In Malachi 3.10, God says, Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such a blessing that there will not be room enough to fill it.”
What a great promise! It relates to giving to God. Our money is not our own; it belongs to God. Have we learnt to give to God? Read Luke 6.38, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Again, the Lord Jesus says, in John 7.17: “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching of mine is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.” What the Lord is saying here is, Prove me now! If you will DO God’s will, you will know; it will be proved to you. Prove My teaching in your life; whether it is true or not!
The point I’m trying to make is that many of us just read the Bible and keep its words in our head. It is all theory, or doctrine, or head-knowledge in our life. And we think that if we have the right doctrine, it’s enough. Not at all! You can have all the right doctrine (call it ‘sound doctrine’) and you can yet be as ‘dead as a dodo’. I’ve seen enough of the Reformed Calvinist groups (Baptist & Bible Fellowships) in the U.S. to know that what I am saying is right.
We must prove God in our life by our Obedience, by our Surrender. By living a life that is based on the three principles of ‘Holiness, Obedience and Humility’. If we lack these three qualities in our Christian life, we are blind and will presently fall into a ditch. God is a practical God, a real throbbing God. And if you want to experience Him in your life, the pathway is Obedience. Have you surrendered your all on the altar of the living God? We are living in perilous times. The plague Covid19 has spread all around the world. The latest figure is over 10 million cases, and Covid deaths have crossed 500,000. Are you ‘preparing to meet your God’? Amos 4.12.
Your riches hoarded for yourself will soon have no value. Your lands and properties kept for yourself will soon wither and dry up. What are you doing in the matter of Obedience to God, in the matter of Giving, in the matter of living a Holy and Humble life?
I have discovered that God is true one hundred per cent! I am not perfect; I have many faults and failures. But I know this: that if I have surrendered my will to the will of God, in total surrender and obedience, and determined to give Him first place in my life, then God will take up the challenge and prove to me that He is a living and true, a faithful and compassionate God.
I have noticed, that ever since the breakthrough in my life came on June 16th 2020, God has been showing me many things. I am able to see more clearly. I am walking in a new light. My mind is clear. There are no worries or fears or doubts or uncertainties. It’s like living close to the Lord. It has taken 30 years (from the time I was born again) for me to prove in my life that God is very REAL.
Even in the smallest things, God shows me what to do. There is more courage, more faith, and, yes, more ‘fear of God’. If I don’t do my Quiet Time, God has made it clear: the whole day is upset! If I don’t do Family Prayer, my conscience says, Get up and do it, or you will get no sleep! I am in His eternal bonds; it is a wonderful thing to be ‘a prisoner of the Lord’.
I am still on my spiritual journey. I still have a lot to learn. But it is amazing how the Bible speaks to me in my Quiet Time and in Family Prayer. The best thing is that I am happy to be ‘hidden’ in the secret place with God; no craving to preach, no desire for publicity. The hidden life is the best life. Remember Elisha praying in the secret place and the king of Syria thwarted again and again, 2 Kings 6. To have that power with God is more than sufficient for you and me, O child of God! To enter the realm of hidden prayer and hidden giving and bold loving and bold encouraging and inspiring and comforting, and getting the feeling that rivers of living water that have started flowing… it’s amazing. A different world altogether.
I am writing this is haste, since I don’t want to forget putting down on paper what the Lord has been doing in my life this last fortnight. Of course, there have been stages over the last 30 years – a lot of it covered by pain and fear and worry and dark clouds, a lot of it the experience of ‘enduring the cross’, a lot of it experiencing the hatred of the enemy – but, through it all, the Lord has been faithful. He carried me through in His everlasting arms, and on His faithful shoulders. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the God of Phil 1.6. “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Hallelujah! Praise Him!