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Sep7FriSeptember 7, 2012
As I was reading today in 1 Samuel 14 I found myself thinking about why so many want to follow man-made plans and then call it God’s plan. So many are following plans for their lives, families, finances and even their churches do this but they have no connection to scripture whatsoever but yet they thank God for the plan given to them???? Why do so many settle for the human plan and do not seek God’s plan for them as found in scripture. For instance so many leaders in todays church are desperately looking for “the plan” yet do not seek God for “thee plan”. The extra “e” makes a huge difference. In 1 Samuel 14:6 Jonathan said to his young armour-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.” (Please take note of that comment) 7 “Do all that you have in mind,” his armour-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” 12 The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armour-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.” So Jonathan said to his armour-bearer, “Climb up after me; the Lord has given them into the hand of Israel.” 14 In that first attack Jonathan and his armour-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.” This is where “thee plan” takes a turn. Now God begins to work. “Then panic struck the whole army—those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties—and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God. Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords.” So I say again why in the world do we settle for man made plans when we can have the almighty power of God on our side (something most churches do not have)? This next part talks about the army of Israel. The army once again was hiding in fear. Some had even switched teams. Here is the sad part. Once the Philistine army started to flee, the ones who had switched teams came back and the ones who were hiding joined in the battle. At the Rock we are a new church that is in spiritual warfare. We need people who willing to stand up to the enemy and say here I am satan just as Jonathon said to the Philistines. We need people who will step out and say, “I believe God will give us victory and move forward into battle.” I smiled after reading the part about switching teams. Since we have begun we have had many people taking a peak at the Rock but decided to go elsewhere. That is fine by the way but it will be interesting to see what happens when “thee plan” unfolds and the power of God begins to shake the ground and the enemy is thrown into confusion. Over this past year we have had people who don’t like the music, the loudness, the genre, the location, the chairs, the preacher, the smallness, it’s a church plant, the denomination or the programs and go somewhere else. We need people who don’t make a decision based on what you can see but make a decision based on what you see God going to do based on the word of God. Also don’t be of those who are hiding in the ground waiting for the tide to turn, waiting for God to move so you can see it. Step out in faith and expect God to shake the ground. Be part of the few who stood their ground and waited for the Almighty power of God to be poured out. Will you join with me wherever you are and say to Jesus as Jonathon’s armour-bearer said to him? “Go ahead; I am with You Jesus heart and soul. Believe with me that God is about to shake the ground.