Flood Defences

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SandBagsAt one of the prayer meetings last month God gave me a picture or illustration relating to the flooding over Christmas and spiritual blessings or spiritual floods. I often hear people praying for God to rain down blessings, for His Holy Spirit to come like a flood. However when it comes to actual flooding we don’t pray for more rain, we don’t ask for the flood to bless our houses; people protect themselves from the flood. The picture that came to me was that I can, build up defences to keep out the flood of God’s blessing. Obviously I don’t pray, “God strengthen my defences against your blessing,” but if I’m honest my default setting is to grab some sandbags and get ready for the uncertainty of whether I would be flooded or not. Now don’t get me wrong I would happily go down to the river and look in wonder at the rising water levels, at the force and expanse of the flood waters. However it would be challenging for me to willing want my home to be flooded, because of the destruction that it would cause. I might pray for blessing, but what I really mean is I want God to bless me without disrupting my life too much. I want God to be okay with me building a sandbag wall around my home to protect it while I head out to marvel at the flood of His blessing down by the river. Except God is good all the time, why would I feel the need to build a wall of protection around my home, why would I only want to receive God’s blessing at a church meeting? I know for myself that I don’t always welcome change. I like to think that if something needs changing then I’ll make a change when I’m ready. Floods are destructive and disruptive. When God floods my life it can be disruptive as well, except His flooding usually washes away the things I don’t really need in life, the items that I can live without, the attitudes that I would actually be glad to let go of and the addictions that I have been wanting to be free of for years. When God floods your life it will be destructive and disruptive, you can’t expect God to flood your life and for nothing to change. But the result once the flood waters recede will be good; there will be blessing. The challenge for me is what prayers am I actually willing to pray? Should I pray for God’s blessing in my life, for His blessing to come like a flood? The simple answer, yes. I should also pray that God would help me to understand His will and goodness in my life, that when He brings blessings He would also help me to let down my defences and allow Him to bless me. Will it mean change, will it mean disruption? Probably. Will it be good? Yes, because God is good all the time and that is a truth I can rely on, even when my feet are getting wet from rising flood waters.
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