WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Lost and Found

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Dr. Jerry Miah Williams Gospel preaching and teaching of the Word of God for your encouragement and inspiration.

Are You Practicing the Absence of God?

Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, “It is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty house, because he killed the Gibeonites.” 2 Samuel 21:1 NKJV 

Famine is an acute shortage of any good in life. For example, if you’re experiencing a lack of health or well-being, unemployment or under-employment, a lack of finances, broken relationships; not getting your prayers answered—any kind of lack or depravation is a famine. In the face of famine, you must learn to do what David did: inquire of the Lord, i.e., seek His face; seek the presence of the Lord. It is up to you to inquire of the Lord because you are responsible for your famine, and you have the power (Gen. 1:26; Luke 10:19)

Famine is where you are practicing the absence of God. Why? Is it because you believe that God isn’t there? Here’s how you can know that you are practicing the absence of God: consider your mood and your confession—how you feel and how you talk is telling.

If your mood is doom and gloom; fear and uncertainty; murmuring and complaining; griping and fussing; frequently annoyed and irritated; and perhaps, mad enough to “spit nails”, you are probably experiencing a spiritual famine. And, if your confession is: “I’ve got a problem”; “What am I going to do?”; “Why me?” or, “People are lying on me”, you may be experiencing an unabated famine.   Tell me what you’re complaining about, or what you fear and I’ll tell you where you are practicing the absence of God.

God is always present, here and now (Ps. 139:7-8). So, when you’re practicing the absence of God, you can insidiously have a place in your belief system where God isn’t present. The truth is: the only place God isn’t present is where you believe He isn’t.

On the contrary, when you practice the presence of God, you are filled with joy in His presence, and you stand at His right hand, i.e., a position of honor, favor, and power (Ps 16:11). When you inquire of the Lord, something wonderful and marvelous happens, and you’ll begin to feel something awesome. God is good and He has laid up great blessings for you in the shelter of His presence. Yes, God laid up for us before we got here. The thing you desire is seeking you and you’ll find it when you seek the presence of the Lord! (Ps. 31:19-20).

 

 

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Greater than John 2.0

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The Answer to Famine

Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, “It is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty house, because he killed the Gibeonites.” 2 Samuel 21:1 NKJV

Jesus healed the sick; raised the dead, casted out devils; fed the multitudes; and, He is still going about doing good—now (Acts 10:38). God is a “Right Now God.” He is the answer to every problem, supply to every need, fulfillment of every desire, the provision that includes every provision, and the greater that includes the lesser. But is there is a way to experience these things now?  Yes, by seeking the face of God, i.e., seeking the presence of the Lord.

When there was a famine in the days of David, he sought the presence of the Lord (inquired), and the Lord answered that it was because Saul had massacred the Gibeonites, whom Joshua and the leaders of Israel had swore an oath not to ever do (Jos. 9). There is always a reason for a famine. Just like God told Solomon, “when I shut up heaven and there is no rain, . . . if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, . . . then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:13, 14). A shut up heaven when there is no rain spells a famine in the land (Amos 8:11).

A spiritual famine is an acute shortage; experiencing the lack of any good in life, e.g., health and well-being, employment, finances, relationships, getting your prayers answered; any kind of lack or depravation. David experienced three years of unabated famine. Why? Well, David didn’t do anything about it for three years. Have you noticed how long you can go before you do something about your famine? What do you do about the famine in your life? First, look at what you’re not doing about it. Are you acting like a victim in the face of famine? Are you blaming God and others? You must make the first move because you’re responsible for your famine (Gen. 1:26; 2 Cor. 5:17; Col. 1:13).

David sought the presence of the Lord (Ps. 16:11). He didn’t pray for rain or seek rain; he didn’t register for a class or a “how to” workshop or seminar; nor, did he attend a special conference (Prov. 8:17, 35). He inquired of the Lord—he sought the presence of the Lord.

In your famine, whatever it may be, don’t seek what God has—seek God Himself. For example, God doesn’t give health, wealth, or peace, etc. God is!  Jesus told the Jews who were following Him only for the fish and the loaves, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). Jesus didn’t say that he had bread; He said that He was bread! The answer to famine is not rain, but God. Whatever you need, don’t seek the thing; seek God because God is (Heb. 11:6).  The answer to famine is God!

 

 

 

 

 

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Greater than John

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Turnaround

Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. 2 Chronicles 7:12-15 NKJV

Notwithstanding powerful manifestations of God, e.g., fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple (2 Chron. 7:1), some people still don’t forsake sin. They continue to live self-centered lives, unyielding to God’s Word and His will, even to the point of becoming cold and callous towards the things of God, having their conscience seared with an hot iron (1 Tim. 4:2).

God told Solomon that pride, prayerlessness, and a lack of devotion to God was sin, and if God’s people didn’t turnaround from their wicked ways, the heavens would be shut-up the heavens and there would be no blessings, locust would be commanded to devour their land, and God would send pestilence and plaques if the people didn’t turnaround.

