So this past Sunday I had the privilege of sharing a quick illustration at church before the main speaker took the platform. For some reason I was really nervous (I have bad anxiety, so sometimes that happens out of nowhere and other times I’m completely fine). Anyway, while the message got across to the people–thank God–I still felt somewhat undone because it didn’t exactly come out the way I wanted it to. (Not to mention the fact that I kept using the wrong phrase over and over again LOL)
The illustration I shared was actually in written form first. The Lord gave it to me and I simply wrote it in my journal thinking it was a cool analogy He showed me. But then when my pastor asked me to share something quick for Sunday–I felt like this was why the Lord gave it to me. That being said, I’ve decided to share it publicly in written form so that I can convey exactly what I was striving to at church, which was a slight fail LOL I’ve also attached the video just in case you’d like to see that or you receive things better through audible sound rather than written word.
So a few weeks ago, my husband and I were out with the kids–just doing a little bit of shopping for necessities. We couldn’t just stop in one store, because the things we needed (along with the deals I was trying to catch) required us stopping in several different places.
Anyway, there were a few times I tried using my debit card…and the transaction kept declining.
Now, let me tell you how I do–I’m checking my account before I leave the house just to see what I’m working with–and then AGAIN when I’m in the store–JUST to make sure nothing has changed!)
I knew what I had access to, but for some reason I couldn’t receive it. Do you follow me? Okay, let me hold off for a minute.
Back to the story: When my card declined, I just ended up using “credit” and the transaction would go through with no problem (this happened about three different times).
It was HOURS later that I realized I had been entering the wrong pin number! HA!
Listen, I never do that! I’m not sure where my head was, but I don’t ever mix up my own pin number, so I feel like this all happened so that this illustration could come about.
And there’s a lesson here, because I feel like that’s what so many of us are doing with God–
–we’re trying to access the blessings He has for us–and we’re entering the wrong pin number! And ultimately, this is preventing us from receiving the very things we have a right to!
But more than that, we’re using “credit.” This can be examined in two different ways…
(1) We’re falling back on what we know works, which can be a good thing! If you don’t know anything else to do in times of trouble but pray–then by all means PRAY! You want to use what works, yes…
BUT..the problem becomes this:
(2) We aren’t asking God for the right pin number to use in THAT particular situation. The pin number might change–the account holder [God] might change the pin number! And we have to be ever-hearing to keep up with the [cash] flow of God! (Figuratively speaking)
Guys, this is SO not about money. And our perception of what “Blessings From God” are is another issue. This is all about being in fellowship and constant communication with Him. And when we do this, He holds nothing back! We have access to all that He’s given us because we’re seeking Him first.
You’ve got some people who will keep entering the wrong pin number until they get completely locked out of the account. We all know someone like this or have been someone like this–who strays away…turns their ear away from God so that they are unable to hear what He’s saying or follow his instructions—eventually cutting them off to the very access of what He has for them.
Worse than that, maybe, are those who think they have the right pin number. Convinced that they aren’t in error in any way they keep on doing the same stuff they’ve been doing–producing the same results they’ve been getting. All the while, they are their own worst enemy. Many people start off with good intentions but end up getting to a place where they feel they “know” this church thing well enough, and they become arrogant, haughty, and self-righteous.
We all know someone like this too. They can quote the scriptures all day long and tell everyone else what they’re doing wrong–all the while they can’t see the error of their own ways.
Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 says this,
“As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor–this is the gift of God! For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.”
This says so much! First of the all, the part where it says “this is the gift of God” should give you all the confidence you need to understand that what He’s doing for us is a gift! This isn’t something everyone can receive, but those who are in constant fellowship with Him–will never go without! God has given us “power” to eat of the riches and wealth He provides, meaning that what He blesses us with–we are to enjoy them! We aren’t meant to struggle or live a life of lack..constantly going without.
He wants to give you the pin number.
Will you quiet yourself long enough to receive the code that will unlock the blessings He has for you?