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The Power of God–Why It Does Not Flow Through Us

God, where is the power that You promised?  Why aren’t my prayers being answered?  God, You said that we are “more than conquerors in Christ,” but I am not feeling it right now.  Why aren’t we walking in power like the early apostles did?

Many Christians have had these questions over the centuries, not realizing this one bedrock truth: The power from God was always there when it was needed  because it was His time in His plan for His power to be manifested.

It is all about timing–God’s timing in the implementation of His plan and purpose.  And in this, young Christians do err.  For children are by their nature self-centered and impatient for their plans to be implemented.

Children of  God will not understand why the Father does not answer a prayer the way they want it answered.  For they are mostly alive for what they can receive from the Father.  They do not comprehend that their prayers twist God’s arm as they try to bend God’s will to suit their current desires.  God, I need a new car to get me to work so I can pay my bills.  God, I need a better job; I need this; I need that.  I, I, I…

These supplications never seek to find out what God is doing this year, what He needs done, what He wills at this present time in the earth.  The Savior told us to not seek earthly things like food, drink, and clothing, but rather seek the Kingdom of God.  We are not to ask Him for earthly necessities, for He already knows what we need in the earthly realm.  But He wants us to ask Him for the true riches, the heavenly truths of His will, His plan, His purpose, His literal kingdom/government that will soon be established fully on earth.

These are the things we should seek for because they will only come into our lives if we consciously ask Him for them.  He will give us the earthly things that we need without us asking Him for them.  But we have to ask Him for the true riches, the heavenly riches.  “Ask and it shall be given,” He said.  Ask Him, and He will give us the Holy Spirit, which is the ultimate riches (Luke 12: 29-32; Luke 11: 9, 13).

God’s Agenda

For as self-willed humans have an agenda, even so does God have an agenda.  And as we surrender to His will, His agenda through much study and prayer comes into focus.

Those who grow up spiritually into young men and women in God will realize what the Savior meant when He said, “Not my will but thine be done” (Luke 22: 42).  We are to walk in His steps by this same surrender to God’s will or agenda.

The Bible is full of stories of men and women who surrendered to God’s agenda.  Take Moses for an example.  He “supposed his brethren [the Israelites in bondage] would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them; but they understood not” (Act 7: 25).   Moses knew God had called him to deliver them out of bondage, but the timing was wrong.  Forty long years would transpire in which God would prepare Moses spiritually to fulfill his calling.  God had a plan and purpose in delivering the Israelites from bondage, but there was a precise time He would make it happen.  And when that time came, there was no doubt, for God appeared to Moses in the burning bush and gave Moses power to get it done!

And so it was with all the patriarchs, prophets, and apostles.  They waited on Yahweh, on His timing, resting in the fact that He has an agenda, a plan, a divine purpose, and that He is in control.  We, His sons and daughters, now must wait as our forefathers waited on Him and His perfect timing.  If we do, He will infuse us with the power from on high to be His witnesses in the earth in due time.

While waiting, like Moses, for that power from on high to do the greater works, we should seek Him to help us “purge out the old leaven,” thus preparing us for that time.      Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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“The LORD Has Called Me from the Womb”–On My Cancelled Appointment with Death*

I almost died in a car wreck the other day.  I was on the four lane topping a hill, when I looked for just a half-second at the radio.  And as I crested the rise, something had me look up, and there the pickup truck was, moving slowly in front of me.  I swerved to the left  just in time to miss it.

The end of the trailer was the heighth of my windshield.  A decapitation would have been the way I went out of this world.

I immediately knew that a higher power wanted me to live some more days on earth.  I thanked God right there for quickening in me the impulse to look up.  I could not see the truck and trailer, but He did.  I got this sensation that God really was watching over me.

A couple of days later, I opened the Good Book, and it literally fell open to Isaiah 46: 3.  I started reading: “ “Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth.  Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

Wow!  I looked in the mirror at my gray hair, and thought, He has always had His hand on me.  I flashed on some of the close calls with death–the Viet Nam War days of hell, when the mortars stopped their ungodly loud footsteps just before they fell on me–the times in my youth when I drove drunk all over the road and somehow did not kill myself or anyone else. 

And then I realized that He has held on to me since I was conceived!  He not only knew me, but has protected me and lifted me up since my conception in my mother’s womb!  He has carried me since my birth into this cruel old world.  And, yes, even to my old age, gray hair and all, He is still sustaining me.  For He created me and He promised in this passage of scripture that He would carry me.  “I will sustain you, and I will rescue you.”  He really has all my life.

Then I looked again and saw that this passage is written to many other people, not just to me.  He is saying this  to the whole House of Jacob and all who remain of the House of Israel.  I know through my studies that the House of Jacob/Israel consisted of all twelve tribes.  And that ten of those tribes were lost after they were carried away captive around 700 B. C.    And I know that the Savior Himself  700 years later said that He was sent to these “lost sheep of the House of Israel.”  The apostle James writes his letter “to the twelve tribes scattered abroad.”  I also know that the other two tribes were Judah and Benjamin, who were the Kingdom of Judah, and that they were not lost. 

The point is that God knows us from our beginnings.  He knows us personally, and He has sustained and helped us our entire lives–for a purpose–His eternal purpose.  Now we must fully believe this His love for us, and we must seek out just what purpose He has for us. 

His kingdom is literally coming to earth.  Christ is the King of kings.  He is “bringing many sons unto glory.”  Of course, He will look after them from their conception.  He has a plan for them.   KWH

*Isaiah 49: 1

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