God's answers are bigger than your questions. God's power is bigger than your need. God's grace is bigger than your weakness. God's love is bigger than your loneliness.
God can fill any void in your life with plenty of Him leftover. You do not have to live as the man against the wall, controlled by whatever life sends your way. You can live as the man in charge, controlled only by the love of Christ.
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (Matthew 1:22–23)
God with us… words cannot express the significance. Imagine yourself as one of 10,000 employees in a factory. You have a serious accident and lose consciousness, briefly. But when you wake up the CEO of the corporation is holding you in his arms—his suit soiled with your dirt and your blood. “Unimaginable” you say. God with us… unimaginable.
What does it mean… God with us? Shortly after the incident with the cold, God began to teach me, through Scripture and through various experiences, about operating from a different position. My “duh” moment occurred when He woke me up one night and gave me an explanation of what I had been learning. He wasn't going to tell me something unique (see 2 Peter 1:20) so I verified what I heard with the Word. And I have been discussing these same Biblical principles in the previous articles of this series, so please catch up. Today I want to share what He told me, with the hope it will help you in some way.
Last night, at church, I asked the question (kind of a rambling thought in my head), “Why do we sometimes get no results until we praise Him—even when we say all the right things?” Later on, it came to me that maybe most of the time when we pray, we are in the position of asking—a position of weakness and powerlessness. Maybe when we praise Him we begin to think more like He does—a position of strength and results.
In the middle of the night I woke up, and almost immediately I heard Him say,
“Do you know why you sometimes don't get any results until you praise Me?
“Think about the phrase, ‘assume the position.’ To you, the phrase means assuming a position of vulnerability—like being against a wall with arms and legs spread apart, being at the mercy of someone with greater authority. The results you get depend on the position you are in. You can operate either from the position of the man against the wall, or from the position of the man who is in control.
“Think about what it means to operate ‘in My Name.’ How many times have you said all the right things, and had no results? How many times over the years have you spoken things in My Name that never came to pass? Remember the sinus infection you fought with this summer—you prayed in the Spirit, you praised Me, you rebuked the thing in My Name, you got loud and you got aggressive. But it wouldn't go away. Then, in desperation, you woke up Sherrel, cranked up the CD and in short order the thing disappeared.
“You thought it was the praise that broke the thing. But hadn't you praised Me earlier in Sherrel's office and the thing just got worse? You see… it wasn't the praise that broke the thing, and it wasn't that you and Sherrel were together in agreement. Those things just helped you get into a different position.
“The thing broke because you switched positions.
“This is what I want you to understand. In Deut. 28 when you read, ‘And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe [and] to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth’ you think that if you can just be good and follow the rules, then you will get the results you want.
“You have to get past that way of thinking. Doing what I ask is not what gets you the results. Doing what I ask puts you in a position to get results. You are no longer the man against the wall, but you shift your position to the man in charge—the same position I was in when I walked the earth. And when you walk the earth from the same position I was in, then you will get the same results I got.
“I walked the earth as a man—not as God. I was subject to every obstacle and weakness that you are. I know what you're dealing with. But I walked from a position of authority—and I have made it possible for you to walk in that very same position. I was subject only to that which I chose—the same is true for you. Do you know that they could not have beaten me or killed me until I stepped out of my position and assumed the position against the wall?
“Focus on your position.”
God with us… amazing!
Have a good weekend,