Thursday, July 13, 2017

"Quick Fix Mentality"

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."  Galatians 6:9

We live in a "quick fix" society.  We want everything now.  We don't want to wait.  We don't want to have to put forth any effort for it.  Just give it to me now. 

We are like that when we are sick, in pain or hurting.  We want a "wonder pill" that will bring us immediate healing or relief.  We are like that with finances.  We want to win the lottery, we want a hand out, we want to have riches now.  We are like that when we go to God for the answer to a need.  We pray a "microwave" prayer and expect the answer to "pop out" in ten seconds or less.  Young newly married couples want all the luxuries-- cars, a house, all the tools, etc. at the beginning of their marriage.  They want all the things that their parents have.  They just don't want to wait for them.  It took their parents a lifetime to have what they have, but they want it now.   

We are so spoiled!  Our "quick fix" mentality is often a "curse" to us.  Don't misunderstand what I am about to say, please.  But when dealing with sickness, sometimes instead of looking to the doctor to give you a pill that will take care of it instantly, we just need to make some lifestyle changes and the problem would take care of itself.  Some things we face just need some time in prayer.  But we don't want to take the time.  We don't want to "tarry" in our prayer closets until the answer comes.  We want it now, we don't want to waitWe would rather take a hand out financially than get a job and work for it-- that takes too long and is too much effort on my part. 

Hezekiah had to turn his face to the wall when told he had a terminal disease and pray until the prophet returned with the answer.  The woman with the issue of blood had to press her way through the crowd.  Daniel had to fast and pray for twenty-one days for the answer to come.  The disciples had to tarry in the upper room for days before they received the infilling power of the Holy Spirit.  Consider Jesus Himself.  He had to tarry in the wilderness to become empowered for the ministry He would have.  And the list goes on.  

God does instantaneous things many times.  He does miracles often immediately.  But, more times than not, there are things that we have to do.  And those things don't always take a few seconds.  They take time in the prayer closet.  They take weeks of fasting.  They take days of work.  They take lifestyle changes day in a day out.  We need to change our "quick fix" mentality and humble ourselves, take control of our flesh, renew our minds, be willing to do what we have to do and pray for grace to do the things we need to do... and do them until the result or answer comes.

Have a great day.  Change your "quick fix" mentality and persevere.   

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