During my Bible reading the Holy Spirit answered a question a disgruntled Christian recently posed to me earlier in the day:
"Why am I still sick? I have fasted, prayed, used proper nutrition, cleansed, etc. What else can I do?"
The Lord said: "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)
Submitting to God is not just in reading the Bible, prayer and fasting but in the entirety of your life. It has been said if Christ is not Lord of ALL, He is not Lord at all.
Many Christians call Jesus Lord, but dare not go to the uttermost parts of the earth to share and speak His Word to souls perishing for eternity. Yet Jesus commanded His disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel, this being His final words to His disciples (Matthew 28:20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).
Yet North American Christians use Christ to "be blessed", but thereafter leave Christ and His great commission (which ultimately is a divine commandment) by the waistside as they pursue their own agenda and will.
It is very hard to have God's blessing without first embracing God's heart and will for the world (John 3:16). Most North Americans are so in love with and worshipping the dirt they live on, they couldn't bare for a second living in a foreign country to save souls for the glory of God.
Meanwhile they suffer for not seeking first the kingdom of God and the will of the Lord. Yet if they would humble themselves and do so, all they desire could easily, graciousy and generously be given to them of the Lord (Matthew 6:33; Psalm 37:4).
"God who did not spare His only Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32)
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich" (2Corinthians 8:9).
Yet as long as you lack the heart of God for the nations of the world for whom Christ died, neither you nor Christ shall be satisfied (Isaiah 53:11; Hebrews 2:10).
The pleasure of the Lord however shall always abound with prosperity (Isaiah 53:10) and the Spirit of God within obedient and willing disciples does always bring prosperity (Acts 5:32; Isaiah 1:19; Acts 8:29-30; 2Chronicles 24:20).
How can we not prosper when we align ourselves and partner with the God of glory for whom are all things and by whom are all things?
Yet if you reject and forsake the commandments of the Lord you cannot prosper (2Chronicles 24:20).
The willing and obedient however delight in the Lord (Isaiah 1:19) and happily follow Christ (Mark 1:17) right into their personal promised land full of wealth and rejoicing (Acts 20:32; Ephesians 1:11,18; Romans 8:17).
Jesus taught us to pray, "Thy Name, Thy kingdom, Thy will be done." (Matthew 6:9-10) Yet most Christians live for their name, fame and self-centered will wherein God's glory and blessing is never found.
And yet we arrogantly get angry at God when we are inwardly and physically ill and in prosperity do not abound.
http://www.PaulFDavis.com - worldwide minister and author of God vs. Religion
http://www.PaulFDavis.com/supernatural-power truly life in the Spirit is more fun and fulfilling... that is if you can take up your cross, lay down your American comforts and go into all the world for the glory of Christ!