February 27, 2009

We hear that no problem is too large for God to solve and we are encouraged to pray that the problem be solved. If God is the God we claim Him to be then that action would be correct and in my opinion He is and it is.


However there are many that would say a small problem is rather silly to pray about. If you lose your keys should you bother God with such a small problem? If you did would He tell you where your keys are?


I think God always answers our requests as either yes, no, or later. God has not spoken to me audibly; however I have thoughts that just pop into my mind that in my opinion could only be from God. It makes sense because I have the mind of Christ, the Holy Spirit, in my mind and He is closer than a brother.


We, who know God, know that He has, does, and will do great and wonderful things; things that are so complicated that we do not have the ability to understand, but have you considered that even the small things that He does are too complicated for us to understand?


It is said God knows even the number of hairs on our head. No man knows the number of hairs on anyone’s head. I take the verse as saying that He knows exactly how many hairs are on my head. It is of absolutely no importance to any one exactly how many hairs are on anyone’s head. But God knows not only how many hairs are on my head, but how many hairs are on everyone’s head: at any point in time! Just knowing the number of hairs on one person at one time is quite a feat, but knowing such a small and unimportant detail about everyone is an awesome accomplishment and it defies understanding.


Then we know that God also knows our thoughts and the same things that can be said about our hair can also be said about our thoughts.


God is certainly beyond my understanding.


Well, what I am trying to say, or point out, is nothing is too small to bother God with. When the Bible says ‘pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests’ it means exactly what it says. There is nothing that is too small or to large that it is unimportant to God. It is said that the Devil is in the details, but it is more correct to say God is in the details.


Let me also say; do not lose faith if your request is not granted. God knows whether or not what you ask is the right thing to do. When you ask God for healing either for yourself or anyone else consider Hezekiah, king of Judah. (2 Ki 18:5 NIV)  “Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.” (6&7 in part) “He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses. And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook.”


He became ill and God sent Isaiah to tell him to put his house in order, because it was time for him to die. Hezekiah panicked and prayed to God too let him live and God did, but almost everything that Hezekiah did during the extra time given to him was wrong. If you could ask Hezekiah today if he would pray that God’s will be changed or not be done I am sure that he would say that he made a great mistake and is sorry now.


Though I do not think it is wrong to pray about anything I do think it is wrong not to end a prayer with “never the less, Your will be done”.


I do not think Hezekiah changed God’s mind. I think that it was allowed to happen as a lesson to everyone that what ever happens it is the right thing because God is in charge. If we could or should really change God’s mind then we would be the master and He would be the servant.


What do you think?


February 17, 2009

There are some that disagree with what I say and they should! I seem to always have a different view of most topics. Those who listen to others and do not consider if what they say is really true or not end up with distorted ideas about what is true and what is not true. So when you read my posts please consider whether or not what I say is true. You owe it to yourself to look at both sides of the issue. That is to say, do not think that I am wrong just because I have said something that you have never heard before, or that seems to be against what you have accepted as truth. Test what I say with the Word of God.


We Christians are like sheep. We have been taught not to question the one who leads the service and this has caused many to have a distorted view of Scripture and the world. We who are like sheep should believe only The Shepard and not other sheep. That includes me as I am also only a sheep.


It is wrong not to question anyone who claims to be a Shepard. If we do not it does make their job easer, but should their job be easy? If you believe it should then perhaps you might ask yourself at what cost should their job be made easy? No man knows everything and all men make mistakes so you would be wrong to believe a man, or believe in a man enough to accept what he says as truth without question.


I post what seems right to me. I am not teaching. Do not accept what I say, but at the same time do not discount what I say without careful thought. If you see error in what I have said then you owe me, and those who also have read my view, a comment explaining where I have erred. I will consider your view and I will comment on it. I will try to see as you do, but if I do not I will say so. Perhaps you will be right and I will just not be able to understand, but those who read both comments have a better chance of reaching truth in the matter.


This Blog would not be as important to the people of God if we obeyed Scripture.

Scripture says that when we come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church. Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. This is found in 1 Corinthians chapter fourteen.


When we come together in today’s Church service there is only one that speaks. No true leader wants to be wrong about anything that he teachers, but no leader understands perfectly so all those who consider themselves experts error in some things that they teach. It puts a heavy burden on the leader that wants to lead as he believes God would have him when it is impossible to do so because he does not understand completely and not every revelation comes from him.


The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. But this can be and is carried to far when the only one speaking is the leader and He will not allow anyone to interrupt the sermon. Actually a leader that is following the Bible would encourage active participation in the service.


A proper church service is a large Bible study where anyone who feels led by the Holy Spirit has the opportunity to speak. Then when a nonbeliever comes in he would see that all believed and that God is in all, not just one: just as the Bible says in First Corinthians 14:24&25.


(1 Cor 14:26 NIV) “What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.” Because this is not the way a meeting is conducted today the Church is weak.


Because the Church as a whole has decided that they know better than God how a service should be conducted we are stuck with Blogs like this, where you can say what you think and we all can read and consider it and if the Spirit leads anyone else to say something it will be allowed as well. Kind of an electronic Church, but flawed because it is written and thoughts can not sometimes be conveyed as clearly when written as when spoken. However it does give us time to think before we write.


The truth is that I wish that God had chosen someone better qualified than I am to write this Blog, but He didn’t so we are all stuck with me. Try to overlook my flaws and only consider the truth of what I say; or try to say. Thanks in advance.


A student