One of the greatest misconceptions we have as believers is to think that God's will is express in its fulfillment. Nothing can be farther from the truth. To put it shockingly to you, God's will not always be done on the earth! And this is the focus of our discussion today as we go through one of the most difficult times in the history of mankind.
Like you, like most believers, I have this spiritual statement that I always make, "His will be done". The meaning of these words is much deeper than the words convey! In intent what this statement is really saying is, 'no matter what happens Gods will be done'. And this kind of attitude has helped produced nothing but spiritual laziness on the part of believers! We have this notion that irrespective of our spiritual disposition that what God wants to be done will always be done. However, this stand and notion do not agree with scriptures. And in the days we are in when everyone with a social media handle is a preacher of the sort it is good to check what people say through the integrity of the word of God! Anything not validated by the words of God is the opinion of the sons of men!
Many people claim ownership of the truth today, but there is only one truth in the world, that is the word. All else are facts, fabrications, statistics, opinions, ideas, reflections and information of men, none of these things can stand up to the truth of God's word! John 17:17 tells us, " Sanctify them by thy truth, thy WORD is truth".
There was someone's opinion on one of the social media handle where someone postulated that in times like this that God is thinking humanity! That at a time of global crisis like this God prioritizes humanity over his children. On this surface, this looks good and makes sense. God won't want everyone to die, yes that is the logical thinking! But the word of God will have none of this! Scripturally the time of crisis on the earth is the time Christ shows forth himself on behalf of his own. There are so many scriptures to this effect. Isaiah 60:1-3 tells us that when darkness covers the earth and gross darkness 'the people'. That is the word God uses, 'the people' because anyone who hasn't called him father is not 'his people'. God is the creator of all but not the father of all! So the scripture says in the darkest hour GOD WILL ARISE OVER HIS PEOPLE NOT THE PEOPLE! Celebrate this truth, let it rule your mind, in the hour of temptation and gross darkness you are GOD'S PRIORITY!
Revelation 3:10 also tells us that God will hide us when the world is been tried!
The time of trial and temptation upon the world is a time of triumph and distinction for God's people! Malachi has some words for us in this respect:
"Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not" Malachi 3:16-18 KJV
God says he will make a distinction between those that serve him and those that didn't. He has never minced his words about distinguishing the ELECT. This time God will mark you apart from the evil in the world. There is no humanism in the Bible, God is an exclusive God he watches out for his own. It is our own responsibility to show the love of God to the rest of the world, but God's natural disposition is to show his love primarily to his CHILDREN. He has made his love available to the world by giving his only begotten son. John 3:16 is a popular scripture but let's read this again
"For God so loved the WORLD, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"
Jesus was God's gift of love to humanity! You can only access all other things that God has in store for you when you accept this precious gift. This is why in Romans 8:32 the Bible tells us, "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?"
With Christ, we have access to all of God's best without him we are nothing to God, mere creation and not his children! "How shall he not with HIM also freely give us all things". Those who freely receive all gifts from the father are those who first receive the first gift from the father, and that is his son JESUS CHRIST!
It is good that we understand this even though that was a digression from the original thought where we started, God's will not always be done! But if you look at it from a deeper perspective my thoughts have not been literally off tangent. In a period like this God's will is for us to be distinguished, to mark out from others, that is his will for us at this crucial point in time, but that will is not automatic!
If you read in that Malachi 3:16-18 before God arose and said he will distinguish his own, first it was the believers who gathered in verse 16 in prayers, or meditation or scriptural deliberation, and they talked among themselves "didn't God says he will distinguish those who fear him, why are we then suffering the same fate as that of the world?". And then God heard them and moved into action! This is the spiritual engagement that brings all of God's promises to pass! Where there is spiritual passivity all of God's promises to us pass us by without looking back!
On the altar of spiritual passivity, all of God's promises remain inactivated and the people of God remain in captivity.
How is God's will done on the earth? Jesus gave us an answer in the book of Matthew!
"After this manner, therefore, pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" Matthew 6:9-10 KJV
If God's will must be done on earth then the Saints must do their part on the earth by praying!
Another scripture in Matthew.
"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock, I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven"
Matthew 16:18-19 KJV
Put this scripture in another way it means whatever we permit on earth shall be permitted and vice versa. But someone is complaining here that these were the words of Jesus to Peter! But hey before this verse from the first day that God created man he gave that dominion to us in Genesis 1:26! Another scripture in Psalms 115:16 tells us,
"The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men"
God has given us the earth, so whatever happens on earth is as we give spiritual permission and license to. God's will can only be enforced in our lives through the exercise of our spiritual authority in the place of prayer!
