There are times when you just don't understand. So, what do you do in those times?
We all have those times when we just don't understand. Trials, situations, circumstances, and such, can so quickly put us into the zone where we must say, "I do not know. I do not have the answer. I do not understand."
It is okay to admit that you do not understand a circumstance or situation. You need to admit it because unless you live life in a vacuum and never challenge yourself, sooner or ...later you will arrive at this place. It will happen again and again.
But that is a good thing! It is a place of stretching your faith and trust in God. It is a place of testing your resolve.
And there is good news for you!
Isaiah 28:9-12 reveals to us exactly the kind of people that God can give knowledge and understanding to. It is a prophecy about the Book of Acts new birth experience (see Acts 2:38-39). I suggest that you read it, and ask yourself if you are one of those people. Are you?
If you are, Matthew 7:7 says, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and he shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."
Try doing that when you are searching for understanding. It works!
James 1:5 promises us that if any man lacks wisdom he can ask God for it and it shall be given to him.
As humans we have finite and limited minds. To the contrary, God has an infinite and unlimited mind. He is able to impart His wisdom to us even as He did to King Solomon in the OT.
1 Cor. 2:16 tells believers that, "we have the mind of Christ."
Whenever you lack understanding in a matter you should sincerely seek God for understanding. He has answers for you.
Remembering my late brother Alan Childs. A brilliant mind and teacher. Enjoy!
I think there are an abundance of things we can preach FOR because of the liberating power of the true gospel of The LORD Jesus Christ.
The Church must obviously say NO to many worldly things that are contrary to the Word of God and the Holy Ghost, but to focus your ministry on “shalt nots” is contrary to the liberating power of the Holy Ghost.
Believe me, people are drawn to the love of God. We are to adorn the gospel. We are to exemplify the things of God as they are. The...y are so beautiful that people will hear about them and want them. So don’t distort that.
Draw people, don’t drive them.
Israel did not leave Egypt because of the bondage and harsh conditions (in fact in the wilderness many wanted to return to Egypt). Instead they left Egypt because they were drawn forth to pursue the promises of God. They searched for the land of promise in a better country where they would be free.
People should never leave their Egypt of sin only to be bound by a mean spirited dictator who only wants to be their new Pharaoh. No preacher is called of God to be a harsh task master.
The happier Christian is the one who desires heaven because he loves God, rather than the one who wants to go to heaven merely because he is afraid of hell.
This IS The Good News. It IS The Gospel of the Kingdom. It IS after all God’s Kingdom. He IS The King. It IS governed by His Royal Word. There IS zero wrong or negative in God’s Kingdom!
You and I only have the right to preach and teach the Gospel and to be witnesses. We really don’t have any right to embellish it with our carnal opinions or negativity. We have to give a true report of its splendor and glory.
Like Jesus, our entire ministry should be focused on trying to help flesh and blood people SEE the reality of a beautiful and perfect invisible Kingdom that they can enter only through being born again.
Otherwise you are teaching and preaching ANOTHER gospel.
We must teach it through the Fruit of The Holy Spirit. We have NO right to twist it to a mean spirited or malevolent gospel according to the whims of our attitudes, prejudices, temperaments, issues, and personalities.
Negative and pessimistic preaching needs to take a flying leap into never-never land. Negative and mean preachers need to sit down, shut up, quit misrepresenting God, and try to get to know Him.
You will be more effective preaching against sin itself if you do so through the compassion and love of God. Jesus did.
Learn to minister so you don’t have to dictate. God doesn’t call us to dictate but to liberate.
Jesus had compassion, love, and mercy in his interactions with sinners. The only ones He woe’d and condemned in the scriptures were the scribes, Pharisees, and religious hypocrites.
This Glorious Truth is beautiful. Package and present it as such. Show forth His glory!
Preach the Truth. Preach the whole Truth. But preach the Truth in love.
The lens of the eye has a way of bending the light. It plays a vital role in the vision process. As the eyes change or begin to weaken the lens can be corrected by surgery, or perhaps by a simple prescription of contacts or eye glasses.
Seeing and vision aren't really synonymous terms. Newborn babies can see clearly, it just has no meaning to them. Vision is learned.
Spiritually we need to learn to see through the lens of the eyes of the Spirit. We can never see the things ...of God through the old carnal lens.
Nathanael asked, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Then a few moments later and ater only a few words from Jesus he was calling Him the Son of God and the King of Israel. He had his lens changed.
Peter refused to eat with gentiles. God revealed to him that anything cleansed by God is acceptable to God. He then went into Cornelius' house and preached to him. He had his lens changed.
Do you have a hard time accepting others who God has accepted? Do you have a difficult time wrestling with faith? Is it so easy for you to walk by sight but difficult for you to walk by faith?
If so you need a lens change.
Pray for God to open your eyes to Him. "Lord let me see what you want me to see".
A beautiful prophecy of Isaiah includes Isa. 61:4, “And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolation’s, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolation’s of many generations”.
God’s people are to be builders, repairers, and restorers. They are to focus on solutions and not dilemmas.
Even if you are staring at desolation and destruction, you are to focus only on the potential. Your actions are to be positive....
Things, situations, and circumstances should be made better by you.
Never fear to be alone with God, but instead fear the religious crowds that shield you from times of isolation in the presence of God. The greatest lessons come when you are alone with God. Every now and then you must leave the multitude and go to the mountaintop to spend time only with God.
