Thursday, 27 July 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 28

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES : THE DIFFERENCE, TURKEYS AND EAGLES
“He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.” Psalms 103:7 KJV

The first three capsules in this series gave an introduction into this topic. By now it should be obvious that there are differences between BLESSINGS and MIRACLES. The working definitions we discussed in capsule one are crucial to the understanding of things. In summary Blessings are God's spoken favour over our lives that make the natural laws yield exponentially good results or work to our benefit (Genesis 26:12). Whereas Miracles suspend the natural laws to a desired purpose . For those joining us newly, I will advise you to go through the previous three capsules to have a full understanding of where we are. A lot has been said that requires pondering . I ended the last capsule on a personal note to prepare you for the next phase of our discussion.

He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.” Psalms 103:7 KJV

Psalms 103:7 paints a vivid picture , it says God made His WAYS known to Moses and His ACTS to the children of Israel. Can you see the difference? Moses got to understand God's character, reasons for doing things and preferred method. But all the children of Israel saw were the acts or Miracles. This is a sad commentary on the children of Israel. This explains why they never grew spiritually, the reason why they murmured perpetually and eventually all the adults that left Egypt died in the wilderness. How can you explain it, people who have just seen God demonstrate His power with Ten plagues, the Red Sea parted for them but swallowed the greatest Army in existence then and yet at the first appearance of any obstacle would rather go back into slavery ?

The first consideration to note is that a constant desire for miracles is not only an evidence of immaturity and lack of understanding of God's order. It will also stifle and hinder your growth spiritually. You are like a child that can only handle processed food (milk) instead of the real deal (Hebrews 5:12-14). Miracles appeal to and gratify your carnality (your five senses) Matthew 12:39, 16:4. From our definition, by implication you are asking God to constantly suspend the workings of the natural laws, you have not taken time to understand His ways and learn to cooperate with them (Matthew 11:29, Isaiah 28:9). Whereas those who are walking in the blessings, have come to understand that He instituted the natural laws for a reason. They understand delayed gratification and Divine process. This difference is the dividing line between the TURKEYS and EAGLES . Everyone starts by desiring miracles all of the time and there is nothing wrong with that, the problem is when that is all you know and do not progress.

Like the children of Israel, constant dependence on miracles creates a high maintenance mentality and vulnerability. Invariably it leads to frustration and disappointment. There is danger for Church leaders who encourage this Miracle dependence mentality because it is attractive or that it draws crowd. In time, this same crowd would either wear you out or drag you down, because they are never satisfied. This was the reason Moses never got into the Promise land (Numbers 20:12). God is not always in the spectacular and not everything that appears supernatural is of God (1 King 19:11-13).

I sincerely hope that what we have discussed so far is of help, always remember that God created the Natural Laws from the foundation of the world and described them as very good (Genesis 1:31). He is not inclined to suspend them willy nilly, there are trigger factors that bring about miracles (we would consider some in the next capsule). If Sin/Evil had not entered the world there would not have been any need for miracles. We would consider further differences in the next few capsules, then the application. These are things that have had a drastic effect on my thinking and affected my life for good, it will do the same for you if you allow it.


CONCLUSION
DON'T BE A TURKEY. GOD WANTS US TO KNOW HIS WAYS, NOT JUST HIS ACTS.

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