Jer. 17: 9 - The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Over the past two weeks, the Lord revealed several issues of heart. Very uncomfortable but believed for sharing as the Holy Spirit deems fit. The issue addressed here has been written on more than once but still pondering … miraculous healing. God still performs this today.
Questions posed to my heart, cut to the quick. 'Over the decades, when you prayed for healing how often did you say it was sought for My glory? Did you pray, Father please heal this area but mostly Lord, Your will be done and glory come on heaven and earth?'
Quickly, thinking of prayers of salvation where the only motive is to avoid eternity in the lake of fire. The Spirit addressed. The motive of this prayer may only be spiritual preservation but always brings glory to God. It acknowledges Christ as the only hope and Way to the Father. His sacrifice the ultimate price paid. By and for God restoring man to Himself, bringing glory to The Father!
The spotlight shown for a specific purpose; what is the motive behind any prayer offered to God? Healing most easily focused on, I and many people go to healing services and offer prayers not for God to be glorified. Only for much, much, more comfort.
Oh yes, glory and praise God. This becomes secondary, how utterly selfish! Coming to God only for what can be gotten and stomach filled, then on the merry way. Until a new need for something to be changed or fixed. Lord, I really do not like it. Please do a miracle!
Matt. 16:4 - "A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah."
A cure was presented writing about the Father teaching us how to pray. But getting really honest; how often do we lay desire before the Throne really meaning, 'your will not mine?' Oh, the ache of heart to think days remaining are filled with predicament unbearable! Yet, He is faithful to provide the way of escape. Christ came for this very purpose. He knows what we need before we ask.
We being evil know how to give good gifts, how much more will He provide the Holy Spirit to those who ask? Plead the desire and be completely honest. If I cannot say, 'Father Your will not mine.' Tell Him, God already knows. The only one fooled by the deceit is self. Ask Him to make heart clean and reveal true motives. No matter how it stings. God will anoint after correction, a healing balm in the Spirit. The Lord is so much more concerned, yes greatly concerned over our spiritual well-being than physical.
Like parents longing for children with hearts and characters of gold, versus indulging their every whimsical desire. God reminded me of time decades ago, where forgiveness was required. I prayed to forgive but knew it was not present. God spoke to heart and said, 'you must pray to be willing to be made willing first.'
Then the clay will no longer say to the Potter, 'why have you made me such?' Or risk God answering a selfish prayer, pleased peace and truth rest our remaining days. All while sacrificing people closest and next generation to captivity. (2 Kings 20 - Hezekiah)
Oh Lord, though in this life may never see the thing most temporally desired. Please make my heart like Joni Eareckson Tada's. She says, "I would rather be in this wheelchair and know Him, than not be in this wheelchair and not know Him." (49 years)
Heavenly Father, make me willing to be made willing. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Eph. 1:18 - 20, 23 - I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you … and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead … the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
Matt Maher - A Future Not My Own
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Excellent spoken from the heart
Reading your blog caused me to recall a night nearly 10 years ago, when I sat in my vehicle and cried inconsolably, The Spirit of God was upon me heavily, pressing down on me and all I could do was cry. Something was happening but I didn't know what. Finally, I gasped out that I would trust God no matter what and I felt a lifting, like a fierce battle had just been won. Still I had no idea what had just happened or why. I only knew there was a deep peace within me. All was well.
I was to remember that night when several weeks later I learned I had cancer and I would remember it throughout treatment.
Here's the deal. Talk is cheap. It is easy to say we have faith when we do not face any sort of adversity. It is simple to say we will not only run but finish the race when we are not hot and sweaty with screaming muscles and lungs that are painfully struggling to breathe. It is another thing to prove it by staying on course even when you cannot take another step and painfully getting up no matter how many times you stagger and fall.
I have watched you do that time and time again, my friend. Why? Because regardless of what you face, you have faith in God... no matter what!