How would you respond to this statement:
I do not need anything; I only need Yehovah, my God. If I have Yehovah, I have everything I need.
Most Christians would agree; they only need God, but they would also add they also need health, peace, money, and happiness, trusting God will provide these things.
Do you trust Yehovah will give you health, peace, money, happiness?
I know we are supposed to say yes, but do you say yes because that is expected of you or because you believe Yehovah is your source for health, peace, money, and happiness?
When I was a mainstream Christian, I believed God was my source because I trusted in Jesus. I trusted God was my source for health, peace, money, and happiness. What I claimed to believe did not reflect on how I prayed. When I prayed, I asked God to manipulate other people to give me what I thought I needed even though I did not see it as manipulation because I was taught to pray that way.
By my pastors and through mainstream Christian books and teachings, I was told that I could ask God to cause someone to do something for me. I knew this was not in the Bible, but back then, I believed my pastors and other Christian teachers more than the Bible. So if my prayers did not get answered, I saw it as spiritual warfare. I would rebuke the devil in Jesus’ name and ending up being a little upset with the individuals who did not do what I wanted them to do. The way I prayed showed I had more confidence in myself and other human beings than God. I had become an idol to myself, and other humans had become idols in my life.
When I pray now, I trust Yehovah is my source for everything in my life, and He is the only thing I need. Instead of asking Yehovah to manipulate other people to do something for me, I ask Yehovah to give me what I need. If He chooses to use other people to give it to me, then He will make sure they do it right on time. If He decides to do it some other way, He will answer my prayers regardless of what people do or not do. This makes it so much easier to relate to people in authority because now I am not trusting them to give me what I need. Now I trust Yehovah and Him alone to give me what I need.
One such example would be my monthly paycheck at work. Sometimes it is late due to circumstances at work; circumstances I have no control over. I still have to pay my regular bills on time, so I depend on a steady paycheck. In the past, I would have prayed to God to give me favor with the payroll office and remove every obstacle that hindered me from receiving my paycheck on time. Now I pray to Yehovah to provide me with my salary, believing it comes from Him, not from the payroll office at work. By praying like this, I depend on Yehovah, not the payroll office, to give me my paycheck on time. I know I can always trust Yehovah, but I know I can not always trust the payroll office at work. So instead of stressing over what the payroll office might do or not do, I rest in Yehovah, knowing He will give me what I have earned on time either through the regular paycheck or some other way.
Resting in Him means I get to be content no matter what happens in my life. I still have needs, I still need to be active and do my part, but I look to Him, not to other people or myself, to meet those needs knowing He is the only one who can.
This is what Paul the Apostle says In Phil 4:11-13, “11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
He had learned how to be content whatever the circumstances because His source was Yehovah, and He did not need anything, only Yehovah. When we only need Yehovah, we know we have no reason to worry about anything (Matt 6:25-34, Deut 28:1-13)
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