Recently, I was awoken from sleep with a vision. I saw the image of a toddler with a handful of cookies in his hands yet he kept asking for more. The symbolism makes me chuckle at first. I can remember moments like this with both my children when they were little. Hands full of chocolate chip cookies asking for just one more. Once I remember playing the game with one of my kids where I just kept handing them cookies until they literally couldn’t hold any more. I can’t remember the outcome of that event. But I do think it ended up with a full belly for my child and a big chocolatey mess for me to clean up.
Believe it or not, deep spiritual meaning rests in this image of a messy child holding onto his handful of cookies.
I know I have been guilty of doing this very same thing with my heavenly father. I stand before Him with a handful of blessings already in my hands, yet I stand asking for them. Lord, help me to not sin today. Lord, heal me. Lord, calm my emotions and bring me peace. I stand with a handful of “spiritual blessings” (Ephesians 1:3) and “everything needed to live a life of Godliness” (2 Peter 1:3) and ask for the ability to live a good life or the ability to be healed from sickness. All I really need to do is eat from the cookies in my hand. To partake of the deep spiritual blessings the Lord has already bestowed to me. Things I already have. I just need to devour them.
Peace. Joy. Patience. Goodness. Power. Authority. Divine health. Just to name a few.
All of these things and many more are already given to me. Power to raise from the dead lives inside me. All authority has been given to me (Matthew 28:18). Yet rather than just stand and take a big bite of them, I cry out to the Lord to give me strength. Or I cry out for Him to heal me. Or I cry out for Him to help me be or do something good.
I AM already good. I AM already healed. I AM already strong.
In Christ. Christ in me.
In God. God in me.
Holy Spirit upon me.
So this past couple weeks I feel like something has taken root in my that has moved me up a rung on the ladder of maturity.
1 Corinthians 13:11 says, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”
No longer will I ask for things I already have. Childish ways of holding a handful of cookies while asking for some cookies is behind me. I will not ask the Lord for strength. I will just take the strength He has already given me and move on. I will no longer ask Him to heal me. I will declare that I am already healed, curse the symptoms and move on. I will no longer ask the Lord to help me not sin. I will claim the finished work of the Cross, the fact that Christ is in me and move on. I am a new creation. I have every spiritual blessing. Everything I need to live a life o Godliness has been given to me. Let’s get going.
I have been liberated.
My prayer life will never be the same.
** Stay tuned for a more in depth teaching on this topic of devouring the blessings God has already given to you.**