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Introduction – Wisdom: The Principal Thing

Pastor Carl speaks to the foundational precepts of wisdom and how it can be applied in modern life.

 

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Trusting God and being patient for His best

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Do you trust God to deliver in the areas you have need? He most certainly is to be trusted! Sometimes circumstances make it seem like He didn’t come through on His promises (in your timing) or you were surprised by the way He answered. In this article, we will take a deep dive into trusting God without fear and believing for God’s best when we pray.

 

Managing Expectations

As a loving Father, He always has the son or daughter’s best interests at heart. The trouble is when we apply Mark 11:24 in our lives, sometimes we have ideas of how the answer to our prayer should come about. False expectations can result in wounding from the disappointment of not seeing your specific prayer come to pass fast enough or the way in which you expected. In this context, we must always approach God with a contrite heart in the practice of petition, expecting God’s best for us in any given situation and trusting He has our best interests covered.

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“But I really want that house!”

A recent, classic example of this was when my wife and I believed the Lord for a house. We had saved enough for a down payment, our application was made and I had set my heart on a specific house I saw. I really believed God was going to let me have it. Well, the bottom line is this; the house I really wanted didn’t end up happening. I was set on the idea of the Lord giving us this house and I knew He was able to; I didn’t doubt it for one minute. I found myself most disappointed when the news broke about the house going to another couple. After getting quiet before the Lord, I remonstrated and made it clear I wasn’t a happy camper about this disappointing news. After some time, He spoke to me and asked, “What was wrong with that house?” I answered there was nothing wrong with it. (I wanted to move our stuff in it right away!) Again, he asked, “What’s wrong with that house?” After some time, He made it clear to me that there was plenty wrong with the house as it was not my heart’s desire (based on what I’d prayed for in the past.)

I was selling myself short when I compared this house to the list of my heart’s desire, and there were several items missing off the list! To cut a long story short, I came to my senses and let it go knowing that God had a better plan. The point is that we can compromise God’s perfect choice for us by settling for what is ‘good.’ Someone once said that “Good is the enemy of best,” and that is very valuable insight. We have to be patient AND trust God in order for his perfect choice to manifest. That, my friends, is the difficult part as we can get antsy in the waiting period prior to the manifestation of what we’ve prayed for. The scripture clearly states that it was through “faith and patience” that Abraham inherited the promise, not through faith alone (Hebrews 6:12-13).

Only three weeks later, the Lord opened up an opportunity to purchase an incredible home that fulfilled literally every desire of our hearts (and then some). We had distinct favor in the purchasing process with the seller, lender and so on. God made it clear that this was His perfect choice for us and His choice far surpassed the house I was originally hung up on. I have total peace today as I write this article in the home that God prepared for us! He is such an awesome, majestic, kind and wonderful God! He knows what’s best for us even when we don’t. Remember, the Father always has our best interests at heart and knows His children intimately.

 

The Choice between the Good, Acceptable and Perfect Will

The Bible talks of the good, acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2). We should always want God’s perfect will for our lives in every area as He knows what’s best for us! The right kind of prayer is to allow Him to do His perfect will in every area of our life where a decision is needed. Sometimes we proceed presumptively and settle for His acceptable will but we should not be hasty and always seek Him (and wait) for His best. The key is not being frustrated as God’s perfect will involves what’s best for all involved from His perspective, not just from yours.

 

Seven Steps to Petitioning God
  1. Trust in the Father’s goodness knowing He will provide for you (Romans 12:3, Philippians 4:19, James 1:17).
  2. Meditate on the scriptures that pertain specifically to what you’re believing for and have scriptures to back it up (Romans 10:17, Jeremiah 29:11, Joshua 1:8).
  3. Build up your faith in your area of need (Hebrews 11:6, Jude 1:20).
  4. Check your heart for sin issues or condemnation (1st John 1:9), and make sure you are confident when you pray (1st John 5:14-16).
  5. Come boldly to the throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16).
  6. Expect to receive your answer when you pray (Mark 11:24) not in the sweet by and by.
  7. Continually thank the Father for what He has already granted you until you see the manifestation (Hebrews 11:1, Philippians 4:6).

