Posted by News Express | 5 April 2016 | 2,379 times
“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” ―John Green
If we truly believe in God and in His words, our response will always be connected with action. We immediately want to respond to His bidding. We will not keep on sitting, telling Him that we expect Him to bring things to pass by Himself. That would be an absolutely irresponsible thing to do. Faith is demonstrated by actions. Faith is only proven by obedience. So if God says you have all things in Him, we don’t doubt Him, but rather strive to confirm to Him that we indeed believe Him.
When God says that we have all sufficiency in him, we should jump to our feet and begin to go after everything we need in life, especially those things we need to please him. Yes, it might be a little bit of a puzzle to us why a loving God would not make everything readily available all by himself. Why should we struggle before we get something in life?
“With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die.” ―Criss Jami
Well, I think I understand God’s perspective on this. We take for granted those things that are readily available to us. But those things that are rare are the most precious things in the world. There is a reason why gold, silver and diamond, even though they are called stones, are not just stone. There is a difference between stones and precious stones. Those stones that are precious are those that are rare to come across by the way. While those stones and gravels that are just outside your house are not called precious because they are readily available. They are readily accessible. They are only left to be trampled upon by men.
So, if God says all things are yours and that you have all sufficiency in him and yet they are not readily available, that means God has found a way to make those things equally as precious. It means when you now discover them, they would indeed contain the highest value.
“I think that we are like stars. Something happens to burst us open; but when we burst open and think we are dying; we’re actually turning into a supernova. And then when we look at ourselves again, we see that we’re suddenly more beautiful than we ever were before!” ―C. JoyBell C
There is a story in the Bible that tells us how an individual does everything possible to get all he wants in life. Matt 15:21-28:
“Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”
Let’s quickly examine some basic lessons from the life of this heroic woman, in how to get what you need in life. The life story of this woman is like a prototype to us on what we need to do to get what we need in life.
THIS WOMAN CAME OUT FROM HER HOUSE TO LOOK FOR AN ANSWER TO HER NEED.
For you and I to get anything going for us, we must get out of our comfort zones and pursue all we need with vigor.
“You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.” ―Diana Ross
SHE CRIED OUT TO JESUS.
Friends, even though everything we need is already available to us, we must do whatever it takes to lay our hands on them. In the case of this lady, she needed Jesus to hear and pay attention to her. For that to happen she needed to cry out which she did. She did what she needed to do to get an answer. This must be the same with us, if we want to get what God has already promised us.
“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.” ―Ben Okri
THIS WOMAN CRIED OUT FOR MERCY TO THE SON OF GOD. “HAVE MERCY ON ME OH LORD SON OF DAVID” WERE HER WORDS.
Despite the fact that God has promised you all what you need, sometimes all that is standing between you and your miracle is your attitude. In this case humility was needed for this woman to get her needs met. Some of us could be too proud sometimes to be humble enough to be blessed. Change that attitude, humble yourself to get whatever you need in life.
“A great man is always willing to be little.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson
“HAVE MERCY ON ME, MY DAUGHTER IS SEVERELY DEMON POSSESSED.”
This lady knew specifically what her need was. For you to get what you need in life, you must know what your need is. Your need must be formulated concretely and precisely.
“There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” ―Napoleon Hill
BUT HE ANSWERED HER NOT A WORD.
Does that look like neglect to you? Yea, I think you are right. However, when you want to get what you need in life, you must not be prone to getting upset, angry or annoyed because people don’t treat you the way you expect. If you are always getting offended you will always lose the chance of getting what you need in life. Sometimes to get what you need in life, you must learn to swallow offences. This lady knew that secret and it led to her breakthrough.
“Offence is like muddy soil; when trapped underfoot, it resists rapid progress. Don’t trap offences under your mind, else you resist change! Jesus said, “Shake the soil off your sandals”! What are you waiting for? Shake it off!” ―Israelmore Ayivor
THE DISCIPLES STOOD IN HER WAY.
They urged Jesus to send her away for all her cries and noises. She endured all these and never got discouraged. For you to be able to get what you need in life, two words are essential: endurance and refusal to be discouraged. Your focus must be on what you need to get. Set your goals, set your target and stick out your neck for it.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” ―Calvin Coolidge
JESUS’ RESPONSE WAS NOT VERY COMFORTING EITHER: “I WAS NOT SENT EXCEPT TO THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.”
Simply put, that means you don’t qualify. You are not good enough. You are not in the class. Do you think that got the lady offended? No! She knew what she wanted, she needed solution. She was after results so she would not be perturbed. Friends, for you to go far in life to get whatever you need, you must be willing to close your eyes at times to rejections. Rejections will come on your way to your goals, but if you allow yourself to get emotional because of that, you will never get to your result.
“A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.” ―Bo Bennett
“LORD HELP ME!”
When you know where your solution is, be ready to become anything necessary. This lady was ready to become anything necessary just to get her goals met. Some of us at times will think some things are not good enough for us, or we are better in our eyes than some things that we are being offered. But you see, in this case what matters is getting what you need and this woman knew exactly how to get what she needed.
“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” ―Thomas A. Edison
THE NEXT THING IS, JESUS EQUALED HER TO A DOG.
Can you guess what her response was? She said, “Yes, Lord, even the little dogs eat of the crumbs that fall from the master’s table.” There is a time for you to defend yourself, your reputation and your name, but there are other times when it is absolutely unnecessary to do that. What was most important in this case was her need which had to be met. Her focus was right.
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?” ―Lance Armstrong
THIS WOMAN INSTINCTIVELY KNEW THE LAWS OF HOW TO GET HER NEEDS MET.
Her persistence earned her Jesus’ commendation. If you are persistent enough, my friends, you will get what you need in life. There are no mysteries to it, it is plain and simple.
“Persistence is the key to solving most mysteries.” ―Christopher Pike
JESUS’ FINAL ANSWER WAS, ‘OH WOMAN, GREAT IS YOUR FAITH! LET IT BE TO YOU AS YOU DESIRE.” WHEN YOUR FAITH IS SOLID ENOUGH, YOU GET WHAT YOU DESIRE.
You don’t just get what you need, faith allows you to get a little more than what you need. You actually get what you desire because faith does not allow you to give up.
“Age wrinkles the body; quitting wrinkles the soul.” ―Douglas MacArthur
HER DAUGHTER WAS HEALED AT THAT VERY HOUR.
Results, solutions, achievements, accomplishments, are all a possibility to the person, who knows how to follow and abide by the rules of God’s word.
“Quitting is never an option on the road to success. Find the way forward. If you have a positive mindset and are willing to persevere, there is little that is beyond your reach. The attitude of being ready to work even in the face of challenges and despite odds is what will make all the difference in your life.” ―Roopleen
Ladies and gentlemen, I hope that today’s article has been able to open your eyes to a new world of possibilities, a world of realities, a world where dreams come to pass, a world where there are no limitations, a world where needs are met, a world where you know and are sure that all things are yours. A world of sufficiency.
“Every human heart cries and yearns for the same thing: a chance to fulfill his or her own dreams and desires. Even the poorest man has a dream.” ―Myles Munroe
This is God’s dream for us. A life on earth that looks and sounds legendary. Almost like a fairytale. That fairytale life becomes a reality in real life when we can only believe him and his words. May this become the reflection of your life on a daily basis.
•Sunday Adelaja is a Nigerian born leader, Transformation Strategist, Pastor and innovator who lives in Kieve Ukraine. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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