God’s Surprising Ways

Habakkuk 1:5   (KJV)   5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

Our God is a sovereign God. He is a creative God. He’s not bound to anything or anyone, not even to the ways He’s done things in the past. In fact, the Lord will do something new Habakkuk 1.5 - God's Surprising Waysin our nations, something wonderful and marvelous. It will be so amazing that it will be so hard to believe if we are told about it now.

Godlessness pervades our nations. We find it in every corner and facet of society. Lies, deception, and fake news are everywhere. But our just and loving God don’t just sit idly by. He won’t allow the righteous to be caught in insidious plots and deadly traps of the enemy.

The wicked trusts in their own devices; they glory in their ability to deceive; they don’t realize that God watches over His people. They march boldy brandishing their banner of evil while gleefully setting up the righteous for a fall, not realizing that they’ll be caught in their own snares. The harm they plan for God’s people will boomerang to them.

God, our heavenly Father Who created this big, vast, inscrutable universe surprises His enemies. They can’t predict how He does things. We as His people, though surrounded by evil, live in peace. Our confidence is in the LORD. We’ve tasted and seen that the LORD is good. He never leaves us defenseless. We may not be sure as to the ways He delivers us, but we’re sure He always delivers us.

Even though lawlessness may exponentially increase, even though our economy may suddenly collapse, even though our freedom may be greatly threatened, even though God’s people are constantly harassed, we will neither fear nor be dismayed. We will find our joy and our peace in the God of our provision and protection. He is our strength; He establishes our steps. After all is said and done, everyone will recognize: God is God. He continually governs in the affairs of man. He rules over all nations. The lives of kings and queens, presidents and rulers are in His hands. Every knee will bow, and every eye will see: He is Lord. So yes; we’re at peace—always ready to be amazed by our Father’s new yet always astonishing interventions.

Unequalled Life

Matthew 10:8   (KJV)   Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Miracles are real.  Believers are in agreement with this.  Does God still move in His people to be conduits of healing, cleansing, raising the dead, deliverance?  Before I Matthew 10.8 - Unequalled Lifeproceed with the answer, here’s a quick, loving, simple clarification:  my answer isn’t intended to negate or criticize our family in the Lord who believe differently;  I want to be a contributor to unity, not further division of the precious body of our one Lord.

I believe that the gifts of God go beyond the natural; they include supernatural works.  What an incomparably adventurous life we live as believers!  Who can equal to such tasks?  Our experiences are combinations of wonders and dangers; all of them orchestrated by the masterful hand of our Almighty Father, working everything for the good of those who love Him, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

We are channels of miracles and the supernatural; we are also objects of scorn, hatred, threats, persecution, and even death.  We are loved by some, but we’re also rejected by others.  Our provision is guaranteed—through usual means, or unusual means.  We’re sheep among wolves;  we conduct ourselves with caution, wisdom, and gentleness.  When “dragged” to court, we end up in the presence of rulers and kings.  We may not have the knowledge of lawyers, but the Holy Spirit Himself gives us the very words to say.  The eyes of those who consider us as their enemies are constantly on us, waiting for opportunities to do us harm, but we don’t fear; we know that our Father, Whose eyes are on the sparrows, is constantly, lovingly, and protectively watching over us—His children.

Miracles Happen

Acts 12:7   (KJV)   And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

Peter, a believer, an apostle of Jesus Christ was imprisoned. Unlike his co-apostle James who just got murdered, he was supernaturally and miraculously delivered through the agency of an angel. The foreboding atmosphere was suddenly saturated with light. The acts-12-7-miracles-happenchains that limited his movements fell off his hands without keys, without the use of force.

Persecution is real; enemies of the faith are real. There are people who desire to do us harm and there are times when they get to inch their way in and accomplish some of their injurious intentions. Deadly threats are real, but so is God, so are angels, so are miracles. It doesn’t matter how hopeless our situations may seem; we may feel like we’re stuck and we’re done; it may seem like those who treat us as their enemies may be winning, but our God sees every detail of our lives—more detailed than our perception and understanding of things.

While God exists, while He’s alive, we always have hope. Good News: God is real; God exists; God is alive, and He’s alive forevermore. This means we have undying hope. He can get us out of our hardest predicament. Just because it’s beyond our power and control doesn’t mean it’s beyond any power and control. God isn’t absent from the scene of our lives. One word from God and our situations turn around. One command and He can have an angel intercept any work of any enemy. Nothing scares us.

God’s Greater Glory

Exodus 14:4   (KJV)   4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so.

A continuing and increasing indifference, hostility, or attacks against us can be God’s way of showing His glory in a more emphatic or obvious way. The unjust treatments we experience always turn out for the good. That’s a promise that puts all our experiences in exodus-14-4-gods-greater-glorythe proper light. All things work together for the good of those who love Him—we who are the called according to His purpose; they all work together for His glory, and for its greater display.

This may sound easier said than believed or acted on, but it does us very well when we do. There may come situations when it seems like we’re pushed farther in a tight corner, or between a rock and a hard place, or between a sea and an invading army. Our predicament may look confusing; we may feel like we don’t have a way of escape. But we understand that it’s in those moments when we see the miraculous powerful hands of the Lord scoop us into safety.

