As we continue to pray and fast in preparation for Victory Sunday on October 30th, I want to pick up where we left off yesterday. To be prepared for spiritual warfare, I must be fully aware of the need in my life or the life of others. I must have absolute faith that only Christ and His Word can supply the need. But we know this. How can I make sure that I am in the right spirit?
Going back to yesterday, we can see that when things go wrong, our response to these things reveals the state of our spiritual life. When things go wrong and I show frustration with people or with things, it is because I am not getting from them what I want or what I believe that I need. I may get frustrated with my child for not giving me respect. I may get frustrated with my spouse because I don’t think they are giving me the attention or love they should. I may get frustrated with people at work because I don’t think they are acting with integrity. All of these are natural reactions, but we do not want to live in the natural, but the supernatural.
People are as deplete as we are spiritually. They do not have the resources within themselves to be all that we need or desire every moment of every day. Our frustration with them reveals that we are wanting them to supply us with something that only God can supply.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
When people are not supplying what we feel they should be and our frustrations become apparent, this is an indication that we are looking for people to supply our needs rather than the Lord. When this happens, we must turn our mind to the truth that people will never be able to supply our needs completely. Human relationships were never intended by God to fulfill us completely. Their purpose is to turn us back to the Lord. When people hurt us, we should not focus our anger toward them. Instead, we should present our hurt to the Lord for His healing. He will provide the love, the attention, the care, the respect, the favor we desire. When people fail us, are they not simply being human? And when we fail others, it is not simply a reminder that there is only One True God and we ain’t Him?!?
Ask the Holy Spirit today to help you assess your frustrations and to help you see if you have put people in the place of God expecting them to give what only God can provide. Then do the spiritual work of going to the Lord for what you need. This is the mindset and spiritual posture that turns us back to the Lord that He might be able to release into our life the power to move mountains in our life.