Ok, so I’m actually curious for your thoughts here. You might look at this and just think duh, that’s what these guys have been talking about, but I feel like the things I’ve been hearing from Sadhu and Neville I have in my head, but I’m slowing getting revelations from the Word itself about this.

It began much like most of these, listening to someone. This time it’s a new guy, Walter Beuttler. I have actually heard him mentioned by Neville in the past, I believe he was one of his mentors as he grew. His ministry was somewhere between the 30’s to 60’s or 70’s. You can find some audio of him on the Academy of Light store. He’s actually got some really good information on living in the Spirit. I think it’s pretty basic pentacostal revelation, but it’s areas that I don’t have much experience, so that part even is good. I’m sure I will go more into it, as I get farther into his teaching.

So let’s just go to scripture.

But just as it is written, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

I expect most of you to recognize this verse.  We hear it often, especially talking about Heaven, even though the passage is not discussing that.  What you may not have done(like me) is to look up the “just as it is written” portion.

For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear,
Nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him. – Isaiah 64:4

Did you catch something different there? Notice the ending. We can’t imagine what God has in store for those who love Him, or wait on Him. Odd that while Paul referenced the old, he slightly changed the wording.  Walter Beuttler actually describes this as two parts of the same concept. Waiting is the more physical/action part, loving is the soul/purpose of it. So when you wait upon the Lord, you can’t imagine what he will do for you.

That short detour brings me back to my point.  Basically we cannot comprehend what God has prepared and how He will act on behalf of those who wait on Him and love HIm.  Think about that for a minute.  Those who wait upon Him, He acts on.

Now, let’s jump to one of my new favorite verses.  We’re going to Hebrews 11, you know, the faith chapter.  We start with the basic definition of faith

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1

Good definition, but sort of vague.  The type of thing you nod your head to, but have trouble wrapping your hands around, now we jump down to what I like better as a definition of faith.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. – Hebrews 11:6

So this verse is telling us that to please God we must have faith, and then tells us about that person with faith.

1. They must believe that God exists
2. They must believe God rewards those who seek Him.

Other translations says something like “those who diligently seek Him”.  So we believe God, and we seek Him.  What is missing here?  When you come from the typical church again, we believe to please God we need to witness to so many people, to host small groups in our home, go on mission trips, and basically do whatever other service to the church we can.  I believe these are all good things in their place, but their place is in seeking God.  You see, the core of our faith is to seek God.  To seek Him we must love and wait upon Him, how else will we know what he has prepared for us.  As Paul tells the Ephesians that:

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling. – Ephesians 1:18

Until we come to know Him, until we seek Him, we cannot please Him.  In that seeking, waiting and loving, we find ourselves doing those services that He asks and leads us.  I can’t help but remember right now how the Lord met with Kenneth Hagin and told Him it was time to start his ministry, after he had been serving as a pastor of a church for years.  Kenneth Hagin asked what he had been doing, and the Lord answered that He had never asked Him to do that.

If we want to be more pleasing, if we want to be the most fruitful, we must know His will first.

Thoughts?  It’s easy to take this route as an excuse to not serve in other capacities, I think it only makes sense to those who are wholly dedicated to finding God.  I continue to find that I believe I am not there.  I still hold on to things too much, but the Lord continues to work.  I continue to write, I continue to seek.

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