Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Going down on your knees AND staying there!

The Lord's Will, will always prevail...

It's good to plan ahead, it's excellent to have plan B, C and even D. It's comforting to have an idea of what your tomorrow holds. It's less stressing to have an almost uniform daily routine. The problem with this type of lifestyle is that, we get too big for God, we cease to depend on Him for anything. We take credit for all our successes, our possessions, our wealth and FORGET the part God played in all that. We get so comfortable in our lives, our sins and forget that we are mere strangers and pilgrims in this world. When a problem befalls us, we run to mom or dad, uncle or aunt, pastor or elder - if at all, we go to God as a last resort. Some may even use the none biblical saying "God helps those who help themselves" in defense, BUT sometimes human effort may entail going down on your knees and staying there until something happens. When things are going as we would have hoped, we might think we are on top of the game, we are doing things right, no one has anything on us, but the truth of the matter is, it's only through God (YES! just God NOT 'men of God' or 'prophet so and so') and His enduring mercies.

Author's interjection: My heart breaks when I see God's people esteeming mere mortals, a human being, an ordinary somebody (in the name of a 'prophet' or 'man of God') above the God who these 'prophets' are meant to be mouth-pieces of. Sometimes I wonder if this verse is only in my bible and maybe a few others - "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because MANY false prophets are gone out into the world." (1 John 4:1). 

Disclaimer: I am not in anyway implying that ALL these 'daily-forming' modern day prophets are false neither am I saying I don't believe in modern day prophets. My point is, if a prophet (a mouth-piece of God by definition) focuses more on prosperity, miracles or healing than they do on the word of God, then surely there is great risk in believing in such a spirit. YES! he might be a prophet, his prophecies may have come true, his spirit may have healed so many BUT the questions which matter most are, after all had been said and done, were you revived spiritually? Were you encouraged to live according to every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God? Were you empowered through Christ to go and sin no more? Was the name of God (and NOT the prophet) glorified? When in need, do you run to GOD first or to the prophet? 

3 comments:

  1. I definitely think it requires a balance. You can't expect God to do everything for you, but you can't run so far ahead that you stop listening to God. I'm a planner, so that last one is the one that I deal with! But we have to work WITH Him. Hard, but good. :)

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  2. Indeed we should beware of every person who claims to preach the gospel. So many people are following blindly and its sad to see that instead of looking to God, they look to man. Our Daily Bread had a similar topic today, Paul warned the Galatians from believing anyone who preached a different gospel than the one that they had first believed (Gal.1:6-10). Thank you for reminding us about this. In all we do, we should seek God and not man. May God bless you!

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