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God’s Idea of Higher Education

Many of us have received a Desire, Calling or Word that God wants to use us in the ministry, in one way or another. Often the first thing we do in response is to try to figure out what kind of training or education we will need in order to fulfill that calling. But God wants to train and educate us Himself, personally, because at the end of the day our calling and purpose is to be with Him.

God knows what plans He has for us, so He will train us for specific projects. Often these projects aren’t something we would normally value, like learning patience with ourselves or being okay with being misunderstood, but they are vital to learn on the road to receiving Life in our soul.

God knows what wounds need to be healed, what lies need to be overcome with Truth. We each have our own history and beliefs, but God knows what they are even when we don’t, so He can speak the exact truth we need that dispels the lies. He can shine the exact light into our darkness that restores our soul rather than burdening it.

God knows our soulical strengths and weaknesses, and character flaws, because He gave them to us. Yes, that’s right, He gave us our weaknesses and character flaws. Without them we wouldn’t need help, we wouldn’t need Him. Instead through the training process, when He is in charge of it, He shows us our negatives, and turns them into valuable gems according to His plans.

God knows our desires, since he gave them in the first place. He provides encouragement and correction, fellowship and stamina, discipline and ever-increasing freedom. All for our benefit. Because He knows what we’ll need, and He wants us to be prepared to make the most of every circumstance.

Part of our education will be learning how to work His way — how to research, try new things, make mistakes, learn from others. How to trust, and how to go to Him when we are betrayed. Training is work, but if we start with our end in mind, being one with God, He will take us the shortest route to getting there.

One of my favorite examples of God’s education philosophy is when God went looking for a replacement for his prophet Elijah. At the time, there were several Schools of the Prophets in the area, each of which were no doubt cranking out excellent prophets year after year. But God didn’t choose from one of them. Instead God wanted a prophet He could call His own, a Prophet He could train to speak for Him, to do things His way. He sought out someone that had no prior calling or education, who may not have even had any interest in godly things, but God called him from his task to train him Himself. Elisha was out doing his thing, being himself, when God interrupted his life and began the bumpy process of making him into His Prophet.

Don’t get me wrong, a formal education can be a great thing, IF the Lord sends us there and IF while we’re there we learn from the Lord and not just from our instructors. As long as we view the school as a tool and opportunity that God is using to train us, we can eagerly learn from those who have paid the price for a strong relationship with God.

Finally, if you have a desire for some kind of formal ministry it doesn’t mean you have to get a formal education. God Himself will train you, and then you will be sent, protected, provided for and directed by Him. It’s better, safer, to be sent and kept by God then to rely on whatever so-called protection we think there is in a denominational, ministerial or organizational structure.

So how do we enter that school? How do we get God to pick us? Good News! He already has picked us, we just have a hard time accepting and acting on it.

As usual we start with giving God more Time and Attention. We take His training seriously, but don’t take it too personally. Those whom God loves, He disciplines. He won’t let you go through His school without being changed, without being healed, loved and freed. God has BIG things for you to do that will be satisfying and exciting. Have Fun!

“Lord, I want to be taught by You. I want to enter Your School of Ministry, Your King’s College. I’m open to being changed without knowing the final result. I’m available, teach me!”

Just Say “Yes”

I’ve spent a lot of time driving lately, and ended up listening to a lot of Bible teaching on the radio. I noticed a sense of depression and burden toward even what I usually really enjoy doing. Pausing to check with the Lord, I was struck by several of the phrases I had heard on the radio; maybe not so much the words, but the approach to this world’s challenges that was presented. Rewards for suffering. Bearing other’s burdens. Treasures in heaven.

It is so much easier to be negative about, well, just about anything. On our own we tend toward the negative, and have to really work to be positive.

So, we’ll have to learn how to work. To overcome. To accept and focus on the positive. To enjoy God’s Yes.

Can you know God without a doubt? Yes.

Can you hear His Voice clearly. Yes.

Can you know He loves you now? Yes.

Does He have wonderful treasures, freedom, healing for you now? Yes.

Will we have to work to enjoy them? Yes…

Not to receive them, No…

But to enjoy them, yes, it may be work.

So, it’s daylight, let’s get to work 🙂

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Getting Healed Results in Our Investing Our Inheritance as Sons of God

The more we experience healing, the more of God’s life is flowing to and through us. Part of that life is the desire to carry out His purposes on this earth. He chooses how He works through each one of us, yet in every circumstance He is also teaching us to grow up into the full stature as His Son Jesus learned while He walked this earth. Though the task of redemption has been completed, each of us has a project (or projects) God wants us to be working on while we are here. Not because He needs us to do it, but because part of our dependence training is learning how to wisely steward our inheritance, the Kingdom.

