Wow! Bob Sorge was here last week with a word out of the book of Habukkuk. Though it could of been received as a hard word from the Lord, it was a timely word for all who came. As I was praying and asking the Lord what to blog on this week, I felt He said to pass along the 7 principles Bob shared with us and also share how each of those spoke to us. Maybe something will speak to you as well about everyday living as a believer!
#1 -"Sometimes God uses evil power to chasten His people".
Ouch! I know that a lot of believers don't believe that God would use evil but when Bob said this, it resonated in my spirit. I have heard for sometime now that there are some serious things that are coming to America. We are going to experience some very serious hard times. Many are being called to prepare in different ways and many are ignoring the warning signs. I pray for all that you will have ears to hear His voice. America has strayed so far from the Truth and the biblical foundations this country was founded on. (I highly urge you to see the documentary Monumental Movie if you haven't already - google it for locations). God in His mercy is warning us and we possibly can change the course of events but all of us need to do our part. 2 Chronicles 7:14 -if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
The book of Job clearly shows how God orchestrates evil events to shape us: "One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it. ”Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD".
#2 - Sometimes God waits (or takes) forever to change everything, suddenly!
If you are in a transitional period of your life - continue to press into God and wait patiently for God to act. This doesn't mean sit idly by doing nothing, but wait with purpose. One day soon, God will act and suddenly everything will change for good! And if you've been a Christian for a while, you know God's timing is PERFECT!
#3 - "Your heart will live in the wait by staying in faith!"
Faith means trust! If we didn't have faith or trust that God would bring us through our circumstances, life would be hopeless and hopelessness makes the heart sick. We have to posture ourselves in faith and complete trust in Jesus Christ! And Bob also said "faith puts life in our spirit". Job talks about this too: "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him". I was at a funeral this past week and was blown away by a comment the father made. He said he had no regrets with his son. The faith they had in God was evident! I want that faith!
#4 - "Faith is honest about the pain but focuses on God's salvation".
Thank goodness we can be real with God about where we are in our circumstances. I can't tell you how many times I've cried to Him in desperation regarding my health. But I know that He is good and He is faithful and that my salvation is secure.
#5 -"God loves you too much to give you the promotion without the pruning (without preparing you)".
This statement hit the mark again. As believers we must pray and put hedges in place to keep us from falling into sin. There are 3 areas that the enemy seems to get in that cause us to fall from grace. The three G's. Girls (or Guys), Glory (take the glory for ourselves) and Gold (greed for money). We must set up hedges in each of these areas and have accountability when we are walking in the call God has on our lives!
#6 - "God uses trouble to lift us to a higher place in Him then if the trouble had never happened". Bob also said that God renews His people through trouble because revival doesn't do it deep enough.
The last few years for me have been the hardest on my physically but they also have been the sweetest years as the Lord has given me time with Him that I would never have scheduled or done on my own. My health challenges have really been a blessing in disguise. (Did I really say that?)
#7- "In the midst of corporate discipline, God has an agenda for your life personally".
Hard times are coming! Do you know what God's call is for your life? Whatever you do and you are passionate about, do it! (as long as it lines up with God's Word). God has uniquely designed you for this season in time. You are here for a reason! Psalm 37:4 tells us that as you delight in the Lord, He puts desires in your heart....those desires are in line with His will and call for your life. We each need to do our part and God will do the rest!
Ken and I hope that at least one of these principles spoke to you in some way or another. We pray that God is drawing you into a deeper and more intimate relationship with Him. We also pray that you have ears to hear His voice in a way you've never heard before.
Ken and I have people tell us that they don't hear God's voice or that the only way they do is through the Word of God (which is very good). God has given us a passion to teach and activate people on how to hear God's voice. We do outings often and are speaking in front of small groups and churches. If you are interested in having us help you, please send us an email.
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Ken & Michele Cole
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PREP 2 April 13 - 14, 2012 - Fee $45.00
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ARK's Second Preparedness course (PREP 2) builds on the concepts and principles introduced in PREP 1.
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In the long-term strategy, the focus begins to shift toward being a resource to others when the infrastructures are damaged or unavailable for an extended period of time (weeks or months). This will include Building Spiritual Resilience as well as developing the strategies for the 8 essentials outlined in PREP 1. PREP 2 will involve demonstrations and hands-on skill development. An extended resource guide will accompany this training.
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