Let’s say you have a need for a motor vehicle, and you want a specific vehicle, color, speed, and engine. That is what you’ve set your heart on; can God provide for this? Certainly He can. The best way to pray however is like this:

Lord, you know I have a need for a motor vehicle, and you know my heart better than anyone. This is the kind of vehicle I would like (description)….but I want your perfect choice for me. Your word says that you will meet my needs in Philippians 4:19, so right now I believe I receive your perfect will for a vehicle, in Jesus name and I will continue to thank you until the day it manifests, amen.

 

Confidence is Key

When you pray this way, you can be confident that God’s perfect choice for you will be manifest in His timing and His way. The how and the when is up to Him, not you. He knows deep down what you really like and your personal taste. You might be praying for one specific thing, but God has something better lined up and when you pray His perfect will, you keep the door open for Him to move in a way that surpasses even your highest expectations. In conjunction with this, I would ask you to read my article entitled, “Praying Outside of God’s Promises“ which covers the many facets of prayer and why we sometimes fail to receive.

It’s time to be real; we are not practicing some esoteric faith understood by a select few but an exoteric one. We are in the real world, with real problems and real issues which is why it’s paramount that we know how to pray for God’s best, being confident that we receive and having the patience to see it manifest. I am excited to hear of your testimonies in the coming months concerning God’s perfect choice in prayer for you!

 

Pastor-Carl Senior Pastor Carl Joseph desires to see God move in power in the downtown Denver area. He is joined in the ministry by his wife, Amy. In his spare time, he rides his motorcycle and plays golf.

 

“What Can Prevent Us From Receiving When We Pray?” – Power Packed Prayer

In this Power Packed Prayer session, Pastor Carl delves into the reasons why prayers may not be answered in the way we expect.

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“Prayer and King Jesus” – Power Packed Prayer

In session 6 of Power Packed Prayer, Pastor Bobby Wayne Musgrove shares about the name above all names: Jesus Christ. He goes into how effective prayer must be directed to be in accordance with biblical teaching.

 

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“The Power of Praying in the Spirit” – Power Packed Prayer

In this Denver House of Prayer session, Pastor Carl shares regarding the topic of praying in the spirit and the effective means by which our spirit is edified (1 Corinthians 14:4).

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“The Prayer of Dedication” – Power Packed Prayer

Pastor Carl discusses the Prayer of Dedication in DHOP’s latest “Power Packed Prayer” session.

 

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“Intercession and Supplication” – Power Packed Prayer

Pastor Carl shares in this latest Power Packed Prayer session the importance of intercession.

 

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“Who’s in Charge?” -Power Packed Prayer

Pastor Carl discusses the biblical viewpoint of who has the authority on this earth.

 

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The Contention for Authority

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contentionauthorityToday, I would like to talk about a very important topic surrounding whether or not God can be limited in our lives or more precisely whether or not God can be limited by our lack of prayers. Firstly, I want to start out by saying that God is a just God and although this may be a conspicuous point to make, I think we need to review this attribute in light of prayer. If God is just, which He is (Psalm 7:9, Romans 3:4, Psalm 25:8), then by definition, He is a gentleman and a gentleman does not override anyone’s will. Satan in contrast is a usurper and subjugator, seeking to gain authority by any means necessary for the purpose of domination, manipulation and intimidation. It is a foolish thing to know that help is available yet deny that help, but in the Bible there is a principle of asking that is paramount: asking, seeking, knocking that your joy may be full (Matthew 7:7-8, Luke 11:9-10, John 16:24). There is an onus on us to pursue and ask for assistance from our Heavenly Father.