Reminder: YOU are not wounded!

We are spending a good deal of time on the process and details of getting healed because it is important to God as well as to us. It is imperative, however, that we not form a new identity of being a “Wounded Person,” even a “Wounded Person Getting Healed.” Who you truly are, in your spirit, is NOT wounded, and doesn’t need healing. Your true identity is as a spirit being, whole, complete, perfect and entire NOW. Keep things in perspective; though we give this learning process the time and attention it deserves, we don’t give it ALL of our time and attention.

Conclusion: Overcoming Hindrances

Overcoming the hindrances to getting healed is a process that can be learned. As in all other aspects of the relationship between our soul and our spirit, there is a dichotomy of activity. We don’t get healed, or even learn to get healed, out of our own strength, but we join God on His terms in the teaching and healing He is doing in our lives. We recognize what He’s doing, asking for ways to join Him, willingly making mistakes as we learn. Success will not depend on how we feel, think or act, so don’t count on it feeling good (or bad), being easy (or hard), or making sense (or no sense). The results of learning to get healed are worth the effort, though, as we’ll soon see.

How Can I Judge How I’m Doing? If I’m Successful? If I’m On the Right Track?

God doesn’t want us to wait until we die to find out if He’s going to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I mean, it’d be a little late, wouldn’t it? So how can we know how we’re doing now?

Well, ask the Judge. Unlike in the Olympics, our Judge is also our Coach, Teammate and Biggest Fan. He has walked this way before, and knows what it’s like. Most often we will find that we are much harder on ourselves than He is.

God does want us to know how we are doing, so He will often give us tokens of accomplishment or graduation appropriate to what we have overcome. He knows we need encouragement, and does what He needs to in order to keep us coming to Him for that encouragement. But be aware that His affirmations are not like ours… His score card is much simpler!

For many years I was very afraid of dealing with anything demonic. But there came a point in time when I knew that if I continued in the direction the Lord was taking me I would have to face and overcome this fear. So I told the Lord I was willing to be taught in this area, even though I was still afraid of my reaction. Well, without going into details, a few weeks later the Lord orchestrated a situation where a demon manifested itself into the room where I was working. When this happened all I felt was curiosity, then surprise that I wasn’t afraid. From that time on I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that even these things are all completely under His authority and control. To me, this was not only an encouragement to continue to proceed in the direction I was heading, but a reward for allowing Him His choice and method of teaching.

While we are here on this earth our battlefields consist of overcoming the world, the flesh and the devil. You know you’ve overcome in an area, or achieved a goal, not because it’s finished or a deadline met, but because you can rest in dependence in that area.

How Can We Recognize Success?

Because of the nature of Christian success, it is often hard to recognize. So our motivation should not be derived from how we’re doing, how we’re measuring up. But measuring our success IS one way God encourages us; we just need to know what His standards are (again, His standards will be based on bringing us into dependence on Himself).

First of all, the Kingdom of God is entered, not built. His work is complete. Our spiritual walk and work is complete in Him. So where is the activity and change? In the soulical realm, with the physical following after. Our goal is to enter into His rest, not to become more productive, build His Kingdom, or even to make disciples of all nations (remember Jesus didn’t send out everyone, only those who had first come to Him, and had learned dependence on His Father).

So recognizing success will be a private thing, centering around a restful dependence. That’s not to say that a successful Christian walk is passive; far from it. It’s just active in a different way. Jesus’s walk on earth was the perfect example of a dependent life, yet the last thing we would say was that He was passive. But His motivation to act, His ability, His power all came through His depending on His Father.

This dependence must be experienced to be truly understood, and as we cooperate with the Lord we can be confident that He is working it into us, but a common example of dependence is the vine and the branch. All the branch has to do is be still and receive the life coming through the vine. In its season, fruit is borne, effortlessly, though through the branch. It is the vine that produces the fruit, the branch simply receives the life. As the life passes through its being, what was already there is en-livened and creates after its own kind. So we as the branches needn’t be concerned with how, or how much is being produced through us by His life flowing through us, unless the Lord specifically brings it to our attention.

Here’s an example the Lord gave me to remind me to rest on a regular basis: On my sliding glass door I’ve got a birdfeeder that’s held on by a couple of suction cups. The birdfeeder keeps the birds from hitting the glass, as well as feeding them up-close and personal so I can enjoy them. But what makes it work is the suction between the glass and the suction cup. All the suction cup needs to do is nothing; its purposes are being fulfilled without it doing a thing but being what it was meant to be. It just hangs in there! (You may want to ask the Lord to make this concept real to you; He’s a personal God, and knows what has meaning for you!)

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