Are you really living for the glory of God? What are you willing to go through to see your God-given desires come to pass? We must stop limiting ourselves by not listening to our limitless God.
With no valid explanation from the Scriptures, we've been taught settling for less makes you more 'spiritual'. We've been warned that riches and wanting more is evil. But could it be our desires are windows into God's perfect will for our lives? Could it be, we have bought into something that calls itself 'christianity' but it is actually killing our faith?!
Just like any good parent (but even more) our Father wants to see us go as far as we can. All we need is to get on the pathway to His abundant blessings, for He is the same God of our ancient Fathers. We must be prepared to step into a more fulfilling Christian life. As we look at the life of Abraham we recognize someone who ultimately did not fall short of the glory of God as he reached for his greatest desire and even received an inheritance.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
Though their faith holds historic and genetic significance for every Israelite, Abraham and Sarah did what God expects all of His children to do- live by faith. They had a long-standing need which they chose to see it as their greatest desire- to have a child. They recognized what they had to do was give their all to God.
Nothing compares to hearing God's call. Yahweh's transmission reaches deeper than anything men could ever invent, for it is the call to faith. How clear is the connection between you and your Heavenly Father?Abraham "was called to go." God wants us to daily, make forward progress.
Maybe your life isn't moving forward because you've been so busy doing it your way or wallowing in self-pity. God can give you the wisdom to understand that your perdicament isn't permanent, but exists to challenge and motivate you. Stop spinning your wheels in the middle of your 'problem'; reach out in faith and start moving forward toward Him thru your desire.
When God calls, your spirit yearns to give you the peace of knowing you're headed in the right direction. Faith is demonstrated by our willingness to leave behind old familiar things in search of God's best. When one enters the unseen realm of faith, they enter into an arena of cleansing and renewal, preparing you to one day meet your desire.
As you follow God, you'll become more and more aware that you cannot depend upon this world. In fact, you're dependancy upon the things of this world has shielded you from even seeing the opportunities only faith can provide. GOD OFFERS FAITH AS HIS WAY TO BE SUCCESSFUL FOR HIS GLORY. Faith reveals God has something more for those who are willing to believe.
It is God's intention that faith carry us where we belong. Abraham "was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance." God's perfect will is for us to assume our position of sonship, as we are His heirs. Yet if we spend our whole lives 'doing our own thing' we will not achieve it in this life. If we will reach for our desires which will bring Him the most glory, in the process, He will bring us to "an inheritance" as His heir. This is God's perfect will for His children. Only those Israelite children however, who "walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham" will achieve it (Romans 4:12).
In God's providence we all start off at different places in life. Some are born with many opportunities. Some are born with far less. How can this be fair? Because the opportunity to live by faith is greater in the life of one who has far less. It's one thing to start off with much and attempt to enter the kingdom of God, while it's quite another to start off with far less and give it all for the sake of the Gospel. Christ taught His Disciples this lesson following His encounter with the rich young ruler:
17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. 23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? 27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. 28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. 29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. 31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.
The Disciples' astonishment came from their assumption that the more material blessings one has, the more favor you must have with God. Christ easily disproves this assumption. At first we see the rich young ruler running up to Christ wanting eternal life. But when Christ informs him of what he must give up, the rich young ruler goes away sad. Christ uses this incident to teach an important lesson concerning our attitude about riches and then, He informs us of the opportunity of a lifetime.
Christ does indeed state it is nearly impossible for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God; but He goes on to clarify it is most difficult for those who are trusting in riches, such as the rich young ruler- that's the issue! The issue isn't how being rich is evil or how the mere possession of riches can knock you out of eternal life. He is not teaching it is a sin to be rich. CHRIST IS TEACHING IT IS A SIN IF WE ARE TRUSTING IN RICHES.
Having eternal life was important to the rich young ruler, but not as important as hanging on to his stuff. Christ was showing Him how his great possessions could be used for the Gospel ministry, yet the rich young ruler did not desire to do this, why? Because he had no faith.
Here we see he was a 'good' person whom Christ "loved". But there is obviously a difference between being a good person and one who has faith and trusts God. Most of our people want to be like the rich young ruler: they want to be a 'good' person who has great possessions- "The American Dream." But Christ wanted more than that for the rich young ruler, and He wants more than that for you!
However, given the disappointment we see here with the rich young ruler after he heard these words from Christ, this is what the value of our lives comes down to: what we desire, and what we're depending on. Understand, even poor people can allow their lust for riches to prevent them from trusting God. Therefore the issue is not some innate evil of the riches themselves. The issue is our attitude toward riches and whether or not we have an attitude of faith- what do we desire and upon Who or what are we depending on? We may never know the answer to this until we enter the unseen realm of faith.
If one will not let go of the things of this world, he cannot be living by faith. Christ said, "You cannot serve God and mammon." We can point out how 'good' we are and say we trust God. But if we're not willing to use everything we have (no matter how great or small) for the glory of God, our dependency is not upon Him.
For Christ goes on to contrast how there are those who are willing to give their all for the Gospel's sake, with no mention of how little or how much they start off with. It's not how little or how much you have, it's whether or not you have an attitude of faith! Do you see your life in God's hands, or does it bother you to think of letting go of something to help someone in need?
