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[00:00:01] Hi. How are you?
[00:00:03] I’m good.
[00:00:05] Great. Well, I’m so excited about today. To all of you out there listening, this is Danny Thomas again. And I’m super excited to be here on our next version of Sellers Calling You a Beatty. Michael. As you all know, Beatty is the CEO of Master Grabber and the creator, Agent Dominator, one of our top marketing experts in the real estate field. Beatty, I’m excited. What are we talking about today?
[00:00:30] Well, today on this radical faith call, which obviously has nothing to do with the real estate marketing, we’re gonna be talking about the topic of God’s timing versus man’s timing. Have you ever had those experiences in your life anywhere? Maybe God had indicated something was going to happen and it just keeps taking longer and longer and longer. It hasn’t happened. Or, you know, you’re seeking the Lord in prayer and asking for some sort of answer and or an outcome. And it just doesn’t seem to happen quite as quickly as you want.
[00:01:09] Ever had that goodness? Probably more times than I care to admit to.
[00:01:17] And I got frustrated one day, I’m sure, probably many days. And I said, what in the world is going on? Right. God. Until I made this. And yet, where is it? Like Abraham or back when he was Abraham, God said, you’re gonna have a son, Abraham. And you’re going to have descendants like the stars of heaven. You know how long it took for Abraham to get that promise?
[00:01:42] A very long time, 25 years.
[00:01:49] And yet he never wavered on something that Lord hit me. I’m reading through Hebrews and he’s talking about the men of faith. And one things that says that Abraham believe God for the promise and therefore he was willing to offer up his son, Isaac. And it hit me what that was really all about. I always thought that connection. And this has nothing to do with guys timing, but it kind of ties into it. And it dawned on me, faces in the amplified Bible says Faith is the title deeds of things we do not see yet. And so I was thinking was Abraham, you know, he has this title. The title Deeds says, through Isaac, all of these descendants are coming. And therefore, Abraham had no qualms about sacrificing his son because he knew the promise was good. The title, they would say, was solid and therefore nothing could sort that promise from coming true. So God, if you want me, I offer up Isaac. No big deal because I know something’s going to happen because you can’t fulfill your promise except through Isaac and therefore it’s all temporary. I just thought that was kind of a cool understanding.
[00:03:15] Yeah. Yeah.
[00:03:17] So let’s get into this whole topic of God’s timing versus man’s timing and where I think the problems come from. If I were to ask a couple of questions, kind of setting this up, the questions I would want to ask are going to be things like why does God delay in answering our prayers that are clearly according to his will?
[00:03:45] And I think it’s in James that if you pray according to his will, we know that he hears us. And if we know he hears that, we know that we will receive that for which we are familiar with that passage.
[00:03:58] Okay. So we’re asking clearly, according to God’s will. Here’s something that comes up a lot of times, especially for parents. Lord, I know it’s your will for my child to have a personal saving relationship with you and you pray for that child. He or she is now 20, 25 and 30. And 35 and 40. And 45 and 45 and 50. Okay. And your keep do you keep praying?
[00:04:24] And why isn’t God answering that? Or maybe another question. Sometimes we act on God’s promises and yet we don’t see the results we feel we should have. I think Abraham was perfect. Just kind of a case study on that. He’s living by faith. And yet where is this child? And then he has his child, Isaac, and he’s living by faith. And now God says to sacrifice him.
[00:04:50] And it seems like what God has promised and the fulfillment.
[00:04:58] Something’s missing in that. Gradient, does that make sense?
[00:05:02] Yeah, absolutely.
[00:05:05] Maybe another type of issue is God. I know you say I’m been healed. Why am I still sick? I’m praying for my healing. Or money. All these things in our lives where we can go back to scripture and we clearly see God’s promise.
