His Ways Are Higher

From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.

Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.”

But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

Matthew 16:21‭-‬23 NASB

Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”

Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

2 Corinthians 12:8‭-‬9 NASB

Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:39 NASB

Peter tried to rebuke Jesus for prophesying.

He tried to deny the very words of our Lord.

Why?

Because the devil put it in his mind to.

Prophecy is a fancy word that means speaking what God has revealed.

What’s special about what God reveals is that if it’s in regard to future events, it will come to pass.

So that’s nice.

It’s helpful to set the expectation.

Now there are some schools of thought that say you should only prophesy nice things within certain acceptable bounds.

I think that’s false teaching akin to the way Peter was thinking.

Now here’s the deal.

What do you do with what God reveals to you?

The first thing you should do is pray.

Often, God reveals people’s weaknesses to me.

Is that so that I can berate them or take advantage and manipulate them?

In a former life I did.

But that is not God’s way.

His ways are higher.

He has compassion for us in our weaknesses and brokenness.

He shows me things so that I can pray for them.

I pray that God would give them strength, supply their need and refine their character.

We’re supposed to build each other up in love.

It’s not easy having prophetic insight into what makes people tick.

It requires extreme patience and grace as you wait on the Holy Spirit to perfect them.

And only God truly knows a person’s heart and motives.

All I see is what they show me.

But if it’s not in line with Scripture and the Spirit of God, I physically chafe.

But then, I think about Jesus.

He poured His life into His twelve disciples, all the while knowing that one would betray Him.

Actually, all would leave and deny Him for a time.

Our long-suffering Lord never wavered in His love and devotion to those in His care, that the Father gave Him.

Sometimes I get overwhelmed, but then I remember, His grace is sufficient.

Why do I get overwhelmed?

Because I get prideful.

I want to be in control.

I want things done my way.

I separate myself from God and think I have to do it.

That’s human thinking.

Stinking thinking.

God has a plan.

I need to seek His face and hear from Him what that plan is and what the next steps I need to take are.

The best thing I can do is humble myself under the mighty hand of God.

Trust in Him.

He is the way, the truth, the life.

Without God’s Spirit, I’m a dead man walking.

You want to see a zombie apocalypse?

It’s all around you.

They’re dead, but yet they live.

Their only hope is to drink the living water.

Who has this water?

Jesus.

And those who He has revealed Himself to.

And on this rock, He will build His Church.

The water comes from the rock when you speak to it.

We’re living stones from which rivers of living water flow.

Go flood the Earth with His love and His message of truth, the redemption of sinful humanity through the shed blood of Jesus.

Amen.

When I worried about many things, your assuring words soothed my soul.

Psalms 94:19 GW

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