Fast Food Christianity

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Don’t skip through life foolishly because you’re getting what YOU want. Rejoice because you are waiting on what GOD wants!

By Lyn Leahz ©2013 | April 3, 2013

Luke 8:15 “… As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.” (Jesus speaking in the parable of the sower)

Romans 2:6-7 He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life…

Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

1 Timothy 1:16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

Hebrews 6:11-12 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

When we live in a fast-paced, impatient internet and fast food society, it’s oftentimes difficult to even begin to comprehend patience. Those of us who grew up before the internet had the advantage of knowing. But, have we forgotten what it was like to wait?

Pslam 27:14, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Sounds easier than it actually is, huh?

How often do you make a decision without consulting God first? Before you dated someone? Married them? Before taking that “job” you wanted? And what about the times you thought to ask God first, yet you did not wait on His answer? We live in the days of Fast Food Christianity! The “I want it now!” attitude. But what if God doesn’t want you to have it now?

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Imagine this:

A seven-year-old little boy goes to his father and reminds him, “Daddy, you said you would give me anything I asked. Remember that?”

His dad smiles and pats him on the back, “Sure son,” an even bigger smile lights up dad’s face, “well, within reason.” he chuckles.

The little boy looks down at his feet, puts his hands in his pockets, and continues, “Well, I want a car.”

His father bends down and picks up his boy beneath his arms and holds him up above his head, smiling, “Well, son. Dad will get you a car…but it’s not going to be a car like me and your mom drive. It’ll be a Hot Wheels car for now!” he sets him back down.

The little boy points his finger at his dad, sternly announcing, “But dad, you said I could have anything I wanted…”

Again, his father smiles, firmly reminding him, “No, son. I told you to ask anything you want, and if it’s something I can give you, I will give it to you. But you’re not ready to drive a car just yet. You’re going to have to do some growing first.”

This is a good example of our relationship with God. We ask Him for things, but we don’t always get answers. And many times, when we do get answers, we don’t always get them right away. Then there are the times we don’t get what we asked for at all.

Maybe you’re not ready for that thing you are asking Him for. Or, since God knows what’s ahead, maybe something bad will come of this thing we want, and he sees heartache as a result.  Even in the death of a loved one, God might somehow be showing mercy. Ten years down the road, would something far more tragic have happened?  Would they have suffered worse?  Or, would they have grown into an adult, never accepted Christ, and spent eternity in Hell?  Only He knows the future, and we are, in all things, to trust Him.

Ever hear the saying, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone?” I think we need a new one! How about, “You didn’t know how good you had it until you had to go and ask for something else”?

Several important lessons to be learned are:

  • Learn to ask God before you do anything
  • After you ask, keep praying in faith as you WAIT!
  • If you don’t know what God’s will is, give Him thanks each day that His will is done…not yours!
  • And finally, accept His decision and be happy, even if it’s NOT what you hoped for.

We must always remember that God is sovereign and there are no mistakes. You can rest assured that He is always in the midst of your situation. Don’t approach God with the Fast Food mentality, or you might not get the quality in something you’re desiring. Fast food might taste good, but it’s not good for you! In fact, if you eat fast food regularly, you are bound to develop cancers, heart problems, obesity, diabetes, and a whole slew of bad things! The same is true with Fast Food Christianity! The I want it now attitude is a destructive one and will kill your personal relationship with Christ. It will pull you far away when you are supposed to be near.

So what do you want? Do you want a quality, ‘ful-filling‘ relationship that you can depend upon? One that will benefit you and nourish you spiritually? Or, do you want a “my way or the highway” relationship that you quickly pursue, yet it leaves you upset, dissatisfied and empty in the end?

Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

About Lyn Leahz

Lyn Leahz is a journalist, radio show producer and host, author, as well as contributor to numerous alternative media news and opinion sites including her own site, Freedom Nation News. Of particular note, Lyn’s YouTube channel reaches nearly 200,000 subscriptions, having become one of YouTube’s leading channels on the varied topics associated with “the last days”. For example: a recent interview with author and Christian radio personality, Benjamin Baruch, has garnered over 483,000 views! Her program covers a broad spectrum of subjects: End-times events, spiritual warfare, personal and national repentance, as well as breaking news that speaks to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Lyn’s ministry skyrocketed after completing her first Christian fiction end-times’ novel, Soul Deceiver, in 2011 (available through Thomas Nelson, Westbow Press Publishing Company). Aside from her YouTube channel, Lyn has two radio shows on Leading Edge Radio Network: (1) “Out of the Darkness”, co-hosted with Benjamin Baruch, and (2) “The Lyn and Lisa ‘When Conspiracy Becomes Reality Radio Show’” (with her co-host Lisa Haven). She has interviewed numerous famous personalities like Christian-political artist Jon McNaughton, Brent Baum and Bruce Hall, Producers of the Finding Noah Film, Brett Creamer (also featured on Rick Wiles’ TruNews radio broadcast), 
Michael Snyder, author of the Economic Collapse Blog and End of the American Dream Website (recently featured on “The Jim Bakker Show”); as well as John Shorey, best selling author of The Window of the Lord’s Return, who has also been a frequent special guest on “The Jim Bakker Show” and “It’s Supernatural” produced by Sid Roth. She also has been featured in Prophecy In the News and will be speaking at the 2016 Prophecy In the News Annual Pike’s Peak Conference, as well as interviewing live on her youtube channel other prominent speakers attending the event. My websites: http://LynLeahz.com, http://freedomnationnews.com https://www.youtube.com/user/LynLeahz
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12 Responses to Fast Food Christianity

