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So often we find ourselves asking God for more- more money, more opportunities, and even more of Him; However, we neglect the opportunity to give God more of ourselves. Usually during this request, we never consider what we may have to give up to get more. It’s sort of like a rule of thumb or rather common sense, to make room for more things you have to give up some things. I honestly believe that what God wants to give us is so huge that we have to expand our capacity to hold it; However, since many of us are unwilling to completely open up to God, we become victims of the awful “enemy” named rejection. Rejection is usually the source that produces thoughts of fear, inadequacy, and insecurity. You know, those murmurs in your head that continuously say, “God has forgotten about me”, “He never answers my prayers”, “I feel like He has me on hold”, “How could He ever use me?”, “I feel completely stuck”, “When will it ever be my time?” I could go on and on. These are just a few suggestions the enemy sends to cause you to question not just yourself, but God as well. The true source of these thoughts is not just the enemy, but also the vulnerability that came as a result of your selfishness.
Jeremiah 29:11 says “I have it all planned out, plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” So the rejection you feel is not God abandoning you, but its His way of saying, “let me take care of you”. 100% of the time, God wants to completely take care of us, but its usually our dreams, desires, plans and timing that hinder Him from fully presenting the life that He has already established for us. I’ve learned through years of “unanswered prayers” and emotional obstacles that the life I’m living is so much bigger than me. God has a purpose for every single human being on this earth; He hopes for each and every one of us to not just become aware of our purpose, but to live it out as well.
If we would just give up on the mediocre particulars of our life and completely submit to His plans, rejection would never become our enemy. There would never be an urge or a hunger to compete, compare or criticize another human being, which is usually why we’re afraid to give up on our idea of success, or maybe even why we’re so anxious to be known as the one who “made it”. God promises to give us the future we hope for; we have to trust that He’s knows our desires even more than we know ourselves. God understands that through this convoluted world that our experiences, other people and even our own emotions can easily taint our desires. So to receive more from God, means to give up yourself, so that He can takeover and give you more than what you’ve ever expected.