God's Divine Plan for each one of us.
Reading 1Cor. 1:1-3 (Passion Translation)
The words "divinely" and "appointed" projects the idea of not being in control. That seems to be the issue and the reason why we do not experience outbreaks of the Spirit in our local churches? The biggest challenge to removing the obstacle so that the Spirit of God can move freely in our congregation's is to let go of the control; We must learn to trust Him. Learning to trust is difficult and almost impossible if we don't have a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. If we can't trust Him, then we end up substituting our plans and strategies in place of His manifestations. The fruit that comes from a relationship is that we learn to discern the Lord's presence in situations.
The plan of God:
1. God has a personal plan for each one of us. I look back at my experience in Toronto in 1994 when I received an intoxication of joy. Even though I could not understand it at the time, the one thing that reassured me was His presence. By the way, I am still flowing in that anointing only with a lot more understanding and depth than I had back then.
2. I can't take the credit it was nothing I deserved or had worked for It was God's sovereign will that I should find myself in the right place at the right time. Godfrey Birtill, a songwriter, wrote a song called, "Hijacked into Paradise," describing what it feels like being filled with ecstasy and joy.
I could relate to the words because it was just what I was experiencing, swept along in an ecstasy of joy that overwhelmed me at times and took me to places I did not predetermine to go.
3. The Lord told Peter that there would come a season in his life when the Spirit would lead him to places he did not plan of his own intuition.
4. Jesus proceeded out of the water after his baptism and Luke records that the Spirit "forced him into (or drove him into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil 40 days and 40 nights." (Luke 4:1-13)
The secret then to being lead by the Spirit and seeing more of His manifestations in our gatherings is to stay humble.
Confessing our need of a Comforter, a Teacher, a Guide especially when we do not know where we are going, just like our father of faith Abraham when he received his calling from God. (Gen.12:1-3)
Father God thank you for your plan and your appointed times in my life, even though I don't understand the direction you are taking me at times, I submit to you. Lead me deeper in my relationship with you. I love you and praise you from the bottom of my heart. My confession today is "there is only one God!" and you are in control and direct my paths.