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WHERE IS GOD WHEN I NEED HIM?
By Preacher James
God when I need Him is
perhaps the most asked question we as ministers of the gospel are faced
with! It looks like God is a million miles
away. I can't seem to get an answer from God when I need it. These are
all very common thoughts by most Christians. Let me be quite frank with
you before we go any farther. God doesn't respond to non-christian
prayers except for one category and that is , "God be merciful to me a
sinner and save me for Jesus sake". Until that is done in the life of a
person, you might as well be quoting a line from shakespeare, "O' ROMEO
art thou" rather than asking where God is.
1- GOD IS
HELP WITH LIFE'S PROBLEMS.
Psalms 46:1- "God is our refuge and strength, a
very present help in trouble".
that said, let us proceed to the life of the Christian where there are
least four things we think we are entitled to but sometimes get ahead
of God on.
(1)- We want immediate response to prayer.
(2)- We want direct Divine intervention
(3)- We want a loud voice from heaven
(4)- We want smooth
sailing all the way
Christians at times have frustration with God's answer to prayer
the time frame in which He
answers them. We Christians sometimes feel
by The Almighty when things do not materialize as we think they should
but let me say at this point that "GOD
ALWAYS HEARS AND ANSWERS THE PRAYERS OF
CHILDREN". Maybe not in the
time frame we expect and not always in the manner we want but God hears
our prayers and responds in an appropriate manner.
2- GOD IS AWARE OF OUR NEEDS.
Isaiah 59:1- "Behold, the LORD'S
hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that
it cannot hear". God knows a
sinners need for salvation or a prayer request from the believer. God
will never have to apologize for not hearing us!
3- GOD IS ALWAYS ON OUR SIDE.
6:9- "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season
reap, if we faint not." The child
of God is admonished to press on for the mark of the prize of the high
calling of God. We can't give up on life no matter how hard the battle
becomes. If we remain faithful, God will bring us through every trial.
The Greek word for REAP is
which means: To
bring in a harvest.
Don't you think for a
moment that God is sitting idly by and unaware of your labor for Him
and he knows your needs even before you ask!
Matthew 6:8- "Your Father knoweth
what things ye have need of, before ye ask him".
GOD ANSWERS PRAYER IN THREE WAYS:
# 1- YES
# 2- NO
# 3- NOT
that is expedient the
answer is YES.
2- Something that is not
good for us the answer is NO.
3- When the timing
off the answer is WAIT.
Christian's prayers are like a road to Heaven and often run into a
roadblock because of unconfessed
prayer road has a delivery system consisting of all three persons of
The Godhead. God is a tri-partite being, The Holy Spirit, Jesus and
The Heavenly Father. This
being so, The Holy Spirit delivers
through the shed blood of Jesus to The Heavenly Father.
roadblock is set up when fellowship is broken and the Holy
grieved because of sin or disobedience to God's word.
Christians seem to think that since their sins are under the blood of
Christ, prayer is an open road to the Heavenly Father but it is not so!
Many people are going to heaven Yes but their lives are a
experience until they are in line with the scriptures.
Things that hinder
1- Incompatible Marriage
I-Peter 3:5- "For
after this manner
in the old time the holy women
also, who trusted in God, adorned
themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:"
3:7- "Being heirs together of the
grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered ".
(1)- Wives who
refuse to be in subjection to their husbands.
This is a subject
that Pastors have just about
quite preaching on ! A
family relationship where wives who profess Christ refuse to even
discuss a role of subjection. It is no wonder that we have so
many spiritless church members! God can not bless sin and until the
marriage relationship is in line with his word, God isn't going to
family as he would if everything was in it's proper place.
(a)- THE WIVES ROLE.
3:6- "Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him
lord: whose daughters ye are,
as long as ye do well, and are
not afraid with any amazement."
(b)- THE HUSBANDS ROLE.
1-Peter 3:7- "Likewise, ye
husbands, dwell with them
according to knowledge,
giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being
heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not
(2)- Husbands who
abuse their wives or children!
Husbands will answer to God for abuse at
seat of Christ and have a non-productive prayer life here on
earth. Husbands are commanded to Love their Wives as Christ loved the
Church and gave himself for it! Fathers are commanded to provoke not
their children to wrath. (See Colossians chapter three).
Inconsistent Prayer life.
4:2- "Ye lust, and have
not: ye kill, and desire to have, and
cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not." If you don't have a prayer life don't
expect God to pour out his blessings!
The bible tells us in Philippians 4:6- "In everything with supplication, prayer and
thanksgiving; let your request be made known to God".
(1)- WHAT SHOULD WE PRAY FOR?
The answer is everything.
(2)- HOW SHOULD WE PRAY?
The answer is with supplication
3- Inordinate desires.
James 4:3- "Ye
and receive not,
ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts."
If you ask God to give you
money to buy alcohol or cigarettes or drugs;
you might as well forget it, It isn't going to happen!
expect God to bless your sinful life style by opening heavens treasure
to your lust and greed.
Someone recently ask
me, how long God was going to let them live with the consequences of
reply was, how long did you remain in sin as a Christian ? The blood of
Jesus always cleanses from the penalty of sin but it doesn't always
eliminate the consequences of sin and that might very well follow a
instance; A life of alcohol consumption has taken it's toll on the
internal organs of one's body and likely pain and suffering will follow
all the days of that persons life. They are SAVED but SORRY they didn't
obey the Lord sooner. Secondly, a Christian marries an unsaved person
who drags them into every worldly practice imaginable which grieves the
Spirit of God within and makes life miserable for that person. God gave
us instructions from His Word for a purpose! It was placed there to
keep His children from suffering the consequences of sin! God always
has our best in mind.
