Thursday – September 8, 2016
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ from Eastern Gate Ministries International; and The Three Minute Word publication. This ministry strives to demonstrate not only the Word of God but the power and the goodness of our God for the glory of God. Today I want to take a little time and discuss a false idea with deep roots in the Church. This demonic perversion is that we cannot know the mind of God or the ways of God, they are just way above us, and they are unsearchable by men. This idea is not Scriptural but a deception of Satan bringing about a tradition of men that keeps the Power of God out of the Church, out of the lives of individual believers. It keeps people at the believer level never actually becoming a Christian. A believer is born again but making no progress toward being like Christ either by deception or choice. A believer who is a Christian is a person striving to be more and more like Jesus Christ every day. This demonic perversion that we cannot know the thoughts, the ways of God keeps people at the born again (believer level) and prevents people from being a Christian (Christ like). To recap, a Christian is one who is striving to be like Christ or is like Christ. A born again person is one who is saved and on their way to Heaven but making no effort to be like Jesus and really does not even believe that is possible. The fire insurance crowd. Our text from Ephesians tells us that God has been and is clear about His will and it is abundant and overflowing for all of His children to see and understand yet we hear all the time, “I don’t know what the will of God is for me”. Have you read the Bible from the viewpoint that it is God talking to you and not just a series of more or less interesting stories?
Ephesians 1:9 (KJV)
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
The mysteries of God are only a mystery to the devil and his bunch (demons and unsaved persons), the hidden things of God (mysteries) are not to be hidden from us except by our own laziness or faulty teaching. God opened these mysteries to the Apostle Paul and He has them wide open to you and me if we will but seek them out following the guidance of His Holy Spirit. God is no respecter of persons.
1 Corinthians 2:7-10 (KJV)
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For whatever reason people love to quote verse nine in the preceding passage but are blind to verse ten and apparently verse sixteen in the passage below. God has revealed these mysteries to us, they are right before us.
1 Corinthians 2:12-16 (KJV)
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Look at and contemplate verse ten above. God has already revealed His mysteries to us by the Holy Spirit, which is why the filling of the Holy Spirit in our lives is paramount, essential. The Spirit of God searches all things, even the things that even God thinks are deep. We are the children of the Most High God and He wants nothing hidden from us especially the sons of God. Look at 1 Corinthians 2:16 asking who has known the mind of the Lord and instructed Him? We have the mind of Christ and by extension can give instructions to the Lord. I know your mind just blew up, collect the pieces and let’s get back to work.
Psalm 8:5-6 (KJV)
5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
Isaiah 45:11 (KJV)
11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
Think on these passages and let them sink in, He is not talking about commanding God willy nilly but according to the will of God the leadership of the Spirit, our mouth speaks, the works are His.
By: Dr. David Wood, Author, Bible Teacher, and Prophetic Voice