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  2. Another fabulous post Lyn! So much truth… There are so many different points I really like about this post I am not sure where to start.. Asking God before we do anything, it is so easy to make plans, and not easy to wait. I used to ask and wait much more than I have lately. I keep reminding myself to ask but as you say life is fast paced and it can be a real tough job to slow our thoughts that much in the moment that we include God. The big stuff is easier to ask for His guidance than the day-to-day things. And we need to learn to be faithful with little. Then the part about trusting God’s plan, that what we ask for may not be in our best interest at that time or that we aren’t yet ready for what we think we are. My Dad always used to say, “Be careful what you pray for, as you may not have enough faith in the faith account to pay for it, but be assured you will have to earn what you are given, even if the earning comes after the gift”.
    Lastly I love your points/tips being happy even if you do not get what you want because you trust that God knows better than you is huge! We all need to apply these tips. Great work. Blessings toyou!

    • Lyn Leahz says:

      Thank you so much, Water Bearer. It’s always a joy to hear your thoughts! You don’t know how happy it makes me that this post blessed my sisters and brothers in Christ. I know personally how difficult patience is. I think when we think of faith, we think of getting what we want. Instead, we should think of how when we don’t get what we want, we continue to have faith regardless that it is somehow for the best in a way we don’t see or understand. That is also applied to the verse that faith is the substance of things hoped for,the evidence of things not seen. We tend to apply that verse to getting something we want. But we should apply that verse also to what we did not get. We can’t see or understand the reason(s) why..so we should believe as if it were evidenced physically in God’s divine wisdom and sovereignty. A hard thing to do for sure! God bless you!

  3. This one feels like it was written just for me, Lyn! I still struggle with my last pregnancy loss which happened a year ago, and it has been a struggle to wait on the Lord for answers as to why it happened yet again. I am having diagnostic infertility surgery in two weeks, but it has taken a year to get to this point. There have been many hurdles and delays to overcome, but I think God placed them there to teach me some lessons. I think I have grown in my faith more in the last year than I have in my entire Christian walk! God had to help me spiritually to get to the place where I am at right now, and it has been a long and slow process. Sometimes I am impatient, but I’m learning many lessons along the way that God did not want me to miss. Thanks for this great post. It really touched my heart today!

    • Lyn Leahz says:

      Praise the Lord, sister! You know, when one person is blessed by something I write, that makes it all worth it. I am so happy the Holy Spirit ministered to you through this article. When I was writing, the Holy Spirit ministered to me to include the part about the loss of a baby. I didn’t know why, but I did. It sounds to me like the Lord knew you needed a word of encouragement.

      Having not known this about you, I will be sure and pray for you! I always wondered why you were silent when I first started blogging..and I have learned something today, and I will share it with everyone as an example not to judge.

      I used to leave comments to you, and you would never say anything back to me…so I thought you did not like me for some reason… so I stopped commenting. Well, don’t I feel so guilty today now that you have told me this because you were probably hurting and just not feeling up to writing; and here I took it personal, and judged that you must not like me for some reason Oh, our feeble human minds. We always think the worst and make it personal when we do. We never, ever know what someone else is going through, and this is why we should never jump to conclusions. I had forgotten all about this until I just saw your comment..so I wasn’t harboring anything that I’m aware of..but, it did happen.

      I repent to you right here and right now for feeling that way and for misjudging you! I hope you can forgive me. 😉 God bless you, and I’m praying for you and for your situation! How far along were you in your pregnancy? My aunt suffered two miscarriages, and finally adopted from Russia. It was very painful for her. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be.

      • I am so sorry to hear you took it personally, and I am sorry I never wrote back! I never meant to hurt or offend any of my online Christian brothers and sisters in Christ, including you! I forgive you, and I hope you can forgive me too! I am sorry to hear your aunt has been through two miscarriages, and I am happy to hear that God eventually gave her a child through adoption!

        In January 2012 my husband and I found out I was pregnant. It was exciting, but nerve wracking. In August 2011 I had a pregnancy where my baby implanted on my ovaries instead of my womb. I was rushed to the ER and given emergency treatment.

