Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The Lord Speaks In Many Ways, Sometimes It Must Be In A Certain Place, Or We Are Told NO, Not Yet
Jer 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Act 8:26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
Act 8:29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
the angel of the Lord — rather, “an angel.”
Act 16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
Act 16:7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
I open with an O.T. verse and next use N.T. verses so we can see both in the O.T. and N.T. the principle I am about to write on.
The first three verses contain the words, Arise two times and once Go near, all action words. Sometimes we must take action, what action who knows, you know.
At times, we see the lord reveals things and directs us, one scene at a time, we are rarely given the whole in one word, or one day.
However, we want it all now, again Patience. One steep at a time, the word is a lamp unto our feet; a lamp only lightens a few steps ahead and not miles. It is a walk of faith and obedience. If we are told to arise, and we just sit, the next part will not come as we took no action.
Peter was told get out of the boat and walk on water, he had to get out of the boat and walk by faith, we at times must get out of our boats of content. The O.T. speaks of how the mother eagle stirs up her nest, to teach her little ones to fly.
The nest when made , the top layer was spread with feathers and such, it was comfortable ad cozy, but the second layer contains, bones, sharp objects, so the mother eagle uses her feathers to cause a wind as she flaps.
The soft down goes away and now the little ones are made so uncomfortable, they cannot stand it, and they are forced from the comfort zone.
The mother takes one at a time puts them on her back or with her beak tosses them out of bed, the little eagles flounder and fall, mom is there to swoop them up and take them back to safety, this is done again and again until the little ones get the message , its time to learn to fly or die, an so they fly.
The walk of faith and obedience is like that, Peter walked on water by faith and than he became afraid and started to sink, Jesus took his hand and saved him, same thing.
Peter later did well as we read his first sermon in acts Ch 2. It takes time, it takes sinking and falling from our safe net, but in time we learn and in time we mature and learn, obedience and faith.
Many times in the O.T. when a Prophet was given a word, they were told to stand up, this is why traditional Christian Church’s Ministers say, ‘let us stand for the reading of the word’, standing is important, in reverence, to the prophets it was saying, stand as my man I am ready to speak, I want your full attention and so they did.
In Jer. he was told , Arise and GO to the potters house, and the lord said there I will speak to you, This was because he was about to get an illustrative prophetic word, it had to be at the potters house and nowhere else, or the lesson would not have been fully understood or had the same impact.
Sometimes the lord will put you in a circumstance, make you go somewhere and your not sure why, it is because the lord has a divine encounter a lesson, or word in mind, and the circumstance, that late night phone call whatever it may be, an ER visit, we must not over look what seems to be the small things in life or we may miss the message.
Paul was forbidden by the spirit to go right or left, I can relate to that, he was told go forward until Troas when nothing ahead could be seen but water, one might think , now what, no more land what do I do now, take a rest, submit and that night Paul was told the why, and to Macedonia he went.
The lord says NO many times, because he is cultivating faith and obedience, or because the thing is not the right timing , or the will of the lord, we arise, say yes and forge ahead.
The lord with Evangelist Phillip used two methods, one and Angel told him to go to a certain place, not knowing why, he went, later the Holy Spirit told him draw near go to the chariot, progressive revelation, step by step instruction, and by two methods, both heavenly but two, an angel and the holy spirit, so let us not limit the lord, if he says do something, do it, if he says arise, arise, if he says go, we go and in the end we will understand.
Many times, we become discouraged if our prayer request and needs do not seem to be answered, but in the lord’s time, and according to His will, they will be. I end with Myers devotional as it fits well with this message.
THE BIBLE AS A DICTAPHONE
"When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek."-- Psa_27:8.
THE BIBLE reminds us of a Dictaphone. God has spoken into it, and as we read its pages, they transfer His living words to us. There are many things in the Bible, which, at first, we may not be able to understand, because, as the heaven is higher than the earth, so are God's thoughts higher than ours. Mr. Spurgeon used to say that when he ate fish, he did not attempt to swallow the bones, but put them aside on his plate! So when there is something beyond your understanding, put it aside, and go on to enjoy that which is easy of spiritual mastication and digestion.
The Bible contains ten thousand promises. It is God's book of signed cheques. When you have found a promise which meets your need, do not ask God to keep His promise, as though He were unwilling to do so, and needed to be pressed and importuned. Present it humbly in the name of the Lord Jesus! Be sure that, so far as you know, you are fulfilling any conditions that may be attached; then look up into the face of your Heavenly Father, and tell Him that you are reckoning on Him to do as He has said.
It is for Him to choose the time and manner of His answer; but wait quietly, be patient, and you will find that not a moment too soon, and not a moment too late, God's response will be given. "My soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from Him" (Psa_62:5); "Blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things that were told her from the Lord" (Luk_1:45).
Whether for the body, the soul, or spirit, there is no guide like Holy Scripture, but never read it without first looking up to its Author and Inspirer, asking that He will illuminate the page and make you wise unto salvation. "Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth."
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I Thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know Thy testimonies. AMEN.