Now, if you’ve been around for any length of time, your immediate answer might be: “Of course, we know that!” But, in reality, many Christians base what they believe about God by their experiences. God doesn’t change. He’s the same before and after your experience. Let me give you an example.
When people pray and don’t get their desired results, they conclude that it just wasn’t God’s will. But oh how wrong they are! Whether or not something is God’s will isn’t based on results but on His Word where He tells us what His will is. The problem is that most people don’t even seek God to find out what His will is before they shoot up a prayer and hope it sticks!
Here’s another example: when you ask someone if it’s God’s will to heal every time, they usually say, “I hope so!” Then ask them how they would know it if it’s God’s will. They’ll probably answer, “If I get healed, then it’s God’s will but if not then it isn’t.” This is not how it works!
They’re basing what they believe on their results. That can only lead to disappointment and discouragement. God said we are to walk by faith and not by results. We are to believe what He said in His Word and act accordingly. Then we will see our desired results because we have prayed and believed according to God’s infallible Word. This is how it’s supposed to work because this is the way God has set it up to work.
However, there are so many Christians who believe that they are smarter than God and their thoughts supersede what God has already said in His Word. These people don’t get answers to their prayers and have a poor relationship with God because they spend so much time being disappointed and discouraged. This is not God’s way.
So what do we do? As you already know, getting into God’s Word and getting His Word into you is step one. Everything follows that. And as I always say, you can’t believe God’s Word if you don’t know God’s Word!
We can’t rely on someone else to do our studying and learning for us. We have a responsibility to know the Word for ourselves. Yes, others can teach and help us to learn along our path but the ultimate responsibility is up to us.
Brothers and sisters, we in the USA are so blessed to have so much at our fingertips. We can tune into teaching 24/7 and never miss a beat. We are really without an excuse. It all depends on how much of God you really want. It’s up to you!
Let’s endeavor to be reservoirs of the Word of God, able to help in any circumstance that comes up!
Ephesians 5:15-17 (AMP) 15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),
16 Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.
Go for it — Pamela