Deut 5:32Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 33Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.
Joshua 1:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
Old Testament? Yes. Has this ^^ changed? NO:
John 14:23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my word, and my Father will love
him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him.
Deuteronomy 30:20 And if you love and obey the LORD, you will live long in the land the LORD
swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Love and obedience are directly linked....^^^^.
What do we humans want? We all want to maximize pleasure and minimize pain, that is how we are wired. Who actually enjoys pain and suffering? Nobody in their right mind. So, back to what was written above. What has the Lord God told us? Do what He told us to do so things will go well with us. Obey. Do not let anything that offends the Spirit reside within us
the day of redemption.
Yes, we all have problems and tribulations throughout our lives:
John 16:33 I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!"
We have problems, we have tribulations but in Him we overcome them all:
Psalm 34:6This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
7The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
8O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
9O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
We have problems, we have tribulations and some of these last for years but then what? Then we are delivered from them all, we are saved out of them. The Lord tests all of us with time. How long are we willing to wait for His deliverance? Will we remain faithful while we wait? These two questions have everything riding on them. Too many give up too soon. What has the Lord said?
Ecclesiastes 7:8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than
Why is the end better than the beginning? Because in the end we get our answers, after we have been tested by time. At the end we get our answer, at the end we get our deliverance, at the end we get our testimony. At the end when we have been tested by time, not before. Each and every situation has a different time associated with it. Sometimes we get our answers right now, sometimes in hours, days, weeks or yes sometimes years but we get our answers.
The Lord God has said this and He cannot lie:
Matt 7:7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Last time I checked, every one means every one, no exceptions. So what is the caveat? The will of God and time. We ask and receive according to 1. His will and 2. Time
1 John 5:14 . This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we
ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
It has been this servants experience that our Lord's answer come in 3 flavors: 1. yes, 2. no 3. yes, but wait. We have to know our Master's voice. People will ask, "how do I know if I should keep praying, believing for something? Am I wasting my time if the answer is no and I do not know it?" It has been this servants experience that when the answer is no, the Lord knows how to get that across to us in no uncertain terms. In the past when the answer was no and I was slow to "get it" He (it felt like) turned my guts inside out is the only way I can explain how it felt. Bottom line, my inner man (hearing from the Lord) was shouting NO. So in this servants experience the Lord knows how to communicate no to us. What about yes and yes but wait? If we did not get a no, it is likely one of these two answers, keep praying, keep believing and do not give up.
This is where our daily communion with our Lord comes in, our peace in His presence tell us volumes about what we are praying for. If we have peace in our inner man while we are in His presence praying about something then we need to keep on praying, keep on believing, continue in patience and faith and watch what happens. In the end, after we have waited and suffered in patience enough we will have our answer. We do not suffer without reason
Romans 5:3Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
This nobody who writes to you today does not write with empty words. The Lord first had me experience this waiting in faith and patience with suffering to give me a testimony to share with you. The waiting in faith and patience has produced MIRACLES, yes miracles. The waiting in faith and patience has produced answers to prayers. This is my testimony given to me by the Lord God to share with you.
Every Word that our Lord has written can be trusted. This is what the Lord said:
Matt 7:7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8For every one that asketh receiveth
And my testimony to you is this ^^ can be trusted. Yes, we will suffer while we wait, but we will have our answers. The Lord said it, the Lord meant it.
How do we sum all this up?
Love, obey. Then, ask, seek, knock and you will have your answers.
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.