Because we may not receive what we want from God, we may feel that God do not love us, especially during adversity and sickness.
Most of us do all the “right” things that we have been religiously program to do by our Christian leaders. These Christian leaders are, supposedly, “successful at getting God to do his “perfect will.” Most are taught to “decree a thing, the claim it thing, and confess it thing.”
In doing so, we are activating our faith by trusting God. However, it must be the will and purpose of God. What did God say in his Word? Therefore, we must be conscious about the motive for our prayers.
The prosperity movement of “operating faith and claim it faith” are religious methodologies to having increase faith, so others have said. Supposedly, faith methodology moves God to do what we want. When, in fact, it is nothing more than manipulation. Yep, I said it.
Manipulation is a form of – oh, must I say it?
I know folks reading this article are tripping on me now. However, I was just as surprise as you when the Holy Spirit revealed this to me. Yes. Without realizing it, most of us use witchcraft in our prayers, in order to get what we want out of God. I know that it is scary to say it, and yes, it is hard to believe that most of us have been practicing witchcraft on God.
When I questioned my motives, the Holy Spirit revealed the truth behind my motives. I felt ashamed and I repented as I thank God for the Holy Ghost that teaches us and God that disciplines those He loves – His righteous sake: “For whom the Lord loves he Chastened, And scourged every son whom he receives.” (Please read the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 12 for full understanding.)
Most of us do not stop to think about the motives to why we, Christian folk, want the desires that we want. Most of us would say that we “want to glorify God.” Most of us would say, “We want other people to become saved from their sins.” We say all the good stuff but, if we really search in depth into our hearts, we really do not mean what we say. It just sounds so goody-religious (something I just made up.)
I believe that it is why God says, “they praise me with their mouth but their hearts are far from me.” That is deep! Most folks do things without questioning their motives. Some have become so religious that they really do not know or love God, although they have deceived themselves into believing that they do.
Most Christians really do not want the Will of God. Most Christians pretend to want God’s will. When God does present His will for our lives, we freak out because, most of the time, it is NOT our desire. In fact, most of the time, our desires do not correspond, at all, the will and purpose of God for our lives. Most of us try to escape by running away from anything that challenge our right now position in life.
Most of us do not stop to seek God’s will for whatever circumstances confronted that we find ourselves. Most of the time, God’s will, for our lives, produces more than we could not imagine. God’s will and purpose is only reveal through our trials and tribulations, which produce patience and other “Fruit of the Spirit,” such as longsuffering.
The will and purpose for us is to grow into God’s Righteousness. We have God’s Righteousness, when we have truly accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” Philippians 3:9).
As God and Jesus are as One (I and my Father are one. St. John 10:30), so are we to be One with God too. (That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. St. John 17:21).
God’s will forces out of us more gifts and hidden talents through the tearful, frustrating, heart breaking, painful, and sometimes defeats, during our various trials and tribulations. God’s will enable us to appreciate the new grace and new mercy each day. God’s will produce in us an intimacy with the God that we say that we love. God’s will produce a greater love for humankind. God’s will strip us of the things that hinder, kill, and destroy us, including people who mean us no good. God’s will and purpose prepares us for additional challenges down the road.
God being my Heavenly father will grant the desires of our hearts according to the will and purpose of God. In addition, we must be in our “season” (having grown) to receive our desires. Remember that God is the “author and finisher” of our faith. Already, God has written the script for each of our life from beginning to end.
Our job is to seek God’s will and not our own motives. Besides our motives can be costly in reaping what we have sowed when we do not follow God’s direction and perfect will for our lives. Sometimes are motives are dangerous resulting in sickness and or death for our disobedience.
Therefore, question your motives with a sincere heart.
For example, do you only seek God when things are going so bad for you, that you do not know what to do?
Sometimes, if you are sincere, God will have mercy upon you and delivery you. However, you cannot keep doing the same sin. You must repent, having a complete change of heart, to obtain mercy. You cannot use manipulation – witchcraft on God.
Be mindful of the following questions:
Are you being conscious?
Are you seeking the will and purpose of God for your circumstances?
Did you ask God First?
Did you put God first?
Did you seek the Holy Scriptures according to the Covenant of God and God’s promises?
Are you right standing with God?
Are you trying to live righteous and not being religious?
Have you done right by your neighbor, stranger, or family?
Are you a cheerful giver?
Are you growing, increasing in the Fruit of the Spirit?
Are you learning from your adversity or sickness?
Are you changing your behavior through the adversity or through the sickness, and or both?
Keep these two Holy Scriptures in your heart and in your mind through your adversity and or sickness:
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:19)
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD” (Isaiah 54:17)