Sending God’s Calls to Voicemail

A POSSIBLE YOU
FINDING GOD’S DESTINY FOR OUR LIFE
PART 34
SENDING GOD’S CALLS TO VOICEMAIL

“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect (mature): yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nothing. But we speak the wisdom (truth) of God in a mystery, even the HIDDEN WISDOM, which God ordained before the world unto our glory (benefit).” (I Corinthians 2: 6-7)

We will not enjoy all that He is until we give Him all that we are. Selah. There are as many interpretations about God being willing to perform the impossible as there are people but whatever anyone believes, there is an absolute truth – God is still in the miracle business! The Lord is attracted to faith like a magnet is to steel, but we have to admit that genuine faith is few and far between. Remember the symbolism of the tiny mustard seed and how the Lord used that to compare the power of faith. He said that if anyone could produce just a “speck” of true faith that it could move mountains, so this allows us to see how elusive faith really is. I personally believe it is difficult to separate and distinguish between faith and our emotions because our feelings is what we have been leaning on since we were old enough to remember. Our feelings just come natural to us because they are a part of our old “default” nature. We have learned to rely and trust how we feel and it will take a complete overhaul of our mind to become renewed in our thinking. I believe this transformation must at least be in progress BEFORE we can truly begin to build true faith because the carnal mind will NOT allow us to develop our spirituality. Selah. I had not seen this before but this revelation reveals the sobering reality why many of God’s people do not know what faith is or have their prayers answered because He only moves within our prayers through the LAWS of faith! The LAWS of the emotional realm are NOT recognized by God because they are based on the carnal flesh. “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity (hostility, animosity, hatred) against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh CANNOT please God.” (Romans 8:5-8) I realize that He has a special plan for each individual and that we are all unique in purpose and calling but there are also spiritual laws and definite standards when it comes to Godly character. When the lost attempt to do good deeds, it is appreciated by the people but does not automatically generate a spiritual reward from the Lord or “extra credit” when it comes to eternal salvation. The principals of God can be set in motion and the manifestation of truth can be received but this is only pertaining to this life. In other words, an unsaved person can give generously and in turn be blessed because of the unfailing laws of God’s Word but no matter how much they do it will not have anything to do with saving their soul. The same is true with a saved person that gives with the wrong intentions. They may enjoy the blessings of reaping and sowing but their works will be burned up because they have already received the glory. The Lord is not mocked when it comes to knowing the motives of the conscience and is the holy judge for all people and doing anything in the name of carnality will not be honored in eternity.

We spend a lot of time discussing God’s will because everything that happens seems to hinge on whether to give Him credit for doing something positive or blame Him when something goes wrong. However, as we have been speaking lately, when Christ died and resurrected His blood covenant joined man and God together that brought His saints into participation WITH Him to build His Kingdom on earth. Jesus caused quite a stir in His brief ministry but more than just demonstrating His power to the early church – He was also teaching US (2000 years later) the responsibility of carrying on His lifestyle which includes His works. Now, I understand very well, (actually I know many people) that many Christians do not agree with this doctrine because they base everything that happens on the sovereignty of God which means He does whatever He wants. I am not going to say this is completely false because He is God but (not to burst your bubble) like I have said before, His sovereignty does not super-cede His Word. God has a general will which is His Word and a specific will which is the literal manifestation of His desires BUT He does NOT say one thing and do another. In this light, (not to be sacrilegious) we can hold Him to His Word and have complete trust and confidence that He will not “double-deal” on any issue or with any person. Or in other words, His specific will is not contrary to His written will. He does not tell us something in our prayer closet that is the opposite of His Word. Alright, let us just pause right here for a minute and allow you the reader to think about this. Before we go on, I just want you to consider if this is God’s truth and not some weird religious philosophy. (?) This is why I keep saying that understanding His general will for all of us can be learned and received as a revelation because His Word is His will.

OK, let us move forward. I am convinced that even the ones that believe all miracle power and demonstration of God’s glory passed away at the death of the disciples, are still on board so far. Since most Christians accept His Word as being true and for us today, it seems the actual controversy now is with the “specific” will of God. This is where we find situations that cannot be explained and volumes of stories where it seemed that faith and prayer did not work. The majority of Christians follow the path of “why” did this happen or why did this not happen and in the end always come up with the only thing they can think of – “it was God’s will.” I must admit, it is puzzling to see one person in a hospital bed surrounded by church members and many friends and family asking God to heal them and they do not recover, while at the same time across town there is another person that is being prayer for and there CT scan comes back negative! A modern day miracle – Praise His Holy Name! What was the difference? You guessed it – in both cases everyone said it was the Lord’s will. I know there are actually several reasons that could be factors in both circumstances and I know that in most cases we will not comprehend what happened until we ask Jesus in heaven one day, but if He left instructions (and He did) and we follow these instructions to the letter, and extend our mountain moving faith according as His Word has promised, either we are out in left field with our faith or His Word does NOT apply in all cases. If His Word is filled with exceptions and respecter of persons, then our faith really has very little to do with anything and we would do just as well to live life without praying and without building our confidence in His Word. We could just relax through our journey and live every moment without listening to His voice, obeying His commands or stepping forward in faith because we are telling the world that whatever happens is God’s responsibility. Now to me, this is very confusing and I can clearly see that if there are people out there that feel this way, then no wonder they do not invest all of their time reading, studying, learning and growing spiritually stronger because what would it matter? If there are any Christians out there who believe this lazy and lifeless ritual called religion I hope they will fall on their knees and repent of their doubt. This type of a negative attitude life is an unbelieving misery of bondage that just floats through day after day and never really believes for miracles or is on fire for anything. Not only is this an infection of error within the individuals conscience but it also has a direct effect on everyone in their network. We have been called to be spiritual catalyst, front-line warriors, leaders with boldness and victorious overcomers that demonstrate His power with courage and confidence. Sitting in a pew and living the default life of apathy, unbelief and fear is not what God had in mind when He gave His WORD to us.