The Ramifications of Our Decisions

If God were to move on our behalf without our asking He might be moving against our will in that area. Hence the dilemma of a loving and just God, wanting what’s best for His children but restricted if they are unwilling to ask or believe He can move in their lives. Pride is often the culprit for not asking. We sometimes say: “Its okay God, I think I can handle this one on my own” much to our detriment. It was this thinking that caused serious contention in the family of Abram the patriarch. Sarai decided she had to “make something happen” outside of God’s timing and volunteered Hagar into Abram’s bed chamber (Genesis 16:1) for the purpose of producing a child to extend the lineage. The rest is history. Because of Sarai and Abram’s decision, the lineage of two warring tribes in the Middle East was set in motion. These opposing seeds have become a huge source of conflict: Arab vs. Jew, Islam vs. Judaism and so on. Yes, friends, our untimely and disobedient decisions can have major repercussions, but God is so merciful that He blessed Ishmael (Genesis 17:20) despite his birth being caused by Sarai and Abram’s disobedience.

 

Authority Handed over to Darkness

Adam was granted dominion over the earth within the boundaries that God gave (Genesis 1:26). One of the definitions of ‘dominion’ in Merriam Webster’s dictionary is ‘supreme sovereignty’ or ‘the power to rule.’ In Genesis 3:6, when man sinned, he relinquished this authority to Satan. To speak plainly, that’s why we have bad things occurring in the world. God owns the world (Psalm 50:10), but Satan has the lease until it runs out upon commencement of Christ’s Millennial reign. Until then we have a clandestine angel gone ‘rogue’ with vast spiritual forces at his disposal influencing mankind. Simultaneously, man himself is predisposed to evil due to his inherent fallen nature. This is the multidimensional sin war in which we find ourselves comprised of the flesh, the devil, and demon forces. Remember, God gave the Israelites the Promised Land but they still had to drive out the people from the land and subdue it (Deuteronomy 2:24, Deuteronomy 10:11, Joshua 8:1, Joshua 10:42). By faith the land was theirs but they still needed to apply corresponding action to ‘take’ the land. Satan doesn’t relinquish authority in someone’s life until he is opposed by the action of a greater authority. That greater authority is the “name of Jesus” (Philippians 2:9) and we believers have been given the awesome privilege of using that name (Mark 16:17-18).

Satan is mentioned in Scripture as being the ‘prince of this world’ (John 16:11), the ‘prince of the power of the air’ (Ephesians 2:2) and ‘god of this world’ (II Corinthians 4:4) (little ‘g’). The words ‘prince’ and ‘god’ are synonymous with rulership and authority. The Apostle John mentions the current state of the world in which we live (post cross):

“We know [positively] that we are of God, and the whole world [around us] is under the power of the evil one (Amplified version).” – 1st John 5:19.

 

The Ruler of the Kingdoms of this World

Let’s look at the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. In Matthew chapter 4 and Luke chapter 4, the Bible says that Satan took Jesus up to a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of this world in a moment of time, let’s read it together….

And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.” Luke 4:5-7 (KJV)

The devil said that he’d give Jesus the authority to reign over the kingdoms of this world. So clearly, satan is listed as the ruler of kingdoms of this world and John’s Epistle confirms his status. You might say, “yeah, but the devil can’t be trusted. He’s a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44)!” That’s true; however, the bible clearly states that Christ was tempted three times in the wilderness and in order for it to be a true temptation, satan told the truth in this instance and he really did have the authority to give Christ the ‘kingdoms of the world’ as they were already delivered unto him.

Did you also notice that Jesus did not dispute what satan said? If it was a lie, I’m pretty sure Jesus would have rebuked him, but he did not. So clearly if Satan did not have the authority and power of the kingdoms then it wouldn’t have been a true temptation, and it was! In Luke 4:2, the Bible states that Jesus was tempted for forty days by the devil, so this ‘transfer of authority’ temptation was indeed genuine.

