It's almost Easter! I love Easter! I live my whole life like Easter is every day. That's because it is. Jesus is alive and it's apparent in my life every day of the year.
I've been thinking a lot about the generosity of God. The Bible is full of whosoever's and whatsoever's. I love that. Even more important than loving it, I believe it. I realized a while ago that if I don't really believe that God will do something, He probably won't do it.
I'm really thankful for all the people who taught me about God when I was growing up. They planted seeds that had a huge impact on me. However, most of them had a very limited view of God. I was taught that Jesus died so I can go to heaven. Period. We prayed, but there wasn't much power in those prayers because we didn't really believe that God would do anything. Christian life was all about becoming more like Jesus. That's all good, and if that's all that being a Christian is about it would still be the best thing ever. But it's so much more. It's really all about Him, not about me. It's believing that God takes an active part in my everyday life and in all things. It's believing that God is not only able to do things for me, He actually wants to! He is alive!
I love this verse.
"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men."
Luke 2:52.Some people magnify the negative. They're all about suffering for Jesus and being mistreated for the sake of the gospel. They usually end up suffering and being mistreated. After all, that's what they're believing God for. I'm not saying that a Christian will never suffer or be mistreated. I've certainly had my share. But when Jesus lived on this earth, as He increased in wisdom and stature, He also increased in favor with God and men. I'm praying for favor with God and with men.
In fact, I can name several times just in the past couple of weeks that I've been given favor from complete strangers. I try to point out to my kids when we have favor. Just the other day my daughter and I received uncommon favor while we were out. Of course, when we got back in the car I commented that we have favor with God. My daughter rolled her eyes and said, "Why do you always have to say that?" I want my kids to recognize God's favor. I explained that since I pray for favor with God and men, then I'm thankful when I see it happen. And why would I ever stop praying for it? I can't think of any reason to stop. Jesus is alive! It's exciting to see what God will do for me.
Each of us can believe however much we choose to believe. I not only pray big, I believe big. I come boldly before the throne of God and I believe that God has great things in store for me. Some people will think that it's wrong for me to pray for favor or to expect big things from God. I feel sad for them. I'm not going to stop. My God is big and unlimited. I have a generous God. I hope that you believe and experience how generous God is also. Jesus has risen. He's alive!
I put this verse on the front of my prayer binder so I can always be reminded of God's bigness.
"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever, Amen. Ephesians 3:20 - 21