[00:05:29] And we feel that that promise is spoken to us. The scripture gets into us that this is God’s promise to us, and yet we don’t see things happening. What’s happening? There’s lots of things that can be going on. Faith, belief, timing. But I want to try to bring some focus into timing on this call and to start off. I’d like you to read a passage for us. And the passage is Mark Levin versus 22, 23, 24. And just to kind of set the stage on this passage, disciples have just come to Jesus and asked a question. And Jesus is now going to teach them about faith. And that’s kind of where we are. But within faith is timing. And this is what’s going to be real interesting. So let me know when you’re ready.
[00:06:31] Okay. All right. I’m ready, Mark. Eleven, twenty or 24. Then Jesus said to the disciples, Have faith in God. I’m telling you the truth. You can say to this mountain, may you be lifted up and thrown into the sea. And that will happen. But you must really believe that will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything. And if you believe that you receive that, it will be yours.
[00:07:00] Ok, so here’s we kind of have two things going along. We have faith and timing. Obviously, we cannot pray.
[00:07:09] Without faith and expect to receive it, James says the person who doubts not expect to receive anything from the Lord. But then we also have an element of timing and the timing is in that very last sentence. So read that last part for me again.
[00:07:26] Okay, I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you received it, it will be yours.
[00:07:34] If you believe that you’ve received it is received past, present or future tense.
[00:07:44] Okay, so if you believe that you’ve received it. It’s already years. That’s what he’s saying, right?
[00:07:52] Mm hmm. When did you get it? Put the next part.
[00:07:57] It will be yours, it will be yours.
[00:07:59] This will be past, present or future.
[00:08:05] I actually think it could be present and future will be.
[00:08:11] Does that mean it’s right now?
[00:08:13] No, that’s future.
[00:08:15] Okay, so here’s the problem that we’re running into.
[00:08:21] Past tense. I believe I’ve already received it, but future tense will be granted to me. Do you see the problem?
[00:08:32] It’s a problem because in our physical world, everything is based on a linear chronicle chronological time. But when you get into the spirit realm. Time really isn’t quite so linear. And faith for the most part, has no time constraint at all. We may talk about that a little bit later on. I don’t want to go there, but I just want to kind of pose the problem that the problem we’re running into with God’s timing versus man is God operates in a different frame than we do. And faith operates in a different frame. Faith says you must first believe that it is years that you actually hold that title deed in your hand. And then in the future it’s going to be granted. You’re granted. And so now we go, Lord is mine. Where is it? Right? You say I’m healed. Where’s my healing? You say. He will be safe. Where’s the salvation? You say you’re going to get us out of this terrible mess we’re in. When is it going to happen? Because I’ve been praying a long time and it hasn’t happened. And so we have this constant stress in our life. If we’re not careful, but this level of anxiety and level of confusion as to what’s going on, and that’s that’s where the challenge starts to come. So I want to talk about two rooms. I want to talk about the spirit realm and the physical realm. And we see this used throughout scripture and even in our own vernacular, lots of different ways. You have the natural and you have the supernatural.
[00:10:15] That’s the same thing as the physical versus the spiritual, which is the same thing as the earthly realm versus the heavenly realm. All of these are basically interchangeable because there’s this contrast between what we see in the visible world and what actually occurs in the invisible. Are you following me so far on that?
[00:10:42] Yes. Yes.
[00:10:44] So here’s another question for you. If you were to put us on, put it on a scale and weight 1 as greater than the other. Are we?
[00:11:00] More natural or supernatural? Or said another way. Are we more physical or spiritual?
[00:11:12] Are you asking for my personal opinion? Yes. My personal opinion is that I am more spiritual than I am natural because I believe that my spirit is the only thing that’s going to live for eternity, either in heaven or in hell and in my case, in heaven. So I believe that I’m more spiritual than I am physical.
[00:11:32] Yes. And I would agree with that. And I would agree with it. For those same reasons. But I would agree with it for one additional reason. If you look at it as you look at authority and control, does the physical have authority over and therefore control over the spiritual realm?
[00:11:57] Or do you think the spiritual realm has authority and control over the physical realm? Or are they completely separate and neither one impacts the other? Which one do you think? Which of those three options?
