Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
In order to experience the supernatural life in Christ Jesus, you need to correctly position yourself. You must position yourself to receive the full benefits of God’s wonderful promises. But in what way or manner do you correctly position yourself with God? The first thing is to position yourself to hear from Him.
Whatever your situation, you cannot be free from fear or anxiety unless you hear from God. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Notice, no hearing no faith! What’s more, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). When you position yourself to hear from God you also position yourself to build faith, and this is pleasing to God. Hearing from God is essential to your success and wellbeing! It makes way for God’s blessing.
Every time you position yourself correctly – God responds. God is a God of intimate relationships. He wants to converse with us – one on one. Conversation is a blessing that He pours out. So to hear God, we must position ourselves for “conversation.” In doing that, we need to position ourselves to hear and react to God, rather than telling Him when to meet with us. No wonder we feel powerless! It’s not about our “quiet time.” We’re not trying to put God into our schedules. We’re trying to make God’s schedule ours. If you’re just starting out listening to God you must discipline yourself to listen to the “still small voice” inside you – the Holy Spirit. God does not yell at you. In 1 Kings 19, the Lord was not to be found in any great and spectacular manifestations, but in a ‘gentle whisper’.
Remember, you need to be able to clearly hear that “gentle whisper.” Your goal is to hear the gentle whisper in a crowd, above your worries, and in spite of the enemy’s accusations. You need to train yourself to hear God at any moment. So instead of scheduling a quiet time, you need to practice becoming still and doing what He says – whenever He says it. The question is, How tired are you of being conquered rather than conquering? Well, your faith demands action. The best way to start is by studying His word. Why? Because you must first become very familiar with His voice, if you are going to recognise it. Especially in the midst of a crisis!
The trouble with “hearing” is that often what we believe and feel comfortable with affects how we hear. We endeavour to interpret everything we hear in the light of what we already know. This kind of hearing rejects what is not consistent with what you already believe. Such hearing is dangerous when you are trying to position yourself correctly with God. It is little wonder that Jesus warns us to take heed as to how we hear. How we hear is identified in Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word (“rhema”) of God.” “Rhema” is the revealed word – a word that God has brought to light, which is specifically directed at you. And this word will always line up with the words He has already written (by His Spirit) in the Bible. For that reason, your “hearing” has to be measured against the Holy Scriptures. Quite simply, how you start off hearing is to study the Word and then let God breath life on a verse (a word) He has for you.
So the first thing you must do is to position yourself to hear from God, the next is to position yourself to receive from God. In order to receive anything from God you must place yourself in a position to receive from Him. A good example of this is found in Luke 19:1-10, the story of Zacchaeus.
In verse 3, Zacchaeus sought to see Jesus. Zacchaeus was a rich man who had heard about the Lord. People were lined up along the road to see Jesus as he passed by. Zacchaeus being short could not find a place where he could see so he ran ahead of the crowd and climbed a sycamore tree. Nevertheless, Zacchaeus had to see who Jesus was. The Lord had never met the man, yet when He passed under the tree He looked up and called him by his name, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down for today I must visit your house.”
When Jesus called Zacchaeus by name he quickly got his attention. So Zacchaeus climbed down out of that tree as fast as he could and received Jesus into his home joyfully. Now observe what Zacchaeus said, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” This was not a faith statement of what he intended to do. He actually did it right there and then! He said, “Look Lord! Here and now I give…” Talk is cheap but actions will bring abundant blessings to your households. Notice, Zacchaeus called Jesus LORD. He came to see a man but found the Lord. Zacchaeus pasted the test that the rich young ruler failed. He made Jesus Lord over His wealth. And in doing so He positioned himself correctly to receive salvation and more! You too must put yourself in a position to see the Lord and for Him to see you. For when you see the Lord you are close enough to receive a blessing! How do you do this? You see Jesus in the Word of God – He is the Living Word!
Some may still ask, how do we become blessed? It’s fairly simple. Position yourself for a blessing, and you will be blessed. It’s not that you need to wait for God to decide to bless you. God wants to bless you right now! God will bless you now, if you position yourself for blessing– spiritual blessing, physical blessing, moral blessing, financial blessing…
Blessing is not magic … It’s not chance … It’s not a throw of the dice or a spin of the wheel. If there’s an area of your life in which you are not being blessed, could it be that you haven’t positioned yourself for blessing? It’s often that straight forward.
But don’t forget, whenever you are blessed, to bless God with thanksgiving!
Scripture of the day: “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” ~ Psalm 69:30 KJV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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