23 Dec 2013 by Rev Dr Jai Kumar-
The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
How often have we DISCOVERED that our goals and core values do not coincide or do not match to God's will and purpose for your life? The reason why this is so, is because we never waited on the Lord to direct us when we first formed these values in our ministry and life. We were so quick and full of anxiety that we forgot that it's God's business that we are meddling with rather than our own!
…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
There are clear teachings in the Bible as to how to go about God's business according to the principles laid down in his WORD. But unfortunately, we have compromised the standards of God and we choose to do God's business our way.
There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
THE ENEMY FINDS YOU WHEN YOU ARE OUT OF ORDER
The power of the enemy is to drag us away and take us captive if our hearts are not under the control of the Holy Spirit. No matter how many years you are in ministry! No matter how many years you are a believer. No matter how important you may be, it doesn't matter, you can still be "shipwrecked" if your heart is not connecting to Gods voice. The moment you become out of alignment with God's ways the enemy steps in to take control.
1 Peter 5:8
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
WHEN GOD LEADS, GOD SUSTAINS
When you are in the centre of God's will and God's purpose, you bet Heaven will back you up. It’s sad to see people struggling to succeed in something God never called them to do.
Proverbs 16:21 (Amp)
Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand
Perhaps your human talent and gifts can carry you to a certain height! Or to a certain level of success but unfortunately your character would not be able to sustain you throughout. In God's business you need the supernatural anointing more than anything else in order to function.
You know what? Until you can be true to yourself and God about what God wants you to do, I am afraid your life and ministry will be merely self-serving without any eternal value at all.
PRESUMPTION PRODUCES SELF-DECEPTION
So often we have been deceived into thinking that what we are doing is right and in line with what God has set for us to do. We don't seek God's guidance and direction. We simply assume that God will bless us because we are into God's business. 'Presumption often leads to deception.' I think this is the greatest deception that the devil has brought about and crippled many people in the body of Christ today.
So much so that many of us are suffering from "spiritual vertigo" that we have literally lost every sense of balance and direction. We close our minds and become concretized in our mentality. We live in a world that is self-created in our thinking (Prov.23:7). You know what? Good works are dead works that God never called you to undertake. You see, religiosity can be manufactured but unfortunately there is no life in it.
WE NEED A TEACHABLE SPIRIT FOR GOD TO WORK IN US
David said:"teach me Your way…..that I may walk and live in Your truth." (Ps 86:11) This is what I call humility! This is a teachable spirit! This is a childlike spirit! This is reality!
You know what's the problem with many of us today? We have become so arrogant and proud and we go around projecting an image that "I know everything". "I understand God". "I can steer my boat on my own". Pastors seem to have answers for all that's happening to you and thus they behave like gods.
NO! You don't know nothing! You don't even have a drop in the ocean of what God is all about! Come on! Get serious! We don't have answers to many things that we encounter in our lives. You know what? "When pretence replaces reality, we are heading for trouble!"
Oswald Chambers said:"Pride in essence aims at enthroning self at the expense of God." Pride is the only disease known to man that makes everybody sick, except the person who has it!
David cried out for God's ways! His righteousness! His truth! David knew if ever he wanted to walk in God's direction and purpose he needed to seek the attributes of God in his life. Day and Night he mediated on God's word to hear from him clearly. He knew in order to sustain himself he needed Heaven to back him up and if ever Heaven is going to back him up he needed to be TRUTHFUL.. and real!
You know what? The greatest tragedy in life is growing old and knowing that somewhere along the way, you LOST YOURSELF and never succeeded into becoming who God called you to be! Does this speak to somebody today? Get real! Time is running out!
Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is the founder and pastor of Full Gospel Outreach Ministry KL. He is also a member of ECCM, spiritual overseer for Full Gospel Christian Church KL, co-founder of the Kingdom Christian Fellowship Subang Jaya, and also the author of a book entitled, 'God's Time Clock.'
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