[00:12:10] I think the spiritual has control over this goal, but I also believe that whatever you give the most control to or allow to control has the. The most authority over you. In other words.
[00:12:30] Yes. Yes. Yes, I agree.
[00:12:34] But if we can start with the premise. Or the truth that the spirit realm has authority and control over the physical realm and that there’s something there. It doesn’t mean that every single thing that occurs in the physical is driven by the spirit, but it does mean that in the hierarchy of things, the spirit realm has authority and impacts the physical realm much more than the physical realm impacts the spirit. It’s kind of a one way direction on a two way. There are things we do in our lives that can impact our life. But I would say that those things we do in our lives impact our lives first and foremost, because they either neglect what goes on in the spirit realm or they take advantage of what goes on in the spirit room. When we focus on ourselves and on our own situation as opposed to focus on God, we get one outcome. But when we focus on and trust in the Lord, we get a different outcome. Does that make sense? Yeah. So what we do in the physical impacts, but ultimately if we do in the physical is either rejecting or neglecting the spirit or it is falling in line with the spirit.
[00:14:02] And therefore it’s still the spiritual side of what goes on that makes the impact in our lives. Is that.
[00:14:11] Yeah, it’s a matter of fact, I was thinking when you were saying that I was just thinking about creation, creation of the world God created. He spoke and the world came into being. But all of that came after the spirit. That to me, I mean, that was just something that popped in my head. I’m like, okay, well, clearly the spirit realm has authority because the created world came through the spirit realm.
[00:14:40] Yes. Bingo. And so when we start to understand that, then things start to make a little bit more sense because we’re so trained, we only look in the physical, we don’t look in the spirit.
[00:14:53] And I’m not talking about we have to have spiritual, spiritual eyes and see in the spirit realm like a like a quote unquote, a or. But we can’t neglect what’s going on in that room. So let’s move into an element of the spiritual realm. And since you brought up creation, let’s go there real quickly. Let’s go to Genesis 1 1, Genesis 1 1.
[00:15:22] Genesis 1 1.
[00:15:24] Before you go out on me, I want to set the stage as we read these. We read them with an understanding of where we’re going. I want to show us that God transcends time. That God is outside of the realm of time. And because he’s outside the realm of time. What we think of this time or when something shouldn’t happen is different from our perspective than his perspective. And I want to first take that up from scripture and then I’m going to give you kind of walk you through an example of how this operates within our lives. And it’s really cool. So let’s let you region says 1 1 1 1.
[00:16:07] In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
[00:16:11] All right. So in the beginning, God created. In the beginning. God already existed. Does that make sense?
[00:16:27] So we have this first statement of guys, the eternal existence. That exists. I want to say even before time. Give me a moment. I’ll back that up scripturally. Let’s now turn to John 858.
[00:16:53] All right. John, eight fifty eight. Jesus answered, I tell you the truth. Before Abraham was even born, I am.
[00:17:06] So now we have Jesus claiming that he existed not only before Abraham, but that Jesus exists eternally. That’s what I mean. That means I am. It’s not that I was or I was created. It’s an eternal existence. The same as with the Lord. And we know obviously of God as these exist eternally so as Jesus because they’re one. All right. So let’s look at let’s look at Titus. 1 2. This is going to be really cool. We’re getting closer.
[00:17:42] We want to be. Go ahead.
[00:17:44] All right, Titus 1, verse 2. This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God who does not lie promised then before the world began.
[00:17:58] Promised before the world began, the amplified Bible says, before the world or the ages of time began. So now we’re getting a little bit closer that scriptures are starting to indicate God existed before time. But let’s look at one final verse. Let’s go to Jude. 1 and we’re going to read 24 and 25.
[00:18:30] June 1, 24, 25. Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away. And we’ll bring you with great joy into his Gore’s presence without a single fault. All glory to him. Who alone is God? Our Savior. Jesus Christ, our Lord. All glory, majesty. Power and authority are his before all time and in the present and beyond time.
