August 4, 2012

Can God Interrupt You?

Posted in Authority, Christian Living, Christianity, Faith, Keys To The Kingdom tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:28 am by Lisa Ritchey


The Man With A Plan

There is an old Jewish saying, “Man plans and G-d laughs.”

Who are we that we should be telling G-d what we are going to do?  The Bible says in James 4:13-17

(13) Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

(14) Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

(15) For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

We make plans not having any idea what the future holds – for us and/or others – instead of checking with the One That Does Know.  Why would we assume to know what is best?  How can we know how things are going to turn out unless He tells us.

Many people will scoff at the thought of actually hearing from The One True Living God, especially about something as trivial as daily plans.  This is not something to be scoffed at, though.  The Bible, again, plainly states that Jesus’ sheep hear His voice, know it is His voice,  and a stranger they will not follow.[1]  This does not mean that you hear the Word being preached and recognize it as Scripture.  We are to fellowship (partnership, that is, (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary) benefaction: – (to) communicate (-ation), communion, (contri-), distribution, fellowship.[2]) with Jesus one on one;  tête-à-tête (face to face[3]).

1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Philippians 2:1-2
        1)If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
        2)  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

English: A Shepherd. Caption: "This is a ...

If we are Jesus’ sheep, we need to look at how sheep act.  First, they know their shepherd’s voice.  

Literally.  There may be numerous herds of sheep grazing together, and each one has their own shepherd.  Each one of those sheep is very familiar with their own personal shepherd, so when He calls or speaks to them, they recognize that it is Him talking to them and understand what He is saying and wants them to do.  This is the only way that it will work.

They are also totally dependent on their shepherd to lead them to food and still, peaceful water.  Because of their fleece which gets very heavy when wet, sheep will die of thirst before they will get anywhere near water that is moving at all, even if it is just a few inches deep.  This is instinct, nature, self-preservation.

If a sheep is prone to running off, the shepherd may have to break its legs (yes, more than one) so that it can not walk.  He will carry it on his shoulders, giving it food and water until it’s legs heal at which time it has become so totally dependent on him it will run off no more.

Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth (to train up a child, that is, educate, or (by implication) discipline (by punishment): – chasten (-ise), instruct, learn, teach[4].), and scourgeth (to flog; (through the idea of contact); a whip (literally the Roman flagellum for criminals; figuratively a disease): – plague, scourging[5].) every son whom he receiveth.

The Good Shepherd

I read once that a sheep farmer had a ewe that started climbing over the fence and running off.  She was one of his best breeding ewes, but when she started getting other sheep to climb out with her, he had to kill her to save the rest of the flock.

So it is with people.

We are His sheep.

And then there is this one:

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led (A primary verb; properly to lead; by implication to bring, drive, (reflexively) go, (specifically) pass (time), or (figuratively) induce: – be, bring (forth), carry, (let) go, keep, lead away, be open.[6]) by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

It is so extremely true: How can you follow what you do not hear?  If The L–d is telling you to do something, (or not to do something!) How can you obey Him if you do not Hear Him?  The answer is simple, you can’t.

If G-d has plans for us to do (A), but we are set on doing (B) and don’t hear Him quicken us, telling us not to, how can we ever get to the destiny He has set for us to accomplish (C)?  If your blessings are in going right, but you are determined that left is the only logical choice so it must be the right direction, you blew it, didn’t you?

So, to be a follower of Christ, then, you must hear His voice.  Right?

I promise you that G-d will always, always, always, do His part to give us the best the Kingdom has to offer.  It may not look like it on Earth, but the things stored for us in Heaven for eternity are not seen with the Carnal eye.  It is up to us to hear His directions and advice and obey Him.

If it is true that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth[7], and Jesus said that it is G-d’s great pleasure to give us, as believers, His Spirit [8][9], why in this world would anybody say, “That is not for today.”, or “We don’t believe in that.”  or “That all stopped with the last apostle.”  (As for the last one, I got news for you, the five offices of the Church still stand.  You know, that one never did make any sense at all to me.  If they needed them then, how much more do we need them today?!?!)

The fact of the matter is that if we serve Christ, we serve a living G-d that takes great pleasure in fellowshipping one on one with each of us individually and personally: again, tête-à-tête (face to face[3]).

If He can not interrupt our lives, Church services, anything that He is involved in, is He truly Lord of it?

Is there any part of you that He can not interrupt?  And would you hear Him if He did?


[1]  Joh 10:4-5 KJV

(4) And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
(5) And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

John 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 

[2] Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Greek Dictionary entry 2842 via e-sword.com

[3] http://www.microsofttranslator.com/officetrans/httpquery.aspx?lcidFrom=1036&lcidTo=1033&lcidUI=1033

[4]  Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Greek Dictionary entry 3811 via e-sword.com

[5] Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Greek Dictionary entries 3146 and 3148 via e-sword.com

[6] Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Greek Dictionary entry 71 via e-sword.com

[7] John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:

[8] Luk 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

[9] Act 19:1-6 KJV
(1) And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples (already believers!!!!),
(2) He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed (again, already believers!!!!)? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
(3) And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
(4) Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
(5) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
(6) And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Biblical as it is, and this is how it should be done, and it does happen, how often do you see it?  We must get back to the ways in the Bible and stop this denominational beliefs nonsense.

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