Reflection.

I want nothing for myself. I want everything from God.

“I want nothing for myself. I want Everything from God.” I’ll never forget this quote that I heard from Pastor Scott Douma, during one of our services at Grace Bible a few years ago. I know that God really spoke to me on that, and I received it instantly. I remember leaving our service asking God for understanding to what it meant for me.

For me to fully understand this quote, I needed to understand who my Father in heaven was first. In Isaiah, he states that “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9) Also, n Jeremiah, he states “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11) So with that said, you can see that God has greater plans in store for us. Plans that we could never ever ponder or think of carrying out. He is infinite in wisdom and therefore knows more about us individually than we do ourselves.

Two other scriptures that helped me to understand was… “…Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand, and my reward is with my God.’” (Isaiah 49:4); and “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.” (John 16:13-15)

The first scripture is pretty straightforward, but let us break down what the second scripture is saying about what the Holy Spirit does…
The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth.
The Holy Spirit will speak only what he hears
The Holy Spirit will tell us what is yet to come.
The Holy Spirit will bring glory to Jesus by taking what is Jesus’ and making it known to us.

In this passage you could see the beauty that is the Holy Trinity- All that belongs to Father God is Jesus’s, and Jesus is giving what is His, and making it known to us, through the Holy Spirit, who is going to tell us what is yet to come. So the Holy Spirit will be the one to speak to us and guide us in knowing what step to take in our walk with Him, in order to receive His great gifts and blessings for our lives. You could see the importance of the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives through the words from Paul in the book he wrote for the church of Galatia. He states to them,
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). For Him the Holy Spirit brought him to new places in His quest of fulfilling the great commission (Refer to Acts 16:6-40)

How exciting is that! If you think your life is not all that exciting, then maybe you have not been keeping in step with the Spirit. If you have not been keeping in step with the Spirit, maybe it might be time to obey God when He speaks to you, trust in Him and faith it! You might be passing by on all of God’s greatest blessings!

I don’t know about you, but for me, I don’t want to miss out or forfeit myself from receiving God’s very best for my life. Do you?

As a brother in Christ, I would like to leave you with these two charges and encouragements…
BE CLOSE to your Father in Heaven. Yeah, that means having a intimate relationship with Him. Yeah, that means reading His’ Word. Yeah, that means praying to Him. Yeah, that means worshiping Him daily. Yeah, that means praising Him in all things, during the great times and not so great times. Yeah, that means being still before Him in order for Him to speak to you, sometimes we are too busy doing things. Yeah, that means not giving in to the flesh (selfish desires), but laying down your life as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Him. Yeah, that means throwing off everything that hinders, the sins that so easily entangles us. Yeah, that means keeping in step with the Spirit, and stepping out in faith and obeying Him when He speaks. And yeah, my friend, that means having child-like faith- trusting in your Father, knowing that He is faithful and able to do what He says He will do… so that means if God tells you to go, just faith it and go, and ask questions later– that’s what it means to be secure in Him. Surely as you obey and go, He will protect you and He will guide you from glory to even greater glory. He will guide you from blessing, to even greater blessing.

RECEIVE His blessings when they do come. Yeah, that means that they do come on His perfect timing, not on our own timing. He knows what’s best for us, and knows that we have the potential of screwing things up for ourselves if we were to take things into our own hands and not trust in our Heavenly Father, but of course, if we our repentant, God is merciful, redemptive, and full of grace, He could still work miracles. But yeah, that means that you have to fight for your blessings. Some blessings come to pass quickly, but some takes some ongoing consistent fighting- through prayer. God wants us to be contenders of the faith, not just attenders at church. We ought to fight for our loved ones, that they will not give in to the enemies schemes. The Word says that you are His child- his son and his daughter. So you are very valuable in God’s eyes and worth His unconditional love, grace and mercy. Yes, you do deserve His very best. Don’t settle for anything less. You can spiritually discern God’s gifts to you when they come. If you can’t spiritually discern yet, I’d think it’ll be best to get closer to God. Remember and trust His’ Word… “…my reward is with my God.”

I spent nearly 21 years of my life living with fleshly desires- doing what seemed fitting for me. Wanting things that would benefit me. Needing things that would fill a void in me. Me, me… me… the unholy trinity! The old “me” was filled with desires that in hindsight, were temporary fixes more-so than fulfilling eternal treasures.

During this 5 year journey of allowing God to weed out and prune off the old “selfish-restrictive-limited-small-thinking-me,” and for Him to grow in me a “His-Kingdom-building-live-to-glorify-God” mindset in me. And trust me, it has been HARD! It has been a struggle for me as well, but the Lord, knows, I am willing. Are you?

More importantly, during these past 5 years, God has been working on building up a child-like faith in me… wanting and trusting that He will meet and exceed all my expectations, and placing in me a true desire of wanting what God wants for me. All the wants that I wanted back then seems “okay”… “Okay” is cool though, But I know that my God desires to bless me with even greater things for me. Greater things that I could ever ask or imagine. I really want to receive every great gift from Him, so I choose to set my standard high, knowing that my God will meet and greatly exceed my standard and expectations for every great gift that He has in store for me. So I choose to have a child-like faith that my Father has great blessings in store for my life, but more importantly, for your life. Are you with me on this?

I want to leave you with this thought. There’s nothing wrong for wanting things- but its one thing to selfishly want something so bad, that out of your insecurity, you take things into your own hands and try to make things work out by your strength, and ultimately leading to a trail of broken hearts and broken relationships in its wake (but of course, if we’re repentant, God is redemptive, and He can work miracles); but its another thing to want what God has for you and me, but doing so with a trusting and patient heart, and having a willingness to do it in His way and under His’ lordship and timing in order to receive His great gifts. My lasting charge and encouragement to you is to choose the most faith-filled option. As for me, every great gifts that I want to receive from God definitely have to be blessed, ordained, fruitful, everlasting and heaven sent. These are the gifts I desire. What do you desire? As for me, i wantMore of Him. Less of me. More from Him. Less of me. I want nothing for myself. I want everything from God.

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4 responses

  1. Agreed!

    but doing so with a trusting and patient heart, and having a willingness to do it in His way and under His’ lordship and timing in order to receive His great gifts.

    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11)

    You are such a blessing and a great man of God, Thank you for all of your precious time that you have spent with us, helping to further build His Kingdom and for just giving me strength to keep going when things got hard. Helping me understand God’s Love for us and answering every question that may arise. Even when you’re tired and falling asleep you were still there making sure we are all okay. God’ Love indeed. Trusting & Patient heart.. Doing it your own way definitely doesn’t work, I can vouch for that but the blessings you receive from having this heart is something that no one can ever take away, and once you receive it its yours.. knowing thats what God wanted for you… His ways are so much higher than ours.. so much that we can’t even discover humanly.

    God BLess you bro!
    *Fighting Dreamer*ProlifikFamily*Micah*

    August 5, 2008 at 8:26 pm

  2. Dude. That’s inspiring. I’m gonna go hit up the misterJ site with a response.

    _jessie

    August 6, 2008 at 6:42 pm

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  4. pastor shaun!

    you have a new regular subscriber.

    i’ll be sure to come back. like everyday.

    too often, i forget what is given in church. you’ve always got the answers, and for your sacrifices and studiousness and love, i am greatful.

    thank-ye-Jesus for you, shaun.

    keep up the awesomeness!

    peace,
    sean

    August 12, 2008 at 6:13 am

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