[00:18:59] And that call for all time.
[00:19:03] And now beyond all time here, we have scriptural reference that says. God created time because God existed before time began. When we start to look at God’s promises. And the impact of this whole thing called faith, believe you have received it passed. And then it will be years, future tense. We can’t reconcile this problem in the natural because the natural is bound by time. But when we move outside of the realm of time now, it’s really easy to reconcile what’s going on. And the more we can understand from God’s perspective, the more we can live in a way that honors, the more we live by faith and faith in a very simplistic type of definition.
[00:20:01] I mean, it’s multifaceted, so you can’t just put it in a single box. But ultimately, faith is seeing everything from God’s perspective because it’s seeing it through his eyes and not our eyes through what he knows as truth, not what we think of as reality. This kind of forming making sense. So I want to I want to use a tube as an example. So picture a tube like a garden hose. Okay. So imagine right now you’ve got a 10 foot garden hose. With a 10 foot garden hose, it’s hollow all the way through and I can put water in the front end of that garden hose and that water is going to travel through the garden hose and go out the other end. Are you picturing the picture right now?
[00:20:54] Yeah, yeah.
[00:20:56] So this garden hose, in essence, represents time. Time starts at the beginning. You put some water in at the beginning and then over time it comes out on the other end. If we were to look at the garden hose as time, then you could say that that garden hose starts in Genesis, the creation of the heavens and the earth, and it ends in Revelation, the new heavens and the new earth and everything that happens through Genesis, through Exodus, through first and second Samuel into Chronicles, into the mind all the way through the New Testament. There’s this linear timeline that those events are traveling through this garden hose of time.
[00:21:52] Picture that if we were to take a zoom in on that garden hose. Now, that garden hose can represent your life. And my life from the point that we born travelling through to the point that we die, everything in our life is contained within that garden hose because that garden hose is time. Now, here’s something interesting in this garden hose. Let’s assume that you you were to become like the old movie, Honey, I Shrunk the kids. Right. So you become really tiny and you get a an inner tube and it’s really tiny and you start the journey at the beginning of that hose. All right. If there are waterfalls. This is a 10 foot hose. If there’s a big waterfall at marker number four foot and you’re just starting the hose, do you see those waterfalls?
[00:22:58] No. When did you get to see those waterfalls? When do you get to experience that waterfall, when you’re going through the hose, when it was like right behind you.
[00:23:08] About to take you out.
[00:23:09] That’s right. When you’re right there. Okay. Now let’s. Now, let’s assume for a moment did that garden hose is made out of clear plastic. Okay. So you’re the honey who shrunk the kids, let’s say. I know I’m the guy who shrunk the kids and I shrunk you and you’re starting on your journey through your hose and foot. Number four, there’s a raging waterfall. You don’t see it until you get there. But I’m outside of the hose. Do I see it before you get there? Oh, yeah. Do I see it as you begin your journey at the very beginning of the hose? Yes. Yeah. Not only do I see the waterfall at foot number four, but I see also what happens at foot number eight, nine and ten. Does that make sense? Yes. Why do I see it? You don’t.
[00:24:09] Because you’re on the outside.
[00:24:13] I’m on the outside looking in. So now let’s take this hose a little bit closer. So let’s say, for example, that I am God, I’m not. But let’s say that I was in this example and you were Penny and I see you traveling through your homes. And in that traveling through, you ask me, I really want this special gift. And I promise you, I have already given it to you. Now, you’re right now on foot. Number five. I put that gift at foot number six. Here’s the question. Did I already give you the gift?
[00:25:10] Have you already received it? No. Hold on. Pray you have received it. Have I given it to you?
[00:25:22] Yes. If I’ve given it to you, then have you received it? Yes. Okay. When will you take physical, physical possession of that gift?
[00:25:36] When I get to it, you get to it.
[00:25:40] So now we start to get this understanding. How can you receive past tense? And yet it will be your future tense. Okay. And you can receive it because when God gives a gift, he’s not operating inside of our homes. He’s operating on the outside of it because he created the hose. He sees the whole thing.
