Needy Vs. in Need

Needy Vs. in Need

We can do Godly things for people, but we should not become “God” to them.  There is one God and He is the only One who can truly supply every one of our needs.

 

Yes, there are needy people, but there are true people in need.

 

People in Need:

  • Rarely ask for help.
  • Are gracious for your help.
  • Don’t expect items, money, gifts, time, etc. from you.
  • Are usually wanting to reciprocate the kindness in some way.
  • I have noticed that these are the people that you feel drawn to. Like God has put something on your heart to help them.
  • Do not always appear like they are in need…but like I stated on the previous bullet, you feel drawn towards them. God usually tells you what they need.

Needy People:

  • Demand things from you.
  • Expect you to give money, clothes, anything that they see around your house.
  • Expect you to come to them at the “drop of a hat.”
  • Want you to take care of them when they are unwilling to take care of themselves.
  • Usually use “guilt” to get want they want.
  • I have noticed that this type of person will use you and abuse you.

 

By becoming God to the needy people, we are trying to supply their every need. Whether it is physically being there (helping with deeds around the house, etc.), supporting them financially, or even supporting them emotionally. We can be there for them, to some extent, but we cannot always be there. That is God’s place.

Example:

  • If we did try to take God’s place and supply their every need…what purpose would they need the one true God for? By being overly giving to the needy person, we could become a stumbling block to their walk with God.

o   I don’t know about you, but I have found God in the darkest times of my life; when He was the only One that could supply my needs. If someone stepped in and took that place, would I have found God on such a substantial level?

Discerning when it is time to lend a hand or point them to the direction of God.

  1. Sit down and pray about the situation (It’s time to use that “walking and talking relationship with God”).
  2. Remember, God doesn’t condone guilt. It doesn’t come from Him(Paul).
  3. Don’t let people guilt you into giving.
  4. When you have that urge from God to give to a certain person at a certain time, do it. You will never know what giving to someone feels like until you do it with God’s guidance.

 

Have a good day, brothers and sisters, and may we never stop learning and listening in our walking/talking relationship with God.

-Nikicks

Works Cited

Paul. Romans 8:1. n.d. <https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8%3A1&version=NASB&gt;.

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Walk With Me

Walk With Me

I went for a walk this morning on my family’s property. Our backyard is not too big but it is not too small (2 1/2 acres), this area is just the perfect size for us. 🙂

There is a footprint path in the dirt and it is in a complete circle from our constant “strolls.” You could say that we would know this path pretty well, but I put this to the test this morning…

  As I was taking each step forward, God and I were having a conversation, and I was wondering what it would be like to COMPLETELY lean on Him. You see, I feel that I am not putting trust in God with some areas in my life. So anyway, I had this “idea” to close my eyes (while I was walking) and let God guide me the rest of the way. I was not putting God to the test, but instead, putting myself to the test to see if I would listen or “chicken out”. This self-test became trickier and trickier as I put one foot in front of the other.

  My pace slowed as the fear grew inside of me. I just knew that I was going to run into a tree, a fence, and possibly one of our donkeys, but I continued on. Though there was just one problem…My eyes wouldn’t stay shut! I was used to “seeing” for myself.

   Doubt seeped into my mind and many thoughts fought against me. This is foolish. What do you need to prove? Why close your eyes when you can see? You know that you’re going to fall….

  I felt exasperated as I continued to try and try…

  My eyes raised and I looked sheepishly into the sky. God, I don’t know if I can do it. Help me to trust in You.

  Wow. God’s answer painted the picture that I wasn’t seeing. This wasn’t a test at all, it was a lesson.

  The path that I thought I knew so well represents life.

  The first steps that I took were shaky and slow because I was unsure of God’s ability (sad, but I realize that it was true).

   The voice of doubt was the enemy.

   My eyes kept opening because I wanting to trust in myself instead of trusting God.

    I found out that as I kept trying and trying, I got better and better. Talk about finding God with your eyes closed…I was just happy to find the gate! 😉

   It all comes down to this…“Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7