I am finding it hard to literally describe how wonderful this year has been ~ as I search through my mind for words in the English language that would truly do justice to the wonder of God’s daily operations in my family’s adventurous-driven life. My answer to this great conundrum ends up being: it is as wonderful as today. Let me today explain.
Those of you who have know me for years have seen that I’ve always been driven for success, pushing the envelope as hard as I could ~ even taking extreme risks that I thought were necessary. In the last few weeks I have been questioned by many of my old friends who have known me since my younger years. They asked me what had happened to all of my great visions and dreams. I asked the Lord what I should say to them and the Lord told me, “Tell them to look you up in the New York Times.”
What the Lord was telling me was so important as to how I was to view myself. For Jesus said, “If I honour Myself, My honour is nothing: it is My Father that honoureth Me.” So I asked the Lord, “Why did You have me tell them to look up my name in the New York Times?” The Lord told me, “Because they are New Yorkers and that’s where the answer to their question will be answered.”
All my life I’ve sought the praises of men, so I would always I listen to what my elders told me. When I was a teenager leaving high school, they told me come up with a plan for my life. My ministerial leaders told me to make up a five-year plan and follow my plan. Everyone said, “Plan, plan, plan!” Now that I have turned 61, I am entering into the crowning-jewel years of my life. This is the time when the best actions I could ever accomplish will occur. And it is finally at this maturity in my relationship with God that I’ve learned it’s time for me to put aside all of my efforts and to rest in the perfect will of God.
Everything that He promised me He would do is happening now. But none of it is by my own human and intellectual efforts. Instead of planning, I am resting in the words of Jesus. Yes, there is no five-year or 10-year plan ~ or even a two-year plan. Instead, there is the simple childlike activity of listening daily to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and obeying every single action that He tells me to do each day.
The worry about tomorrow is gone. In the place of fretting is the expectation of what God promised me in His prophetic word. It is all going to come to pass exactly as He promised me. And this year I have seen Him fulfill His promises in my life on a day-to-day basis. The Lord promised my family a beautiful European vacation, and God fulfilled exactly His word.
God exceeded all of our expectations on our trip and paid every single expense, so that I came back with not one penny owed to anybody! Then the Lord fulfilled other promises that were so impossible, and they have already come to pass. As I look back at the first six months of this year, so much has been accomplished that it’s almost like a breath of wind had blown these miracles into my life.
Some of you might have seen the stress that I am facing, but that is not a true view of the picture. Because by God narrowing my vision down to one day at a time, it has been joy, upon joy, upon joy! In the opening sentence in the famous classical book “A Tale Of Two Cities” the author says, “It was the worst of times, it was the best of times.” Wow! How this classical phrase describes today. If you look at the news and the world around us, you will get the perspective that this is the worst of times.
But if you look at a Christian, and their joy at seeing God’s miracles working every day in their personal life as He fulfills every single thing He promised, then you suddenly see this is the best of times and that time is “today.”
It is so essential that each one of us take this second perspective, and first remember what the Lord promised you in His words to you privately. Then each morning as you wake up to greet the day, lay there in bed praying in the Holy Spirit until you hear His voice speak from your tummy and tell you what He wants you to that day. This is God’s voice.
That is why the apostle Paul, in the book of Hebrews, wrote these words: “Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” What this simply means is, whatever God speaks to you to do today do not resist it, do not brush it off. Instead, become obedient to exactly what He says for you to do.
Yesterday I was driving with my old friend Rabbi Shimon, who lives in Israel. We drove by a hospital and the rabbi said, “What’s that there? Who’s in there?” When I heard his words I knew it was what the Lord had spoken to me when I was waking this morning. The Lord had said, “Anything the rabbi asks you to do, do it.” I looked up at the hospital and realized it was where my old friend Mike Gopaul was staying.
I asked the rabbi if we could go and see Mike. The rabbi is not in very good health and was not able to walk up the stairs to Mike Gopaul’s room. So I went into the hospital, borrowed a wheelchair, and rolled the rabbi up to Mike Gopaul’s room. Suddenly the anointing of God came upon me and I begin to prophesy good health to the rabbi and to Mike Gopaul. Through faith I know that I will soon see Mike Gopaul completely healthy, in church at A Place To Meet Jesus.
Miracles like this will happen every single day if we will just listen to the still small voice of God. This has been the best year of my life, but I can’t wait for the rest of it to unfold before me. That’s because every promise God made to me prophetically is coming to pass. And the same will happen to you, in Jesus’ name. Amen!