Christians, have you noticed that the more and more we use technology, the more that it tends to customize and personalize itself just to us? One of the features I was recently thinking about was the ‘Autofill’ feature that is present on most search engines today. I know that the feature works by recording and analyzing previous searches, previous data available, and it tries to guess what we are trying to search. One of the sites, which I use often, I just type the first letter of the site and it auto-fills the rest (which is nice because then I don’t have to type the rest). There is also this feature on search engines that fills in questions you have. This is comprised from what other people search and what they were looking for most often. Both are helpful features in the natural world, but the problem they present to us is when we try to auto-fill when God speaks to us in the spirit-realm.
Recently, I had been seeking God and He said something to me very clearly. As God was speaking, I felt like I had an understanding and insight into the details of what He was saying. I was wrong. When I walked out the thing God told me, I was surprised when it did not go the way I thought. As I sat and reflected on why things went the way they went, God gave me clarity into the process. I had been seeking this idea/answer for a long while, so when God said one thing, I just auto-filled around WHAT He said to fit what I wanted to happen. It was easy enough, because I had all of the previous searches for that answer, so why would it not be what I was thinking? Now in this situation, God did nothing to stop or correct me when I was searching and that was because the consequences to me thinking the wrong thing were minimal. Mainly just my own disappointment. However, there are certain times when God speaks, that it is IMPERATIVE we hear and do only what God wants, because the consequences could be much higher. So how do we do this?
Christians, when we approach God for hearing, receiving, searching, we need to CLEAR our search ‘History’. When you do this on the computer, it resets all the ‘Autofills’, because it has no aggregated data to pull from. This will lead us when God says something, to not automatically fill in around His WORDS with our PLANS. We can come humbly before Him and ask and receive what we need, according to HIS will and purpose. Remember the bible says, “Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!” (1 Corinthians 13:9 NLT) This is sometimes hard to understand, especially the longer you have waited for answers or breakthrough, however, it is so vital to open and clear communication between us and our Father God. He has so much He wants to say and do, but if we are always auto-filling, it can be frustrating, to us and for Him. God does not WANT to disappoint us, we are often disappointed because of unrealized expectations that WE made up.
Christians, if we look back on times in our lives when we felt God “failed” us or didn’t “come through” on something He said in the time we thought He would, can we see any patterns? For myself, when God says something, I used to put it through the filter of what is “best” for me and my idea of what I would want my life to be like. It’s sad, but true. None of us want to suffer, or be delayed, or be denied something we want. God has a PERFECT will, plan, and timing. We must simply have faith and walk it out. How do we do it? First we must repent, we must TURN from the current way we are thinking, we need to clear our “Search History” in the Spirit, which will clear out the ‘Autofill’ mindset.
After we have done that, we need to just take God at what He says and at face value. We can not filter it through our: wants, desires, time frame, or plan. I have heard it said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him YOUR plans.” If we truly want God’s best, then we have to accept what He wants and not our desires. After all if He does share an aspect of His plan, it’s only because He wants us to know He’s still working things out for our good and His glory. The best example of this was Jesus, in the Garden, before He went to the cross. He did not want to go to the cross, but what if Jesus had auto-filled His desires and skipped the cross, we would have no salvation. Jesus is and and was perfect, He went to the Father, He expressed His desire, but accepted God’s will, and Thank God He did! The plan of salvation brings glory to God and is for our good.
Father God, we thank you that you want to speak to us, guide us and direct us. We thank you that you have a PERFECT will and plan for our lives. We repent and turn from our own way and desires that are not in line with your will. Please help us to live for you, to serve you, and to patiently desire for your kingdom to come and your will to be done, in Jesus name, Amen.
You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. Proverbs 19:21 (NLT)
And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him. I John 5:14-15 (AMP) (emphasis added)
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 (NLT)
Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine. Luke 22:42 (NLT)
How Jesus Prayed: Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 (NIV)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2018