CHRISTIAN PRAYERS ARE
1 - ASKING IN OBEDIENCE TO
THIS BRINGS BLESSINGS EVEN IN TIMES OF TURMOIL.
word tells us if we being evil know how to give good gifts to our
children, how much more will the heavenly Father give good things to
them that ask Him. Jesus asks us in Mat.
what man is there of you, whom if
his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?"
a son shall ask bread
any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a
fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent"?
2- REMEMBERING THAT WE
ARE NOT FORSAKEN.
begin to think you are forsaken when you need God the most, take a look
at how our Lord was forsaken in his most
agonizing trial just before He laid down His life for our sins. Please
remember what His Disciples and friends did when the going got tough
although God has not abandoned us.
OUR LORD WAS FORSAKEN BY HIS FOLLOWERS BUT WE ARE NOT LEFT ALONE!
(1)- In Mark
14:50- "They fled".
(2)- In Matt. 26:56- "They
all forsook Him and fled".
(3)- In John 6:67- "Left
by all but the twelve".
TRUSTING IN GOD'S
leave thee, nor forsake thee".
I suppose I have
been at most of the four categories I mentioned at the beginning of the
message but trials and experience teaches us to trust the Lord.
1- wanting immediate
response to prayer. (I have been there).
2- wanting divine
intervention for my needs. (I have been there).
3- wanting a voice from
to give directions. (I have been there).
4- wanting smooth
sailing through life. (I have been there).
(1)- Trials and troubles
maturity in Christ.
When my family and I first left
mission field of Alaska back in 1980, we were supported through a
mission board and received our finances once a month as it was sent in
by individual Churches and we had a converted school bus that we took
with us because of the scarcity of housing in the islands of southeast
Alaska . We also had a van that we used for transportation and we took
enough money to get us through Canada and to the coast of British
Columbia where we intended to catch the Alaska marine highway system
Ferry in order to sail on up the inside passage to the islands of
southeast Alaska. Anyway, just after entering Canada I called the
western union to be sure they had an office at Prince Rupert, B.C. so
we could have our next support money wired there in order to have the
finances to pay for the passage on the Ferry. It was quite expensive to
put a long bus and a van on the Ferry as well as my wife and I and five
children so we
needed to be sure we would have the money to complete the journey when
we arrived at the ferry terminal.
Anyway after arriving at Prince Rupert I found the place where the
western union was supposed to be located and saw a sign on the door
that read, "Closed Permanently". You can imagine what thoughts rushed
through our minds. What were we going to do ? Where was God at a time
like this ? I thought His word said, He would never leave or forsake
us. To sum up the story, we went over to the Ferry terminal and
about passage and how much it would cost to sail to Wrangell, Alaska.
To my surprise, the terminal operator ask if I was James Tyson and I
said that I was. He then said, "Your tickets are already paid for". God
in that still small voice of His Holy Spirit spoke to me and said
something like this, "My son I was here before you arrived. I knew your
needs and took care of them". My how God has taught us the realistic
principals of His holy Word through many experiences in life and He
will do the same for every child of His if you will only trust Him with
is there through the storms of life.
He did say; I will be with you through all the
of life, like
the time Jesus calmed the raging sea with the disciples about to
perish, He said, "PEACE BE STILL"
and the sea ceased it's raging and
the waters were calm for the men on board. It looked hopeless for the
people on board but Jesus was in their midst and that makes all the
difference in the world!
(3)- Godly living brings persecution from
child of God We Need not expect smooth sailing through every journey. 2-Timothy 3:12- "Yea,
and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
David said in Psalms 143:3- "For the enemy hath
persecuted my soul";
and I can testify to that statement because every demonic spirit on
earth hates the preaching of the Gospel. I could go through a long
dissertation of how that first
ministry at Wrangell, Alaska and my Pastoring the Bible Baptist Church
there brought out evil workers who opposed the ministry but I can
truthfully say that God brought us through all the trials and
tribulations which I believe now; were testings and experiences that
have made us stronger in the faith.
(1)- PERSECUTIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE LIVES
15:20- Jesus said, "If they
have persecuted me, they will also persecute you". In 1-Cor. 4:12- "And labor,
working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being
persecuted, we suffer it:"
PERSECUTIONS BRINGS BLESSING.
2:3- "Therefore endure
hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ".
said in Mat 5:11, "Blessed are ye, when
men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of
evil against you falsely, for my sake."
"Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven:
for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you".
(3)- RIGHT ATTITUDES
HELP GET PRAYERS ANSWERED.
at all this, God said in His word, "Psalms 46:1- "God is our refuge and strength, a
present help in trouble." and again His word
tells us in Psalms
34:7,- "The angel of the LORD
encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them."
What more can we ask for! A loving God who is always present to help
children and he sends an angel to protect us as we journey along life's
pathway. That thought brings me to shouting ground every time I think
How good God is!
Do you know the Lord as
your personal Saviour ? Are you born again ?
Jesus told Nicodemus in John chapter three that he MUST BE BORN AGAIN!
If you haven't been born again, please ask Him to forgive your sins and
to come into your heart to live forever and he will add your name to
the Book of life in heaven. You will forever be his child and prayer
will be your privilege. Ask in faith and walk in obedience to his word
he will make your life a little like heaven on earth.