Borrowed Truths

Presuming

presuming
Borrowed Truths

Presuming

How many of you believe that you are presupposing on the Lord, how often do you think that your requests are not worthy of voicing, and instead just presume that the Lord knows what your needs and wants are, and so without asking, you just expect Him to provide for and take care of you.

We are all aware that He knows what we need, (Matt. 6:8) we also understand that He likes to be asked for His provisions, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Phil. 4:6) But how many of you have, in the politest of terms, simply begun to expect from God, have taken Him for granted. The people that do this see the gifts and blessings of the Lord before Christ Himself, the things He can give them, whether they be materialistic, emotional, or even spiritual, before they seek for or see Christ as all they need. When circumstances occur that they see as negative in any way, they doubt, when these things arrive in a positive way, at least according to their own personal thoughts, they rarely remember to give praise to Him from whom all blessings flow. (Psalm 103) Think on the ten lepers here, (Luke 17:11-19) only one came back to say thank you.

There are far too many who are professing Christ that have forgotten the “ifs” in the Scriptures, that little word that does not allow us to presuppose on the mercies and provisions of the Lord, they have to a degree forgotten that there are requirements placed upon the children of the Lord, they believe that grace has given them a measure of freedom that does not require responsibility. These individuals are most generally easily recognizable by the Scripture verses that they have placed at the highest priority for their lives, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Heb. 10:25) “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” (1 Cor. 4:2) “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” (2 Thess. 3:10)

Many have become nothing more than church attendees, therefor fulfilling their first so-called obligation, which they suppose in and of itself will grant the continuing favors of the Lord. Funny though, when all the churches were told to shut down, and as of the time of the writing of this letter to you many still are, I did not and still do not see an enormous outcry from them about this new edict that has been placed on them.

To be a good steward of the materialistic items they have been blessed with is about as far as that verse goes in their minds, only the things that can be seen and touched, handled and owned are the items that they will be stewards over, while their soul, their walk with Christ, their obedience in all things spiritual that has been entrusted to them remains covered with dust and paid little if any attention to, they will “work as unto the Lord,” as long as there is benefit for them, whether it be by monetary increase through their place of employment, or at the church, wrapping the Christmas gifts or perhaps occasionally helping with the upkeep and maintenance of the church building, but do not expect to see them on more than an occasional mission trip, unless it fits in with their time frame of convenience, or witnessing on a street corner to a lost soul.

They like to repeat that if a man does not work, he should not eat, but that verse is always giving precedence to the physical labor to acquire financial gain, which for most the purchase of food is not a major part of their budget, unless of course the finest food, the “name brands” are all they will accept as good enough for them and their family.

I would ask that you ponder that last verse for a moment, take in the context of the materialistic items that I believe Paul was referring to, look into yourself and contemplate those words that give the same meaning, but offer a different construct of the mental path they lead us to. “If a man does not work, he should be allowed to starve to death.” Did you agree, or were you aghast at those words, do you feel contempt even at the reading of them, did you decide that even though this person can work, that he is physically able to, but has just determined for whatever reason inside himself that he is not going to that you should take care of him, that you should enable him in whatever form is necessary, because if you don’t, if the church doesn’t, if the government you live in does not step in, why goodness, that poor man will starve to death.

There are far too many people who claim Christ as Lord that are pre-supposing upon His mercy and goodness, they treat Him as a “sugar daddy,” as a genie in a bottle, to be removed when a need arises, as if their works will incur His good favor, leaving behind any desire whatsoever to serve Him without want of anything save for Him.

When we learn to love Christ for who He is, nothing else, not for what He can give us, as Christ alone as the motive for our service, when we understand fully that He alone is the prize, then we will learn how to submit, we will in all honesty and without reservation of any kind be able to say, “Thy will be done.”

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