For whatever His reasons, God has chosen to NOT bless me in this life with fame, fortune or good health. According to many, that means I am:
A horrible excuse for a Christian who does not love God or Jesus enough to claim the promises every believer is supposed to have all the time.
I have committed sins far greater than those of Judas or Saul in the Old Testament or even Adam, for everyone knows that the consequence of sin is poverty, sickness and public humiliation.
I strayed off the path God wanted me on, for if I were walking down His path I would be prosperous, in perfect health and have gobs of friends.
Personally, I find all who level such charges at Christians such as myself as offensive, immature and downright scandalous. I was watching some fired up preacher on television earlier yelling at the audience to get up and shake their fists at God and demand He bless them with financial prosperity and perfect health. I wanted to throw a Bible at the television.
I know I have written on this topic before, but I feel the need to write again. This entire notion of being able to "name it and claim it" or whatever some call it really bugs me. I just don't understand how and why God would set things up to where He expects, yea demands His children march up to Him and scream at Him to bless them. I mean really, what are these angry kids going to do if God refuses? Are they going to kick Him or bite Him or have Him arrested for child abuse?
I have, in my life, stood in the gap and "claimed" the promises of God countless times. I have taken people's needs to the Father's throne and asked Him to take care of them. I have demanded the devil let loose of someone's life. I have boldly marched hand in hand with another believer to throne of God-not to demand He bless us, but rather to fall in humble adoration and beseech His mercy and grace be shown in a situation.
I have, many times in my life, stood with my hands on the shoulders of another believer praying for their deliverance, healing or restoration. I have proclaimed with all boldness for demons to flee, for bones to be mended, for headaches to be gone and for diseases to be healed. In all such cases I have boldly utilized my power of attorney to pray IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. By using His name (blood), I have the God-given right to rebuke devils, minister healing and ask for God to deliver a person from whatever bondage they are in.
Yes, I have the authority as a son of God to do these things, but I do not have the right to demand that God do anything except HIS WILL. Who do we think we are to tell God what to do and not do? We can stand on His Word and claim His promises; but we do not have any special rights or privileges to barge into His throne room and stroll up to Him and place our personal demands on His lap. We are not a union down here with a long list of demands or else we are going on strike.
I believe the reason God saw fit to use me as He has is to show people how He blesses and provides for His children. As you know, I just went through ten days of torment as I endured three stents being placed and watched my INR go from 1 to 2 so as to be thin. Why did God not just heal me two weeks ago? Why did He make me go through what I went through to receive my healing? Why didn't He just wave His hand and heal my heart?
God certainly has the power to do these things, but they were not His will in my situation. God wanted the community not only here, but scattered throughout the world to come together in prayer and faith to see my healing take place. In this light, I have nothing but praise for my God that He would allow me to be so used as to help others see the power in unified prayer.
I have heard through the grapevine I was quite a celebrity back on February 11th. I have heard that more prayers were offered from this site for one person than ever before, possibly. If these rumors are in any way true, then the answer for why God did not instantly heal me weeks ago becomes plain. He needed a servant to be willing to go through what was needed for others to grow and become stronger. That is what a servant is supposed to do.
I have known, supported for a season and since rejected many ministries who cannot get this thing straight. I have had to part company with great teachers and people with deliverance ministries because they are greedy and in it for the money and prestige. A servant's role is to serve and this is the last great teaching Jesus gave His men-that the leader is to be the servant. A servant of the Lord is not one who stands up and yells at His Master to rain down financial prosperity and physical health on him and everyone else. A true servant ministers and seeks to provide help, encouragement and peace to God's people.
See, I don't believe the reason God has not seen fit to make me rich, healthy and popular is that He hates me or that I have done something wrong. To the contrary, I believe it is because I have totally given my heart and soul to Him to do with as He sees fit. If His will is that I suffer so others are edified, than I am blessed to serve. If His will is that I be poor in order to prove one doesn't need material things to be blessed, than I am blessed to so serve.
All I want is to be doing His will and serving His people. For those who feel every Christian must be rich and healthy and popular or else they are locked in sin and/or in the grip of demons, perhaps anyone feeling this way needs to look at themselves in the mirror. Those who level charges of demon possession and horrific sin as the cause of physical or financial woes need a dose of humility to understand how and what God really wants for His children-and that is that they love Him and devote their lives to serving Him instead of themselves.
Thank you! I believe we need to be like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who said: [quote]"O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. [b][i] But even if he does not,[/b][/i] we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up." Daniel 3:16-18 (NIV) [/quote]
May we always be found faithful to God on whatever path He places us on.
Amen brother B2Y . . . keep preaching.
Blessings from NC