|“When God calls you to something, He is not always calling you to succeed, He’s calling you to obey! The success of the calling is up to Him; the obedience is up to you.” David Wilkerson———/://///Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Day Two Hundred Eighteen
“…how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly.” Ephesians 3:3
In his epistles Paul uses the word mystery in a variety of ways. A mystery deals with some aspect of God’s character or plan, which in the past was not understood, but is now revealed. For example, Paul says that one of the mysteries is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”284 People in the Old Testament did not know that God planned to indwell the saints; Pentecost was not anticipated in the Old Testament.
The Old Testament saints knew more about the first advent of Christ than the New Testament saints know about His second advent. God promised the Hebrews, “Surely the Lord God does nothing, without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.”285 The prophets predicted the Lord’s coming in great detail. Still, when He came, none (including His disciples) understood His mission. If the people in the Old Testament failed to understand events surrounding Christ’s coming, probably we will fail in our understanding of His return, especially in light of their having more information than we have.
No one can know the future but the One who decides it. Although He has revealed a great deal about the future, much of it can be misunderstood. His promises are true; your understanding of those promises is prone to error. Hold tentatively your convictions regarding the future. Your hope rests on His return, but you know little about when He will return, the exact order of events after His return, and what heaven will be like. Some mysteries have been revealed; more will be revealed when Christ comes again. Speculation may be fun, but it is not all that profitable. God does not want you to know all; He wants you to walk by faith.
284 Colossians 1:27
Psalm 70-71 Romans 8:22-39 (New King James Version)
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Mark 11:24 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Colossians 4:2 2Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful.
James 5:16 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
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