The word entitlement means you act as you are entitled to what you have; who your are; your position gives you rights.
This is a continuous practice with people in position; has money; has control; or has nothing but believes you owe them something.
The dictionary states that entitlement means: 1) the state or condition of being
b) right to benefits specified especially by law or contract 2) government program providing benefits to members of a specified group b) funds supporting or distributed by such a program 3) belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges.
King Saul felt because of he was king that even God can accept his forgiveness and he would still be king. King Saul could do what he wants and still be king. He could disobeyed God and still would be King.
Entitlement makes you do things, say things that you feel you are due to be treated that way. When you have this entitlement spirit you firmly believe that the world owes you something.
Let me say this no one owes you anything. No one has to do anything for you not even God. You are not entitled to anything. If you want to eat you have to work.
Life will not give you a break. Even life has an entitlement attitude about its. If you do the way your life demands you are entitled to what you get.
I have lived my life dedicated to the Lord and firmly believe that God will give me a chance to be successful and give me passion for life. But as I am writing this I am not entitled to anything and have to accept that where I am at is because of my life choices.
Life choices are easy to make because they are based on where you are at and not where you are going. Or where you maybe. Life choices are made on your entitlement to what you want. Stop and rethink your life choices. Stop thinking you are entitled to this thing called success. If you go God’s way follow his commandments and obey his rules you will be entitled to life and having it more abundant.
But If you mess up you can ask forgiveness for what you have done to God or if you have greaves him it is hard to regain your position. Ask people like King Saul, Vashti, the children who complained in the wilderness. Once you wrong God there is no way of getting another chance of having passion for life or gaining a life of no regret or remorse.
Having a life of regret and remorse is because you had an entitlement spirit.
John Burton says that Entitlement is the condition of having a right to have, do or get something the feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something (such as special privileges.
“Let nothing be done out of strife or conceit, but in humility let each esteem the other better than himself. Let each of you look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Let this mind be in you all, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped. But He emptied Himself, taking upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in the form of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:3-8).
John Burton wrote this”Entitlement in spiritual contexts can feel a lot like faith. It’s not. It’s presumption.
Faith without works is dead. Maybe another way to say that could be, faith without works is presumption, or faith without works reveals a spirit of entitlement.
“What does it profit, my brother, if a man says he has faith but has no works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and lacking daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ and yet you give them nothing that the body needs, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But a man may say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God; you do well. The demons also believe and tremble. But do you want to be shown, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:14-20).
True faith results in action. Entitlement results in inaction.
True faith results in joyful expectation. Entitlement results in grumbling and disappointment.
True faith results in blessing those who curse us. Entitlement results in resisting and rejecting those who don’t meet our expectations. We need a people to rise up who are dead to self, full of life, driven by faith, relentless in their pursuits and ready to serve others with passion, not expecting to be honored, served or counted.”
Prayer against Entitlement:
Father, forgive me of having an entitlement spirit, remove it and replace it with your Holy Spirit which is your presence. In Jesus name Amen.