THE LAST WORD: Have you ever been caught in a spiritual stalemate? - TopicsExpress



          

THE LAST WORD: Have you ever been caught in a spiritual stalemate? Trapped in a problem that seemed impossible to solve? You pray, fast and shout the Name of Jesus a hundred times but it doesn’t get you anywhere at all. Let me tell you from experience, when that happens, it’s time to ask yourself a crucial question. It’s one you should have asked before you got into the situation—and it’s the only question that will get you out. “What does the Word of God have to say about this?” Jesus called Himself the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last (Revelation 1:11). His Word carries absolute and final authority in every area and on every topic. I don’t know why Christian people allow themselves to slip into a habit of praying about things without paying any attention to what the Bible has to say about them, but they do. I’ve seen corporate executives get into business situations, for example, that the Bible says distinctly not to get into and pray and pray for God to bless them. Then they just can’t understand how that deal got so fouled up when they spent so much time praying over it. The problem is, the whole foundation of the thing was wrong. They didn’t get that deal grounded on the Word of God in the beginning. They built it on something else. Many times even our prayers themselves go crosswise to the Word. Have you ever heard anyone say, “Oh God, be with us tonight in this meeting”? Why should anyone be praying that? Didn’t Jesus say He’d never leave us nor forsake us? Didn’t He say that wherever two or hree were gathered together in His Name, He was right there in the middle of them? If we want to pray powerful prayers—prayers that are heard in heaven and shake the earth—we must start with the Word of God. I’m going to say it again. If we’d learn to start our prayers, our fasting and everything else on the Word, we’d begin seeing results! Let me make a suggestion that’ll change your life: Start whatever you’re doing on the Word of God instead of messing it up and having to go back and put it on the Word. Make God’s Word the Alpha word for you. Begin everything with it. “I’d like to do that, Brother but my schedule just doesn’t permit me to spend that kind of time in the Word.” Then how do you plan to succeed in what you’re doing? If you don’t have time to pray over it the first time around, how are you ever going to have time to pray over it when it has become a big mess? There’s a word in the Bible you see all the time. You can find it in Colossians. It’s the word “continue.” It smacks of discipline. Continue in the faith. Continue in the Word. Continue in prayer. Be constant in season and out. That’s Bible talk. There’s a revelation of God that comes from consistency that the inconsistent person will never see, and that revelation will bring you the kind of success you’ve always dreamed of. Let me illustrate what I mean. Say, for example, there are two men, both building a house. You ask one what he’s doing and he says, “I’m building a house.” You ask the other and he says, “I’m serving God.” Now when the guy who’s just building a house gets in trouble (and he’ll get into trouble with almost every house he builds), he’ll run to God. But the other guy who’s serving God by building this house won’t have to go through that trouble. That’s because he talks to God about everything as he goes along. He hardly even hammers a nail without talking it over with God. If it’s necessary, God may wake that brother up in the middle of the night and say, Listen, you have that foundation started wrong. You need to go back and change it. Now why wouldn’t God do that same thing for the first guy? He loves them both, so why would He help only one? Because the other guy wouldn’t wake up in the night. He couldn’t hear God’s voice. He wasn’t in the habit of listening. If you’re not walking in the Word consistently, you won’t hear God. The reason is simple. Have you ever called someone on the telephone and they didn’t recognize your voice? Why didn’t they? They hadn’t heard it enough. If you don’t “continue,” as the Bible says, in your communications with God, that’s what will happen when He tries to speak to you. You won’t recognize His voice. So start bringing Him in at the beginning. Make His Word the Alpha word, the place you begin. There are thousands of promises in the Bible and they all belong to you. Find out what they say. Don’t just sit there and tell me you don’t know which promise covers your situation. Get in there and find out, just like the rest of us! There was a time in everyone’s life when they didn’t know what was in the Book. Dig in and get started! INTIMATE ONE DAILY DEVOTIONAL 2ND OCTOBER,2013.
Posted on: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 04:07:20 +0000

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