All the fullness of God in (us?) three miracles!
In a recent post I spoke about Ephesians 3: 14-19 especially 19.
“…and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to all the fullness of God.” NASB
I said when we question how this is possible we look at verse 20. “Now to Him who is able to do far more than we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus…” Paul knew what we needed to hear.
It seems clear to me that in grasping and implementing the love of Jesus, we gain more than we realize from “all the fullness of God.” As we apply love to every challenge, we begin to grasp the unlimited dimensions of God’s love. (See verse 18)
If you have understood anything in my postings or in the reading of “Exit Strategy, We initiate the return of Christ,” the enduring love of Christ in us, expressed in the absolute and limitless forgiveness of others is being trumpeted as a warning and a deliverance to those who only believe and followers, respectively.
Several months ago I had a severe kidney stone attack. It required surgery. The recovery was as painful as the attack. It took 10 days to feel better. Then I was told there is a second stone.
I was feeling pretty good until the morning of a prayer group meeting from 7-9 AM at my house. The pain had returned. I could not sit down during the entire 2 hours as I paced quietly trying to stay involved in the group.
Upon closing, a friend named Elva said, “We need to pray for Michael.” And they did. Elva had read one of the chapters, “He emptied Himself to leave,” from the book. It speaks to the things I referred to above. She had embraced the love message from a new perspective. She also had been healed from a kidney stone attack just before going on a mission trip. They hugged me and all left.
Five minutes later, no pain. Thirty minutes, no pain. Five hours later, no pain. Five days later, no pain. The pain totally left. I had received a physical miracle and I had ZERO doubt about it. Miracle 1
A few days later I was back to my 2 mile walk routine. I had been focused on the Ephesians verses I referred to above, especially verse 19. It was a beautiful day in NC. Suddenly I was inspired. “(second) Kidney Stone dissolve!” and I simply kept on walking. That was Friday.
As with most of us Saturday in the night I rose to use the bathroom. Because Janis slept nearby (before her passing) I was in the habit of not flushing until morning. I awoke for church, went to the bathroom and as I reached to flush I saw lots of black granules in the commode. Miracle 2
Now weeks later and back from Israel, about three Sunday’s ago, Our pastor spoke on returning for Christ, using the scriptures where Mary and Joseph leave Jesus behind and must “return for Christ.” It was a great application. He spoke of Albert Finny refusing to go into a church service crying out to God, “I will not go without You!” As the congregation was told this by their pastor who had sought Mr. Finny over the delay, they continued praise until Finny came out. He placed his hands on the pulpit and people flocked to the alter in prayer, crying with repentance in their hearts. He never preached a word. God was with him. He refused to leave God behind. Have we left Jesus behind in some sense? What about His enduring love?
The message was powerful. The Spirit was moving. A message in tongues and interpretation came forth. I had gone forward before anyone, sobbing quietly to myself, “Oh God, I want that. This Word you have given me must have You. Use me Lord. I don’t want to go (anywhere) without You.” A hundred people or more came forward.
I returned to my seat still sobbing. I stood by my isle seat as others wanted to go forward when suddenly arms surrounded me from behind. A man’s hands were holding me about the chest as he cried with his head on my back left shoulder. I thought it was a friend who had just lost his brother. We both cried and prayed.
As things calmed, I turned. It was not my friend. I looked, I knew. As he hugged me he whispered in my ear, “I am so sorry for what I did to you.”
Seven or eight years earlier (I think) I was fired from a job. The customer decided to work directly with this man and cut me out. He let this happen. This was a man I considered to be a friend, a Christian friend.
Yes, it hurt. In 33 years I had never been fired from a job. Back then I was beginning to write Exit Strategy. I had embraced Grace, early in my walk with Jesus. I even have a t-shirt made for me that says, “Grant’em grace” Now God was inspiring me to see even more and write about it. Now however, I was being tested.
I forgave him back then. I forgave and forgave and forgave until there was nothing left of the offense. In recent months he would come up in church and shake hands and I greeted him like there was nothing separating us as friends. THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT. I had released him totally and prayed FOR him.
I believe not retaining his sins, by my forgiving him, God was able to speak to his heart. We must forgive the sins against us. God forgives the sins against Him.
On this Sunday morning, he finally obeyed. On this Sunday morning I received a great blessing. Every Word I have written about, every scripture I have quoted has been proven true in real life evidence. I looked him in the eye and told him how happy God was with his obedience. How thankful I was for his confession. “We are 100% good.” We went forward together to praise God for his mercy and faithfulness to His Word, by His Spirit. Miracle 3
I have prayed recently for power to be evident when I share. “..that you may be filled to all the fullness of God, (and God is love) must include “the power of love.” It is not just a song title.
We may be on the verge of signs and wonders as we grasp and implement LOVE. It will have to be real love. The love your enemies and pray for them love. The kind of love that CROSSes off their offenses from any list of offenses we might have, about anybody. This love saves us and releases them into God’s loving hands.
I believe I am experiencing, that as we know we have fully embraced and implemented Christ’s love message, as we accept the idea that all the fullness of God is in us, then “according to the power that works in us” God will exert His power. It must be real love.
Again, this enduring love saves us. (Matthew 24:13-14) It will empower us to rule and reign with Him. Until then, signs and wonders follow those who believe, they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. Whatever sickness our heart suffers, may it be healed first.
The coming times will demand our understanding. Preparing now is paramount.
You are loved, He waits,
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