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Don’t be afraid of God’s Will

One of the things I hear most often when I suggest that someone pray about something of concern to them is “What if it isn’t God’s Will?”  What they are really saying is that they are afraid that God will not answer their prayer and then they will lose some of their faith.  They don’t want to take a chance of being turned down or at least being disappointed by the results of their prayer.

It is a tough problem to overcome.   A child afraid to ask their parent for some little thing because they are afraid their mom or dad will say “No.”   Now as an adult that won’t ask their Father God for some major thing that affects their lives because they are afraid of the answer.  Perhaps they have seen a few too many “No” answers in their lives already – either to themselves, to friends or other family members.    A single disappointment can override a lifetime of “Yes” answers they did not pay a lot of attention to.  There are some truths that this person needs to know.

Truths You Need to Know 

Here are the truths you need to know:

Jesus told us how to pray

Pray in God’s revealed will

God loves you

God cares for you

God hears you

Don’t make statements of unbelief

Wait

Be Persistant

Don’t blame yourself

Don’t blame God

What about predestination?

Jesus told us how to pray. Matthew 6:9,10 This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Pray in God’s revealed will.  In my previous post, I gave 10 specific things that the Bible tells us is in God’s Will.   Since the most often prayed for thing is healing, I’ll tell you that Jesus gave the gift of healing to all believers (Mark 16:17-18). He also said we could move our mountains (Mark 11:23-25). These are in God’s revealed will. You can safely pray for anything in God’s revealed will, including healing, and not be afraid!

God loves you. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God cares for you, so don’t worry. God is actually and truly your Father in Heaven (Matthew 6:9-13) who loves and cares for you. Matthew 6:25-34 Therefore do not worry about your life…Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?…and your heavenly Father knows that you need them (certain necessities). But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

God hears you. God has good hearing! 1 John 5:14,15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him.

Don’t make statements of unbelief. “If it is God’s will, I will be healed” is a statement of unbelief because he has already said that it is in his will. Believe him, God does not lie. (The “if” word is a no-no.) You can safely pray that “your will, not mine be done”, and expect that God’s will for your healing will be done because he loves and cares for you, his earthly child.

Wait – What if healing doesn’t happen (immediately)? Above all, don’t lose faith! Healing has begun, but you don’t see it yet, and you don’t understand God’s plan for your healing! Don’t expect an instantaneous cure, even though we acknowledge that with God, all things are possible.  Remember I said that God seems to like “quiet miracles“.

You must understand that some problems take time to resolve because even diseases are required to work within the rules set up by God for both living and dying. Various diseases do work within God’s will, but fortunately diseases do not have our privilege to pray and to praise God, and, in addition, God has given us dominion over all creatures (Genesis 1:28). His promise to heal is in agreement with his gift to us of dominion over all creatures (including disease). Healing does begin when you pray in faith.

Be Persistant.  God’s plan and timetable are not always our plan and timetable, and are not always within our understanding. Be persistent (Luke 11:8 , also 18:1-8) and always be faithful to God. He heard you the first time, but don’t be discouraged! Be persistent, be remindful, be thankful, and know that without prayer, your condition at this moment might well have been much worse!

What if God’s final answer is “No”?

Don’t blame yourself  Don’t blame yourself if the answer is No.   You have done nothing wrong by praying.  It was not a selfish act to ask for God’s will to be done or to make promises He knows you can’t keep or to ask for personal or family healing – He expects you to.  Nothing you did or didn’t do could affect the outcome if God’s final answer is no. 

Dont blame God either.  Although I always assert that “God is in Control,” I don’t ever blame God.  I accept His will.  Always.  Time will come soon enough for all of us to reach the understanding as to Why God’s will was not the same as ours.  God is in Control, but it does not mean that He chose to hurt you or chose to allow a family member to die without some underlying reason.   I like to think of it this way:   Our life on earth is very very short compared to the infinity that lies ahead.   Christians went to their deaths willingly in those early days with the full faith that they would be joining God soon.   We all die and the few years, as we see them cut short, is nothing – zero, compared to infinity.   There is another comforting factor that came from my visions – we are already with God in a timeless heaven.  Not just us but our ancestors and our descendants as well.

