Thursday, June 23, 2011

The "Ways of God."

Recently I was talking with a good friend of mine who is starting and planting a church. We talked of the Word of God and the "Ways of God." I mentioned to him and his team that it is not only important to know the Word of God but also the "ways of God."

Psa. 25:4 Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;

Is. 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

One of the major "ways of God" is the BIRTH-DEATH & SUPERNATURAL FULFILLMENT OF A VISION. God gives a person a burden, holy discontent, vision...then allows it to humanly die...then He fulfills it in His time and His way.

Consider:

1. Abraham - Gen. 15:1 After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” But Abram said, “O Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir." 25 years later the vision was fulfilled.

2. Joseph - Gen. 37:5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” 17 years later he came to power.

3. Moses - Ex. 2:11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 40 years later he delivered the people of Israel.

All that to say, do not be surprised if God gives you a vision, allows it to humanly die, then supernaturally raises it up in His time and in His way. Why? So that no man or woman can boast in His presence and all of us say, "ONLY GOD!!!"



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