Christ is not saying it's impossible for a rich man to live by faith, serve God, or enter eternal life. He is saying that the possibility is much greater for one who has far less, to do so. Therefore in God's economy, the less you have, the more potential you have to live by faith and be pleasing to Him. Stop seeing your lack, your problem, your need as a negative; see it as your greatest desire that can be reached by faith.
For He then goes on to give a guarantee of abundant material blessings- "an hundredfold NOW IN THIS TIME" promised to any of His children who has given their all, for the sake of the Gospel, why? Because they are not trusting in riches but in Him.
Here we learn that God is The Wisest Of All Investors. This is where the 'name it and claim it' crowd make their big mistake (other than the fact they are preaching a false gospel by gathering wolves and goats among the sheep). Christ promises here to freely bestow abundant material blessings "now in this time" upon those who prove their faithfulness to the Gospel ministry thru total dependency upon God. According to Christ, if the rich young ruler would have done what Christ told him to do, instead of holding onto what he already had, he would have ended up with a hundred times more.
Yet those who are sacrificially going above and beyond for the sake of the Gospel, are not only trusting in God, but also can be trusted by God. Therefore Christ promised this abundant "hundredfold" material blessing to those who have proven they are trustworthy. For He knows they will invest it and re-distribute it in and thru the ministry of the Gospel. As they see it, Him giving them more only gives them more to give for the sake of the Gospel.
He acknowledges they will continue to give their all when He mentions the "persecutions" which will continue, as they continue to give their all for Him. What an amazing guarantee He makes to us and it is all possible for you because of one thing- faith. Again, the opportunity to live by faith is greater in the lives of those who have far less. All we must do is heed the call of God, just like Abraham.
"By faith Abraham...obeyed." To obey is to listen to God and do what He says from your heart by faith. God told Abraham to go and Abraham went, not knowing where he was going. People assume they are obeying God because they keep a certain set of rules. The Bible says "without faith it is impossible to please God," and "whatsoever is not faith is of sin." IT IS GOD'S PERFECT WILL FOR YOU TO BELIEVE. Christ pointed out to the rich young ruler, "One thing thou lackest," - faith. The most important thing when it comes to obeying God is faith.
Entering the unseen realm of faith does not leave you the same or lead you back to where you were, it first takes you into the UNKNOWN- Abraham "went out, not knowing whither (where) he went." Though many avoid it like the plague, Abraham and Sarah were going into 'the unknown.' Here we see yet another aspect of the unseen realm of faith. We know the "what" (our desires) and the "Who" (Yahweh God). The UNKNOWN consisits of the "how," the "when," and may even be the "where" which leads to the fulfillment of our desires. God uses the UNKNOWN to purify, test, and strengthen our faith and dependency on Him.
The UNKNOWN is the journey between when we begin trusting God to give us our desires and when they finally come to pass. Maintaining the expectation and assurance of our faith during this time is most critical, and is our responsiblity. Great power can be attained in the unseen realm of faith in the UNKNOWN, when we continue to trust God to do the impossible.
While in the UNKNOWN you must trust Him the most, believing He is working, moving, and adjusting things behind the scenes to bring your desire to pass. During the UNKNOWN is when He is building enduring, Christian character in us: faithfulness, usefulness, righteousness, and value in our future service to God. From God's perpective, us learning to 'push thru' the UNKNOWN is the most necessary benefit of faith, for it's the substance we are left with internally. Though He deserves all the glory when our desires come to pass, it's within the UNKNOWN that He teaches us His ways which equips us to be better stewards of His blessings.
Though it is rough emotionally and on our flesh, faith in the UNKNOWN is proof that we are on our way to receiving our desires. Therefore if you want the portion of your inheritance that God has for you "now in this time", you must seek to trust Him even more while you wait in the UNKNOWN.
Abraham left all he knew to go into the UNKNOWN, why? Because of the promises of God, which all centered on fulfilling his greatest desire- to have a son. Ultimately, he did it for the same reason we should- because of the the promises of God and for the Gospel's sake, which he looked forward to.
What is the Gospel? The good news of how God took upon flesh to die for the sins of Abraham's seed, Israel. Are you willing to push thru the UNKNOWN for the sake of what you do know- that you are an Israelite and the most important thing is for your brothers and sisters to know what Christ did only for them?
When Abraham left home, he had neither an inheritance nor an heir to leave it to, only the desires of his heart. By faith he trusted God even thru the UNKNOWN and ended up receiving both. Now what are you gonna do about your desires? We can only learn the ways of God as we live by faith. As children of Abraham, faith is our opportunity in this life to be all we can be for the glory of God.
The very existence of your white brothers and sisters today is proof that Abraham and Sarah remained in the unseen realm of faith with Yahweh, endured the UNKNOWN, and were rewarded beyond what they could ever imagine. It's time for Israelites to start living by faith.
What is it you lack? What does your family need the most? That may be the exact area where God wants you to trust Him the most. Don't see your desire being met as an impossibility with God. See it as the doorway to reaching your inheritence.
Once we know what we desire, we must answer the call to faith, which leads to it's fulfillment. If we believe, He will bring us to our destination. Try to be like a little child going on a trip with your parents: don't worry about the details, just sit back, and enjoy the ride!