Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Are you banging on a puzzle piece trying to make it fit?

It is God’s desire to communicate with His children. He longs that His children would know his voice and earnestly seek after it. Many people have this view of God as this entity that is somewhere out there that is not concerned with their daily lives but that is not true. John 10:1 (The Message) has a wonderful illustration of this concept "Let me set this before you as plainly as I can. If a person climbs over or through the fence of a sheep pen instead of going through the gate, you know he's up to no good—a sheep rustler! The shepherd walks right up to the gate. The gatekeeper opens the gate to him and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won't follow a stranger's voice but will scatter because they aren't used to the sound of it." God wants you to know His voice and know how to follow it.

I have often said that all a prophetic word is: is knowing the voice of God, whether it’s for your life or for someone else’s. It’s knowing what God would say on a matter and what he is saying to you as an individual. I am not saying that He goes around and speaks audibly. That has happened to be once but it’s rare. He speaks to your inward man. It can be from a knowing, or through the word, or what I call a bubbling up. If you would like more information on this then please go read your Bible, check especially in 1 Corinthians 14. If you still have more thoughts please email me.

I have noticed over the years how easy it can be to get off in some areas when it comes to prophesy. 1 Corinthians 13:9 (NKJV) says, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part.” Meaning when we get a prophetic word, or a dream or a vision it’s a piece to the puzzle. When we know it’s from God then yes, it’s a part of the puzzle of our lives but it is just a piece. Often times where we get off is we try to make that prophetic word fit the situations that we think they should. It’s like you were working on a puzzle and you’ve tried all day to find the one piece that will fit in the hole, but you can’t find it so your setting there with this word you got trying to force it to work. We can’t do that to the prophetic words we get. We have to allow that they happen.

In the Old Testament Jesus was prophesied about over 300 times, from various different individuals. In his life he fulfilled all those prophetic words. For example, He would have to be born in Bethlehem, dwell for awhile in Egypt, and be from Nazareth. Back then, the written word wasn’t that common. Joseph was just a carpenter. He didn’t have access to all of these prophetic words about Jesus. God sent angels to have him flee to Egypt to escape with Jesus. Then they went back to Nazareth. Those prophetic words were fulfilled because Joseph and Mary kept their eyes on the Lord and they just were fulfilled. Joseph didn’t have a map before him saying, “Well we have to ‘prove’ this child is the Messiah.” No. Those prophetic words were fulfilled because they were destined to be fulfilled.

It is the same with you. As long as you stay fixed in God’s will all of those prophetic words will come to pass. As long as you do your part, those words, those plans, those destinies, those visions, get fulfilled because they do. We can’t try to make them fit. We can’t try to explain them in our heads. We have to obediently walk them out, and pray them out.

When God gave Abraham the hope of having children, it seemed impossible. Please go read the story in Genesis 17-21. Sarah did just what many of us try to do to our prophetic words today. She tried to pound on the word to make it fit. She wasn’t getting pregnant, and wasn’t getting pregnant. Every year she saw herself getting older and older. In her mind there was NO way that, she’d ever bare Abraham a child. Therefore, she comes up with a plan to prostitute out her husband with her servant and thus Ishmael was conceived. In case you didn’t know Ishmael is the father of Islam, and the reason Islam and Christianity are all fighting, today roots back to “who’s the promised son” Isaac or Ishmael. When you try to force the will of God to happen, the situation often turns ugly.

When God gives you dreams, visions, and prophetic words that seem bigger than you. Good. That means you can’t do it on your own. But I have news for all of you. We serve the God to loves to call things possible that appear to be impossible. (Matt 19:26) We have a good God that truly will make a way when you do not see it. We have a God that loves to see you walk in the destiny he designed and created for you. Trust in Him! Keep doing what He tells you to do, and you will surprise even yourself. I’ve spent years trying to pound the puzzle pieces to make it happen, and it just gets frustrating. I’ve also walked in situations that were so God it’s like you just walked right in. It was easy and everything fell right into place. Stop being so anxiously trying to force it to happen, and start trusting in your God. You puzzle will come together one day, and you’ll be able to set back and say truly that was God! Trust Him today; He’s got it all under control!

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