[00:26:12] Hmm hmm hmm hmm.
[00:26:13] He’s going to put that gift marker number six feet and says, I have given it to you. And then it’s your job to go down the hose until you receive possession, but you have to believe. Okay, so let me share some other fun implications of this.
[00:26:34] When was Jesus crucified? According to the Bible.
[00:26:40] As far as age.
[00:26:44] When was he crucified?
[00:26:47] Well, he was crucified in 30, and it was a time after Passover.
[00:26:58] And then when the time line.
[00:27:02] Was he crucified?
[00:27:06] Let’s say he was crucified on. It was Passover the next day. I believe the day after Passover is when he was crucified.
[00:27:18] All right. All right. So what year would that be, roughly? Generally speaking, let’s say.
[00:27:32] A lot of math, I guess we know about 33 is a calendar date. But here’s the question. According to the Bible, Quinn was crucified.
[00:27:51] That’s a good question.
[00:27:53] According to the Bible, he was crucified before the world began.
[00:28:00] Yes. Do you remember that that’s in Revelations crucified the lamb, crucified before the foundation of the world.
[00:28:11] So how could he have been crucified before the foundation of the world and yet. Two thousand years ago, we see him up on a cross.
[00:28:21] Yeah, that’s really good.
[00:28:26] What’s the implication? The implication is. Kind of a lot. Boy, this could go really deep if I’m not careful. So let me make it simple. So let’s go back to the timeline of just 2000 years. We’re going to keep this kind of simple at the point of crucified crucifixion or at that point of of Jesus becoming the lamb slain for the righteous to make us righteous.
[00:28:56] Then when you accept Christ as your savior. Are your sins forgiven immediately, immediately.
[00:29:10] Is it only past sense or future sense as well? Okay, but you haven’t committed those sins yet. So how can it be that when you ask Christ to come into your life, that you’re forgiven for all past sins? And those that have yet to commit.
[00:29:35] Well, because I’m not perfect and there’s only one perfect person, Jesus Christ, because I’m a human and not perfect. It’s very possible that I’m going to sin in my life. God’s saying I’m going to go ahead and take care of that.
[00:29:51] God’s guarding all say I’m going to take care of it. But a little bit more. Let’s look from God’s perspective, not man’s perspective. So I’ve got this. This 10 foot clear plastic garden hose in front of me that represents all of the generation of men from Genesis to Revelation. Somewhere around probably foot number five, let’s call it somewhere halfway in that process. It could have been before or after the physical time chronologically when Jesus comes to earth and is crucified. And at that point, God says sins are forgiven. Right.
[00:30:38] So when he says sins are forgiven, he’s speaking that truth outside of the timeline, outside of the tube. And therefore, it impacts the entire to not only those who look forward to the coming of the messiah and their faith was counted to them as righteousness, but also those that come after that chronological point in time that look backwards to what Christ did. Their faith is counted to them as righteousness and righteousness means a sense have been forgiven. Follow me. Yes. Okay. So what that means is that chronological point in time when we say, Lord, forgive me of my sins, please come into my heart. Just say whatever little simple commitment that we make. It is in the spirit realm already done for our entire life. We have been made righteous in our life, not just to that point. That’s kind of the technical reason. There is a very simplistic version of technical reason why when we’ve asked Jesus into our life, our sins are forgiven, including those that we have not yet done. We don’t know we’re going to do that, but God looks in that little clear plastic tubing, says, shame on you. But I’ve already forgiven you. He knows what’s going to happen and it’s all been forgiven.
[00:32:11] Yeah. Yeah.
[00:32:14] Okay, so then. We ask for a special gift or God gives us a promise of something to come.
[00:32:24] And now we have a slight variation to this tube that I have to make to help illustrate what’s going on within this timeline. Have you ever seen one of those little splitters that you can put on a garden hose that you screwed in one end and then it has basically to end so you can now have two garden hoses coming out of one? You know what I’m talking about?
