Written by Apostle Bill Click of The River of Power Ministries
At times, we can all get the feeling that the Lord is saying something to us, but not in words. We feel as though there must be a message behind the lack of answer to prayer, or the seeming endless circumstances that do not change, or by getting right to the door of breakthrough but not being able to go through.
Sometimes, God is so jealous for our hearts that He allows difficulties in our lives to remain so that He can become and stay more important to us than blessings, increase, advances, promotions, prosperity, etc.
In such seasons, we need to see ourselves as inheritors of a faith walk, more than we are proponents of faith’s power. We need to reconnect with the essence of what it means to have a relationship with the Lord as He designed and determined it would be. Really, we initially see that in Genesis with Abram.
God told Abram: “Behold, I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward” (Genesis 15:1). God said that He Himself would be the reward in Abram’s life. That was enough to propel him forward into the greatest adventure of His journeying. By embracing God as His reward, Abram became Abraham: the “father of many nations” (Genesis 17:4-5).
God’s people will always need to look to Abraham as a foundational reference for walking with God. “The just shall live by faith” is a revelatory foundation first seen in ways which “produced” through Abraham’s life.
We see confirming evidence of this throughout the Gospels, where the religious elite of the day repeatedly resisted Christ by maintaining that they were children of Abraham. Although they understood the genealogical aspect, they were disconnected from the spiritual reality of it. Jesus defined what it actually means to be Abraham’s descendent, by saying “if you were Abraham’s children, you would do what Abraham did” (John 8:39 NIV).
We all have questions for God. But growth in the Lord really requires that we (instead) answer the questions He asks of us. When we allow Him to speak into our life at a level which goes beyond directional wisdom or prophetic encouragement, we can get to the root of His relationship and intentions with us. When it goes past words but still deeply probes us, God is asking some questions of us that will enable us to be changed by Him.
“When your reputation decreases with others and you are tempted to think less of yourself, am I enough for you?” asks the Lord (Philippians 2:7; 1 Corinthians 1:25-29).
“When what was once abundance becomes lack, am I enough for you?” asks the Lord (Philippians 4:11-12; Job 13:15).
“When you can no longer minister to those who don’t want to receive, am I enough for you?” asks the Lord (Luke 9:3-5; Ezekiel 3:1-11).
“When you feel you’ve become one who desperately needs to be ministered to, but can neither seem to find it or receive it, am I enough for you?” asks the Lord (Psalm 22:1; 2 Corinthians 12:8-9).
“When you are no longer favored by those who could help you, am I enough for you?” asks the Lord (Psalm 20:7; 62:8-11).
“When you become the humiliating target of those who once honored you, am I enough for you?” asks the Lord (Psalm 55:12-14; 1 Samuel 18:1-15).
“When the government seems to fail and the expression of faith which seemed so protected becomes discriminated against, am I enough for you?” asks the Lord (Acts 4:1-20; 9:19-25).
“If the church would have to go underground and depend on My Spirit to alert one another in order to meet, minister, receive and to support one another, would I be enough for you?” asks the Lord (1 Samuel 22:1-2; 1 Kings 18:4,13).
“When your environment becomes so cold and the ground so hard that none of My promises seem able to even be sown– let alone grown, am I enough for you?” asks the Lord (Jeremiah 4:3; Hosea 10:12).
“When I violate your understanding of My Word in order to work a greater grace in you to manifest Me in a way beyond your present doctrine and experience, am I enough for you?” asks the Lord (Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28).
BASED ON THOSE QUESTIONS, THERE ARE SOME CORRECTIONS AND REDIRECTIONS WE SHOULD EXPECT:
“The test is on our relationship, not your ability to produce,” says the Lord (Genesis 22:10-18; Matthew 4:2-4).
“The trial is on the paradox of believing that I am true and that what I said I’ll do– even when the process doesn’t seem to produce My purpose,” says the Lord (Romans 4:16-17; Exodus 14:13).
“The purpose is so that you will have My heart, not just My harvest,” says the Lord (Romans 8:29; 3 John 2).
“The power is in maturing you to trust Me as a child, not develop your strength of determination so that you believe in your self,” says the Lord (Mark 10:15; Matthew 23:12).
The Lord says:
“You are enough for Me– I have purposed everything for you and made THE just payment before any of this began. What I have done gives you all that could ever be asked for, and much more than you are able to imagine. But am I enough for you?” (Revelation 13:8; Romans 11:32; Ephesians 3:18-21).
“I just told someone: ‘Behold, I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward.’ You know the outcome of that which I said. He received Me as One greater than just what I could do for him. And look what I did through him. It may have been thousands of years ago to you but there is no separation of time in Me– My Covenant cannot ever become less important to Me,” says the Lord (Genesis 15:3; Revelation 22:13).
“My Son just told you Abraham is Father to you in these matters, that his lifestyle is the pattern for everyone who follows, so again: Am I enough for you?” asks the Lord (John 8:39-40; 57-58).
“The Spirit is revealing what I am doing, what I will do, and how I will work through you.” “Am I enough for you?” asks the Lord (Romans 8:14; 1 John 2:27; John 16:12-15).
Written by Apostle Bill Click of RIVER OF POWER MINISTRIES