The Lord woke me up and said, “I am calling your family and you personally to do an extreme prophetic act and intercession.” As I sat there on my bed I realized that the last 20 events that have been happening to my family and me this year have been leading to this one command. Even though a lot of unexpected distractions have happened and caused personal stress to my family and me, I knew all along God was in control and He was directing this event in my life for my place of perfection in God’s excellent will.
To be in God’s perfect will (or as brother Timothy Snodgrass would put it, being at the right place at the right time) is so important that it causes every other event of your life to fall back into the ashen-grey background of mere existence ~ so the true flamboyant coordinated colors of obedience are all you can truly see. And these colors are so magical that they are complementary and satisfying to all your sights and sounds ~ like the ringing of harmonious bells of cathedrals throughout the world. This is what the presence of God’s perfection is like.
I know what I am speaking about here appears to be metaphorical, but I am wanting each one of you to understand how complete the perfect will of God is, especially if you are finding that place of perfect perfection. Yet there can be incredible tension and stress if you are trusting in your flesh to understand what’s going on. But if you will simply trust like a little child, you’ll find that God has everything in perfect order.
Rarely does God tell us all of the details in advance, because if He did the enemy would also find out and try to mess up the details. So God’s reason for silence is not to hinder you, but instead to stop the attacks that would come against you. All you have to do is wait for His blessings. His blessing will overtake you and load you up with benefits you never could conceive of. (As matter of fact, I believe many of you this Sunday are receiving His blessings while you are reading this blog ~ so go ahead get blessed!)
And more blessings are coming, and more, and MORE! Do you realize that every single day of the rest of your life is going to be a day where you will experience God’s wealth of benefits that come from His blessings? And this is will go far beyond the possession of wealth, but includes the riches of family, health, peace of mind, family unity, money, houses, lands, possessions, grandchildren, great-grandchildren… everything ~ including the nation of America being blessed.
I said all of this to come to the key part of this message. And that is, to receive the full complete blessing of God you need to do some things that are very detailed and sometimes difficult. In the Scriptures many times it would have saved the king to obey the Lord, but he did not remove the idol groves. This detail was important to God but obviously it was not to the king.
Recently the Lord spoke to Timothy Snodgrass and said, “Pastor Richard has not done a small detail that I asked him to do last year. Tell him to obey everything.” When Timothy gave this message to me he also counseled me by saying, “Pastor Richard, sometimes to you it might not seem important, and you might be able to reason away with your human understanding for why you should not obey God. But this is where obedience comes into play.”
The thing that God had told me to do was to buy someone a gift that was very expensive ~ and the person did not even have the ability to presently use the gift. At the same time someone very close to them needed the exact same gift! I know this sounds confusing, but I want you to see the stress I was going through because my mind was reasoning against my commitment to obey the simple command of God. No wonder the apostle Paul said, “Oh wretched man that I am.” But in Paul’s case he obeyed the Lord and did what He said, like the great Old Testament kings of Israel.
To be honest with you, it was difficult on my part but I did finally obey the Lord involving this one subject. There was, however, another area that Brother Timothy warned me about. But on this one I am still waiting for the situation to completely play out regarding the matter of time it’s going to take. Only then will I truly know if I obeyed the Lord completely.
I am very excited to share all of this with you because obedience to God is so precious to me. And since I am your pastor I want you to know the value that I put on finding the perfect will of God in my life in every situation. I am hoping that you, too, will make a commitment to perfectly obey Him in everything you do.