[00:32:47] Yes, I do. Okay. So that is a decision junction on this garden garden hose of our time. So now here’s the point. I want you to understand. I want you to see if we can make this simple. So you’re cruising along because I shrunk you. You’re on your little inner tube going through your clear plastic tube of your life and you don’t know what’s coming ahead of you because you can’t see it. But I as God, I see everything that’s going on. I know what’s going to happen before you even know what’s going to happen. And therefore, I can say, Penny, trust me, I got your back on this one. Okay.
[00:33:29] So now God says, first off, let me come back and ask a question. Do you think there have been any times when you’ve asked God for help? It would have been within his will that you receive that blessing, but for whatever reason, you never received it.
[00:33:56] I’m not going to do.
[00:33:59] Not that you just have been delayed receiving it, but maybe you missed out on the blessing deeply. That’s possible.
[00:34:06] I do. I do.
[00:34:09] Yeah. Because we even see this back in that passage. What was it? Mark Levin, 24 What ever you pray and believe that you received them and they shall be granted you. What if we don’t believe that we receive them? Is it possible that we miss out on those things that we’ve asked God for?
[00:34:32] Yes, because I think even if it’s there, if you don’t believe, you’re not going see it.
[00:34:39] Yes, absolutely. So now this takes me into the decision junction and this is now another element of God’s timing. God says first you ask. You ask me. I’m God and this little example, you asked me, God, I really want this special gift. And I somehow communicate back to you, says Penny. I’ve given it to you. Now, believe it. You’re to believe that you’ve received it.
[00:35:18] What I do at that moment is ahead of you.
[00:35:22] We have a decision junction and I place that gift on the left hand junction. The left hand junction, actually, we’ll call it the right him, because that’s more biblically accurate. So on the right hand junction, you get to the fork. You can go left or right on the right hand junction. I place your gift to face. On the left hand junction, you bypass it completely. So now you come to the decision point. This junk decision junction in your life and you’re trying to decide which way to go. Is it possible that you believe by faith and you take the right hand junction?
[00:36:08] And if you believe by faith and take the right injunction, then as you’re going down that inner tube of life, you’re gonna run right into the promise that I’ve given you because I place it right there. But is it also possible that when you get to that decision junction that you doubt?
[00:36:27] And you end up going left instead of right. Sure.
[00:36:32] Okay, so if you doubt you go left. Does that make. My God, my promise of giving you a gift null and void? In other words, did I lie to you? I told you I was going to give you this gift and you didn’t get it. Did I lie?
[00:36:52] No. What happened?
[00:36:56] I chose the wrong path.
[00:36:59] You acted by sight, not by faith. You acted in fear and doubt rather than by faith. And these decision junctions always come up in turbulent waters. And in almost all cases, the passive face looks like a raging waterfall and tumultuous rapids. And the task of doubt looks like calm water. Have you ever experienced that?
[00:37:32] Yes. Yeah. Okay. So what we do in our natural is we go, oh, that can’t be right. Right versus left.
[00:37:42] That can’t be correct. Right. That can’t be correct. It’s not going right. I must need to go left because how much easier it is. And God always asks us to do something bold and step out. Faith is living on the edge because faith is not living by sight, but living by God’s word alone. It’s doing what God says to do even when our naturalize say, that’s crazy. And when we get to these decision junctions.
[00:38:21] It is possible, I believe, to miss out on God’s highest and blessed and greatest blessings for us in our lives because we choose the wrong path, because we make a decision by sight rather than decision by following him. And so this is that fork in the road. And let’s read real quickly a couple other things. Go to first, Peter, 3 8. This is a passage that we’re all probably familiar with. First, Peter, three, I just want to kind of illustrate what I think this passage is kind of saying.
[00:39:04] All right. First, Peter, three verse eight, finally, all of you should be of one mind, sympathize with each other, love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tender hearted and keep a humble attitude.
[00:39:20] First, Peter.
[00:39:21] Maybe I am first here.
