One of the most tried and true weapons that Satan uses against us is this question: “Did God really say…”
He started way back in the Garden of Eden; it worked, so why look for something else?
There are numerous variations on this:
“He didn’t really mean…”
“That’s too good to be true.”
“That was for Bible times; God doesn’t do that today.”
“God doesn’t talk to you.”
Some are more subtle:
The truth is, God talks to us all the time. He wants to say things to us more than we want to listen. He speaks through Scripture, prophetic words, dreams, vision, “coincidences” and inward impressions.
How do we attract the word of the Lord?
Be good stewards of what He has already spoken.
The only one who can protect and keep words that God has given to you is…you. That’s your job.
I used to have a pastor who taught that we should not hold onto words that were given years ago. They are “old wine.” That actually is not in line with Scripture. Abraham had to hold to God’s promise of a son for twenty-five years. I would say that is a while.
I have decided that part of my Lenten discipline this year will be to write out words that God has given me so that I can be more faithful.
My challenge to you is this:
Write down at least one Bible verse that has been important in your life.
Now, write down at least one personal word God has given you, through a vision, dream, prophetic word, impression, coincident…
What seem to be the barriers to receiving these words and appropriating them? Ask God to help you lay down anything that gets in your way.
Put these two words where you can read them often. Choose one thing you can do to respond to each one.
May the words you have heard from God be more real; may they come to fruition.
Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV)
I was watching a vid by Bill Johnson recently. One of the points he made was a firm warning:
“Do not keep a record of the things that you’ve prayed for for years without seeing results.”
He went on to say that, when we do this, we create “intellectual offense.” We build a case against God. I would add, it breeds mistrust: It’s difficult to believe and receive from someone who supposedly has not answered us.
Instead, keep a record of what God has done. The Psalms are full of verses that admonish us to remember:
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. …
Make music to praise the LORD, you faithful people who belong to him. Remember his holiness by giving thanks. … Ps 30:4
I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. … PS 77:11
Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced … Ps 105:5
I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. … I remember the days of old. … Ps 143:5
They will announce what they remember of your great goodness, and they will joyfully sing about your righteousness. … Ps 145:7
I think there is one giant reason to remember what God has done: We love Him. I started this post with 1 Cor. 13:5. If we honor, serve others, forgive and keep record of good things when it comes to people, would it not be even more desirable to do so when it comes to God, the One who made and loves us so profoundly!
As we express our love and affection for Him in this way, we open the doors of blessing, not because He has been stingy; but instead, because we are in a much better position to receive from Him.
What have you asked for that has not yet come? Would you lay that thing and the time you have waited down as an offering to God today?
“This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses
indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore
I have hope in Him.’ The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him” (Lamentations 3:21-25).
God’s love, faithfulness and goodness are the most renewable resources around! Do you need peace? It’s immediately available. Are you short on joy or hope? Just ask; a fresh supply is yours. Protection? Provision? Name it, God has it for you. His gifts are not stale old things that have been in storage for years; they’re new every morning, just like the manna He supplied to His people when they walked through the wilderness to the Promised Land.
Even greater and deeper, do you want to know Him better and feel His presence more intimately? He is as close as your heart and breath. If you ask Him and pay attention, you’ll notice Him: Some thought or impression might come to mind; perhaps you will feel heat on your face or body; a picture might pop into your head…He loves to talk to us, show us things and touch us.
Because HE is so consistently good and loving, we have hope – confident expectancy.
God’s goodness is reflected everywhere;
In all that He has created.
In wonders great and subtle;
Sometimes boldly stated.
God’s goodness is expressed in many ways;
In beautiful music and word;
In panoramic splendors;
In things felt, seen and heard.
God’s goodness is always reality;
Even when we don’t seem to know
That He holds us in His arms,
Never letting us go.
God’s goodness is an expression of Him;
Not merely a thing He might do;
Not based on whim or notion,
But constant, real and true.
you call for me and hope I’ll come;
I can’t help but chuckle:
I’m already holding you in My arms.
You ask Me to provide for you;
I smile with such delight:
I pour out My blessings on you daily.
You cry and ask for protection;
I draw you close to Me;
Don’t fear My love, for no harm will touch you.
Know that I am always with you;
To you and everything you ever need.
Recently, I have encountered a lie that is expressed in rather subtle ways within Christian tradition. It comes in many forms and variations, but the sentiment is the same:
“Maybe God will…(show up, provide, heal, answer my prayer….) if He takes a notion to; if He feels like it; if He wants to.”
The truth is,
God is always present and attentive to us.
He is our Refuge; He holds us in His everlasting arms and defends us. (Deuteronomy 33:27)
He is the Friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
He comforts us, as a mother comforts her child. (Isaiah 66:13)
He is with us forever. (John 14:16)
He provides us with every blessing in abundance…
Since we always have enough of everything, we share abundantly in every good work. (2 Cor. 9:8
He supplies all our needs, according to His riches in Glory. (Philippians 4:19)
He never leaves or forsakes us. (Hebrews 13:5)
He has healed us. (1 Peter 2:24)
Thank You, most loving, faithful and ever present Papa! Amen.