        On February 1 2012, I my husband Mark and I anxiously went in for my first ultrasound, and there was nothing inside my womb. I was told I had either another out-of-womb pregnancy or I was miscarrying. Mark had to drive 2,200 miles to his new duty station in Erie, PA from our home in Boise, ID less than two hours after our appointment. (We bought a house in 2009, but one or both of us had to remain in it for exactly 36 months in order to keep our tax credit. Unfortunately, the Navy moved him to his new duty station before 36 months, to our surprise.) We had hoped he would leave with good news, but the bad news made it one of the hardest days of my life.

        All of our family is in San Diego, CA. I was alone while I began to have the same physical symptoms of a woman miscarrying. On February 11, 2012 I thought I was going to have to call 911. My mom flew in from California the next afternoon and took care of me for three weeks. Another ultrasound by the radiologist a few days later in the hospital confirmed a second ectopic pregnancy seven to eight weeks along. My mom and I both remember the doctors telling me there was nothing inside of my womb and that the baby had implanted on one of my ovaries–again. It was a sad day. I had to be treated immediately, and I endured weekly blood tests until April until when it was confirmed I was no longer pregnant. Ectopic pregnancies are life threatening and can cause internal bleeding, ruptured organs and death. The doctor told me during my last appointment I should never try for children naturally again.

        Two weeks after my finally blood test (and 11 weeks since we first got the bad news) my husband flew back from Erie, PA to bring me with him all the way from Idaho to Pennsylvania. The movers moved most of our stuff. We spent four days traveling with three cats and a few remaining items in the back of my car across the country! April 28, 2012 will make a whole year since our move, and a lot of changes in my life. I will say that I have a really awesome and supportive church, that has been immensely helpful in my emotional healing process.

        This fall I finally had the courage to see a doctor, who recommended some diagnostic infertility surgery. But my surgery–scheduled four months in advance for early February–was cancelled the day before due to insurance reasons. Last month I met my new doctor and on April 17 I have my surgery scheduled. The doctors will use a camera to identify any fertility issues and hopefully surgically correct them so I can have a normal pregnancy. I may also find out if I have issues beyond fixing, and I may learn I can never have children naturally because of the risk to my life.

        I am prepared for whatever God has in store for me. He knows whether I should be a mom someday or not and when the timing is right. He knows better than any doctor ever will what my future holds. But my world was shattered for a long time with news of pregnancy loss a second time and possible infertility. It is hard when a woman feels less than a woman because she can’t do what God designed her to do. I still grieve, but I now have more good days than bad days. I have learned that my identity is only found in Jesus Christ. My joy is in Jesus. Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were hard this year, but I have faith is God who can heal anything and do exceedingly greater things than anyone can imagine! He knows the desires of my heart, and I now wait patiently on Him. Thanks again for your blog, and your reply! May God bless you today and always! 🙂

    • Lyn Leahz says:

      You have been through sooo much! Bless your heart! I am and will continue praying for you sister! And you need not apologize to me for anything. You didn’t do anything at all. That was a silly thing that “I” allowed my mind to run away with. I was in the wrong, not you. That is why I apologized to you. There’s nothing to forgive you for, however, as you never did anything.

      I could tell you the most special story about my aunt who miscarried twice! You would be sooo touched! She adopted two female babies from Russia. When one of them was four years old, she came to he mother (my aunt), not yet knowing she was adopted..and said, “Mommy, I came for you twice, but both times, the angel took me away. The second time the angel took me, he said, “Don’t worry! You are going far, far away from your mommy! But she will come for you!”

      The child did not know that my aunt miscarried twice either. I mean, who tells a four year old stuff like that? No one does.

      My aunt was stunned! It’s neat to think about. Was this little girl’s spirit the same one God put in the two other unborn babies at conception that were never born? Instead, born to someone else in another part of the world who God knew would put it up for adoption? Very neat to think about indeed! And finally, since my aunt could not conceive, she was united with the the same child’s spirit, just in a different body?

      Don’t know since that’s not in the Bible..but like I said, it’s a beautiful thought!

      • Thanks for sharing your aunt’s beautiful story! She sounds like an amazing and strong Christian and woman of God. Her story definitely gives me hope!

        Three Christian people I know (one in my family), had dream about me. Two showed my with a baby boy and a third one showed Mark and I walking hand-in-hand with two boys. Whether I will reunite with my two ‘lost’ children in heaven or have little boys to hold on Earth, only God knows. But all of these dreams give me hope that somehow in some way God will fulfill the desires of my heart. God bless you, and have a great day Lyn!

  4. mtsweat says:

    Well said, Lyn. Advice straight from God’s Word that we much too often neglect. “…on earth as it is in Heaven.” Blessings good friend.

  5. ptl2010 says:

    Powerful song and thoughts …it is so difficult to wait in pace with Him in these days, yet it is not doing nothing while waiting…as some mistake, for there is much else He has put in our hands to do while we are waiting.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and this song Lyn.

    jesus says “Occupy till I come”.

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