[00:39:24] Okay, then maybe a second, Peter. But the one I was looking for is with the Lord. One day is a thousand years and years as one day. And just try to grasp that, because with the Lord being outside of time, you know, whether it’s one inch or one centimeter, one foot on that timeline. He sees it all. There is no time within the Lord.
[00:39:51] The time is only within our livelihood turn. One less, one less passage on this, James, 1, 6 and 7.
[00:40:05] All right, James. 1, 6 and 7. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
[00:40:28] Okay, so we get down to that decision junction.
[00:40:33] Can you see how easy it is to start to waver left, right or left, right or left? We pray to God. What are your eyes telling you has to be the best solution. When you pray to God, what are your eyes telling you?
[00:40:52] Whatever. The easiest path.
[00:40:54] Easiest path, right. And sometimes God’s word says. The right path, not the left path. And so this is when we start to waiver. What happens is if we waver too long, we pass right on by where we ought to be and we go down that path of doubt. And this is what I think James is kind of talking about when we get to these decision junctions, not to expect anything from the Lord if we don’t fully trust him. The things that he gives us, he gives us by faith. Spirit realm overrules the physical realm. He gives us in the spirit realm first because it’s outside of time. He places it in our future some place. But it’s us going through our physical realm, making the choices of faith that lead us to that promise that’s been given first in the spirit room and then it manifests in the physical. But if we doubt and waver, we end up taking the wrong choices and we totally bypass where the Lord had for us and those great blessing. That doesn’t mean that he can’t move that blessing down the line again, but it does mean that we’re missing the best path for our lives. And that’s this whole concept of the timeline and kind of how it works, the implications on this. I think it’s several. We need to remain persistent and safe if we take that low definition we’ve been working on.
[00:42:28] Faith is choosing. To believe an act on God’s truth rather than choosing to act. On the reality of the natural, it will never make sense. And usually when we choose to act on God’s truth, the natural is saying, don’t do it, don’t do it. It’s nothing but danger and hardship. And yet God is saying, come on. Trust me, you won’t believe the blessings that await you if you just trust me. Okay. And so we have to remain persistent in faith because when God has promised. His promise will come true if we persistent faith. Hebrews 10, 35 and 36 basically says don’t throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. And he says once you have done the will of God, you’ll receive what was promised. He’s talking about this whole thing, that these promises are received by faith, just like just like salvation is received by faith. I think the second implication is stop asking. And start thinking about this. Have you ever been in a time in your life? Let’s call it financial, because I think we all go through financial struggles. Have you ever been in a time in your life financially where you’re almost pleading with the Lord, help us, help us. We’re about to sink. We need help. Have you ever been kind of desperate stage?
[00:44:10] Prior to getting into that, has God’s word promise that he will take care of you as long as you trust him?
[00:44:20] Okay. So when we come into that state where his work says he’ll take care of us.
[00:44:25] And now we’re pleading. Oh, my gosh, I’m about to sink. Is that. Pleading a prayer of faith for prayer site.
[00:44:36] Definitely it’s based.
[00:44:39] The site is fear based because the devil wants us to believe what we see because we’ll get afraid and God wants us to believe what he says. And it’s totally two totally different things. One other implication of this whole timeline concept is realizing that we can’t see what God sees. And if God is promised, then we need to stop asking. Or maybe I should say stop pleading. And start thinking now if we take the story of Alija and the rain. Okay, so this goes back to the time of the Kings.
[00:45:25] Israel and Judah has broken and have broken up. Ahab is now king and Elijah has. He’s up on Mount Carmel. And he’s just finished killing all of the bill process because they prayed for far to come from God to light their sacrifice. And it didn’t. Elijah prayed for God to. Bring far down and it totally sucked up and burned up all of the sacrifice, the stones, the water and everything else. So there’s just been this great victory. And then Elijah tells Ahab. Hop on your chariot and go before the rains come and you get stuck in the rain and everything was dry and dusty. Elijah believed God that it was going to rain.
