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Faithfulwrites: When we face challenges in life, how do we differentiate when ‘spiritual forces’ are at work or when such challenges is part of God’s plan and all we need to do is believe in God’s promise that all things work together for good?
The dreams Joseph had, did he see himself overcoming the hurdles and challenges that would come his way?
Joseph didn’t exactly have a bad dream. He didn’t have the understanding that his brothers would bow down to him, he was just a little boy eager to tell his dreams to people, he didn’t understand what it meant. Jacob, his father did not understand the dream too, but didn’t make any effort concerning it, he rebuked Joseph instead. He didn’t encourage or talk to Joseph who had a dream and lacked understanding of it. The dream made his brothers hate him more. The Lord was with him, he knew the Lord early, he was patient through all of his trials.
He had actually forgotten the dream as it wasn’t mentioned anywhere after that he remembered the dream. It wasn’t the dream that kept him, he just knew he couldn’t offend or disappoint God, he knew God was with him and that he had to overcome the challenges. He was conscious of his walk with God, he didn’t allow trials define him. Even in the prison, he was faithful to God, he didn’t blame God for his trials.
Faithfulwrites: After the dreams and his brothers sold him, how did he know to be calm and know it was God’s will concerning him?
Why was he not here and there, trying to fight warfare prayers and maybe praying against his brothers?
Kenny: At that time, there was no Bible. Joseph just believed in the fact that all things would work for his good. Even after he was sold, he just continued with his life. Destiny can only be delayed.
Joseph had advantages, His father loved him. His father would have told him about God and told him stories of his journey with God. Joseph probably began to know God from there and to also understand that He had good plans for him.
Faithfulwrites: Let’s take a look at Job, we know that God allowed all that happened to him, at a point he had to start repenting if he had sinned against God, but he wasn’t paying against his enemies. How do we as Christians differentiate when spiritual forces are at work and when it’s God’s will?
Job was a righteous man, he offered sacrifices for himself and his children. He knew his stand with God, he knew he was an upright man. His relationship with God wasn’t shaky. The enemies do not have a right over a righteous man.
Humanly speaking, it’s possible to want to justify Job’s friends saying he had committed sin. This was a scenario where bad things just began to happen so they only expected that he had sinned. However, Job knew he hadn’t sinned, he knew he had a right standing with God, he obeyed God, he was holy and faithful and he knew he had God and had the understanding that nothing would happen to him without God’s permission.
Proverbs 26:2 says “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.” As a christian, if you’re faithful and you’ve searched yourself through and you know the Spirit of the Lord is one with you, and you keep having challenges and it’s like attacks are much, it’s best to look up to God for the reason why those things are happening because normally, the devil has no legal ground in the life of a believer. We should get to that point as believers where we serve God wholeheartedly and look up to Him for all things.
Take a look at Jesus, He was righteous but He went through a lot to reconcile us to God, it was God’s will for Him. Except a believer has erred and done what God forbids, the devil has no legal ground on his/her life.
In Job 2:3, God testified about Job. The Bible said in 1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Believers will not be tested above that which we’re able. God knew Job’s faith in Him would carry him through, He knew Job wouldn’t fail the test.
The same Elijah that commanded fire fled when Jezebel threatened him. If Elijah had faced what Job faced, Elijah might have failed the test. Throughout Job’s trying period, he had no comforter, he just believed God is righteous and he knew God would visit him.
Just like parents in the world, God knows His children’s capacities, He knows the level of what to give to each child, He knows what would break a particular child and He knows when a particular child can bear a particular situation.
If we shouldn’t pray against our enemies, what happens to not being ignorant of the devil and his devices?
I didn’t exactly say we shouldn’t pray against our enemies, the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 2:11 “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” Also, Ephesians 6:12 reads “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” We should understand that these scriptures appear in the New Testament. If Job had known these, maybe he would have gone about his prayers in a whole different dimension. We New Testament believers are privileged because we have the Bible, so we don’t make the same mistakes the people of old made. We have the Holy Spirit that teaches us all things. He makes us know what is wrong, He teaches us what and what not to do, He opens our eyes to His pattern.
God wants us as believers to grow to a level where we have and exercise the power of he Holy Spirit. He wants us to mature to that level and beyond, that when challenges come, we know and understand what should be done. When a believers is equipped with the power of he Holy Ghost, he understands that the devil cannot touch him.
The devil can try to manipulate things around a believer, the believers should hold his or her ground in God, knowing that these things are sometimes permitted by God because He wants the believers to grow. God permits these things to take the believers to higher levels. Trials give chance for growth. Understanding these things activates a believers faith.
Here are some important things believers should know:
Believers are to be wise. Looking at the Old and New Testaments, the people in the Old Testament fought more of physical battles than in the New Testament that involves fighting spiritual battles. They had a physical sword to fight, we have the Bible.
Ability to discern. A believer should know when to act and when to trace his footsteps and see where he has gone wrong.
1 Corinthians 10:13 reads “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Having this understanding helps a believer to know that whatever happens to him, God has plans on how to get him out of such situation. Challenges are bound to come. Believers should just activate the word of God over whatsoever situations they’ve found themselves in, so that the Name of Chtist will be exalted at the end.
Having these understandings helps us to know when to fight spiritual warfare or not. Christ didn’t leave us comfortless, a believer that wants to succeed cannot afford to live without the Holy Spirit, as He’s the one that teaches believers what to do and how to go about things. He saves believers from unnecessary stress.
Looking at all that happened with Naomi and Ruth, it happened so that God’s plan for Ruth can be fulfilled. Looking at the whole scenario, you’d know it was divinely orchestrated.
God knows and understands everything has happens to His own. Take a look at Hezekiah, the errors he committed happened mostly during the extra 15years he spent on earth.
Everything a believer undegoes is God’s will, but most believers do not even understand what “the will of God” is. Some people pass through some challenges so that can help people after them. God has reasons why He allows whatever happens to His own.
Believers are to understand that nothing can happen to them outside God. Nothing passes His knowledge.
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