A “turnaround” is the act of turning about and facing and moving in the opposite direction—it is a spiritual breakthrough—moving towards God in repentance and faith (Heb. 6:1). Repentance (metanoia, Greek word) is after thought, a change of mind, and to think differently. Repentance is not just an Old Testament concept. John the Baptist was the first to preach repentance in the New Testament. He stressed in his message that the kingdom of God was right here, right now, and furthered insisted that true repentance produced fruit (evidence) of change (Matt. 3:1-2, 7-8).

The fruit of a turnaround is evidence of change. You must change your mind about sin, God, and yourself. God is not overlooking sin, especially the sin of idolatry, “but now he commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). Idolatry can be a subtle sin because it so easy to idolized, and place before our jealous God (Ex. 20:5) your spouse, children, your house, your car, and your job, etc. Be careful. Unrepented sin will do you in!

Seems to me, there are three things that we need to turnaround from, face God and move towards Him in faith: sin, transgression, and iniquity. Sin is a falling away from God, missing the mark (disobedience) with respect to what He commands; transgression is a violation of law (the Word of God) committed through ignorance or by rebellion; and, iniquity is wickedness, crookedness, perverseness (moral distortion).   The bottom line is: again, unrepented sin will do you in by shutting up heaven, locusts devouring the fruit of your life, and suffering the problems of pestilence and plagues. Just turnaround!

 

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Can the KIngdom of God Be Taken by Force 2.0

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Face-to-Face

Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. 2 Chronicles 7:12-15 NJKV

God is a jealous God (Ex. 20:5), and He has a problem when we ignore Him or seek Him only in an emergency, but refuse to seek Him continuously. God desires a face-to-face relationship with His people. As God says in the above text, when God’s people get tired of shut-up heavens so that there is no rain, and devouring locusts, suffering pestilence and plagues of sickness, they will seek God’s face, and then God said He would hear their prayers, forgive their sins, and heal their land.

What does it mean to seek God’s face?  “Face” is an idiom for presence in Old Testament writings. It’s not seeking God’s outward appearance, but rather seeking to experience God’s presence (Ex. 33:20).   Without seeking God’s face, His people can, at best, have a long distant relationship with Him. But long distant relationships are hard due to loss of passion, things lost in translation, communication breakdowns, etc.  The prophet Isaiah warned against such relationships with God when he said, “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near” (Isa. 55:6). A face-to-face relationship seeks out the presence of the Lord in every situation: good, bad, or ugly. Isaiah is further saying that if you have something to say, say it to God’s face.

After the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Jerusalem, King David wrote a psalm of thanksgiving and delivered it to Asaph, the chief musician. The psalm included these words: “Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face continually” (1 Chron. 16:11). A face-to-face relationship with God seeks His presence continually—not just in an emergency or a time of need.

God wants His people to live, work, and worship seeking His face. It is not where you worship or seek His presence that counts, but it is how you seek His presence. “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with their whole heart” (Ps 119:2).  “God is spirit, and those who worship Him [seek His face] must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

It is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and rain righteousness upon you (Hos. 10:12). They that seek God, face-to-face, shall not want for any good thing (Ps. 34:10). No shut-up heavens; no devouring locusts, and no pestilence and plagues because God hears from heaven. He forgives sins and heals your land. So feel the joy of His presence (Ps.16:11). He is always there. Wherever you are, God is. So ask and it shall be given unto you; seek His face and you will find. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, face-to-face!

                                                                                

 

 

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Can the Kingdom Be Taken by Force?

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Wide Awake

Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. 2 Chronicles 7:12-15 NKJV

It is interesting how people are quick to dedicate everything to God but themselves. God accepted Solomon’s dedication of the newly built temple, but warned him of conditions of drought, devouring locusts, and pestilence that would come against the people unless they dedicated themselves to God. If God’s people dedicate themselves to God—and not just things—then God would forgive their sins and heal their land, and God’s eyes would be open and attentive to their prayers, i.e., God would be wide awake: “ . . . he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Ps. 121:4).

To be wide awake (idiom) is someone who is fully awake and unable to sleep. “Prayerfulness makes you, the believer, wide awake. Prayerlessness characterizes you as one who lives a life of “slumber and sleep.” Prayerlessness is an insult to God, because every prayer-less day makes a statement: “I do not need God today; “Lord, I got this.”  On the other hand, a life dedicated to God is a life constant with prayer. As apostle Paul told the Roman Christians: rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer (Rom. 12:12).

“Continuing steadfastly in prayer” is praying without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17).  To pray without ceasing is having a spirit of prayer that depends on God for everything, and an attitude that says, “Without God, I can do nothing.” Praying without ceasing is both a daily attitude and an activity of being wide awake, i.e., talking to God from your hearts. Continuing steadfastly in prayer is also a natural expression of faith, and without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6) to whom you belong (1 Cor. 6:20); it is just like breathing is a natural expression of one’s life. Without prompting, you are committed to inhale and exhale to live. When your life is dedicated to God, prayer—formal or informal—keeps you wide awake.

Wide awake is praying earnestly (Matt. 7:7-8); praying persistently (Luke 18:1-8); and, it is praying and not losing heart—not quitting, ever!