John 15:7 – If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7 NKJV)
Jesus is not fearful about leaving you with a heavenly blank cheque! The preacher is scared to tell you that you can have whatsoever you desire. He says if my words remain permanently in you…then you will ask what you desire…
Most of us want what our desires satisfied, without the abiding word in our hearts! But God says…first I want my words to abide in you…why? This is because God is more interested in who you are becoming than He is in what you are receiving!
God wants your rent paid…he doesn’t mind you owning house or a business…you can have as many aeroplanes as you want…but God wants HIS words to ABIDE IN us FIRST because He is more interested in who we are becoming than He is in what we are receiving!
Romans 8:29 says that God predestined us to be conformed into the image of His Son, Jesus!
If you’re wondering…what does God want for my life?…HE WANTs YOU AND I TO BE JUST LIKE JESUS IN EVERY WAY! That’s our primary calling.
My primary calling is not pastoring, or being a husband or a father, my primary calling is to be just like Jesus. That’s why when you put your faith in Jesus…God makes us just like Jesus in our spirit. Galatians 4 says that God sent the spirit of His son into our hearts…So our spirit is already like Jesus…that is what Guarantees our eternal security…however as for our character, or Our souls…he wants that to be just like Jesus.
So I could be believing God to be an awesome pastor…to be an awesome husband, son or father…all of those things could be on my prayer list, but on God’s list, it’s who i’m becoming that is more important for God! You riding good…you paying your mortgage, or even being excellent at what you do is all secondary…God is more interested in you becoming like Jesus.
Real success is not about what you can achieve…the real success is who you are becoming on the way to what you achieve!
Imagine that 2 people, both millionaires lost all their money. One became a millionaire by winning the lottery, the other became a millionaire by building a business from scratch. Which one do you think is most likely to become a millionaire again? The business man…why? because of who he became on the way to building the business the first time.
The real equity in life is not in the things you accumulate…the real equity in life is in who you become as you accumulate things!
Most christians have a lottery mindset. A mindset that says if i come to church enough times. I might win the lottery. I might win the man of my dreams! If I confess the word this many times…then boom, the day will come when my “blessing” will come!
Success does not usually come in big chunks, it comes in smaller pieces. This is because the way in which you deal with the pieces shape the real you! Your blessing is already here, because God is always shaping you with His Word. A character shaped by God’s Word is an empowerment to succeed…it is a blessing. Yield to that character shaping Word today.
Here is one of my favourite prayers – Lord, I yield to all of your promises today. Whatever you want for me is alright with me.