I thank The LORD for the gifts and operations of the Holy Ghost, and know they are alive, well, and operating within the Church. We need them to.
I believe and praise God that signs, wonders, and miracles really do follow them that believe. I consistently see this.
I love good preaching and teaching. We need it....
But I am fortunate. I grew up under a Pastor that operated seamlessly and accurately in spiritual gifts. He was a master teacher and modeled the way. I also was honored to grow up with the truest Seer I have ever known, my own brother Alan. I spent an abundance of close time with great men like Marvin Cole, James Kilgore, Wayne McClain, J. T. Pugh, Kenneth Haney, and others. These and other great men impacted my life and ministry.
But something in me just doesn’t always mesh with the generic “prophetic words” oft given at conferences and meetings. There are always hurting people in the crowd that came there needing a breakthrough and this is their year. Crowd prophecies are pretty easy not to miss because you are going to tag someone.
But the Holy Spirit never misses.
I am not discrediting anyone or their prophetic utterances, nor am I challenging their validity. Instead I will encourage each of us to line your life, dedication, conservations, and actions up in a manner that produces fruit that follows.
Otherwise a generic “here is what God is saying” will not alone break you through. In fact it may prove meaningless. Faith without works is dead, being alone.
It is kind of like healing, which by the way is part of our salvation covenant. If you are dying of cancer there comes a time you don’t need someone just to be used in tongues and interpretation. No, you need someone to operate in a gift of healing or a miracle.
I pray each of us has our greatest year ever for The LORD. But as you do, follow His Word, and not necessarily people who strive to be recognized in a gift.
I used to know a guy who loved to play piano and sing. He always made it up front in every meeting. He always found a way to play and sing. If not he always prophesied, from around the front. I was never impressed with his desire to be seen and heard.
The Church needs a revival of reality. Of preachers who don’t change into their exaggerated preacher voice when they take up an offering or preach. Of preachers that know how to pray, study, and hear from God.
Don’t just tell me but show me needs to apply to us all.
We need more Jesus and fewer crutches to prop us up. More Jesus and less spotlight. More Jesus and less us.
The thing that will bring revival to us all is . . . . . not a generic Word but the intense and real presence of God.
That is what we need. The presence of Jesus.
I find great comfort in a few simple truths that I use as a roadmap for God to guide my life.
Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy was prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success “
So we are to speak, meditate, and do what God’s revealed Word says....
Then 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
So we are to study toward the end that that we might rightly discover real truth.
The whole time we should pray and seek God to reveal truth to us by His Spirit in us. According to John 16:13 when, “the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth”. 1 John 4:6 says, “Hereby Know ye the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”
In order to not be led into error, we must follow the Holy Ghost into the revelation of truth.
The connection between the revealed written Word of God and the Holy Ghost is essential. Too many settle for head knowledge alone, which leads to pride and religious error. We need Spirit revealed and anointed knowledge of God’s Word.
Then, once the truth is revealed, we must allow the Holy Ghost to guide our lives as we are led by the Spirit and not mere human motives.
Psalms 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.”
We must walk in and be led by the Spirit of God. (Gal. 5:16, 18)
In God’s Kingdom His will trumps Your will.
Allow these things to guide your footsteps in life and to help you to overcome your human will to self-direct yourself. You will be blessed of God.
I have the honor of being in Skiatook, Oklahoma this weekend and next with John D. Carroll. Tonight they served a marvelous meal for a time of fellowship with Noah Marshall, Fred Oates, and David Ryerson.
And immediately after they all left I realized I forgot to take a Group photo.
My loss. These are some fine men of God. They know how to have fun too!...
And the ladies there sure can cook. God bless them. Everything was delicious. It was my first time to have bacon wrapped green beans. Delicious!
Stay focused on the main thing. Don't get distracted. No matter what rages or rises against you, stay focused on the main thing. Never give up.
“But seek ye First the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Mt. 6:33
You could dissect a brain but you will see no thoughts. You could dissect a human heart and you will see no love, hate, compassion, or other such. You can’t see gravity but it is there.
Yuri Gagarin was the first Russian in space, and he said he did not see God. Just because God is not seen doesn’t mean He does not exist. The heavens declare Him.
As for me I have great hope today. I ponder who put this hope in my soul and this joy in my life if there is no God?...
He is the I Am.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
1 Peter 3:15
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
In Exodus 31 Moses was on the mountain talking to God. God spoke to Moses about Bazaleel and Aholiab, saying He had filled them with wisdom, understanding, skills, knowledge, and all manner of workmanship to make all of the things needed for the Tabernacle.
As I read this I was reminded of my own driving desire to build up the Kingdom of God and to grow and strengthen God’s Church. These things are embedded deep in my heart. I believe God put that desire there, and that He h...as anointed my capabilities.
Do you feel that way also?
It makes me wonder what God is saying about us in the Spirit realm? What does He say about us when He calls our names?
That thought should inspire each of us to passionately pursue His will so that it be done through and with us.
Let’s make a difference for His Kingdom!
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:
3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
4 To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
5 And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.
6 And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;
My late brother Alan was a tremendous teacher.
His take on “The Beast” of the Book of Revelation is worth the listen. I agree with him on it. Enjoy!