Not all situations are the same; some are harder than the other. In the natural, there may be no possible way for us to win the battle or to even escape alive—to survive. Others who find themselves in the same situation as ours murmur, complain, or compromise. But God fights on the side of those who are on His side. And it’s in our deliverance from our most horrible predicaments that others recognize God’s wondrous intervention. In our worst experiences, we find joy and comfort in knowing that a greater revelation of our God’s greatness and goodness is about to unfold, and we get to know Him even more.

The Holy Spirit Within Us

Luke 4:18   (KJV)   18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised

The precious Holy Spirit was present in the life of our Lord Jesus. He was the personification of God’s anointing that breaks heavy yokes. This anointing can be seen as one who delivers the much needed answer to our deepest spiritual needs; some may see luke-4-18-the-holy-spirit-within-usHim extending His help even in the areas of our physical or material needs as well. Any way we look at it, a clear basic understanding about the Holy Spirit and His ministry gives us increased appreciation for Him.

Others point out that every miracle our Lord Jesus performed was through the power of the Holy Spirit. Somehow, that’s the only reasonable way that He can truly give us a fair example as to how to live victoriously as believers. If Jesus fully depended on the power of the Holy Spirit for His holy and victorious life, then we can do the same. There are of course others who point to the divinity of our Lord Jesus as the power behind some of His miracles.

Either way, the truth is that the Holy Spirit is very much involved in the life of our Lord, and now, in us. His anointing is still upon us. So we lovingly, boldly, and powerfully declare the Good News; there is hope of salvation for all no matter how spiritually bankrupt people are. God’s Spirit can deliver those who have long been held by the cruel power of sin and death. Those who are blinded by lies and deception can now have their “veils” removed. Those who are left battered and bruised by their destructive, addictive, controlling attitudes, choices and influences can be set free.

The Holy Spirit worked in the life of our Lord in full force. We don’t have a lower quality copy; we have the very same Holy Spirit working in our lives. Jesus told us we’ll do greater things than He did; we understand how that’s possible. Broken lives still abound, but we have God’s love and God’s power in us. Through His Spirit in us, He’s still touching the world.

All Jesus’ Works

John 21:25   (KJV)   25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

We are filled with hope; we live by faith; we know we have our Lord’s continuous companionship. He never ever leaves us, forsakes us, or abandons us; He never walks away from us. He’s very much “hands-on” involved in our lives. There are those who believe in john-21-25-all-jesus-worksGod’s existence, in God’s past works, but not in present divine involvements and intervention. They face life’s challenges believing that they’re struggling through them alone.

I pray that the eyes of their hearts and their spirits may open to the truth that our Lord Jesus loves us. He is an ever-present lover. Love’s expressions are loving actions. Our Lord has acted so much because of love; He’s still doing much, and will do so ‘til forever. How much? People ask. Well, to start with, He created everything; He put the stars in place; He keeps the planets in their course; He stretches out the heavens.

He gave us the power to pro-create; He broke-open mighty waters; He subdued kingdoms; He’s the “glue” that keeps everything together so that we don’t disintegrate; He opens blind eyes, makes the lame walk, the mute speak, the deaf hear, the demon-possessed delivered, the captives free. While we were still sinners, He offered His body to “cat-o-nine-tails”-whippings and  beatings from super-strong Roman soldiers, and finally to three nails and a cross. And there’s so much more. You may say, “You didn’t mention this and that, and this and that…” That’s so true. All the libraries in the world—in fact, the whole world can’t contain all the books that would be written about Him. That’s our Jesus.

Have Faith

Matthew 14:31   (KJV)   31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

It’s our sincere prayer and deep desire for us to be men and women of faith—not just any faith, but a big, strong faith. That’s the kind of faith we as God’s growing children ought to have. A mustard seed-sized kind of faith is enough, just not any smaller. A mustard seed-matthew-14-31-have-faithsized faith in our Lord is enough to move mountains. We live by faith, not by sight, not in doubt. It doesn’t matter how bad situations are, we know that we know: our God handles them with no problem.

That’s it, for God no situation is a problem situation; situations are only problems to us—the limited us. But our trust is in the Lord. He created the entire universe. That’s why it’s easy for us to believe He can part the mighty seas; He can bring the dead back from the grave; He can heal the sick; He can walk on water; He can deliver us from any and every bondage; He can save us from and through any situation.

Doubt is a natural result of no faith or little faith. It indirectly magnifies the problem and assaults God’s ability. It is doubt in God Himself. But why doubt the Almighty, All-wise and All-present? God can make us walk on water; He can make us fly above the most trying and most adverse of situations. He can make us overcome and rise above whatever problem or difficulty we’re facing even now. We don’t doubt Him. There’s no need to look at the bigness of our problems because we’re focused on the bigness of our God.  Is there really anything, any situation, any enemy, any hardship, any trouble that God is unable to safely carry us through? We all know the answer. That’s why despite all the scorching heat of trials coming from unbelieving people and fallen world, despite the winds and waves brought by powerful storms of life, we live in untouchable and immovable inner peace.