I’m sorry to take you “there”, or “back there” if you are my age, but the lyrics to this song popped into my head on my drive into work this morning, and I was in prayer while I drove. This song took me back immediately to the 1970’s (dating myself I know) and I was a young child spying on my parent’s “house parties”. I think that it was Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes who sang, “If you don’t know me by now…you will never, ever ever know me….ohhh ohhh ohhh!”
I know what I was praying at the time, and I know why God allowed this song to play in my mind. I also immediately knew that God wanted me to share the message here. Redundancy in prayer is a common thing; I had someone tell me that she prayed to God each night to help her to make more money, and I didn’t want to seem like I wasn’t understanding of her plight, but I asked her if she thought that God didn’t hear her the first, second or third time that she prayed the same prayer. That got a chuckle, but not much more…Personally, I know God…well…I hope that I do, and I believe that when I ask Him for something in His name BELIEVING, that he will do it (Jn. 14:14). The believing part is what makes it critical. If you ask Him anything, but have even a inch of doubt, you will cancel the request. It’s also important to note that being in God’s will is important. I don’t think that there is a person who reads this blog that doesn’t want to be wealthy. Some of us may even feel that they deserve to be wealthy. However, if it is not in God’s will for you, guess what? Join the crowd.
Please don’t misconstrue what I’m saying, because with the skewered prosperity gospel that is so prevalent today this message needs to be heard. The prosperity doctrine is straight from the devil; it is based upon a principle that everyone who follows it deserves wealth, and it’s motto is the taken out of context scripture, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou would prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospers (3 Jn. 1:2)”. Of course God wants His people to prosper, but prosperity comes in more forms than monetarily. You actually have to KNOW God to understand what He is saying to His people. Jesus did not go to the cross for us so that we can be rich! God wants a relationship with us, we can be rich in him.
At this point I’m sure many may think that “she’s crazy”, and perhaps that I’m not being realistic, but truly knowing God shows me that whatever my NEEDS are, that God is faithful to supply them. My wants, on the other hand, may go unfulfilled forever. Recently my adult son kept insisting to me that “Mom I NEED a second job….I really do. I need it”, and I would shake my head and tell him…”No, you WANT a second job. God knows what you need. You NEED patience, wait on God”. Lo and behold, not too long ago he was blessed with the job that God wanted him to have and he is happy today. This is a prime example of how the people of God end up falling into spiritual ditches; their “needs” supersede what God actually wants for their lives, and their will supersedes His will. Then calamity strikes and who gets the blame? God does.
If you don’t know Him by now….you may never ever ever know Him, ohhh ohhh ohhh.
“Well sister pastor’s wife, I was reading Psalms 37 and it said that if I delight myself in the Lord that He will give me the desires of my heart. So there!”
Yeah. I read that too. I could be wrong but the way that I read it was that when I am happy in the Lord, that my desires will also be His for me. Meaning that whatever God has for me will be enough and I will be satiated. If your heart is not satisfied in what God has done for you or has given to you, then maybe you need a heart transplant…one that is after His own heart. I know that it seems like I’m preaching to the choir here, but with banal and spiritually insensitive shows like the “Preachers” and “Preachers daughter” and idiotic films being released like “I’m in love with a church girl” (Huh??!!??) I think that the truth of the Word needs to be spread, hearts need to be changed and people need to get back to knowing who God is…because it seems like many, many have fallen away.
Satan’s lies are wooing away God’s people. Turn back. Draw near to Him and he will draw near to you.
Thanks for reading and God bless you!