Today, I have a short clip to get y’all thinking about how God responds to our prayers. Sometimes, some people can be presumptuous with respect to what’s going on in your life when they see that nothing seems to be going right in your life and will assume that:
1) You aren’t praying right;
2) You’ve done something to block prayers from being answered; or
3) You simply don’t have favour with the Lord.
People can be very presumptuous, and therefore, they can end up being acting very arrogant, haughty and proud towards you when they start to compare their own blessings with the lack of your own. If you believe in the power of prayer, just know that just because a blessing is delayed when you pray for it, doesn’t necessarily mean that the blessing has been denied. Everything comes in God’s perfect timing. Think of Sarah and Abraham in the Bible who wanted to have a child. Many women would have laughed at Sarah and mocked her for not being able to conceive until she was at a very old age. The fact that the blessing was delayed didn’t mean that the Lord had denied her prayer request. The spectators in Sarah’s life at that time were very presumptuous, arrogant and haughty. Never compare your life with the lives of others that seem to be “making it” in the world, because what they have today, can very well vanish tomorrow. Also, you don’t know what some people may have done to obtain the things that you may possibly desire. Some people may have obtained wealth and riches that some may covet by dishonest means… And I personally don’t think that that is something worth coveting over. Always seek to do the right thing and always remember to honor the Lord in everything you do. Do not pursue shortcuts to success. If you do, you would have ventured off into the Devil’s playground and will find it very difficult to escape once you’ve been caught up in a snare. Always strive to work hard by honest means rather than opting for Short-term gains with Long-term pains. Think of the movie “The Devil’s Advocate“. The lawyer signed up for a life filled with riches, prestige, recognition, etc etc…but it came at a very serious cost that affected his marriage and his sanity.
Again I say… Do not pursue shortcuts to success…. you’ll be opting for short-term gains with long-term pains.
Even when you look as some of the celebrities that we have nowadays, most of them exude an air of arrogance and have no humble bone in their body. They like to “appear” humble in front of an audience when it’s convenient enough to gain the love and the attention of the masses, but once you’ve turned your back and when you’re not even looking, behind closed doors … their ugly heads rear up and you see a side you never thought was there before. I have known people of high status at the diplomatic level (Ministers, Diplomats, Government Officials, Civil Servants, etc) boast of what they have to my family when I was living with my grandparents who were diplomats, and a few years down the road, you hear a crazy story of how they ended up losing everything in a disgraceful way. That’s why boasting about the accumulation of your possessions is displeasing to God, when you don’t remember where your blessings came from. God is the gift giver, and He is able to take things away from us if we start to act like He had nothing to do with our current success. People should fear the One who is able to give us life and take it away, but instead, many fear losing what they have gained rather than care about life itself. It just blows my mind how some people think.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
People should remember that our time here on Earth is limited and if we choose not to walk humbly and treat people with dignity and respect just as Jesus told us to “love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34; John 15:12); then we automatically forfeit the same benefits that grace gives us if we are filled with PRIDE and ARROGANCE. God always gives grace to the humble and He will always resist the Proud.
Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
[ Submit to God, Resist the Devil ] Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
So as you watch this short video clip that I’ve posted here for today, do some self analysis and consider the times when you may not have exercised that level of grace that was deserving for another person. Put away your pride and arrogance and choose to confess with a contrite spirit seeking God to humble you so that you treat other people with dignity and respect. The respect you give is the same respect you deserve. If you don’t give it, then don’t expect it in return. The world has a shortage of humility as it is… so it is important that we remember to treat people in the way we would like to be treated. Do to others what you expect to be done to you, because the way you treat someone today, will affect how others treat you tomorrow. I pray that this video blesses your spirit today. God bless you Everybody! 😀