What about predestination? Predestination is a theology that says that God finished His creation in one week and every wheel and every atom and every thought was conceived and planned out to the most infinate detail during that time, forever into the future.  My own church, Presbyterian, believes in predestination, and will bring up double and triple predestianation if necessary to explain things.  To say that is to say that God is an absentee from our current world and is incapable of making changes that He has already predetermined.   Hogwash.  God can do whatever He chooses at any time.    Rewrite history, rewrite present, rewrite future – easy for the creator of the entire universe.  If He chose the future, He can certainly change it.  God is always in control.

I can certify that through my own experience that predestination is a Theology invented by theologians, not God.  The theologian’s job is to build a belief system. God sent the Holy Spirit to help us overcome that burden in our life.   God can change His mind whenever He wants to.  It is the reason that prayer works.

Thank you, God. 

Oldtimer

Vision of The End Times Hymn

The End Times Hymn

And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders.   No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.  Rev 14:3 (NIV)

In mid October 1997, I finished a book by Billy Graham titled “Storm Warning” published by Word Publishing. It is a book that casts current events as storm warnings to the storm of the Apocalypse.

Throughout his book I picked up a theme of the four horsemen of the book of Revelations and how they relate to the current events of 1992. I was impressed that many of the events that Billy Graham used in his book as signals for the end times were surpassed since then by even more powerful signals of the same kind.

The four horsemen of the apocalypse:

“I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.” Rev 6:2 (NIV)

“Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.” Rev 6:4 (NIV)

“When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.”   Rev 6:5 (NIV)

“I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.”  Rev 6:8 (NIV)

These were the horsemen of the end times as seen in a vision by John and recorded in Revelations.

The first horseman was bent on conquest, and although on a white horse and wearing a crown, was not Christ as so many think, but was the great deceiver instead. The Christ Horseman is found in Revelations 19:

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.” Rev 19:11 (NIV)

A few weeks later I was reading an unrelated book with the title “Experiencing God” which is a work/study book designed to help you know and do the will of God. It is published by Lifeway Press.

The book was one that my wife had picked up for me because she had been studying it as part of a women’s study class at our church, and she thought I would like it. I did. It was great.

I began to read the book and work through the exercises. After a couple of hours of reading and study, I suddenly began to hear a beautiful hymn in my head.

Angels singing.

It was as beautiful a hymn as I had ever heard. The words were almost angelic and accompanied by wonderful music. The verses were about the horsemen as they stormed the earth.

The horsemen of scripture in Revelations 6 are terrifying in their work, deceiving man, bringing war, famine and death. Yet the End Times Hymn was a hymn of praise for the horsemen’s work and to God!

It was a hymn of praise for God’s work in purifying the earth through the horsemen. It was praise for God’s sending of the horsemen as his final warnings to all of mankind about the end times.

It was also a praise for their signal for the second coming of Christ, the horseman of Revelations 19.    Each verse praised a new horseman and how he did God’s work in preparation for the great tribulation to come.

Sealed to the End Time.

Could it have been the song of Revelations 14?

And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder.

The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders.

No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.
Rev 14:2-3 (NIV)

I wish I could relay the verses to you. As beautiful as they were, I have lost them! Not a single verse, not even two words put together seem to match what I heard. Yet I am still struck by the beauty of what I heard – it was euphoric to listen to the hymn.   I know the theme of the verses, but not the words.  

I blame the loss on not getting up immediately and writing them down. I thought that something that beautiful would stick to me forever, much like my visions. It did not. Perhaps God has sealed it from me. Maybe they will emerge again as I pray.

I told my pastor about the hymn, and I have since tried to recover the words. I cannot. Nothing fits. Yet the words send me a message that I cannot ignore – the end is near. That theme rides in the back of my head everywhere I go. I need to warn my family and friends, and somehow reach as many of you as I can to tell you to be prepared.

That is part of the reason this work is dedicated to my family as well as to the church. My family was given draft copies as part of their Christmas gifts that year!

