Philippians 1September 2, 2014
Romans 5:11 – Joy Through ReconciliationSeptember 3, 2014
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in [through, by] Christ Jesus.
Have you been at a store or restaurant and heard an irritated customer say “I demand to speak to the manager”, or “I demand ….”? They may have a legitimate grievance but their attitude leaves a lot to be desired and really doesn’t aid in rectifying the situation.
As born-again believers we need to be careful that we don’t get stuck in being ‘demand-minded’ of our Heavenly Father. What is ‘demand-minded’? I’m glad you asked.
We can know the Word, know what the Word of God says, and say we believe the Word but if our minds aren’t renewed in our position IN Christ and His righteousness—right thinking, we’ll be demand-minded of the Lord. We’ll pray for provision or healing, and when we don’t see something change immediately, get irritated, easily lose heart which basically allows our faith and confidence in God’s Word to have less power in our lives. If you’ve been there, you know what I’m talking about, and this is in no way meant to condemn or make you feel guilty. We’re looking at a potential problem that we all face.
What happens when we become demand-minded? First if we’re not operating from a position of rest—faith and trust, then our attitude will quickly become one of demand, and notice the emphasis of being demand-minded is “I” or “me or my”. It can also tie into feeling you need to be doing to please God so He’ll answer or bless us. Recognize that if your attitude has been like this, you’ve moved from a place of spiritual rest and faith to making things happen from your own efforts and abilities—demand.
So, how do we become less demand-minded? It’s not that hard. The more you are continually supply-minded, being conscious and thinking on purpose of God’s bountiful provisions for you through the finished work of Jesus, the less your attitude will be one of demand. See the Lord as your abundant supplier wanting to bless you more than you realize. Be confident in His provisions and promises and rest. Rest doesn’t demand. It relaxes in God’s ability to meet your needs.