You know the moment when God is asking you to respond. The moment He is asking you to move toward His altar and fall on your knees before Him. For me, in these moments, my heart beats faster, my palms start to sweat and I know I must respond to His invitation.
Sometimes this can be when I am home all alone and God wants me to fall down on my knees before Him and worship—or at least put my coffee cup down and raise my hands up.
Sometimes this can be when asked by someone to do something way outside of my comfort zone, and I feel the familiar knock on my heart from the Spirit of God to say yes—or to be brave and say no.
I had that moment the other day at church. I could sense God speaking through the worship and then through the powerful sermon. When our pastor extended the invitation to come to the altar, I knew I was to come. Heart pounding, palms sweaty, I was not sure exactly what God wanted from me there at the altar. But as I knelt, He spoke.
Jenn you are a dreamer. You have big Hopes. Big dreams. You are willing to follow your God-sized dreams. However, you have taken steps from hoping and believing into a sense of entitlement.
The definition of hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
The definition of entitlement is belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or has a right to something.
The Lord whispered to my heart – Just because you have dreams that are FROM me and FOR me does not mean you are entitled to the fulfillment of those dreams by me.
He asked me that day to repent of my feelings of entitlement. My belief that because I was writing for God, that God was entitled to honor my performance with certain rewards.
Hoping in a God who could do more than I can ask or imagine does not mean He is entitled to do what I am imagining.
Romans 5:5 New Living Translation, “And This hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.”
Hope is God will never disappoint. My sense of entitlement will.
As I was at the altar, God whispered He wanted me to turn my entitlement struggles into thanksgiving. To spend the month of November really examining my thoughts.
Where do I feel entitled? How am I expecting God to move versus expecting God?
In each of my thoughts to pause and press into thankfulness.
Philippians 4:8, Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise think on these things. (ESV)
As we prepare for the crazy hustle and bustle of holidays, I want to be full of thanksgiving for who God is and what He is doing.
To hope but not expect my own expectations.
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