“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.” 2 Timothy 1:12-14 KJV
Hang in there! God is in control and He says it is time. This week I feel God is reminding us to trust Him.
Dear Heavenly Father – please continue to pour out your grace upon us, within us, and show it through us! Thank you for caring about the little things in our life as well as the big things. Help us cling to your plans as you make the way for us. Lead us. You alone are to be glorified! Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to the ways of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17 ESV
As we get to know God, because we have asked Him to dwell with us and in us – we hear from Him. Mostly we hear through His written word, the Bible. We can also hear through just knowing – a thought or idea or something just clicks and we understand: these are words from the Lord to us. We can also hear a voice, either in our heads or audible. When we hear from God pay close attention – The Most Holy has spoken and therefore with thanksgiving and reverence we should dwell on it, and explore it.
First, ensure it lines up and is confirmed with the word of God, in context. God doesn’t speak out of order. Second, we can ask for another confirmation – we cannot trust that our own mind or external influences will not lead us astray. God understands that it is not doubt which makes us ask, but that we long for truth and the Holy Spirit, also called the Spirit of Truth, will gladly continue the conversation through confirmations.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 ESV
A week ago on Sunday, as I worshiped in my car on my way to church, two things happened while I was at a stop light. One, I heard an audible voice say “it’s time”. The second, my transmission sprung a leak and began bleeding out all of its fluid. Are they related?
I did not realize it was MY car smoking. I saw the smoke, but the wind made me think it was coming from another car. My engine light did not come on. God got me to church safely. After church, I saw the puddle, it continued to leak, and was able to get a tow truck, the issue was just a small hole in a line, easy and inexpensive repair. Thank God it happened when and where it did or I may have driven it without fluid and destroyed the transmission. My garage was busy, but on the third day they were able to repair it. At first, yes, I began to worry – but my friend said to me: “Trust God” – and it stuck in me, and so I did.
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3 ESV
I was able to catch a ride home from Church with my dear friends and prayer partners. As we rode home I told them that I heard “it’s time”. My friend was excited and thought of all the things this means – it is time for God to move. It is time for my ministry to take off. It is time for our persistent prayers to be answered. It is time for a revival and awakening. It is time for so many things that we have been waiting on the Lord for. It is time for so many things in all of our lives!
And of course (as I always ask everyone else) I asked, ‘what is the verse that goes with the word?’
So, I prayed about it. God lead me back to the Bible studies I had done (before I began posting them here). I did a series on “time”. God kept telling me it was time. Part of those studies, along with His guidance lead me to start posting them here, online. It was time to share my studies. It was time for foundational work in my life. It was time to get serious about those prayers which would become my persistent prayers. It was time for lessons in my life and growth to happen and pruning to happen and learning to hear God and trust God and confirm what God is saying.
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13 ESV
A few days later, a preacher I follow, posted a video where he said that God told him that “Now is the time”. That comes from a verse in my old Bible studies. And I have stumbled across many other verses referencing time. I have confirmation.
So I prayed about what God is saying – I also prayed and asked if there was a connection between my car problem and the words “it’s time”. So what is the lesson in all of this? Since it was not a trial at all for me, is God using it to speak to us?
I am not very knowledgeable in cars, but I do know that the transmission should not be run without fluid or it will cost you a lot of money. Therefore I had placed a high value on my transmission without any knowledge of what it does. Then I did an internet search asking a search engine: “what is the function of the transmission in a car?” and the internet answered, telling me, it transfers engine power to the driveshaft and wheels. Great, what is a driveshaft? Another search and I learn it is the mechanical component that is powered to move the wheels – or something like that.
Let me break it down – the engine creates power and there it sits. The wheels need to move and there is this physical thing, a driveshaft, that will move them when it receive the power but the power is trapped in the engine. So the transmission is the intercessor which takes the power from the source and transfers it to the driveshaft to do the work. Wait – let me explain better…
The engine is the power – God is the power. We are the drive shaft – we are to move in power – we make the wheels spin and provide the torque. We are not wheels being propelled by power, no we have the power to move the wheels. Through the transmission of God’s power (infused with authority, grace, love, mercy) – we can receive that power. And this, very important transmission, this in-between, this intercessor, is the vital link – It’s Jesus. Transmission fluid is red like blood – it was emptied and poured out of a wound – and on the third day it was repaired.
My car reenacted the story of the cross – and at the same moment as the fluid began to drain, God said to me: “it’s time”. It is time for a fresh refilling and the power to be transferred to us! It’s time for the signs and wonders to follow those who believe!
It is time for all those things my friend began to praise God about. But moreover, it is time to be in a right relationship with God. Because it is time for the fulfillment of all that the cross means and all that it prophesied. “It is finished”. Yes. It is time to finish what was started at the cross. It is time to learn how to hear what God is saying and obey because we have work to do. It is time to not just put a high value on the transmission, but to also understand the value of God’s power transmitted to us through Christ! This transmission, Christ’s work on the cross that permits God’s power to be transferred to us, is of the highest value known to man.
“Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” John 8:47 ESV
If you do not hear God, DO NOT FRET! No, instead press in deeper, get into a real relationship with him. Do not be condemned, but rather repent from not doing it right and let God’s love and mercy guide you into a disciplined commitment to your relationship with Him. Read His love letters daily (the Bible) and pray to him daily. Do not forget to ask Him what is He trying to say to you – He will reveal it; it is time for Him to speak. It is time for the revelation of The Living God and His power transferred into us!
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