Wed, Jan. 22, 2014 Posted: 01:19 PM
Seminar Instructor Bill Gothard first introduced me to the ways of God during one of his seminars; however, Mickey & Sandy Freed, Regional Directors of Dr. Bill Hamon’s CIN ministry, taught me to honor “God’s Word, Will & Ways”. They taught me that, if I just tried to live only by “his (written) Word” or by “his (written) Will” or just by “his (perceived) Ways”, I would not fulfill the intended purposes of God’s Kingdom and my destiny. Why? Because I needed to discover that God’s Word, Will & Ways work together synergistically to enable me to fully know and experience God’s best. Thank you Bill Gothard and Mickey and Sandy Freed!
I’ve observed many churches that emphasize the teaching of the written Word of God and the Will of God, while not teaching their people about the Ways of God. So, I’m writing this article to highlight the “Ways of God”. Proverbs 4:5 says, “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.” This teaching has enabled me to get both wisdom & understanding. Maybe it will do the same for you!
Interestingly, the New Testament teaches that God’s (living) Word is Jesus, God’s Will comes from the Heavenly Father and God’s Ways are realized by empowerment of the Spirit of God. Like the God head (Trinity), God’s Word, Will and Ways work together in unity and harmony. You can’t have one without the other, because they are “one” like God made mankind – one person, yet three – body, soul and spirit.
Each of us can expect that God’s major dealings with us will be in harmony with His basic ways. He wants us to know these ways so we can properly respond to the events He brings or allows in our lives.
The following three processes illustrate a basic example of God’s Ways, 1) The Birth of a Vision, 2) the Death of a Vision and 3) the Supernatural Fulfillment of a Vision. The ways of God have been clearly identified and experienced for thousands of years, but like gold, we have to dig deeper and longer to discover it. This is affirmed in Jeremiah 29:13, “And ye shall seek Me and find Me when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.”
I believe that each of us can expect that God’s major dealings with us will be in harmony with His ways. He wants us to understand these ways so we can properly respond to the events he brings into our lives.
BIRTH OF A VISION
Each one of us has special purposes for being here. God wants to reveal them to us.
1. ABRAHAM had a vision of being the father of a great nation.
2. JOSEPH had a vision that he would be a great leader and that many would bow down to him.
3. MOSES had a vision of leading his own people out of slavery in Egypt.
4. THE DISCIPLES of Jesus Christ had a vision establishing and being an important part of the Kingdom of God.
5. A GRAIN OF WHEAT has a “vision” of reproducing itself and many more grains of wheat.
DEATH OF A VISION
The expectations God gives us are powerful motivations to continue during discouragement.
1. SARAH was barren and became too old to have children.
2. JOSEPH brothers sold him to some merchants and he became a slave. Later he was falsely accused and condemned to spend many years in prison.
3. PHAROAH and the people he wanted to deliver from slavery drove him out of Egypt.
4. JESUS was killed by the very ones that he came to save and the disciples saw Jesus buried in a tomb.
5. THE GRAIN dies and rots in the soil.
He usually fulfills our expectations in ways that we never would have thought.
1. GOD gave Abraham and Sarah a son in their old age who became the father of a great nation.
2. GOD enabled Joseph to interpret the dreams of the butler, baker and later the King, whereupon, he was made a ruler in the land – second only to the King.
3. GOD gave Moses signs and wonders to convince Pharoah and the people he wanted the best for that God had sent him and his God was God.
4. GOD raised Jesus from the dead and great miracles were performed by the disciples, eventually spreading the Gospel throughout the whole world.
5. A HARVEST springs up out of the very process of death in the death.
I Believe That is why the Apostle Paul wrote:
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
I especially love to sing songs that have words right out of the Bible! Don’t you?
I love this song! Listen to Galatians 2:20 beautifully performed in a great tune as sung by my cousin, Pastor Dan Dean, of Phillips-Craig & Dean!