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Are we saying its not the right time?

are we saying its not the right time

Let’s face it, we all have lots of things to do, have all kinds of pressures, some of us are bombarded left, right and centre and find ourselves in more times than we care to imagine – frustrated.

So how can we encourage one another to seek God in the midst of all of this?

Encouragement I believe is the right word because when we look inside ourselves I think we can admit that we are discouraged, if left unattended, we stop our devotional time with God.  Encouragement is the tool God has given us to motivate one another, turn ourselves around, pick up our tools and continue the work we had begun in our journey of adventure.

Unfortunately, we find ourselves not there.

It seems that instead of reaching the lost world for Jesus, investing in missions, interceding, giving…we have found our hope and strength and encouragement in the building up of our wealth.  Then we have moved on to displaying that wealth in the homes we live and the decor displays our passion for luxury.

What we have failed to see is that the harder we work for ourselves, the less we have because we have ignored our spiritual calling.  The exact same principle is true in the reverse.  When we put God first, He will provide for our deepest needs.  In other place of priority that we put Him in, all our efforts are futile.

Caring for our physical needs while ignoring our relationship with God leads only to ruin because you will find that material possessions do not satisfy.

Our problem lies in confused priorities.  Jobs, homes, vacations, and leisure activities may rank higher on our list of importance than God.  When is the right time to become unconfused?  When is the right time to connect with our relationship with God?

 

 

 

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Learning the will of God

stepping stonesPraying can be quite a powerful experience when you understand the will of God in a certain situation.

For example, if you know that God wants to and is willing to heal someone, your prayers are a force to be reckoned with – full of confidence, hope, passion and you know that you know that the will of God is to heal.

If you know that God wants to bring certain people into the kingdom of God through an event, your prayers go out weeks in advance, everyone knows they play one role at that event, to bring glory to God so that He might receive glory from our lives and that His Word does not return void but goes out and changes hearts and lives.

Basically, it is when we do not know the will of God that our prayer life is rather limp.  When it comes to healing we say, “Lord, if it is your will, then heal.  If not, give us strength and peace to go through this experience.”

The event that is not grounded as something that God will use, drains the participants, exhausts resources and sees little results as the hope is only on a superficial scale that God will even show up.

How do we learn what the will of God is so that we can have prayer lives filled with conviction, promise, hope, power, confidence, expectation?

I believe there are two prime sources.

The Word of God reveals the character and desire of God.

If there is any confusion as to the timing or method, then we spend all night, or get up very early in the morning, and spend the time with the Father as Jesus did.  He received His instructions for the day from His Father and there was no doubt in His mind what His task was and wasn’t for the day ahead.

As in anything we are learning, it takes a dedication and a commitment.  As you desire to learn, God creates opportunities to go forward and experience.  As you study His Word, you can see where He wants to move and where He wants to be glorified.  Then come the instructions and then comes the prayer life energized because you now know the will of God.

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Have you been healed?

Part of the experience of stewarding this life is the promise given to us of healing.  That is indeed a special commission when we understand that this world can only give us disease.

I remember one experience when I was 21 years old.  I was getting pretty serious about this amazing, beautiful Italian lady and on her 20th birthday, gave her a promise ring.  So the day was memorable to say the least.  The afternoon provided for a time of soccer (Dutch and Italians), and the competition was present.  I had not noticed some fence post holes alongside the yard, and at one of my infamous moves around my mafia opponents, I landed in one – everyone heard the snap.  Hospital records indicated that I had torn my tendon and was to remain off my feet and on crutches for six weeks.

Sure enough, the following Sunday, there was a healing service at the church and anyone who wanted prayer could come forward.  I mean, talk about peer pressure – I visibly had crutches!

So off to the front I hobbled.  Here is what I remember – someone took my crutches and I could not see where they went.  Then I was prayed over. Then I was on the ground, but very conscious of my surroundings.  I decided to keep my eyes closed as tight as I could.  Then I started to pray – it was simple – God, I am on the floor.  I want to get up, but I would be so embarrassed if you did not heal me.  In fact, I would rather stay on this floor forever until you do heal me.  God, I am going to get up, I am asking quite simply that you heal me – you know I want you to do this for my sake, but I know I am supposed to ask this for your sake, but still know that I would rather you do it for my sake.  I breathed – always a good thing to do – took a deep breath and decided if I did not get up while people were still being prayed over, too many people would be watching.  So I got up and walked out the church doors – walked around the block – I can tell you for sure, I was totally healed.

Here is the thing.  I went to work the next day and everyone thought I had faked my injury.  Then I told them of the prayer – dealt with the Ernest Ansley routine schtick for the balance of the day – and never did tell another soul of this until today.

The greatest healing of all of course is when we, who have been separated from the love of God, make a decision to come home.  God by His grace has brought us back to Him and the Church should, with tenderness, joy, and sincere affection, receive us into the family of God.  Since many of us have experienced this, we know how important it is to take care that these newcomers to the family of God should always be encouraged, not discouraged.

When you are declared healed of your sin, you are healed indeed!   I think we need to tell someone…

 

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