Needs and Blessings

I posted this 4 years ago on Facebook:

I woke up early this morning singing (if you can call what I do singing) this:
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;

Every hour I need Thee;

Oh, bless me now, my Savior!

I come to Thee.

 It is from an old hymn called “I Need Thee Every Hour” and I have not heard it in many, many years. It SURE is true that I DO need Him every hour of EVERY day in my life. Left to myself, I would mess everything up! Even Jesus said that He did not do or say anything He did not first see His Father do or say. If Jesus needed the instruction of His Father, how much MORE do I need Him in my daily life! 

Now to the second part, “Oh, bless me now, my Savior! I come to Thee.” Sometimes Christians have the mentality that if we come to the Lord, it is His duty to bless us with the things we want. We tell Him what WE want and expect Him to do what we want and bless us with those things, even though what WE want may not be anything close to what HE wants for us. He does NOT want us to come to Him like we come to an all-you-can-eat buffet where we can pick and choose ONLY what we want and as much of it as we want. There was a very dangerous (and false) teaching that went around many years ago and maybe some misguided teachers are still teaching it. They took one verse in the Bible (totally out of context) and developed a whole teaching on it. Here is the verse: 11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. Isaiah 45:11 (KJV). The teaching was that WE can command God. Now, if you go and read that verse in context, it is clear that God is telling us NOT to question Him and what He does. He is the one who is God, not us! Here it is in context from another version of the Bible: 9 Woe to him who strives with his Maker!—a worthless piece of broken pottery among other pieces equally worthless [and yet presuming to strive with his Maker]! Shall the clay say to him who fashions it, What do you think you are making? or, Your work has no handles? 10 Woe to him [who complains against his parents that they have begotten him] who says to a father, What are you begetting? or to a woman, With what are you in travail? 11 Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Would you question Me about things to come concerning My children, and concerning the work of My hands [would you] command Me? 12 I made the earth and created man upon it. I, with My hands, stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.

The point I am trying to make is that we need to come to the Lord humbly, recognizing that HE is God and He will decide what we need and give us those things. We can ask God to meet our needs and He will but what we perceive to be needs may not REALLY be needs! If we got everything we wanted, it would probably destroy us. We also need to approach God in an attitude of wanting to bless HIM. Instead of a “bless me Lord” attitude, we need to go to the Lord in an “I want to bless you Lord” attitude. Ask the Lord today; “How can I bless you today Lord?”

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Angel of Light

Deception is often disguised as something good. It can look and sound good and easily be accepted as truth! Even Satan can appear as an angel of light. When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he used scripture but it was taken out of context and used incorrectly. We must ask the Lord for wisdom, knowledge, understanding, revelation and discernment so we are not deceived.

Control

Are you a person that MUST have control? Do you try to control all the situations in your life? Do you try to control the people in your life? How is that working for you and for your relationships? It is probably not working well, even if YOU think it is!

As Christians, we must learn to submit to the Lord and give up our tight grip on things! If we don’t freely submit to God, we will eventually find out that there are things that we cannot control and we need God to handle them. It is much better to let God be God and not try to be God ourselves. God does NOT need a replacement!

Killers

God spoke to me many years ago and told me about five things that will kill us spiritually so I thought I would share them with you. We all need to examine our hearts and lives and make sure that we are not allowing these killers in our lives. They are ANGER, HATRED, UNFORGIVENESS, BITTERNESS and RESENTMENT. Are you allowing any of these dangerous killers in your life?

 

Reach Out

Share a kind word, smile, or random act of kindness with someone! You never know how that may impact someone and change their day or even their LIFE! Make it a point to open your eyes, ears, and hearts to others. There are hurting people all around us who need someone to just notice and care. Will you be someone that notices and cares? There are so many people who feel like they are in a glass bubble. They can see people around them but don’t feel like they belong or that anyone cares. They feel invisible to those around them, sometimes even if they know the other people. Reach out beyond your group of friends to other people. There are cliques EVERYWHERE and that is sad. There are people who need someone to reach out to them. There are way too many lonely people in the world who just need someone to show them that they care and acknowledge them.

Be IN the Game

I shared this on Facebook one year ago and thought I would share it on my blog as well.

Today I was talking to a co-worker and the subject of softball and baseball came up. She said that she does not watch it or care for it. I said I don’t usually care about watching it but I love being in the game because it’s different if you are IN the game. Immediately I realized that there is something profound in that statement because in life and in our walk with the Lord, we should not just be spectators but participants! We NEED to get IN the game! That will make all the difference! Are you passively just observing or are you actively participating? If you are a Christian, get into the position where God has called you to be and do your part to help your team (other Christians). We need each other in order to function as the Lord intended. You have gifts to share so don’t sit on the bleachers or sidelines but get IN the game!

Attitude

Attitude can make ALL of the difference between having a good experience or a bad one! When you talk to someone, even on the phone, your attitude can set the mood for the whole interaction! Even if you are talking to someone who cannot see your facial expressions, things can be conveyed through your tone of voice and the words you use. Choose your words carefully and speak the way that you would like to be spoken to if you were on the other end! Kindness and cheerfulness can be contagious so spread that around!

God bless you!

Patricia Styers