GET HAPPY, IT’S A PRIVILEGE
Isaiah 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. King James Version
Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land… New International Version
Let’s look again at this powerful verse that reveals a bunch about God’s heart. Look at the beginning of this verse… “If you are willing and obedient…”
We discussed in our last blog how that there are many obedient Christians who are not willing. They wish they could do something else, but they can’t. They have been constrained to give, constrained to teach, constrained to lead, constrained to some level of responsibility, but they’d rather be fishing. They’ve been constrained by the Lord or by their pastor and thus inwardly they despise both to a small degree.
Not look again at God’s heart…he wants us to be willing and obedient. He rejoices over a faith-filled person. He loves a cheerful giver, server, helper and minister! He takes pleasure in us when we walk out the paths of righteousness with a happy heart.
Several things happen automatically when we take on a “have to” spirit:
1. First we subconsciously will moan and groan as we serve and give. This will be seen in a lack of joy, lack of patience (am I done yet), lack of enthusiasm and lack of vision. This will be like a wet blanket on those around us.
2. Second we’ll serve with a dishonoring spirit. Dishonoring those we serve. Subconsciously, we don’t count it a privilege to serve. We don’t see our serving or giving as a key to our personal breakthroughs. Instead we subconsciously serve with a “you’re lucky to have me” attitude. We should be thinking, “this is a privilege”, but instead we emit “aren’t you privileged”, “with my schedule you’re just lucky I showed up”. This dishonoring will come across to our supervisors in the ministry. IE., arriving late, leaving early, failing to prepare, allowing sloppiness, easy irritation, distaining speech…
3. Third we look for ways to get out of ministry, giving or Kingdom responsibility. We might be capable, but we run from opportunity.
4. Fourth, we’ll magnify how “hard” it is. A mole hill will become a mountain in our eyes. No wonder we can’t recruit help, who wants to help us move Mount Everest? …It will probably take forever and kill us all, but it’s all for Jesus.
Can you see now why we should never let the “have to” mind set linger in us. We are a “get to” people. We are a people of privilege. The burden of the Lord is real, but it is light! Don’t confess it’s heavy when He said it’s light. You will have what you say! The burden of the Lord is light and easy, nothing like the burden of the world (Satan) or self.
Numbers 11:1 Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the LORD, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.
Malachi 3: 13 “You have said harsh things against me,” says the LORD. “Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’ 14 “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the LORD Almighty?
Isaiah 58: 6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter– when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk…