Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Your Love for God
Your love for God is only to the degree that you have loved your worst enemy. That is hard to believe. Christians go around saying they love God, but they hate their enemies.
God made it clear that you can't love him and hate his people. Jesus said in Matthew 24:40, "In as much as you have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me."
If that didn't clarify things for you, it is written in 1 John 4:20, "How can you love God whom you have not seen, and do not love God's children whom you have seen?"
Public Rewards Based on Private Devotions
God rewards you publicly only to the degree that you have spent time with him in private.
Many people do work for God only when they can be seen by others. However, Go rewards those publicly who have worked privately in the kingdom for him and those who have fellowshipped with him privately.
Don't expect God to be pleased with you in church on Sunday when you have neglected him all week.
How God Answers Your Personal Prayers
Have you noticed that many of your personal prayers are going unanswered? It might because you are spending more time requesting things for yourself than interceding for others.
God answers your personal prayers in the direct proportion to your intercessory prayers for others. It is so beautiful to know that while you are interceding for others, God is interceding in the direct proportion for you.
Remember, God gave Job twice as much as what he had lost when he prayed for his three friends.
Corporate Prayers and Personal Prayers
The anointing of your corporate prayer is only as anointed as your personal prayer.
According to Matthew 6:6, "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to the Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."
There is absolutely no way you can conjure up prayer power in church on Sunday in corporate worship if you have not spent time in personal prayer during the week.
Your Anointing and Your Consecration
Your anointing is in direct proportion to your consecration. If you have neglected the spiritual disciplines, don't expect to experience any anointing from the Holy Spirit.
Don't expect to preach, teach or witness to others with power when you have not read your Bible, prayed to God, praised God, worshipped God or kept his commandments yourself.
Your Achievement and Your Faith
Your achievements will never rise above your faith.
Jesus said it often in similar words when he said, "According to your faith, be it unto you" (Matthew 9:29).
You will never achieve without first believing you will achieve. You will never run the race farther than your faith will take you.
When you have limited faith, you will receive limited benefits. A lack of faith hems you in by your own opinions.
In order to receive in bigger proportions, you should believe in a larger realm of faith. Enlarge your coast by enlarging your faith.
Your Reaping and Your Sowing
Your reaping is always in direct proportion to your sowing into the kingdom of God.
You don't have to live on a farm to know that if you "sow sparingly, you will also reap sparingly; and if sow bountifully, then you shall also reap bountifully," according to 2 Corinthians 9:6.
If you want a harvest in the fall, you must sow your seeds several months in advance. The seeds you sow in the ground will grow into plants and fruits to be harvested later.
Keep in mind that the amount of your harvest depends on the number of seeds you have sown.
Your Giving and Receiving
Luke 6:38 says, "Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure you mete withal it shall be measured unto you again."
In other words, your receiving is in direct proportion to your giving. The principle is for you to give first, and you will receive to the same degree to that which you have given.
Prayers Answered in Proportion to Your Faith
Your prayers are answered in direct proportion to the intensity and the persistence of your faith.
Remember the story in 1 Samuel 1:1-20 when Hannah prayed and believed God would give her a son in her barrenness and old. She was specific in her prayer without beating around the bush. She let God know that she wanted a son and not just any child.
Jesus explained what we should do in Matthew 8:13, "Go thy way and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee."
Revelations and Study of God's Word
God reveals the truth to you in proportion to your study of God's word. In order to know the truth, you must read, study and meditate on God's word.
According to John 8:31-32, "If you continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed: and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." Notice, you must know the truth, and you know the truth from the Bible.
When you study God's word, he will reveal the deeper things to you that you would not know otherwise.
Receiving and Being Prepared
You receive from God in the exact proportion for which you are prepared.
Preparation is the key to receiving something from God. If your life is not lined up to receive blessings from God, then he withholds them until you are prepared. Look at the table below to see how God blessed people when they were prepared to receive those blessings.
There was no water for the army until ditches were dug.
2 Kings 3:16-17
The widow's oil was not multiplied until she had enough empty jars.
2 Kings 4:3-4
Naaman was not healed until he dipped seven times in the Jordan.
2 Kings 5:10
There was no harvest until the ground had been broken up.
There was no Messiah until the way had been prepared by John the Baptist.
You cannot go to heaven until you prepare for it.
Ask For One Thing Instead of a Grocery List
Your chances of receiving are much better when asking for one thing instead of a grocery list of things.
As mentioned before, Hannah received after she prayed for one specific thing. Also, Elisha asked for only one thing, and that was a double portion of Elijah's anointing, according to 2 Kings 2:9.
Solomon asked for only one thing, and that was wisdom so he could lead the people. God gave him the one he asked for in addition to wealth and land that he didn't ask for.
God's Glory and Your Humility
The level of God's glory in your life is in direct proportion to your humility.
No flesh can glory in God's kingdom. When you do things for self-glorification, you bring torment to yourself. "Let your light so shine before people, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16)
What You Think About
What you do is proportionally affected by that which you think about the most.
Your lifestyle is a consequence of your thoughts. What you habitually think about often in some measure tends to happen.
Paul advises us in Philippians 4:8, "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." In other words, we get what we think about the most.
Give God Permission
God's plan for you can only be manifested to the extent that you give him permission to.
You have heard it said many times to "Let go and let God." When you hold onto things and try to make things happen your way, God will not interfere. When you stop trying to do it your way, then God takes over. Surrender and give God total permission to be Lord over your life. Let God's plan for you be manifested his way; not yours.
Give God permission to take over your life and use it for his glory.
Your Relationship with God
Your conformity to God's standard is in proportion to your relationship with God.
When you have an intimate ongoing relationship with God, you are always mindful of God's standard; not others.
When you were first saved, God's light shined on you from a distance. As you conform to God's standard, your relationship with God develops. The closer you get to God, his glory exposes your unworthiness, according to Ezekiel 1:28. As your relationship deepens, your one desire is to conform to God's standard seeking to please him in everything you do or think.
God's Word in You
God blesses you to the degree that his word is in you.
God and his word are one, according to John 1:1.
"If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you," according to John 15:7.
May God's mercy be unto you in the direct proportion to your hope in him.