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Trust in God is dependent upon your prayer life.

In today’s religious environment, we hear all about how we should trust God. Don’t worry about anything because God will take care of you. He loves you and will not let anything bad happen to you.  I’m sorry, but that is neither faith nor trust. That’s presumption.

Just because you say something or make some “prophetic” proclamation does not necessarily mean that it is true or will happen. But I often hear supposedly real Christians quote the passage in Romans 4:17, “…before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were”, and use it to claim that we can call things into creation or that just because we proclaim it, it has to happen.

Where did we get that from? That statement applies to God and God only. That does not give you power to “name it, and claim it”. Neither does it bequeath unto you power to make anything happen. To access power through the words you speak is sorcery, not faith.

1st Corinthians 4:20 tells us that the kingdom of God is NOT in word, but in power. Power in God – real power – does not come with the snap of your fingers. It is earned slowly the hard way. It comes from hours on your knees in deep, prevailing prayer. Your little “quiet time with Jesus” will not break through the holy of holies to pierce the heavens. Matthew 11:12 says that the violent take the kingdom of heaven by violence. Is that how you pray? Is your prayer room a place of battle, a contending before the Throne of God, and a place of violent spiritual warfare?

Crucifying your flesh through fasting and prayer breaks your fleshly desires and paves the way into the presence of God. The flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. (Gal. 5:17)  We cannot get to a place of real power in God if we are still walking in uncrucified flesh. We have to break through ourselves first before we can see breakthroughs in our walk in God.

Everybody wants to be a prophet, but nobody wants to pay the price. They think it’s as easy as “speaking the word”.  Just click your heels together three times, hold a good thought, speak a word of prophesy, and BINGO! Just like that, we are in the Land of Oz!

We have lost the fear of God that should have kept us back from such foolish sin. Prophets of peace and prosperity abound because we love to hear fake prophesies about our prosperity and blessings, but real prophets of God who are called to bring us to repentance, (Jer. 23:22) are rejected as being too judgmental, hard, caustic, and legalistic. So we heap up to ourselves teachers that tell us what our itching ears want to hear (2Tim. 4:3). But God says that because we did not love the truth, He would turn us over to believe a lie (2Thess. 2:10-12)

To fully trust God, you must find your place in Him – that secret place of the Most High (Psalm 91:1) – and when you have touched the Throne of God, you know that you know that you know that you have solid confidence that your trust in God is not based on wishful thinking or presumptuous flesh, but upon your communion with God Himself.

You get your trust in Him when you touch the Throne of God,

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“Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?”  Acts 11:17

God is full of surprises.

No sooner do you have everything figured out, and He goes and does something different.  It really keeps you on your toes.  It also keeps you humble.

Peter had a lot of surprises that day, and it turned upside-down a lot of what he and the other Apostles thought was pretty standard doctrine.  Here God not only had turned to the Gentiles, but He baptized them in the Holy Ghost before they ever made it to the water!  John’s baptism was officially over.

Thank God that, instead of resisting the Holy Spirit, like we see so much of today in our plethora of doctrinal debates, the Apostles rejoiced in this new move of God.

Actually, it wasn’t really new.  God was still the same – they just didn’t see it coming.   It was all written in God’s Word long before any of these guys were born.  You see, God reveals His Plan in His own time, and you never know when He will step into a whole new thing that you weren’t expecting.  Better to just shut up and let God do the driving.

In these times when the Last Days excites the religious imagination, we see a lot of would-be prophets running around trying to figure out the Word of God.  Carnal attempts to analyze the spiritual, however, are like using a Ouija Board to find directions to New York City.  There’s just some things that you have to trust God to take care of.  You have to be led by the Spirit of God to get there.  Try anything else, and you’re bound to get lost and end up in Podunk, Mississippi.

But we never stop trying, do we?  And in our attempt to make ourselves theologically correct, we find ourselves stuck on one idea or another, and we will fight to the bitter end to defend them lest we be found to be wrong.  The truth is, our little pea brains understand so little that we often miss the whole point.

Why not just let God reveal it to you?

I have found over the past 45 years that, the more I learn, the less I really understand.  There is so much more to God’s Truth than I ever imagined possible when I first got saved.  And I haven’t made to Heaven yet!  Wow, who knows what surprises are in store for us then?

So while many others are scurrying around squabbling over points of doctrine and sequence of end-time events, I’ll just stick to the basics.  You can’t go wrong with the basics.

When the rest of you guys figure it all out, send me a Postcard.  I’ll be out fishing somewhere.

 “Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifeth”

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Voltaire, one of the intellectual world’s heroes from the Age of Reason, once said that to know that you know what you know, and that you do not know what you do not know, is wisdom. Voltaire may have been a fool himself because he had dismissed the idea of God until his deathbed, but his reasoning here was sound.

God put it slightly differently.

“The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way,
but the folly of fools is deceit”. (Proverbs 14:8).

A prudent man is wise because he makes sure his way is on solid ground before he proceeds.  Proverbs also tells us that the prudent man walks circumspectly – in other words, he looks all around himself before he goes forward to make sure his way is right. Or as it says again, “he looks well to his going”.

The folly of the fool, on the other hand, is that he deceives himself to believe only what he wants to believe, and so rushes in where angels fear to tread.  He has no fear of God, neither does he want to fear Him, neither does he believe he should.

I recently had a fool attack a Facebook entry of mine because he did not believe in demonic activity or witchcraft.  It was all voodoo hoodoo to him. That would have been okay as his opinion, but he had to justify his point by mocking others who had witnessed the realities of demonic powers. He had no idea what he was talking about and had never seen the realities of spiritual warfare, but ranted about how stupid we were to believe in the devil.  As it is written, “Fools make a mock of sin”.

I have to wonder, is this all a test?  Do we, as individuals, all face our challenges in life to make a choice whether we will follow the Lord or choose our own ways? Why do some of us rush down a path that is so contrary to the Word of God while still proclaiming that it is the Truth? Some excuse sin as something inconsequential that God will excuse simply because we believe in Jesus; others dismiss the fear of God as being harsh and judgmental and do not tremble at His Word; still others fashion their own set of beliefs that veer dramatically from the Word of God and declare it as a “new revelation”, a “new truth” if you would, that is better than the “old truth”.

How foolish!  And yet they run on in the folly of their deceit, assuming an elevated status over those who have chosen to stay with the established foundation that God has set down for us. Is it by choice, or are they just a corrupt seed?

A friend of mine said it well, “People will follow their heart.” How true.

Perhaps that is why the Word tells us to guard our hearts for out of it are the issues of life. We choose our own paths, whether sin unto death or righteousness unto life.

Therefore choose life.

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein.” (Jeremiah 6:14-16)

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