[00:46:17] Follow me so far. So we’re at the stage where a promise has been given. Elijah knows what’s going to happen. But then what does Alija do? Do you remember what he does right after he tells? They have to hop in his chair and go.
[00:46:33] I don’t remember, he goes up and he bowed down and he prays and he tells his servant, look out over the horizon and tell me what you see. The servant comes back and says, I don’t see anything. So what is Elijah do again?
[00:46:48] He tells me to go back and look again.
[00:46:52] That’s right. Elijah prays again and says, go back and look. Elijah does that seven times until there’s a little cloud the size of a man’s hand. So here we have how we should operate. First off, let me ask you a question. Do you think Elijah believed rains were coming?
[00:47:15] Yes. Why did he pray? Was he pleading with God, please, Lord, please, we need the rains, please. Or do you think his prayer was something different?
[00:47:27] I think his prayer was thanking, thanking God for the rain, just believing that it’s coming.
[00:47:34] Yes, it’s a different level of prayer. Different type of prayer. It’s a prayer of Lord. Send the range, according to your word. Because I know they’re coming. I thank you in advance for those rains that are coming. That is what our prayers ought to be when we come before the Lord. Not a prayer of pleading and fear, but prayers of anticipation and thinking because we know God’s word is true. And then the third implication is sort of like Yogi Berra, you hear these Yogi Berra saying when you come to a fork in the road, take it. I just see this physical fork sitting there. And when you come to when you come to a fork, take the fork and the knife also there’s a knife. But in this case, when you come to that fork in the road of your life, that decision junction always take the fork of faith. Because that’s the only way that you’re going to receive these abundant blessings that God has for you. Now, his overriding grace will still bless you, even in your abundant blessings are only going to come when we take those forks of faith.
[00:49:01] So that’s the.
[00:49:06] Any final thoughts or comments before we wrap up this call?
[00:49:12] I was thinking when you were talking about the path and choosing the path, it’s usually rockier. The one that the Lord has tends to sometimes in the natural look like the one that you don’t want to be on. And I was thinking about myself included, but I know so many others tend to pray when they’re going down that path or deliver me like deliver me from this storm. Please make this storm stop. It’s just overwhelming me and whatever. And it just hit me that a lot of times women are praying to be delivered from that. If God were to answer that, then we would miss the promise that he had set out for us, because if we’re praying to be delivered or removed from that situation, we’re not gonna be on that path anymore. And we’re going to miss that promise.
[00:50:05] What you were just talking about, the God’s already put out a sobering thought, especially at those storms are brought about as a test. We all go through a wilderness in our life.
[00:50:18] And I would think if you zoom in and out of our life, there’s like a little wilderness is the wilderness is a time of testing before we receive a blessing. There are times when we’re being attacked and there’s some discernment there. But I think the main thing with all of this is I remember one time I was going through some really tough times financially with the business and I was pleading with God. I was pleading because I was afraid almost to the point of tears. And that’s a moat. And so for me to be almost the point of tears, it was really dramatic. And I remember the Lord speaking to me and just see my spirit and saying something along the lines of, do you not trust me? Taking care of you all these years. Do you really think I’m going to let you down now? It wasn’t quite those words, but that was the gist of it. And it really kind of shook me and I thought, you’re right, I need to be. Acting in faith and not in fear, and I think that’s the junction we come to the forks in the road. Which way are we going to act? Because Peter walking on the water, so long as he acted. Taking the fork of faith, he walked on the water. As he took the fork of sight and fear, he sunk. He missed out on God’s greatest blessings for him. At that moment in his life, because he acted in fear. And that’s the whole thing here, is it’s all part of that timeline and which way you go.
[00:52:03] Oh, well, Beatty, I think we’re about out of time. This is great. Today, I really appreciated this talk. And just hear your insight and your wisdom on this subject.
[00:52:15] It was wonderful.
[00:52:16] I appreciate that. All right. Well, until next time, we’ll see you guys later.
[00:52:22] All right.
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