”WARNING” This post may offend 🙂
I once heard that the reason why God doesn’t answer our prayers or do some of the things we ask him to do is because what we ask him is too small. Okay- some of you may agree and some of you may not, but I want to show you something in scripture that will make you think twice when it comes to your dreams, aspirations, plans, thoughts and prayers.
First of all let’s establish a fundamental concept; God is an over-the-top kind of God. Nothing that we see him do in scripture is ever small or easy to achieve (from a human point of view). For example when the children of Israel got to the Red Sea why didn’t God just provide boats for them? Why did he split the sea and allow them to cross over on dry ground? Why was Elijah taken up in such a dramatic manner? Why didn’t God take him peacefully and quietly like when Jesus ascended into the heavens in the book of Acts? I’ll tell you why; everything that God does reflects the nature of who He is. The reason why He does things in such a sovereign, supernatural, impossible, dramatic way is so that people will see and be in awe of him!
Now at this point some of you may be thinking: “Okay great, but what does that have to do with me?” So glad you asked 😉
Everything we do as children of God must reflect the nature of our Father. Why? Because we have been created in his image and his likeness meaning everything we do must demonstrate the one who lives and works on the inside of us. Yes! Your lifestyle proves to others what kind of God you serve which is why YOU as a child of God have no time for mediocrity!
Still don’t believe me? Good! let me prove this to you through scripture then 🙂
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
1. Producing fruit, especially in abundance.
2. causing or assisting prolific growth
4. To become great
1. to make full or complete again by supplying what has been used up or is lacking
1. To bring under control by physical force, persuasion, or other means; overcome:
2. to conquer and bring into subjection:
3. to overpower by superior force; overcome.
1. To rule and to reign.
“God said” is not a question nor is it an option. It’s a commandment! Being fruitful, multiplying, replenishing, subduing and having dominion was something that God commanded us to do before the fall in the garden of Eden. Everything that I have just broken down is God’s expectation of you! He expects you to take over, he expects you to enlarge your territory, he expects you to have dominion and so on.
This leads to my next question: Why don’t our lives look like Genesis 1:28? I have a suggestion. When man fell in the garden of Eden, we lost the ability (among others) to think on God’s level because our minds were darkened and we became alienated from God. This was the death that God spoke of when he told Adam what the consequences would be if he ate of the fruit. However now that Christ has died and the Holy Spirit lives inside of us, we have the ability to think in God’s realm and dimension of thought (1 Corinthians 2:16).
In summary what I’m trying to say is that small thinking was a result of the fall of man in the garden of Eden but now that Jesus has died for us we are now seated in heavenly places in Him and we can live off our insight into the mind and heart of God that His death provides!