If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. -2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV
God is sovereign, He reigns supreme. He is the Puppet Master pulling the strings. He is Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent. In other words, He is ALL knowing, ALL Present and ALL Powerful! God is fully involved in the day to day minutia of our lives and He is IN CONTROL! God NEEDS nobody to fulfill HIS WILL, but HE does choose to use the WILLING, the FAITHFUL and those who are willing to act according to HIS INSTRUCTION, instead of their flesh! God doesn’t need anybody, but HE WILL USE anybody- ‘IF’- they will JUST SHOW THEIR FAITH, through their action! If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, (then) you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
Leader, there are many CONDITIONAL statements in the Bible; here is a great one. IF MY PEOPLE…THEN I WILL…. God is in command, and GOD is ALL KNOWING- He is also immutable- HE CAN’T CHANGE. There is NO LUCK, there is no HAPPENSTANCE- God is in control! There has never been an emergence meeting of the trinity. There is no coincidence or luck, it is called PROVIDENCE. Pastor Tony Evans in a great sermon on Esther said, “We will never see God’s providence at work in our lives and circumstances until\unless God sees us move in accordance to His will. FAITH is measured by FOOTSTEPS. We must take STEPS OF FAITH. Many of us are waiting on God, BUT God is waiting on us! “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. (James 2:18)
Conduit, the Bible is clear; It is impossible to please God without Faith! (Hebrews 11:6). The half brother of Jesus, the writer of the FIRST BOOK of the New Testament, James tells us; Faith without works is DEAD! (James 2:17) Faith is measure by what we do-by our feet. It is measured by our WALK, not our TALK. By our LIFE, not our LIPS. By our movement, not our mouth, or the moment! There are many VERBS in the Bible. Abraham had to raise the knife above ISAAC, before God could tell him how pleased He was with HIS FAITH. Daniel had to go into the LIONS DEN before God came and had a sleepover. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had to enter INTO the fiery furnace before they could WALK WITH GOD. The Priest had to STEP into the Jordan River before the waters would part. Today, ask God what He would have you do so that HE CAN MOVE in your life the way HE WANTS! STEP OUT and MEET GOD right in the middle of what He is doing in your life and the world as HE WRAPS THIS THING UP and we get ready for the GREAT meeting in the clouds for those who LOVE THE LORD! 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.