ENJOY JESUS' BLESSINGS, NOT ABUSE THEM

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JESUS WANTS YOU TO ENJOY HIS BLESSINGS, NOT ABUSE THEM

In the message, Jesus Wants You To Be Free, we saw the freedom that Jesus has purchased for us. Indeed, Jesus Paid A Hefty Price So That We Can Freely Receive this freedom. So it is only right that we honor Him and not exchange our freedom for bondage to another, for indeed,

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).” Matthew 6:24 [AMPC]

And think about it, why would you want to? Did you not just come from a life where you were constantly striving, struggling and stressing over your provision? Or perhaps you were struggling to cope with your life of excesses. Why would you want to go back to the bondage from which you came? Now I know that last statement sounds contradictory, after all, a life of excess cannot possibly require a struggle, can it? Bear with me and I will show you why.

Beloved, we were made to enjoy all the good that our Father put on this earth, and all the good that is waiting for us when we see Jesus face to face; for indeed, this is why we were made.

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26

And as if to confirm this, Jesus said,

“I come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Therefore all you need to do is,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

But we don’t really understand how to enjoy all the good that our Father has purposed for us, do we? And this is the reason why, we sometimes do not get what we ask for, because our Father knows that we are very likely going to abuse it and it will hurt us instead.

For man, enjoyment means excess. Have you seen the way some people enjoy their drink? I cannot, for the life of me, understand how hugging the cistern the whole night while retching into it, can be part of enjoying the drink. No, beloved. Enjoying something means using it the way it was meant to be used, playing by the rules. Now there’s a four-letter word we all hate, rule. But think about it, why do fast cars come with health and safety warning stickers? Because it could kill you. Why does your doctor tell you to eat in moderation? Because it could kill you. So why is it that sometimes you do not get what you ask for? Yes, because our Father knows, it just might kill you.

Beloved, Jesus Is Willing And Able To Bless You. Make no mistake. But we need to remember that things do not become blessings unless it benefits you. Remember,

“You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.” 1 Peter 1:17 [MSG]

So enjoy life the way He meant it to be enjoyed and you will see doors open for you.

In the end, what it all comes down to is trust. If you do not trust that your Father loves you and only wants the best for you, then you will think that He is, “a mean kid sitting on an anthill with a magnifying glass, and I'm the ant. He could fix my life in five minutes if He wanted to, but he'd rather burn off my feelers and watch me squirm”; just like a king who does not trust his advisors, a boss who does not trust his subordinates, a patient who does not trust the doctor.

Now if it is man that you do not trust, we can all understand that. Man is after all dust. But our Father; the creator of Heaven and Earth?

“...Shall the clay say to him who fashions it, What do you think you are making? or, Your work has no handles?” Isaiah 45:9 [AMPC]

“Who in the world do you think you are to second-guess God? Do you for one moment suppose any of us knows enough to call God into question? Clay doesn’t talk back to the fingers that mold it, saying, “Why did you shape me like this?” Isn’t it obvious that a potter has a perfect right to shape one lump of clay into a vase for holding flowers and another into a pot for cooking beans?” Romans 9:20-22 [MSG]

Beloved, when you use an appliance, you check the users’ manual. So when you, the one whom your Father created, wants to enjoy the blessings which your Father created and purposed for your good, should you not also seek His will on how you should use and therefore enjoy what you have been given?

Live and enjoy life. By all means enjoy everything that has been given to you because Jesus came to bring you abundance. But live and enjoy life according to how He planned for you to enjoy it; not the way you think it should be enjoyed. He is, after all, the architect of all you survey. And trust that He loves you and only wants the best for you, because the reality is, He does.

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