For most people, when you ask them what they want from life, they’ll say, “I just want to be successful.” At one point in my life, that’s exactly what I told God. As believers, many of us have asked and asked for God to bless us beyond measure, open up doors that could never be opened through our own ability, and to increase our resources and riches. When we make these bold statements to God, are we REALLY taking into account what it takes to get them?
WHAT’S THE COST??????
As God gives, the requirements and responsibilities increases. You can’t ask for riches, receive it and go back to wasting. Now, I personally don’t know what it is that you’re seeking God for, but you do. As well as God, but regardless of what those things are, it takes you doing something you’ve never done before, giving up something that you’d never image and walking away from some people that are just going to make you compromise. For those currently seeking God for something, ask yourself this question, “Am I ready to give up something I love, to receive what I’m asking for?”
Sometimes your circle of friends will need to be elevated or evacuated. When you continue to prosper, some friends aren’t going to understand. Of course you have friends that may not get it at first, but will grow with you. If they elevate with you keep them around. Those are usually the friends that God blessed you with to endure the process it takes to get you to what you’re asking for. Just the fact that they are willing to support you and encourage, is enough to keep them around.
However, if there’s a new demand on your new level, and your friends can’t understand AND choose not to, it may be time to evacuate those relationships. Remember, everybody just isn’t going to get it. Some can’t mentally and spiritually grasp everything God is doing for you, but there’s a difference between encouraging you as they learn, and not getting it due to jealously or not seeing God’s hand on you.
This ALSO goes for love relationships. If they choose not to value your need for more, then it’s high time you leave. Keep it mind, whatever you lose, God replaces….and it’s EVEN BETTER!
The goal is to NEVER have to compromise God for NO ONE. So, if those friends or significant others are putting you in that position, you need to dismiss yourself from them. Friends since Diaper Days or not, you got places to go in God, and you don’t have time for unnecessary pit stops.
Once we’ve gotten use to a certain way of thinking, alternating that way can be kind of a challenge. If you’re so use to saying “can’t”, then “can” will feel so hard to get to. When we begin to get what we ask for, it’s important to work that brain and teach it to turn negative thinking into positive thinking. Easier said then done, right? I know. However, it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. With your focus being on God, He’ll cause a fresh renewing of your mind. You’ll begin to correct yourself when you drift off because that refreshing spirit will quicken you and help you make corrections.
“and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
“Get up, shower, brush your teeth, get dressed…etc.” It’s super easy to fall into a regular routine, and never deviate from it. Occasionally, God will shift things in your life to make room for what you asked for. If there’s no room for it, how can you accept it? Step out of your regular routines, and allow God to have His way so He can be able to place some of the things you’ve asked for into place. Pray, ask Him what He requires of you and follow through.
Now ask yourself again: “Am I ready to give up something I love, to receive what I’m asking for?”