December 8, 2021

by Kimberly Hobbs 

Guest writer: Laurie Sammarco
James 4:3 (NIV)
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
How are we to ask when we come before God? What is our purpose for asking? How is God involved in what we ask for? Our motives are very important and we need to think about them carefully before we come before God.
Is our motive going to advance the Kingdom of God or will it just bring pleasure to our lives? It’s not wrong to want the good things in life but it is a fault to put those things before your relationship with God.
Your passion for what you desire and why you desire it can be the reason why you’re not progressing in your journey with the Lord and why you feel stagnant in the stage of your partnership with God.
What’s holding you back from being one step closer to the Lord could be the reason that you’re depressed, insecure, still stuck in your circumstance, or feeling unloved. God wants more of you and He’s not willing to give you what you desire if it’s going to cause distance between you and Him. That’s not in His plan.
 Give up what you desire, trade it in for a closer relationship with Him and He will bless you with unimaginable grace and goodness. What you thought would bring you happiness will not compare to what He has planned for you, so ask for what God’s will is for your life and He will perfectly give you what He desires for you, and whatever that is will fit your life completely and thoroughly fill your needs.
 Have a blessed day in the Lord.