Thank you to those of you who prayed for my wife's job situation. The Lord has now officially answered our prayers. Our God is a God who answers prayer. The way He answered this one I consider to be another miracle.
I wanted to let you know that our God is a God who answers prayer, and this is one more testimony to you that He does. This testimony however, is not enough for many of you. What do I mean? As I was thanking the Lord for this latest answered prayer, He impressed something upon me about this topic of prayers and miracles. Here it is more or less:
Many of you who still need to have prayers answered and miracles in your lives would say "thats great brother, praise the Lord your answer has been given, but what about me? What about my answer?" Here's the deal; when you need an answer, power, a miracle from the Lord and you are in the middle of your spiritual battle to remain strong and hold onto your faith, no word from any man suffices to touch you or make you feel better about your situation. In fact, the words of men can make you feel worse.
You can hear other people's testimony all day and it does not touch you. You can have people read scripture to you all day and it does not touch the hurt, the pain, the need in any way. So what? So, what we need is the personal presence and power of the Lord. No man or woman can give that to you, only the Lord can give that to you. The only thing that really touches our need, and what is going on inside of us is the presence and power of the Lord God Almighty.
I have used many words to say a simple thing; we need the personal, one on one, cannot fake it, cannot buy it, cannot replace it presence and power of the Lord God. This has been His message to me, to pass on to those who have ears to hear. My words are nothing and count for nothing. I cannot comfort you although I pray I could. The raw power of His presence is what you and I need for comfort and for answers. There is no substitute.
If my words are useless, why write to you? The very limited value of my words lie in their directional value. They point you in the direction of your answer. Our answer lies in Him and comes through Him to us. There are no shortcuts and no other way to get what we need. We are needy, and this brothers needs are constant. I (we) need Him, personally. All of His power and the fullness of His presence are what we require.
When we are in His presence, then we understand.
15If I had spoken out like that,
I would have betrayed your children.
16When I tried to understand all this,
it troubled me deeply
17till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny.
18Surely you place them on slippery ground;
you cast them down to ruin.
19How suddenly are they destroyed,
completely swept away by terrors!
20They are like a dream when one awakes;
when you arise, Lord,
you will despise them as fantasies.
21When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,
22I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beast before you.
23Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
25Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
27Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.
What you are reading from this brother is testimony that supports the Word of God. This brother would tell you it is good to be near God. That is not a figure of speech, or any kind of flowery language. It is good to literally be in close proximity to our God. When we are in His presence, then we understand where our answer is coming from, why we are waiting, what we should do or say, etc.
He is our answer, literally and figuratively and everything in between. We must lay hold of Him personally. Nobody else can do this for us. If you set your heart to find Him, you will find Him...
|"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;|
knock and the door will be opened to you.
Prov 2 My son, if you will receive my words, and lay up my commandments with you;
2So that you incline your ear unto wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;
3Yea, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding;
4If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;
5Then shall you understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
If you seek Him you will find Him, but you have to really want Him: seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;
I thank the Lord today that He once again has answered my (our) prayers with His miracle working power, but that was not enough for me this time. I also wanted something for you. What about those of you who are still waiting for answers? You must at all costs get into His presence. Seek Him as though you were searching for hidden treasure because that is where all of our answers are hidden: in Him.
|You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. .|
grace and peace.