 

Sovereignty: Approval vs. Allowance

People say that God is sovereign: which is true. Yes, because His word says so, but He is sovereign over His kingdom, not sovereign over the earth. The lease has been transferred from man to a rogue angel ‘Lucifer.’ The salient point is this: God does not approve of everything that He allows. Does God approve of murder? No. Does He allow it? Yes. Does God approve of abortion? No. Does He allow it? Yes. Does God approve of theft and abuse? No. Does He allow it? Yes. Does He approve of accidents in the earth that randomly kill people? No. Remember that the earth is still cursed and although we have been redeemed from the ‘curse of the law’ (Galatians 3:13), we have not been redeemed from the ‘curse of the earth’ (Genesis 3:17-18) until the lease expires (shortly). Remember: the consequence of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Never forget, that in any kind of spiritual warfare, satan only has the authority that you give him through purposeful sin or disobedience. You may however be predisposed to certain addictions or weaknesses in your life through generational sin that has not been dealt with or addressed through the blood. The onus is on us to not only deny sin but break these curses and live free from condemnation. When human beings choose death rather than life, they impact not only themselves but the lives of others (Deuteronomy 28).

Until the thousand year millennial reign of Christ, God does not have full sovereignty over this earth. In his present priestly office, Jesus sits until his enemies are made his footstool (Hebrews 10:13) and we the church are influencing humanity for God’s Kingdom and subduing Christ’s enemies in the meantime. In the Millennial reign of Christ, God will have total rule and reign over the earth, every man will be redeemed; sin set aside and satanic forces will not be able to tempt us (Revelation 2:20). But for now, whilst Satan rules this earth: sickness, disease, child abuse, molestation, murders, rape, crime, sex trafficking, pornography, slavery to name a few… The heinous sins of this world are still in existence (much to God’s disdain) with no sign of abating. Just listen to the evening news and you will know who is ruling this earth and the airwaves through which the news is sent. This is the reason that in the 20th century alone, governments around the world were responsible for killing 262 million people worldwide. The University of Hawaii, who were responsible for the study, called it “Democide” or mass genocide. Did Hitler or Pol Pot or Stalin or Lenin start out as evil men or did they yield their will to evil forces, enabling the mass slaughter of so many innocents? I think you know the answer. This is why we are admonished to pray for those in authority that we may lead a peaceable life (1st Timothy 2:1-4).

 

Exercising Our Authority

We as believers in Christ have authority over Satan (Luke 10:19, 1st John 4:4, Colossians 1:13) and clearly this is revealed in Scripture but it needs to be exercised! Demons are not expelled unless the command is given. We don’t compromise or negotiate with the forces of evil; we must oppose them through prayer, the blood of Jesus, the name of Jesus, the armor of God and the word of God. Edmund Burke, an Irish political philosopher and statesman of the 18th century, once said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” The author S. Douglas Woodward also quipped, “Any society that denies evil stands ready to enthrone it.” These men were motivated to confront evil, and we the church should be ever ready to do so. We don’t go looking for spiritual fights, but we know how to use our bestowed authority and power when we need to.

When it comes to the church even Jesus said that we should ask the Father to send laborers into the harvest (Mathew 9:38). Clearly, it wasn’t happening by default, and we still needed to petition the Father. We need to break free of the shackles of apathy right now and rightfully claim the ‘Zoe’ life that Christ provided for us (John 10:10). It is a dangerous thing for Christ to give his glorious church so much authority and for us not to use it. What a predicament he must be in! What a gamble Jesus took on us, the church! We are responsible for enforcing his authority on this earth.

Friends, when two Kingdoms collide there is conflict. Don’t be afraid of the conflict as we’re on the winning side! I challenge you today to obey the Holy Spirit and ask Him where Satan has propagated his deleterious agenda into your life. It’s time to command him to leave through forceful expulsion in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth! Don’t ‘put up’ with works of darkness any longer, and let the Lord reveal to you if you’ve lost ground through repetitive sinful decisions as now is the time to reclaim it!

Pastor-Carl Senior Pastor Carl Joseph desires to see God move in power in the downtown Denver area. He is joined in the ministry by his wife, Amy. In his spare time, he rides his motorcycle and plays golf.