#5829 – Let God Be God

Good morning people who keep in step with God’s present commands and instructions.

I know that you heard the word of the Lord from the couple of verses from Numbers 9 yesterday, but I feel compelled to share the next few verses with you. Please note how important this truth is that God directed Moses to write it repeatedly. It will change our lives if this can drop deep into our hearts.

Numbers 9:19-23 NIV When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the Lord’s order and did not set out. Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the Lord’s command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out. Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening till morning, and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out. Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out. At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.

I pray you are seeing this clearly: If God moved, they moved. If God didn’t move, they didn’t move.

Too often we try to formulate how God will do things. We think we know when He will move, and we think we can anticipate His next steps. Or maybe it’s more about us wanting God to work and move according to our plans and our timetable. He doesn’t.

It’s time to let God be God. He’s very good at being God! We are not.

 

#5828 – Move And Stop

Good morning people who move when God moves and stop when God stops.

The Old Testament is filled with truth that points us to Jesus and to our relationship with God. I want to take a look at one of these scriptures that speak directly into keeping in step with the Spirit.

Exodus 13:21-22 NIV By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

Please note that the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night was in front of the people. This is so important as we are called to follow Jesus – we are not called to try and lead Him. Keeping in step with the Spirit can only happen to those who are following Jesus.

Numbers 9:17-18 NIV Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. At the Lord’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. 

It is very easy for us as children of God to become impatient with God. it is easy to think that God should be moving quicker than He is or in a different direction than He is.

But God knows best. Oh, for us to receive a deeper revelation of this and a greater level of trust in God’s goodness and sovereignty.

Godly people move when God moves, and they stop when God stops. Godly people trust God enough to follow Him and to keep in step with the Spirit.  

 

#5827 – Keep In Step

Good morning people who are learning to remain in the Holy Spirit throughout your day.

I am about to share a scripture that I have written on many times, and I am doing so because I believe it is one of the most essential truths in the Bible. I believe there is a greater depth of truth in it than most of us see. My prayer is that Father takes us all deeper over the coming days.

Galatians 5:25 NIV Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

You can’t be born again except by the Spirit of God. Paul addresses this truth in the first part of this verse where he says since we live by the Spirit.

But the truth is, we can be born again by the Spirit and yet not keep in step with the Spirit.

It’s time for believers to keep in step with the Spirit; to remain in the Spirit.

Keeping in step and remaining in the Spirit takes intentionality; it’s not automatic. From one moment to the next we can step in and step out from being under the leadership of the Holy Spirit so easily.

I hear the word syncronise which means to occur at the same time and rate. This really speaks into the reality of what it looks like to keep in step with the Spirit.

I see a picture of two people dancing together. They can both make the right moves, but unless their timing is precise, something looks wrong. So too is it with us and the Holy Spirit. Direction matters and so does timing.

Keeping in step with the Holy Spirit even goes beyond direction and timing, and it speaks into our heart motivation. The reason we do things might be the very thing that determines whether we are keeping in step with the Holy Spirit or not. Motivations matters.

May these be days of increased dependence upon and synchronicity with the Holy Spirit.

 

#5826 – Prophecy Fulfilled

Good morning people who look to see what God is saying to you.

Faith comes by hearing, but prophetic fulfilment comes by seeing.

Romans 10:17 tells us that ‘faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God’. This is talking about a rhema word that God speaks into your heart that stirs your faith. This is the first step, and it is exciting. However, many people accurately hear a word from God, have their faith stirred, and yet they don’t always see the word fulfilled. What is the missing key?

In Habakkuk 2:1, Habakkuk writes that he will ‘watch to see what God will say to me’. Naturally speaking, you ‘listen to hear’ what someone will ‘say’, but spiritually, the road to fulfilment requires ‘watching to see’ what is being ‘said’ by God. In Habakkuk 2:2, God tells Habakkuk to ‘write down the vision’. Vision is about sight, not about hearing. So, what is God saying in all of this?

When we hear God speak something, we shouldn’t immediately go and try and make it happen. Firstly, we must ask God how this ‘looks’ to Him; what it ‘looks’ like from His eternal perspective. It’s only as we ‘see accurately’ that we can step into the fulfilment of God’s intention. The alternative is self-interpretation, and often, this will be incorrect.

The Lord gave me a clear example to illustrate this. Let’s say that someone received a prophetic word that ‘you will have a significant influence in Africa’. The Lord said to me, “Could this mean they move to Africa and start something new?” I said, “Yes”. Next the Lord said, “Could it mean they go to Africa and join an existing ministry?” Again, I said, “Yes”. The third question from the Lord was, “Could it mean they are successful in kingdom business here and sow significantly into Africa?” For the third time I said, “Yes”. Finally, the Lord said, “Could it mean they disciple people who go and have a significant influence in Africa?” I said, “Yes”. All four are possibilities of someone having a significant influence in Africa, whether by going, sowing or growing. The only way that someone will see the fulfilment of the clearly heard prophetic word is for them to ask the Lord to show them how it looks to Him. When God gives a clear picture, they then do what they see.

When people don’t ‘look to see what God is saying to them’, instead of fulfillment, the result is frustration and disappointment. Too many wonderful people have lived a frustrated life where they have questioned whether they heard God or not. The reality is, most have heard God correctly, but they didn’t take the time to see how it looks to Father.

May we all have ‘ears to hear’ and ‘eyes to see’.

Faith comes by hearing, but prophetic fulfilment comes by seeing.

 

#5825 – Reasonable Thinking

Good morning people who are careful about what you question and think about.

Mark 2:6-8 NIV Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?”

The word thinking in this scripture is the word reasoning in the KJV. It means to reckon thoroughly, that is to deliberate, to dispute, to muse.

Firstly, this is not always wrong. It is good to love the Lord our God with all of our mind, and it is good to search out the scriptures to know the truth. Christians can be filled with the Holy Spirit and be intelligent godly people!

However, this is not what was going on in this scripture, and nor is it what is happening too many times with Christians today (including an increasing number of pastors and leaders).

Thinking and reasoning that leads us deeper into God from the solid foundation of His Word is wonderful. I celebrate this and I welcome it.

But thinking and reasoning that starts to question God’s Word and causes us to step back from the inerrancy of God’s Word is foolishness.

What the teachers of the law said in this scripture above sounds reasonable. It was not like they were promoting something sinful and wrong. In fact, they were trying to defend truth, or so they thought. It sounds a little like Peter when he tried to tell Jesus that He didn’t need to go to the cross (Matthew 17:21-23).

The point is this: not all wrong thinking sounds wrong – some of it sounds quite reasonable.

We must determine the source of the thinking and reasoning that we engage with, and we need the Spirit of God to lead us in this. Humility and accountability is a wonderful place for truth to prevail.

May we all have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).