I do not believe it would take a Bible scholar to know that many people become perplexed when it comes to trying to figure out God’s specific will. It seems that many conservative thinkers and teachers have chosen to accept the views that there is no way to know His specific will and there are no demonstrations of spiritual power in this age which has left His general will to be bogged down with endless interpretations. Actually these two facets of “normal” Christianity have opened the door for the evil spirit of religion to take the place of the Holy Spirit and alarmingly very few can tell the difference. Instead of repenting and admitting the reason why we cannot find God’s will is because we are not close to Him, it becomes much easier and less convicting to just announce that it is just not meant to be. It is with these arrogant declarations of laziness and ignorance that puts people at ease and rocks them back to sleep. The same is true with divine healing or any other situation that requires fervent prayer and fasting or a sacrificial determination of obedience. “For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” (I Corinthians 4:20) In other words, we can listen to philosophic lectures all day long but they are only opinions unless God breathes His anointing and power into demonstrating His Word. He did not stop using His people as instruments for His glory – His people stopped becoming vessels of honor for Him to use! Selah Humans want the best of both worlds without having to pay for anything. They love the idea of freedom and free blessings but when they face the message of “bearing” the cross and abandoning their will, they change channels. Whoever started preaching about free salvation maybe should have used the word “opportunity” but I presume that would not have drawn such large crowds or brought in as much money. People are always thinking that spiritual authority has something to do with humans acting like super-heroes that have lightning bolts coming from their fingers or that can walk around with all types of super-natural powers. The truth about the power that God has given to His church is that our spiritual authority does NOT work independently from God’s Word or His specific will rather it works WITH IT! When Jesus Christ comes into someone’s heart to become their Lord, how could we have the potential to be any closer to Him? If we choose to become one with Him and bask in the intimate relationship that He wants to have with us – will we not be able to hear His still small voice? This capability and God designed “blessing” is for the reason to communicate – right? This communication allows us to pour our heart out to Him and for Him to respond and REVEAL His specific will for all of our situations. My question is; if this personal spiritual connection to Christ is real, (and it can be) how in the world could any Christian confess that we cannot know what God is thinking? Because most people are operating in the natural realm of their emotions instead of the spiritual realm where they have a direct connection with Him. “But the natural man receives not (does not accept) the things of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (judged). But he that is spiritual judges ALL THINGS, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? BUT WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST.” (I Corinthians 2: 14-16). No matter how we slice it or dice it, having the mind of Christ is knowing the will of God! “Jesus said unto them, my meat is to do the WILL of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.” (John 4:34) This is a perfect example of Jesus knowing the will of His Father and likewise a clear proof that we also are to know what he wants from us because we also have been sent to do His work. It is ridiculous to think that we have a highly detailed and outlined mission to accomplish yet we cannot know how to do it. The will of God is waiting to be found by those who seek and knock on the doors of heaven. He has promised to open and give unto all who seek first His Kingdom! Those who are walking in His will must KNOW what they are doing and where they are going like Jesus. “He that says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk even as He walked.” (I John 2:6) We are confused and have become our own worst enemy if we accept the lie that we cannot know what He is saying.

It is sad to see the modern churches of today and how far they drifting away from knowing and demonstrating God’s will. I am not grouping all churches together or implying they are all the same but only speaking in general terms. I am perplexed as to what pastors are thinking in these last days but my heart does go out to them because I believe they are being distracted from God’s voice. I understand there are MANY reasons why the power of God is not manifested in the churches and I realize that most pastors comprehend that the level of power is directly associated with the discipline of the peoples relationship with the Lord. This is no doubt most of the problem as the pastors probably feel like their hands are tied because of the overload of carnality and fleshly attitudes from the congregation. If the people are lukewarm and have decided that God is a low priority, it would not matter how “on fire” the pastor was or how many revivals he scheduled. I am also very concerned about those who are accepting Christ today and in their new excitement they venture into a stagnant religious environment that leads them in the wrong direction and eventually hurts them. It is awkward and difficult to warn a new Christian of the dangers within the religious system because we do not want to discourage their enthusiasm. May the Lord continue to give us His holy wisdom and keen discernment in these last hours. Amen.

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