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1 John 5:14 (KJV)
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.

Jide grew up very poor so one of his greatest desires in life was to become very rich and powerful. He wanted to own the biggest house in his village and drive the most expensive cars.

When he realized that through faith, people could receive things from the Lord, he decided to begin to apply faith towards his dream of riches. He took many risks. There were times he wouldn’t eat properly because he had given all his money in hopes that he would receive the kind of riches he wanted from the Lord.

Jide didn’t receive the riches he expected from the Lord. He later found out that it wasn’t that God didn’t want to make him rich, but his motive for asking was wrong, it was pride of life. God does not reward bad motives.

For your faith not to be you just taking risks, your faith has to be based on the word and will of God. If there is anything to learn about God’s predestination, it is that God doesn’t do anything He ever first planned to do.

The power of God would not work to furnish your pride or massage your ego, it would work to fulfill God’s word and do His will. The onus is on you to ensure you are found within His will.

When dealing with God, your motive is very important and the state of your heart. God would rather give you something simply because you ask and desire it than give it to you to furnish your pride and lust (see James 4:3).

One of the most effective ways of asking and receiving from the Lord is to factor your request within the context of what you are sure is God’s will for you.

Go into today remembering that God’s will is superior to your faith, and God would not do anything against His will. Ensure that your faith always falls within the ambit of God’s will so that it would be fruitful.

—Pst. Abraham .D. Arigi

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