What Are Red Seas, Walled Cities, Giants, Jordan Rivers –To Almighty God?
"With God all things are possible"(Matt. 19:26).
"If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth" (Mark 9:23).
It is not according to feelings, or appearances, but "according to your faith be it unto you" (Matt. 9:29). Real faith is a towline that has the answer on the end of it, and, if we keep our eyes off the winds and the waves – and keep pulling steadily on the towline of faith, the answer will surely reach us. "We walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Cor. 5:7).
"If thou canst believe," Jesus says. If we can have faith, we can have what we will. "If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you" (John 15:7).
God is Almighty. He looks for human channels through whom He can work. "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him" (2 Chron. 16:9).
He seeks those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth (John 4:23). The Lord is on the lookout for people who will believe Him and obey Him.
"I Sought for a Man"
Especially, in a time of crisis, does God seek for someone who will lay heavily to heart the sins of the people, and who will fervently intercede for them – that judgment may be averted (Ezek. 22:23-30).
Oh, the need! Oh, the privilege! Oh, the great reward in eternity to those who will labor fervently and steadfastly in prayer – in times of crisis such as the whole world trembles in today!
With the world in turmoil, men and nations perplexed and distressed – with humanity on the brink of catastrophe, we today who will be "labourers together with God" (1 Cor. 3:9) have a glorious opportunity and a fearful responsibility to "make up the hedge, and stand in the gap" before God, that judgment may be delayed until every soul that can be saved, shall be saved – before God’s great judgments fall on the earth (Ezek. 22:30).
Urgent Need for Intercessors
Thank God for all true preachers of the Gospel! Praise the Lord for every single labourer in His great harvest fields! But who in this fateful hour – when soon it will be too late – will give themselves to prayer? (Acts 6:4). Who among all God’s people over the whole earth will so face the facts of today’s fearful crisis, will so lay the burden of judgment-bound souls on their hearts – that they will prevail with God?
"The Lord...wondered that there was no intercessor" (Isa. 59:15-16). Oh, for a stalwart company of "Sons of the Closet" who will so be enveloped continually in an atmosphere of intercession – that all who look on them will know that on their hearts (and not merely on their lips) – they are carrying the weight of immortal souls!
Will you, will I, by His grace, from this moment take our places, and do our full part in the front ranks of God’s hidden, interceding hosts?
Watch Out for the Things that Weaken or Destroy Faith
It is essential that we pray in faith, believing that God is hearing our heart cries. Therefore we must watch the slightest thing that affects faith – either to build it up on the one hand, or, on the other hand, anything that would grieve the Holy Spirit and weaken faith or cause it to waver. God help us to ever keep the way clear between our souls and our Saviour and between our souls and every person on earth.
Jesus, the Son of God, the Head of the church (Eph. 5:23-27), points out that an unforgiving heart will hinder us from getting answers to our prayers. In what we know as "The Lord’s Prayer," as recorded in Matthew 6:9-13, after Jesus had said "Amen" to this prayer, He went on to repeat one thing He had said therein. The Great Searcher of Hearts emphasizes and drives home, the absolute necessity of forgiving others if God is to forgive us. "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (Matt. 6:14-15).
Again, after the Lord had given that wonderful lesson on faith in Mark 11:22-23, and said in verse 24, "Therefore, I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them," He adds immediately these statements: "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses" (Mark 11:25-26).
"Ought against any" – this includes every secret (or manifest) grudge, every poisonous drop of jealousy, every cursed bit of envy – every trace of any unkind feeling toward anyone.
"Take Heed What Ye Hear"
We are careful what sort of food we eat. We should also be watchful as to the kind of food we feed our minds and our souls on. Do not listen to, or read, anything that in any way shows disrespect for God or for God’s Word, the Bible. "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Rom. 10:17).
"Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge" (Prov. 19:27). "Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge" (Prov. 14:7). Eve listened to the serpent, and Adam listened to Eve – and trouble came on the human race (Gen. 3).
Oh, that we might stand in awe of God’s Word! (Psa. 119:161). Oh, that we might always take heed to what He says! That we might tremble at His Word! (Isa. 66:2, 5). "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Heb. 10:31). "Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men" (2 Cor. 5:11).
"Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him" (Luke 12:4-5). Let us heed this emphatic warning from the lips of the Son of God!
Let us read God’s Word and meditate therein day and night (Psa. 1:1-6). God forbid that we be among those who trifle with anything that God has said! The Lord says, "Them that honour Me I will honour, and they that despise Me shall be lightly esteemed" (1 Sam. 2:30).
A Guilty Conscience, a Condemning Heart
"If our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things" (1 John 3:20). If at any time we feel guilty, if we sense that there is a cloud between our soul and God – remember that "God…knoweth all things" – so, immediately look to the Lord to find out what the trouble is, and, at all costs, get things cleared up between our soul and God!
"Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment" (1 John 3:21-23).
Failure to walk in all the light God has given us may hinder our prayers. May God convict us where we are failing Him!
"To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin" (Jas. 4:17). Am I burdened for souls as I should be? Am I praying for other Christians as I ought to? "Praying always…for all saints" (Eph. 6:18).
God help us to meet His conditions so that revival fires shall blaze around the world! God grant us His mercy – that we will not try to excuse or defend ourselves, but that, with genuine humility of heart, we will confess and forsake utterly every sin He shows us is hindering our service for Him! "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).
"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them" (Matt. 7:12). Do I consistently follow this law of Christ’s love toward all people, all the time, in everything (1) In business deals? (2) In the home? (3) In school? (4) On the job? (5) Toward those working under my supervision? (6) Toward those over me? (7) Toward my enemies?
Instead of becoming discouraged when opposition comes, as we seek to serve the Lord – we should rejoice! (See Matthew 5:10-12; Romans 5:1-5; James 1:1-7). "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God" (Rom. 8:28).
One danger that we are exposed to when our Gospel work is opposed is this: That we feel, and even manifest, animosity toward the opposers – that we get into a wrong spirit and think of vengeance and retaliation.
The opposition itself should only drive us closer to God, and closer to other real Christians – the opposition itself should do us good. But if we get into a wrong spirit about it, then we will be harmed.
Opposition may do us a real service in that it may reveal some weak spot in our Gospel armour which we need to take to the Lord in earnest prayer so that we shall be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might (Eph. 6:10-20).
Tribulation Worketh Patience
When we read of Abraham, waiting and believing God for years before Isaac was born; Joseph, after his dreams – having to wait for years, be sold into Egyptian slavery, and go through the dungeon before his dreams came true; Job, going through awful trials and sufferings before he got his double portion – we may know that God plans that our faith be tested. (See 1 Peter 1:6-7 and 1 Peter 4:12-19).
God wants us to trust Him in the dark as well as in the light – when we cannot see as well as when we see everything clearly. "Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness" (Psa. 112:4).