Opening our eyes to the real world

Today I’ve been studying Daniel 10. It is an amazing chapter about the intersection of prayer, spiritual conflict and the advancement of God’s plans and purposes.

 

Two quotes that really help us grasp the impact of this chapter:

“If once the curtain were pulled back, and the spiritual world behind it came to view, it would expose to our spiritual vision a struggle so intense, so convulsive, sweeping everything within its range, that the fiercest battle ever fought on earth would seem, by comparison, a mere game. Not here, but up there–that is where the real conflict is waged. Our earthly struggle drones in its backlash.”

Abraham Kuper (1837-1920), journalist, theologian and prime minister of the Netherlands.

 

“Take the supernatural seriously and realize that we are in a warfare that cannot and should not be domesticated by reinterpreting everything in the biblical worldview so that it fits nicely with secular; naturalistic ways of thinking about the world. Be ready for the extraordinary as well as the ordinary ways that evil spirits work. Don’t be anxious, as though they were stronger than Jesus”

John Piper

Adventurous faith is rooted in our knowledge (or theology) of God

Today I was preaching at Kingsgate from 1 Samuel 14. In this amazing story we read these words:

Jonathan says “Let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.” (1 Sam 14:6)

Jonathan illustrates for us that true biblical adventous faith is profoundly rooted in our knowledge (or theology) of God.

Jonathan is expressing a belief in the absolute sovereignty of God – “nothing can hinder the Lord…”

The Bible clearly teaches us that God has the right, power and wisdom to do whatever he pleases. Nothing can frustrate his plans. We see this in Psalm 115:3

“Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he pleases.”

And here in Job 42:2

“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”

A.W. Pink once described the sovereignty of God in this way:

“A ‘god’ whose will is resisted, whose designs are frustrated, whose purpose is checkmated, possesses no title to deity [or being God].”

Jonathan was able to confidently face being outnumbered, out positioned, out gunned, because of a deep rooted belief in a God who was truly … God