Now that might seem like an unlikely title for this blog but keep reading and you’ll see why I chose it.
Of course we all know that God isn’t Santa Claus but in reality I believe that many Christians categorize Him that way. Just shoot up a prayer and God will answer, if you’ve been good and not naughty! Oh no, you say, we don’t believe that! Well, hold on.
How many times have you had a situation to pray about and after you prayed, your mind goes into overdrive telling you why it won’t come to pass? Maybe it worked before but not this time. Maybe you haven’t prayed enough, had enough faith, read your Bible enough, been loving enough, etc., etc., etc. And on and on it goes.
BUT, if you’ve been a good little Christian, then, just maybe, God will answer your request! This is what I call the Santa Claus syndrome because everything is based on what you do and not on Who God is.
Take healing for example. We know that according to Mark 11:23-24, we are to believe we receive when we pray – not wait for the manifestation. But, what happens if the manifestation takes longer than we think it should? What happens to our confession for the promise that we are to stand on? Good questions.
You see, God is God! He is faithful, faithful, faithful and whatever He does is the right thing. When we pray in faith according to His Word, He always answers immediately! But, that doesn’t mean the manifestation occurs immediately. Remember, with healing, it starts from the inside out. And even though it has already begun the moment we pray, it might take some time for it to manifest on the outside.
And this, dear brothers and sisters, is where many Christians lose it. They’re expecting instant manifestation on the outside and when they don’t see it, they falter in their confession, lose heart, and eventually give up thinking that God has not answered their prayer when, in fact, He did right from the beginning.
I believe it all goes back to whether or not we believe the prayers we’ve prayed. If we do, than we wouldn’t worry. But if we’re worrying and fretting, then we’re not in faith and have actually cancelled our faith and prayers. We need to back up and punt. We need to get back into God’s Word and build up our faith so that we can pray and let those faith-filled prayers come forth with the dunamis, explosive power of God.
God is definitely not Santa Claus. Our heavenly Father is so much better and way more than enough for anything the devil throws at us. We are supernaturally equipped and need to stand up and use our weapons to bring victory into our lives and the lives of others with whom we encounter.
1 Corinthians 1:9 (KJV) 9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) 13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
2 Timothy 2:13 (KJV) 13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
1 John 4:8b (KJV) 8 … for God is love.
John 17:26 (KJV) 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
John 15:16 (KJV) 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.