OPEN HEAVEN - OBEDIENCE
Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
I'M JUST THINKING
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress,; My God, in Him I will trust."
A familiar verse to the body of Christ and it is awesome. It lifts and magnifies our God. He is a refuge and fortress to those who will put their trust in Him and He is God over all. King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Joy of My Desire!
The verse says when we stay in the place of faith in Him, trusting in Him He covers us. As we dwell (abide, live) in His shadow He protects us and is with us. In order to be in His shadow we must keep step with Him. Go where He goes and move when He moves. Be where God says, there we are protected. There we have provision. There all is supplied as we walk with (in)Him and He in us..
Refuge: A place providing protection or shelter , A source of help, relief
Fortress: a fortified place : stronghold; especially : a large and permanent fortification sometimes including a town
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
I'M JUST THINKING
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
I get to talk to quite a few people these days by God's great grace, and the economy is one of the main subjects in the minds of people I talk to. Another is their spiritual walk with God, so many feel that they are not where they want to be and still others who are sick and need healing in some way. Usually the word "miracle" comes up in the conversation. So many people are looking, wanting, praying for a miracle! God spoke something into my spirit about miracles and it won't let me go. He is still performing miracles! God's best for us in most cases is that we who are His very own not need a miracle but are living in the overflow. Be the head, not the tail, the lender not the borrower. However, when we need a miracle, one of the ingredients of a miracle that we dont like to talk too much about is that word "obedience." Obedience is most often connected to miracle.
Passage Philippians 2:8-9:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name
Our Father gave Jesus an instruction and His obedience led to the miracle of many sons coming to glory!
Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
Naaman wanted healing, but he first had to "obey" No obedience, no miracle. Interesting also here is said that he didn't want to dip in the water. If Naaman had been given a grand instruction, he probably would have gladly and quickly obeyed. Sometimes the instruction makes no sense. I think, most of the time, it makes no sense to the analytical mind. I speak this to me also, even writing this, I was instructed to write it days ago.
Now we all know of the widow who was told to go collect vessels to receive finances to pay off her debt and of the woman who was fed and her child because she obeyed the Prophet of God and fed him first even though, it seemed she was giving her last food to him and her son would perish. All of these lead to the nugget - if we want a miracle, we need to listen to God and obey. Sometimes we miss our miracle because it didn't come from even the "person" we wanted it to. God has already given you everything you need. His Holy Spirit dwells within, He speaks and He also confirms. He won't lead you wrong.
So now, I'm just thinking....
In the garden of Eden God told Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but of every other tree he could eat.. Of course we know, he ate from that tree and I am not bashing him, but I am thinking, Adam was given an instruction. Had he heeded the instruction, would it not have led to a miracle? The world would have kept its state. The curse causeless shall not come. AND what if he chose the tree of LIFE. Now that would have been a miracle! No death.
Yes, I know the last paragraph is not confirmed in the minds of many biblically, but I am just thinking.
"The body of Christ has no big I's and Little you's. every part is critical to the finish."