I want them to understand and be prepared. I want them to go with me when Jesus calls. I want you, gentle reader to be ready also.

Accept Jesus now. We don’t know how long we have. Don’t wait another moment. Kneel and accept. Repent and turn to Christ. Welcome the Holy Spirit’s call. It is more than being baptized with water; it is a need to be baptized by the Holy Spirit and be regenerated by Him.

Don’t hesitate to give yourself completely to God.  He will not likely send you on a mission that you won’t want to do.  He is good and HE LOVES YOU.  Trust Him completely.

The end times theme continues with my next vision:  The Train.

 

Where is God? Who What Where How?

The Answers Keep Coming From the Vision 

The vision, God Partially Revealed  answers so many questions for me that I can hardly list them all.   I made these entries to my journal on Monday, February 10, 1997.

       It explains to me how God can be everywhere at once. – We are living in God, and in fact, the entire universe is drifting through Him.    

       How God knows what we are doing and thinking – We are as transparent to God as we are transparent to X rays, yet He interacts with our being, our living X ray.

       It ties the Holy Spirit directly to God as one and the same thing – What we perceive as the Holy Spirit is actually God interacting with us as He passes through us and we tune in to Him and He tunes in to us.  It takes the magic out of it and makes it a natural, understandable, loving, mutual relationship.

When we are in tune with God, His Holy Spirit lingers and concentrates in power; we become filled with the Holy Spirit as described in Scripture. 

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.  Acts 4:31 (NIV) 

       How healing can work at a distance and how prayers can work at a distance –  The same God touches us all at the same time – He is everywhere at once in the same sense that an ocean touches all fish in that ocean, except God is our living ocean and He is available to all, and what touches Him here can be felt anywhere.

       How God can be both in us and us in God – We are floating in God and God floats in us.  We are much like a sponge floating in water, except God is our water, our light, our life.  We are porous to his light, yet bask in it.  The sponge has water both within it and around it.    Squeeze it dry when things are bad and you seem far from God, but it fills back up again when we settle back into God’s living waters through attention to Him.  We need to stay immersed in God if we are to receive His full attention.

       How two or more people praying together multiply the effect of his works – His power is undiminished in each of us and the results are multiplied.  God is, after all, hearing the “noise” of our lives too.   He does have good ears, so it is fruitful to pray, even if alone, and even if silent, or within a car out on the highway!  Two people praying together help break through that noise.  Three or more seem to really get His attention, even if they are on opposite sides of the world. 

       It does away with the problem I had with God being “up there”, and does away with my problem with God just sitting on a throne, as if contemplating what He would do next – God is everywhere, because we exist in Him and God needs no real throne to exercise His enormous, living power.  His throne is our universe, including all that the Hubble telescope can see and far beyond!  

       It gives me a sense of the enormity of His majestic power – He powers the universe, and the universe is only a small part of his works, yet it rests entirely within Him.  His infinite power is still infinite when displayed and felt at our level – mere creatures of His creation.  In the same manner, His infinite love is available to all undiminished.  One trillionth of a trillionth of infinity is still infinity!  We may be detecting some of that power now as “dark energy”, meaning invisible energy – God?  Most of the universe is thought to consist of that energy.

       God is paying attention to us even as we ignore Him because God is drifting through us and we through Him and He is directly in touch with us at all times.   When we are not paying attention to God, He sometimes gets our attention the hard way.  For example, my Clear Warning from him.  I thank God every day that He loves us all and that I responded to His wake-up call!   God is so good!

       It gives me hope that I can learn to interact with Him and accept His help wherever I need it.   He wants love and attention, and He will shower it back.

       When we pray, we interact with God’s Spirit within us, and we begin to absorb more of Him.  God loves to be worshiped by His creation and His Holy Spirit lingers, and begins to concentrate in us and grows in power and attention through our worship, and He begins to consider our concerns as expressed through prayer.    

       We only need to believe in Him and trust Him, and know that He loves us and will help us.  The power available to us is unlimited and virtually untapped.

Next Up:  The Two Piece Puzzle.