Promoting Word Study
I could only see one way to handle each challenge. Then I came across a poster that said God’s answers to your prayers are Yes, Not Yet and I have something better in mind. Furthermore while spending time with God; He led me to this passage in 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 AMP:
“All things are legitimate [permissible—and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]. Let no one then seek his own good and advantage and profit, but [rather] each one of the other [let him seek the welfare of his neighbor].”
Ok. So I prayed for my life long psoriasis to go away. Do I believe God can take my psoriasis away? Yes. Do I believe it will happen in an instant like magic? No. Do I believe the Holy Spirit will order my steps and lead me to do something to forever cure my psoriasis? Yes. Now my prayer is exciting because I am expecting my God to lead me in a direction that will eventually but suddenly change the status of my psoriasis.
Things get even more exciting when I expand my belief, when it doesn’t happen immediately, and include the concept that God might have something better in mind. God might have something better in mind then just curing my itchy scalp. I am all ears. It is like someone that says “yes I could fix your car but I have something better in mind. How about I just buy you a new one?” I am crying just thinking about how big our God is.
Our God became magnified when we changed our perception of how we respond to His promises. He became bigger when we switch our focus from our problems to our God. What is right believing? I believe it is when our belief magnifies our God in spite of our prayers. In John 16:33, Jesus tells us that we will have trouble in this world but to remember that He is with us and has left of His peace. I have learned how to access His Shalom by developing a personal relationship with Him.