Controlling God

Have you ever found yourself doing things (or not doing things) in order to reap a reward from God? For instance, do you pray especially hard prior to a big event in your life? What motive do you have for doing so? Have you ever fasted in order to get God to respond? I want to explore this topic more fully as we journey together. I do not have a firm answer at this point. The essence of the discussion in “motive”. Why do I do something? If for my own self-interests, then that is leading me away from God even if it involves Him (ie. fasting or other sacrifical prayer means). But I also know that God wants us to fast and move into seasons of sacrifice and that God responds to them. But here is the rub. Matthew 5 states emphatically that God is interested in not only your actions but your thoughts and reasoning behind doing something. Maybe that is the place to start. Till later. Todd

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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