Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 111
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In this day’s writing, Michael shares one of the most important lessons for anyone about trusting God for His supply (His bringing something to pass, etc.). God has promised to meet our needs. Can we wait on Him to fulfill His promise?
The Call Followed By A Roadblock
For this reason I have often been hindered from coming to you. --Romans 15:22
To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power. –II Thessalonians 1:11
God will often give the believer a call to accomplish something and then close every door to make the fulfillment impossible. Why? Because with the call comes a provision. The same One who gives the call must also accomplish it. However, the flesh of man will take the call and not the provision, choosing to look for fulfillment in self-power, and if completion is possible, sink into glory, kingdoms, pride, strength, and righteousness. The call and the provision are one; the problem is that we do not see them as one. Therefore, immediately after the call, all attempts to fulfill it must fail. We need not look far for an example. Joseph, after the call to be the leader of his family, actually thought it a turn of bad luck to end up in a pit. Then it was good luck to be taken out of the pit, followed by bad luck to fall in with men who sold him into slavery. Then more good luck came and made him head of a house before another turn of bad luck arose when he ended up in prison. In the end, though, he saw it was God who brought Him out. It was all God. The call and the provision were one. He completed the call with the provision and took no glory. This is to be the end result of a perfect call of God.
When you get a call, do not think that is all of it. Listen and wait for the provision. Do not try to do the thing on your own. You will only end up in a pit.
Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point Green – IT, Incredible Truth
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches Pink – PV, Priceless Victory
Hooooooooo-boy! This is a humdinger of a writing! I believe Michael was so used to experiencing this particular aspect of life and ministry that he was thinking faster than he could write, but God gave him exactly the simple, succinct words for us to get one of God’s greatest truths so clearly and profoundly. And in addition…one of our most needed truths to live life by.
Would to God that all of us Christians could get the truth that “the call and the provision are one.” God’s “calls” come regularly and often, but our not wanting His provision, or perhaps waiting a bit for His provision becomes our big downfall…into that PIT. Trust God for His supply, and live on it. That’s one of the biggest lessons we could ever learn. The enemy steps right in after so many “calls” and says: “If you don’t like what your God has provided, let me suggest… If your God won’t give it to you right now, sign right here and I will… If your God hasn’t opened that door you wanted to walk through, step right over here and walk through this one I’ve opened for you.”
Perhaps the most difficult thing for us to believe is that God would give us a call, then not give us the supply we want, or that we think ought to go with the call. How many stories like Joseph’s does God have to give us to get us to simply walk with Him and watch how He fulfills His call on us?
How many Christians are living in a pit they have dug themselves because they tried to fulfill the call all on their own?
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