask, belief that you have received, confess positively, and you will receive it. This teaching is all based on this one verse:
Mark 11:24 I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
If this didn’t happen the way the preacher promised it would, there was surely something wrong with your faith. I am sure you know exactly what I am talking about. Many Christians feel like failures as their lives simply didn’t turn out the way the preacher promised. They asked, they believed, they proclaimed, they claimed it in the name of Jesus, they did it all – and nothing came to pass. I know of some Christians who completely lost hope because of this. Some felt like the black sheep in the family of God. Some just gave up. All because of a teaching based on ONE verse in the Bible, without taking anything else into account.
1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
A few years ago, I applied for a job. My prayer to God was simple: if it was His will that I move into a new company and a new career, I should get the job. If it wasn’t His will, I shouldn’t get the job. Simple as that. I didn’t ask for the new job. I asked for His will to be done. I got the job and my current employer came with a very good counter offer. They could not understand it when I turned the counter offer down. My old job was close to my home and my salary would far succeed the salary at the new job, which was quite a drive from my home. If I chose to stay, and accepted the counter offer, it would have meant that money was more important to me, that being in the will of God. I moved into a new career, and the experience gained there, is what made it possible for me, to have my online shop today. I would not have been able to do it, had it not been for the experience gained in two years at the new company.
Last week my husband and I applied for financing for a new vehicle. Our prayer was simple: if this is the right vehicle for us to buy, at the right time, we should get financing from our own bank. If this was not the right vehicle and the right time, the financing should be refused. The financing was refused, for the simple reason that my husband is self-employed – he consults on contract, and in a couple of month’s time, his current contract will expire. The bank sees this as a risk. We cannot negotiate any new contract until the old one has ended. Are we upset? No. We know that God’s will is being done. We will get the right vehicle, at the right time. Are we now going to try all the other banks to get financing? No. That would be unbelief.
This is one of the most difficult lessons to learn as a Christian. We are trained by preachers to ask, actually demand, and then just believe that God will do whatever we ask for. Yes, I know God wants to bless His children. He wants us to be happy and healthy. But sometimes, the things we ask, are not the best He wants to bless us with. God is more interested in our character than in our well-being overall.
I firmly believe our trust in God was tested through this simple little thing. Trusting God for His will to be done, is true faith. Believing that God will do whatever you ask, is not faith. Faith is holding on to God, still believing that He is giving us what is best for us, even when we don’t understand our circumstances and the things that happen.
Stop demanding from God with the ‘ask, believe and receive’ teaching. Start looking for the will of God in your life – ALL areas of your life. Ask for direction in simple ways such as we did, and accept that whatever happens, is God’s will at that moment. You will be blessed. Trust me. God has never failed us. Never. I could have chosen money, it would have cost me living my dream today. God sees the full picture of your entire life, you only see today. Seek the will of God in your life more than anything else. It is worth it.