When considering people and anticipating the future, don’t rule out Holy Spirit’s involvement. 1Cor.2:9— “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. v.10 “BUT God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” From the profitable instruction given us in v.10, it stands to reason that we must be in relationship with Holy Spirit to have valuable, enabling things revealed to us. Not only does He reveal the necessary to us but He is actively working (often unnoticed) in circumstances that have the unmovable look of already being set in cement. Our anticipatory prayers and prophesying and declarations will include factoring in Holy Spirit’s power and behind-the-scenes working. He is the power factor, influence factor, heart-change factor. He is the anticipation factor. Cf. 1Cor.2:10 v.10 “BUT God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit.” Don’t fail to consider Him.
Disaster prevention may be found in as simple a form as judging before deciding. “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things…” (1Cor.2:15a, KJV) The Amplified version sets it in terminology that gives us a good definition of the word “judge” (Gk.: anakrino) in this context: “But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things]…”. Numerous times I have heard the biblical phrase “judge not lest you be judged” witlessly rattled off while accepting things that were quite preposterous (even dangerous). It would seem that the primary aim of our taking the time and wisdom to judge should be to examine if the report/information is in agreement with the Word of God. (Compare: Lev.19:15b; Ps.82:2; Prov.31:9; Lk.12:57; Jn.7:24)
The warning our Lord gives in Matt.7:1 (“judge not lest you be judged”) is wise counsel to not judge (Gk.: krino) superficially or based upon mere opinion. That is why, in 1Cor.2:15, we are to be spiritual (not merely superficial) by examining and discerning information. Rather than going about saying, “He said ‘this’” or “She said ‘that’”, why can’t we develop the habit of declaring, “But God said in His Word…..”?
Something quite unusual that has been happening is that the Lord has been giving me dreams on Saturday night for persons who are going to be in the service on Sunday. On one Saturday night I dreamed that I walked into a yard and a lady in her mid-fifties came out of that house and we had a brief conversation. We said our good-byes and then I began to walk back into the yard I had come from. The lady’s house had a cement porch about eight feet wide and it ran the full length of the front of the house. As I neared the end of the house the porch dropped down about a foot and ran the last four feet like that. Leaves had collected back in that dropped-down area, I noticed something white down in the leaves. It looked to me like it might be the top of a golf ball. I started to reach down for it but suddenly felt checked. I then straightened up and when I did, a large copperhead snake crawled out of the area where that ball was and crawled up onto a small shelf that was sitting among the leaves. I shared the dream on Sunday and shared that I believed it was a warning for someone who was present. After the service a lady in her mid-fifties walked up and said that I had described her house and porch perfectly. Her husband had left the day before for business on the East Coast and told her to stay away from those leaves at the end of the porch. Her little two-year-old granddaughter had been staying with her Friday and Saturday and, over the course of the two days, had repeatedly said, “Granny, don’t pet the snakes”! But the lady had planned on ignoring her husband and planned on cleaning out that area Monday morning, that is, until she heard the warning Sunday. Her son-in-law had killed a nest of copperheads on the other end of the porch last year. She told me that it took my sharing that dream to shake her and get her attention that the Lord had already been trying to warn her about snakes.
Our awesome God is the God of the moment. He is able to communicate with His sons and daughters in a moment of time and He is able to save us in ways we have not seen or heard or imagined… until He does it. But as Scripture says: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.” (1Cor.2:9, GW)… UNTIL NOW! (Last excerpt from Marty’s article “God of the Moment”)
WE WILL BE MORE AWARE THIS YEAR. Kid’s Version: We will believe God’s truth over everything else. The Lord will enable His people to be aware because there will be people attempting to dupe them, con them, use them. This coming year we will not just slough off “feelings” or a “sense of uneasiness”. We won’t do some religiously or politically correct thing and chide ourselves for “judging”. But we will weigh and measure people and circumstances against the unfailing truth of the Bible. 1Cor. 2:15–But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], Prov.2:7-8, NLT –7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity 8 He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. (From 2019 Declarations-Read them: martygabler.com/2019-declarations)