The Ways Of God
Israel, in the Old Testament, witnessed the Miraculous Works of God but did not understand His Ways. They often suffered the consequences of their unbelief, which later culminated in the rejection of Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah. Many today desire and need miracles in their lives. In the last fifteen years God has dropped a rock in the sea of humanity that is sending ripples of hope throughout the world. The Lord’s advent of the SonLife Broadcasting Network will go forth like a tsunami. The Message of the Cross is the rock that God initially dropped in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It shook the ground where it occurred, but its foundation stood strong. The dross and unbelief in the church world had to be removed. The Ways of God now had to be made known to God’s fragile Children; who lived on false expectations delivered by Satan’s messengers of deception. We know that God has a season for things to occur. A tsunami is caused by an earthquake when the Earth’s plates shift underground. The powerful wave of a tsunami is then launched and gains velocity as it travels across the ocean. Anything in the tsunami’s way, on sea or land where it strikes, is flooded over by its powerful wave.
To Everything There is A Season
The word for season found in Ecclesiastes 3:3 is rich in meaning. It is used eleven places in God’s Word and means a “set time” or “appointed time.” God works in seasons. However, no matter what the season God always answers to Faith. The cry from one of His Saints in need, or an unbeliever confessing His Name and asking for forgiveness from sins, will always receive an answer from God. The season I am referring to is how God is Moving today in the Earth by His Spirit to fulfill His Word, according to His Prophetic Time Clock. Within this current season, which I believe began with the rebirth of Israel in 1948, we are watching the reshaping of the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. Actually, the spread of Islam now permeates throughout the area known as the Old Roman Empire:
The Roman Empire in the Time of Jesus
The financial condition of America and the world can be summed up in this manner, excessive debt! War and rumors of war supply ample fear to enable the governments of free nations to gradually take away the freedom and liberties of its citizens. Citizens willingly trade their freedom for protection. The USA Patriot Act created new organizations in America that were designed to protect our borders against acts of terrorism. The Patriot Act was created by George W. Bush on October 26, 2001, in response to the Islamic terrorist attack against America. (USA PATRIOT) that stands for Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism. The “War on Terrorism” is being lost as the terrorists have succeeded in taking away the Constitutional Civil Liberties of the American people. Islam gained a massive success from the most horrible attack against the nation of America. Muslims have been exalted to strategic political positions in America and now supply advice on American homeland security(?)
The birth of the Church at Pentecost began with God’s Word being confirmed with great Signs and Wonders. Powerful anointed preaching brought conviction and pricked the hearts of listeners. Sick bodies were healed. Political and religious leaders alike couldn’t stop the power of Pentecost; the Holy Spirit Moving because of the Finished Work of the Cross. Faith rose up as Believers increased. Great persecution came but was greeted with courage and martyrdom. Christ’s Church was built on the Rock. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ was preached by Peter in his first two sermons. So great was the outcome of his first two sermons that the Bible says 8,000 people were Saved. The Faith of the people escalated, “Insomuch that they brought the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one” (Acts 5:15-16).
Does healing and seeing great Miracles persuade everyone to believe on Jesus Christ? I wish we could answer yes, but it does not. The same sun shining upon clay will harden it, but at the same time, will soften wax. To the hearts that become hardened many of them will become the ones that persecute the church. Stephen is a perfect example. The Bible says he was, “. . . full of Faith and Power, did great Wonders and Miracles among the people.” The religious leaders fabricated lies and gossip about Stephen and stirred up the people against him with their false testimony. Once delivered to the council they saw his face as one of an Angel. Stephen spoke God’s Word to them and revealed how they broke the Laws of God. And as Cain killed ”just” Abel, they killed “just” Stephen for his Testimony of truth. Instead of Repentance the religious leaders chose to justify themselves and kill the righteous witness exposing their sin. Should we expect less? Should we sanitize God’s Word so we do not offend anyone? It is the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin.
It Is Time
The October Share-a-thon was no less than miraculous. The funds that are necessary to keep the SonLife Broadcasting Network airing are raised by Faith each month. The financial goal for October 2012, seemed far off as I was driving to the studio for my shift. It was almost 4 p.m. CST. When I traversed through the two doors that lead into the TV studio I immediately began to feel the Presence of the Holy Spirit. I knew something was going on already, Spiritually speaking. Loren Larson and Sharon Cornell were reading off the first names, locations, and amounts of our donors, as we customarily do. The direction the Lord was taking us was into the realm of miracles. The emphasis though was on healing of sick bodies. A fresh Faith rose within me to believe God for healing the sick. Loren and Sharon had already been experiencing a Move of God before I arrived. The callers were responding as the Spirit of the Lord filled the air waves. The petitions for prayers to be healed flooded in. The more names and needs that were read out the more that came in. It was like the barrel of meal was not wasting. I believe the Lord began to speak to my heart that it is time again for God to Move in this season with the healing of sick bodies. I do not say this with presumption. I say this by Faith and Hope in God’s Word, and according to His Ways. Whenever God poured out His Spirit in the past the healing of sick bodies was a confirmation of his Word. We should all with great expectation believe for God to use healing of sick bodies as he has done in the past to confirm His Word. Healing is in the New Covenant. The Cross met every need for man. The Resurrection will finally deal with our human physical frailties. In the meantime, as God prepared Israel to come out of Egypt without a feeble one among them I believe God is coming back for a glorious Church, without spot or wrinkle.