Friday, January 16, 2009

Clarification

My post "Does God Change His Mind?" might have been read by surprise, with confusion, or in doubt. It might have caused one to doubt my sanity, knowledge, foundation, spiritual state, or motive.
Rest assured I do not doubt God’s authority. I do not doubt His sovereignty. I do not doubt His ability to do whatever He chooses. I do not believe we can tell God what to do. We cannot manipulate Him. We cannot move Him with our faith without His permission, power, and control.

Abraham and Moses did not tell God what to do either. They merely reminded God of His words and promises. It is through their words and actions, God responded differently than He had most recently said but the same as He had previously said.

I stated previously and it’s worthy of repeating: We cannot say “if only I had enough faith, if only I pray hard enough.” That is not the picture I intended to be portrayed.

Rather, that post was written based on interpretation of scripture. Unfortunately, much of scripture is very gray and left to the reader, the believer, to interpret--presumably led by the Holy Spirit. We read, meditate, and interpret God’s Word. We take it for what it is: the Holy Word of the Almighty One. We take it as it is and trust His leading.

He tells us to ask, seek, and knock. (Matthew 7:7)
He tells us to believe and not doubt (Matthew 21:20)
He tells us to ask in faith believing we will receive. (Matthew 21:21)

He gives us examples of those who went before us. He shows us what He did for them and in response to them.

My post was merely my interpretation of the possibilities. All things are possible with God. Matthew 19:26

Too often times, God is put into a box. We don’t approach Him because our issue is too small or He has so too much on His plate. That is not the truth. We are to go to Him in prayer for all things. Without ceasing. Without halt. Without holding anything back.

God is God and after all He can change His mind. He can do whatever He pleases. But fortunately, it will always be for our good. (Romans 8:28)

However, everything that happens is not His will. But, everything does pass His Hands. He allows things but not everything is His will. What if the lady with the bleeding condition had not believed touching Jesus' hem would heal her? Would Christ have still healed her? He said she was healed by HER FAITH. I can't debate scripture. That is clear to me. Faith does have power. Faith does change. Faith is effective in His plans. See my post, "Master's Touch, Our Faith
".

Lovingly Coming,

11 comments:

andi said...

Hey Paula! So good to read what you are mulling over. I hope that you continue to sense His presence in your life, as He is working in and through you!!!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Amy said...

"All things are possible with God." Matthew 19:26

I love that verse. I also love how it is worded in my life's verse.

Luke 1:37
"For nothing is impossible with God."

It obviously says the same thing, but from a different perspective. Much like what you shared in this post. Your words are always so encouraging!

I pray that you have a lovely weekend, Paula!

(((BIG HUGS!)))
Amy:)

Runner Mom said...

"Too often times, God is put into a box. We don’t approach Him because our issue is too small or He has so too much on His plate. That is not the truth. We are to go to Him in prayer for all things. Without ceasing. Without halt. Without holding anything back." Ok--this is talking to me! Thanks so much for these thoughts tonight! Hope that you have a great weekend.
Love ya,
Susan

Melanie said...

I love what you said about keeping God in a box. I think I have done that too many times in my life... put Him a box where He was limited. Truth is, God is not limited by anything! Which always leads me to say, "Then why do we try to put Him in a box?" I'm sure due to our own "humanness" and probably the fact that the unknown of what He might do scares us sometimes. Oh, when will learn that if we just put our total trust in Him there will NEVER be anything to be scared of!

Have a blessed weekend, Paul!

Shauna said...

Hope you have a beautiful weekend! ♥ Hugs :)

much2ponder said...

Hebrews 12:2 "We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith".

I love that verse because it states so clearly that he is the one who started this burning desire in my heart and he is not finished with it yet. There is still perfecting to do in my faith.

No need to explain Paula. When it comes to writing out our thoughts and feelings they are at times misinterpreted also. I can tell by your earnest desire to know him more, that he is at work. God is good!

Abba's Girl said...

Amen Paula! Great post.

Laura said...

Have you heard the song, "What do I know of Holy?" by Addison Road? This post reminds me of that song...

So true. He can do what He wants. But we can be assured that it will be done within the bounds of His loving character!

Love you, friend.

Nicole said...

Hi Paula! Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog! I have been chewing on the number you wrote about God making sure that we know it is Him and only Him that has accomplished everything good and perfect thing in our lives! So true. Hope you are having a wonderfully blessed new year friend!

I really like this post. I am reminded through it to pray and keep praying but also not hang on too tightly as I pray so that I can ultimately let go and submit! Love you!

Nicole

Beverly said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I to have be guilty of putting God in a box.

Sharon said...

I missed this one, "not good" :)
Sorry I get so busy on the weekends that sometimes I don't get a chance to get on puter.
"Faith" ~~~believe and act upon it!
Just the thought of me putting God in a Box, it just saddens my heart. And I know I am so guilty of this. But I have to keep reminding myself and sometimes Brad will say Sharonnnn all things are possible through Christ Jesus. So Duhhhhh :)
God Is sooo good isn't he Paula.
Huggggsss to you
Blessings
Love,
Sharon