Friday, 13 May 2011

Don't settle for less

Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.”
John 1:50 (New International Version)

A few years ago I sat speaking with a very godly old lady, who, despite going through many hardships and health problems still maintained a wonderful attitude to life and devotion to God. She had known God’s healing touch in various ways, yet she was still beset by sickness and pain. She had learned to tolerate her condition, and when further prayer was offered she politely declined because she felt that God had already done so much for her, she didn’t like to appear greedy or ungrateful. In my own spirit I groaned, knowing that God is not stingy with his power towards his children, neither does He begrudge us anything if we ask according to His will (1 John 5:15).

God’s heart is that we do not stop short of taking hold of all His promises towards us. He wants us to believe for the bigger, the better and the greater. Sometimes we can thank Him for one victory and settle for that, not knowing that He has more mountains to be moved and more battles to be won. When the Israelites crossed over the river Jordan and stood on the banks of the land of promise, they were not just to admire the way God had brought them through, they were to press on to take hold of the whole territory in front of them.

Let us as His people not stop short of taking hold of all He has promised us. Let us not settle for one small victory, for He has greater things in store for us.

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