What Does God Really Want From Me? My Stuff?

Joel 2:12-14

“Even now,” declares the Lord“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.”13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. 14 Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing—grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God.

The book of Joel begins with God’s punishment towards his people.

locustsIn Joel 1, you will find that locusts have devoured the land, nations have invaded it, and everything is dried up.

 

Joel 2 is the turnaround. The people began to return to God and humble themselves before him and God relents on his punishment and restores the people.

Over and over again the Bible tells a tale similar to this; God’s people seek his face, then turn their back on Him and break all of His rules. Then, calamity strikes and they are back humble before God.

Isn’t that how we are? We know the right things to do yet refuse to do them. Yet, the minute something goes wrong, we are back on our knees begging for God. He comes every time.

 

But through my rebellion, it leads me to ask. Is Christianity really about grace or is it about rules? Because right now, this book seems like a bunch of “do’s” and “don’ts.”

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But what I’m really asking is what does God really want from me? It seems as if He just wants my stuff and to act a certain way.

Consider these verses:

Joel 2:13

13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

 

1 Chronicles 28:9

As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

 

1 Samuel 16:7

…for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.

And there are many more verses about how God searches and changes the heart!

God wants our heart but sometimes He uses our things to test our heart, help others out, or for other reasons we cannot describe.

Ultimately, God wants our heart which determines our actions.

Consider one more verse. This is in 2 Samuel 7 where King David decides he wants to put the Ark of God (where God dwelled with the people at the time) in a house. Look at God’s response.

2 Samuel 7:5-7

“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’

When I first read this verse, this was a big deal to me. God gave David all of this success and prosperity and never once asked to be put in a house instead of a tent! This was David’s idea.

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Friend, God is not after your stuff, He is after YOU! But sometimes he does use, take away, or add to what you have as He sees fit.

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How do I Get to Heaven?

Christianity is all about faith. Simply believe that Christ died for your sins and give him your life. Talk to Him; He wants to hear from you. No matter how messed up we are, God loves us enough to work with us exactly where we are!

God’s love or salvation does not require you to be perfect nor does it mean getting your life together first.

Here is another website to help with what is salvation.

Here are some verses for you (all are in NIV):

Romans 3:23

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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Are You a Chrisian Who Feels Alone?-1 Peter 5:8-9 | Loneliness

1 Peter 5:8-9 New International Version (NIV)

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

 

Thought: It is easy to believe that we are the only one going through a hard time. Likewise, it is easy to disconnect from everything and everyone. Satan loves to play with me on this one!

Stay in. Fight! Remember that there are others going through the same thing!

Memory Verse: Psalms 23

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Psalm 23(NIV)

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.