Fresh Manna 2009© by Pastor Tim Burt
Hebrew 13:6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
God works behind the scenes and in the details of my life. I stood looking at evidence of it this morning and also heard His voice this morning concerning something I really needed help with. So, I’ll say it again. God works behind the scenes and in the details of my life. I know He wants to work in yours. Psalm 54:4 says, Behold, God is my helper… Hebrews 13:6 says, So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” If you need Him – and you do! – He can be found if you will take the time to sincerely seek Him though His Word and through prayer. Jeremiah 29:14 confirms this truth and promise. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from the present place that has made you a prisoner and bring you back to your former state of prosperity…
Why would God want to be your helper? He loves you and you and knows the true meaning of that word love better than anyone. He wants to help you because He is your Heavenly Father. Jesus taught us that our Heavenly Father knows and cares about the details of our life. So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like those who don’t know or understand me and who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. Matthew 6:31-33
First, become convinced of God’s love and desire to help and work in the details of your life. Then grow in discernment about what is and what isn’t God’s will that is going on in your life. You’ll need to pay attention to Jesus and what He said and did. Whatever you saw Him say and do reflects God’s will. Whatever you saw Jesus come against and work to undo, is Satan’s work. The Word of God makes it clear in many places including Jeremiah 29 that God wants good for you and not evil. Until you are clear on that, you’ll be confused and not pray with power and authority over your life or over others. The basis for all our prayers is not long conversations about all our problems, or whining, or anger at someone, or fear and doubt. The substance and foundation of all prayer is to know God’s will for each situation we face and pray according to His will. I’ll give you an example.
Two years ago, two women came to me to ask for prayer about their situation in their workplace. They each worked for a government agency. Each of them had similar problems. They had bosses and supervisors that harassed them because they were Christians. Their boss and co-workers knew they were Christians because they didn’t get involved in the water cooler gossip. They knew they were Christians because they worked so incredibly hard when most of the other workers just tried to skate through their day. They knew they were Christians because they didn’t engage in dirty jokes or sexual conversations or making fun of co-workers. They talked nice and worked hard. They didn’t wear their faith on their sleeve trying to share their faith because it was against the rules. They couldn’t even leave a Bible lying out. They simply reflected Jesus in their love walk and work ethic. I knew these two well and knew this was the case.
Each of there bosses had been lying about them and trying to get them in trouble so they could fire them, simply because they hated the Jesus they saw in them. One of these two started to get sick from the level of unmerited attacks she was facing. She started to use her vacation time just to get away from it. They both came to me in tears not knowing what to do. It made me so mad I wanted to go over and fix the problem myself. That would have been inappropriate and stupid. It was not my place to do so. But God is their helper and I knew He’d help. I took them to a verse in 2 Thess. 3:2-3. And pray that we may be DELIVERED from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. The Apostle Paul asked for prayer to be delivered from malicious people that were persecuting him just because of his faith. This is God’s will and what we should pray!
I prayed this with these two women with power and authority. The word was our basis for the authority and believing that God will work in the details is where power comes from. I prayed, “Heavenly Father, I thank you that you will deliver these two from the wicked men and women in their offices that hate them just because the love, represent, and live a godly life before you. Their lives are a living epistle and these men and women are being used of Satan to stop their witness in this place and drive them out. I thank you for delivering them. Either change the hearts of these evil people, or move them out, or promote these two women into a place of blessing, in Jesus name.”
I asked these two ladies to thank the Lord every day for delivering them from these people and circumstances. Every time I saw them I’d hear bits and pieces of how things were changing. Bosses were fired. Other cruel people were let go. Favor for them would come. This weekend one of them told me she just won two awards in the same month. She won Employee of the Month and Employee of the year. The other gal’s old boss was let go and her along with every person that had been mean to her. She was promoted this week because of her faithfulness and excellence and expertise in her areas of work.
This didn’t happen over night but it did change. The Word of God is the source of walking in authority and power that does bring God’s will into our lives. Seek to know it, pray it and be patient for God to work. He is in the details!
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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