The Gospel According to a Shopaholic (part 1)

My name is Lisa McAuley and I’m a shopaholic.  There.  I said it.  They say the first step to healing is admitting you have a problem, so that is mine.  I love to shop.  It makes me happy.  I get a lovely warm feeling when I see something I love and hand over the money and get the item handed to you in a lovely new plastic bag.  You can’t beat it.  As if shopping couldn’t get any better, internet shopping came into our lives.  We can come home from work, get into our pjs, snuggle up on the sofa and shop! Heaven!!  I know I am not alone in this addiction, so ladies (and some men), you should identify with this post.

However, more than shopping I love the Word and how God speaks to us through it.  Even more, than that, I love how God uses everyday life to show us awesome principles from His word. Jesus did this when he walked this earth and brought truths to the crowds that followed him by using parables. Parables are basically everyday examples used to explain divine truths. You see, in Jesus’ day all the Jews had was the Torah read by the priests.  So when this guy came along talking about coins and sheep and seed and soil they were completely blown away. The scribes and Pharisees were so angered that they threw him out of the temple. However the ordinary man on the street got it. They saw truth that they had never seen before. The Word became real to them and it was something that they could work into their everyday lives.

God still speaks to us in parables. Not just the ones in the Bible but 21st century pictures to display ancient truths. A while ago God did that with me. He spoke to me using the parable of internet shopping!!
What can I say?  He speaks to us in a language we understand!!
So let me walk you through this.

First of all you have to establish what you’re buying. There’s no point logging on without a clue of what you want. There has to be purpose. Just like your life. You have to discover your purpose. Your dream. The reason god put you on planet earth. Realise you have one. Jer 29:11 says you have: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to give you a future and a hope”. Once you discover your purpose you have to work out what you need to fulfil that purpose. This is when you make out your order. Imagine that the Word is your catalogue. Every promise in this book is there for you to purchase. It contains everything you need to fulfil your dream in God. Start to make out your order. Maybe you want to become a successful businessperson. Think logically about the practical steps you need to take in order to fulfil that dream. You will need the right qualifications, maybe that means you may need to take a course, you will need wisdom to know which course to take.

  • Item no 1 on the list: wisdom.

You will need finances.

  • Item no 2: provision.

Maybe in order to get that finance you will need extra employment. You will need favour to get that extra job.

  • Item no 3: favour.

Get the picture? For every item on this list there is a promise in the Word.  For example, regarding wisdom, Psa 51:6 says: “Behold you desire truth in the inward part and in the hidden part you will make me to know wisdom.” God can make you to know stuff that you don’t already know!!  Incredible!!!  The steps to your dream aren’t all ‘spiritual’. They are often times very practical and down to earth. All of these ‘goods’, wisdom, favour etc can be found in the Word. We make the order by finding the promises that pertain to these needs and praying and speaking them over our lives. Matt 21:22 says: “Whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” There is a verse for every dream. If you need finance Phi 4:19 says “My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” If you need favour 1 Sam 2:26 says: “and the child Samuel grew in stature and in favour with the Lord and men.” If God can do that for Samuel, he will do it for you because one thing is for sure, in order to fulfil your dream you will need favour with God and man.

So go ahead and start making out your order.

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2 thoughts on “The Gospel According to a Shopaholic (part 1)

  1. Hi Lisa,
    Blessed as always by your writing. You truly are gifted of God. Thanks for using that gift to bless others. Roll on part 2!! xx

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