Revelation is the act of God whereby he gives knowledge of Himself which man could not otherwise know. Therefore, there is a great difference between the revelation of God and the discovery of God. Discovery implies that man, by exploration or research, has found God, who was unknown or had hidden. Discovery further implies that God was inactive in the process and that man took the initiative in seeking after God. However, the opposite is true. God revealed himself because a man could not have found God by searching for him. Man is spiritually limited, and man would not have sought for God, because a holy God condemns and punishes man, who is a sinner.
Theology for Today
Elmer L. Towns
Dear God, please allow all of us to have total control over our emotions. Please do not allow us to let sin gain control over us. Let us cling to the power you have given to us through the Holy Spirit and open up our spiritual ears and eyes and give us the ability to come into alignment with your plan for our circumstances and situations because we are only victorious through you my Lord. Thank you for self-control.
Why is it that some of us, when we pray for something, and when it comes to pass, we are so surprised and still do not seem to really believe our prayers have been answered. Well, the good of this is the Christian folks praying earnestly for Peter not to go before King Herod Agrippa. Listen to Acts 12:11-15… Peter finally came to his senses. “It’s really true!” he said. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jewish leaders had planned to do to me!”
When he realized this, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many were gathered for prayer. He knocked at the door in the gate, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to open it. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and “You’re out of your mind!” they said. When she insisted, they decided, “It must be his angel. (See Acts 12:5 where they had been praying for Peter’s freedom)
You see how the saints did not actually believe what they were praying for. Why pray if we do not believe that God will answer? Deuteronomy 4:31 reminds us: For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon you or destroy you or forget the solemn covenant he made with your ancestors.
Back in the Biblical days, the Pharisees and Sadducee’ s (or holier than thou high priest) boasted of all their fasting and how much they prayed and let everyone know how self-righteous they were. They thought they kept the law, therefore, they felt as though they did not need a savior. Many of us are exactly like that for we boast of how we go to church on Sundays and how we are not a bad person and do not do this or that. Little did they know that Truth was standing in their midst.
Well, there is a story in Mark 10:17-22 about a man who came running to Jesus, and kneeled to Him and asked what he could do to inherit eternal life. The man referred to Jesus as Good Master and Jesus responded by saying Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God. (In other words, Jesus was telling the man that you must know that I am God) Jesus really had a way with word and made people account for every word that came out of their mouths.
Anyway, Jesus went on to explain that the law states do not kill, steal, bear false witness, defraud not and honor thy father and mother. Well, the man told Jesus that he had observed all those things from his youth. Jesus then replied with love and said, “there is one thing thou lackest, go thy way, sell whatsoever thou has, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come take up the cross and follow me.” You see, this man did not understand that following Jesus was more profitable.
Well, that man went away sad, because he had much riches. Brothers and sisters, there was one law that this man could not fulfill and that is the law that states: thou shalt have no other god before thee. God was less important than his possessions. This man’s possessions were his god.
When we become true followers, we are justified because Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior fulfilled all of the requirements of the law. It is finished, only believe, repent and receive the precious gift of SALVATION! AMEN AND AMEN!
St John 1:16 tells us: And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. This means all believers possess continuous grace, power and ability. God foresaw the fall of Adam and Eve. He already made full provisions for our restoration back to Himself. He invites all humankind to partake of these provisions!
When you know that God loves you, you will put your confidence in Him.
As we continue believing, God’s grace comes in and take us beyond what we are able to do.
Christians should always make time to pray and draw closer to God. We will never uncover what God has already supplied for us until we draw closer. If we cannot make time for God…We are far too busy.
We will never get to heaven until we are transformed into a new creation. Only God can do this. This body is not equipped to handle heaven. If we will not stay still and let him do His mighty works in us, we stay stained and marked as the devils property. The unsaved must ask Jesus into their life to clean them up and releases them from being a brainwashed slave to the accuser who is always sewing negative things into our minds.
Once the unsaved accepts Him, they are justified, just as if they never sinned yet constantly reminded by the Holy Ghost that we are much better than our old nature. God do not keep accusing us of our wrongs, He transforms our minds through the Word, the working of the Holy Spirit so we are able to do the right thing in his sight. We are free people! FREE from slavery. We don’t have to succumb to what the devil tells us to do. Resist the devil just like you would resist the enemy on the battle field. Stay alert and stay close to God so he cannot have his way with you.
Some people just love sin so much that they invite it in and relish the so-called good life only on this earth. They are not concerned about their eternity because they actually think that after death everything is all over. Whooping it up might last for a lifetime, but when it comes time to give out wages for what you did or did not do here on this earth, well, that is a completely different story. In this case, the wages are higher than one would probably care to accept. The wages of sin is death, but the GIFT of God is eternal life. Why do people reject eternal life? Because they don’t believe it exist.
After physical death, our real life begins with who we really are and we will either spend it in heaven or hell. We simply go back to being what we are without the human body suits we are in… spirit beings. However, your decision here on this earth determines your eternal destiny. Don’t get it twisted too bad where you can’t get untangled. Watch and pray that you do not enter into temptation..(Matthew 26:41)
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. Romans 12:2 (KJV)
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Healing will not manifest physically, mentally, or financially unless one actually believe it. A person must take hold of it and run with joy telling it to people believing Gods Word that it is already done! You see, that’s crazy to the human mind. We scare the unsaved when we are bold like that.
When under pressure, we often discover what we believe.A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (Luke 6:45)
You can speak “I am healed by his stripes” However when the doctors delivers a bad report of your health… What comes forth out of your mouth at that moment is what you really believe.
There is an abundance of treasure waiting for us to take hold of us, why don’t we take them? (Mark 5:36)
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.(Luke 8:50)
But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Humans typically believe what they see, hear, taste, feel and smell. If none of these attributes are present, we tend to dismiss the idea as not real, ridiculous, stupid or bizarre or whatever.
However, most humans are not aware that they we are spirits and must learn how to operate in the spiritual realm in order to have a relationship and close bond with God. Read the first chapter on Genesis how God breathe life into us. It was his life…but when Adam and Eve switched out they forfeited all they had and unfortunately the same went for us until Jesus Came and Delivered those who truly believe thou they never saw Jesus with their eyes. Demonic oppression is the only thing stopping us from reaching our ultimate powers we have through Christ.
Applied pressure causes many to cave in, give up, quit, then crash and burn.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. Mark 13:33
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41
Proverbs 6:2 says thou art snared with the words of thy mouth; thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
Isaiah 8:15 says And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared and be taken.
However, in Proverbs 12:13 it says the wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips but the JUST shall come out of trouble. Have you ever watched boxing matched and noticed that both opponents are trying to weaken one another by finding the weak pressure points? Well once an opponent finds that weak spot, he or she diligently pound away at that same spot until the other one is knocked out or down and cannot get up. In the same manner, we take part in a daily spiritual boxing match. For instance, if the enemy knows that a particular thing or person annoys you, he strikes the place of annoyance until you either put up a good fight or get knocked out or down and cannot get up.
Well the enemy takes note of what we say and acts upon it. He locates the strongholds in our life then takes advantage of those weaknesses then he tries to take us out. If we are not accustomed to meditating on the word of God, we make his quest so much easier. Be careful not to get into matches especially when you do not have on your boxing gloves, which are the anointed instructions God gave us in his Holy Word.