Jul 31, 2019 551 0 Renee Muniz

Letting God do His thing

Have You Asked God for More? Take heart, He isn’t too Busy for You!

Is God’s Gift Limited?

The Holy Spirit can send forth different spiritual gifts to different people. These include: laughing with joy in the Spirit, resting in the Spirit, speaking in tongues, interpreting tongues, prophesying, and even crying uncontrollably. All of these are very beautiful.

I never asked the Holy Spirit for gifts because I didn’t want to seem ungrateful for gifts I already have. I also
don’t want to compare myself with what others are receiving. For example, if a tailor friend of mine was busy at work with many customers’ orders, I might come back another time. I wouldn’t want to impose my needs on him while he’s super busy. That would be rude.

Well, that’s how I imagined my communication with God up until this past Saturday.

I attended a Shalom Revival retreat, which consisted of deliverance and healing by the Holy Spirit (https://shalommedia.org/revival/). I had a powerful experience, and it gave me an opportunity to reflect. What resounded in me was this question: Why do you limit Me?

I went on this retreat because I do need healing. Don’t we all? And because this process is somewhat fresh, I asked God to show me something tangible, proving that He is with me on this healing journey.

And He did.

Before that encounter, the priest at Revival read John 16:16-24. What stuck with me were verses 23-24:

“Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.”

As mentioned earlier, I didn’t like the thought of asking more from God. Why would I ask Him for more? Who am I to ask when He already gives so much? The priest continued saying, “Ask the Spirit for more. Tell Him you want more.” I thought, “More? I should be happy with what I have.”

But God longs to see us rooted in Him, in overflowing joy. He wants His children to be happy and feel loved. If
we don’t feel that, we need to tell Him. He wants our joy to be complete.

So, if my tailor friend is super busy, I should still ask for what I need to be done. My clothes won’t repair itself
on its own and I’m not a tailor. Besides, my tailor friend wants to help. He enjoys this craft.

Once the deed is done, it’s great to like the outcome, but it would be best to show the most gratitude towards my tailor friend. God is like a tailor friend, but better. He is never too busy for us. He isn’t limited in His love. He wants to help. He enjoys loving us; He delights in us.
And when the Lord bestows gifts upon us, we should not continuously seek and praise the gifts, but rather the Giver.

God might not grant us every prayer request made known to Him because, well, as God He can see the bigger picture. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).

However, we need to give God the room to work. I wasn’t giving Him room to work. My prayers consisted of thanksgiving and “whenever You’re available, please come to my aid. But know that I’m grateful for everything you have given me, nonetheless.”

Now I realize I should continue praying with thanksgiving but in times of need say, “I allow you to come to my aid at this very moment and rescue me from the pit. I know You can.”

If I believe God can do all things, I need to place all my trust in Him and let Him work in my life when and how He wants. I shouldn’t worry about bothering or annoying Him. He knows my heart. In fact, He wants my heart and He wants to grant the desires residing in there.

In St. Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle, she discusses why the Holy Spirit bestows gifts on people.

“Sometimes, Our Lord acts thus, solely for the sake of showing His power…God does not bestow these favors on certain souls because they are more holy than others who do not receive them, but to manifest His greatness as in the case of St. Paul and St. Mary Magdalene, and that we may glorify Him in His creatures…God gives even greater proofs of His love… He desires that no limits be set to His work. Therefore, never discredit them because
you are not thus led yourselves”

God is God.

Do we believe that? Dear Lord, I seek your help today. I especially invite you into the specific areas of my heart that hold pain and suffering. I give everything into Your hands; hold me close to you and never let me go. I trust that I am under your loving care and I will hold back nothing from you.

Renee Muniz

© is a student of communication in arts and English at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.


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