There is nothing that God will's for us that will not be contested by the devil. It was God's will that Jesus should die on the cross of Calvary for the sin of humanity! Jesus was a willing sacrifice too, but somewhere either by the antagonism of the flesh or of the devil, he was not willing to go on!
"And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground" Luke 22:41-44 KJV
He prayed and his sweat was like the gushing of blood, on his knees, Jesus was travailing for the will of God to be done! Though it was the will of God yet the will of God will not always be done without the spiritual cooperation of man and so the master prayed. If he prayed for God's will to be done then we need it much more!
Jeremiah the prophet wrote in some of his prophecies how Israel will be in captivity for 70 years and then will be released. Daniel understood this prophetic agenda from scriptures but he didn't just fold his hands and said, "God's will will always be done". No! Daniel set a prayer posture and begin to intercede, calling for the fulfillment of God's word! And exactly when it was seventy years God set his people free!
"Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem". Ezra 1:1, 3 KJV
Daniel practically followed Paul's injunction to Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:18,
"This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare" 1 Timothy 1:18 KJV.
The warfare of the Spirit is what gives express permission for God's will to be done on the earth, absent of this spiritual responsibility, all of God's promises remain just what they are, promises!
In the past week, there has been debate in the body of Christ of matters that relates to the end of things, the end of times, as spelled out in scripture, specifically the debate narrows down to whether it was time for the antichrist to manifest or not. There are those who think the saints will be part of the GREAT TRIBULATION that was talked about in scriptures and there are others who believe according to scriptures that the church will be a rapture before the great tribulation began! I am of the latter thoughts that the church will not be here to witness the great tribulations and hopefully, in another series, I will be able to address that. However, what we cannot argue about is that the devil always tries to push his luck and like to be a step ahead of God! It is not the time for the antichrist but John the apostle offers us some insight that we can use now.
"Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time" 1 John 2:18 KJV
Here what John said here, read that scripture again! Even as far back as the time of John, the church was already on the lookout for the end of times and the antichrist! So there is nothing wrong if every turn of events in the world makes the church to say it is the end of times, the antichrist is coming! It shows the church is looking out for the coming of the Lord. Anyone who feels disturbed by this fact that the church is always looking out for the end of times has to be checked if such a believer has their heart on God! Their preparedness and worthiness for the rapture and heaven need to be checked. The church as far back as during the time of John was already screaming end-time things, why not we?
Anyway, this scripture shows that the antichrist is not yet here, but that certainly there are manifestations of the antichrist already in operation. And much more during our days where technological advancement has made it so easy for the antichrist to have a one-world government, one-world currency, one world religion, one world economy, then the church should be much more wearied of the times we are in! This is not a conspiracy theory, this is scriptural, and it is high time the church dwells on the full gospel of Christ and we understand the times that we are in.
This is why Jesus said we should watch and pray, a matter of fact when Jesus used this statement it was in relation to the end of times! We should watch and pray! God's will is that the church will not see the tribulation in the world but Satan long to kill Jesus even before his time to be killed has come and that's why presently in the world satan is pushing many satanic agendas, it is the responsibility of the church to stay prayerful at this time and enforce and ensure that it is only God's will that is done on the earth!
We can't just fold our hands and say "this is just a virus, it happened in 1918 and went away and so this time too, it will go away" No! We can't just maintain such passivity, we must push back the hands of darkness over our land, we must rise up and pray! We must disrupt Satan's agenda and lit the world with the light of the Lord. Even the pandemic in 1918 didn't just go away because the church folded its hands and say God's will be done! No, they pray for the nations of the earth, prayed for the sick, prayed for the church and enforce the light of God! For right after the pandemic was over, a great revival and awakening spread through the nations of the earth!
This is what we must do at this time! We cannot be asleep! If you can't see the satanic agenda that is been played out now then you are spiritually dull and without eyes into what is happening in the spiritual. I pray that the church will awake from its sleep and put on her strength and fight this satanic onslaught against the nations of the earth. Stay watchful, stay prayerful, for God's will not always be done until the church spiritually engages in spiritual warfare to enforce God's will on the earth.
"Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean"
Isaiah 52:1 KJV
When you praise, when you praise
There should be a fire in your heart
Hands up raised, when you praise
Consuming every part because you know
The GOD we serve will make
His presence known, when you praise
When you praise
When we think of how wonderful
And merciful and kind
Our GOD has been to us
Then we know every glory hallelujah
He deserves, when we praise
Praise will bind, confuse
And break the enemy
And cause his hands to be still
So we raise our hands in total victory
We know we triumph in his will
CALL TO INTERCESSION : Lord help your church to stay watchful and prayerful through this times and raise the banner of your power and love over the earth.