Getting what you want is simple because God doesn’t make life complicated. But, it will require some spiritual work. Are you up for that?
For everything BIG I every wanted in my life, from earning my degrees to buying my houses to childrearing, I knew it would take more than ME, more than myself, my time, my energy, my money (what little I had), to make it happen. Anything bigger than me always required more than I had to make it happen. It took God. It took His infinite wisdom, Him working His miracles, moving mountains and having mercy on my naive little self. But, it did require something from me and here is what I needed to do.
1. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 NKJV Simply put, I had to ask myself if I was putting God, and what He wanted, first. If I wasn’t, then that meant that whatever I was putting first had become an idol, and I was out of order. So if I put my education, purchasing my house or car, and even trying to be the perfect parent, or wife, over God and what He wanted and serving His kingdom, it wasn’t going to be blessed. God’s word said to put Him first, His way of doing things, His will, then He would give us what we want. Sometimes we think we are putting God first, when we aren’t. We need to ask ourselves, “What do I meditate on most? What do I think about, or daydream about? How did I honor Him today?” If the answer does not include how we may serve Him or contribute to His kingdom, then maybe He isn’t being put first.
2. “No one can please God without faith. Whoever goes to God must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 GW I knew that I had to believe and expect that God could and would do it for me. I had to believe and expect Him to have my back. He would not be pleased if I did not believe in Him and expect Him to keep His word and I would not be rewarded for disbelief. “A person who has doubts shouldn’t expect to receive anything from the Lord.” James 1:7 GW
3. “For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. ” Mathew 7:7 NLT So, put God first, have faith that He can, will, and already has done it, then just ASK Him, then wait. Be on the look out for your blessing. Watch and wait expectantly for doors to be opened. We’ve heard this a gazillion times, or at least I have. But there are times when I’ve put God first, had all the faith in the world (or at least the faith of a mustard seed), then saw nothing happening. And I’d ask God, “What’s up?” And in my spirit I would hear Him say, “You didn’t ask ME.” Putting Him first, having faith, and actually asking Him all has to happen. Plus….
4. “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” James 2:17 NLT So basically, I had to “walk it out.” I had to act like I believed I had it already or like I knew it was on the way. I had to prepare for it, even when I saw no proof or had no sign that it was coming. Sometimes all I could do was speak it, like when I knew I would go into labor and deliver my children. I knew and spoke the exact dates of their birth, the day of the week, that I would NOT have an episiotomy, stretch marks, etc. Then there were times where I actually needed to “walk it out,” like when I was preparing for my current home. I had to save money like I never saved before and I had to do it before I saw my house coming. We started packing before we even knew where we were moving to. We started giving clothes, furniture, and other possessions away before we knew where we were going to be because we knew we wanted our move to be light and we wanted to bring almost nothing with us (which is why I have almost nothing to wear now and it took less than a total of 1 1/2 hours for the movers to move us). Before I had received confirmation that I had passed my national certification test to become a certified speech language pathologist, I began looking for jobs that required I be certified. God required me to walk in belief and expectation, so I did, and He delivered…always. He never left me hanging.
But, what if you think you are doing everything stated above and still don’t seem to get what you want? Well, one reason could be because you still have more work to do –either on yourself or for others. Another reason could be that it’s not time for it to appear yet. You know God’s timing is not our timing. And another reason could be because it’s sinful. “[Or] you do ask [for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.” James 4:3 AMPC If we don’t get what we ask for, it may be because it’s not in God’s will. Maybe He has searched your heart and knows that once you get what you want, that thing will become more important to you than Him, and remember, nothing is more important than Him.
Search your heart. If your motives are pure, if you put God first, have faith that He has already done it for you, and you walk confidently in that faith, then in His perfect time, it will “be added unto you.”