Have you ever asked why your prayers are not answered? You wait for salvation but it is not wrought for you? It is not because God is tired of hearing our prayers, nor it is because he doesn’t want to hear them. It is because you are weary of praying. Every man who is destitute of the Spirit of Christ runs swiftly to evil of some sort; but those regardless of Divine truth and justice, are strangers to peace.
There’s nothing wrong with God; the wrong is in you. Your wrongheaded lives caused the split between you and God. Rather than Jesus, your sins are between you and God; so that he doesn’t hear. Your hands are drenched in blood, your fingers dripping with guilt; Not only is murder wrong, but the emotions which often lead to murder as well. Not only are “hands that shed innocent blood” an abomination to the Lord; but also a “heart that devises wicked plans” and “one who sows discord among brethren” due to anger. Your lips are smeared with lies, your tongue swollen from muttering obscenities. No one speaks up for the right, no one deals fairly. They trust in an illusion, they tell lies, they get pregnant with mischief and have sin-babies. They hatch snake eggs and weave spider webs. Eat an egg and die; break an egg and get a snake!
The spider webs are no good for shirts or shawls. No one can wear these weavings! They weave wickedness, they hatch violence. They compete in the race to do evil and run to be the first to murder. They plan and plot evil, think and breathe evil, and leave a trail of wrecked lives behind them. They know nothing about peace and less than nothing about justice. They make tortuously twisted roads. No peace for the wretch who walks down those roads! Which means that we’re a far cry from fair dealing, and we’re not even close to right living.
We long for light but sink into darkness, long for brightness but stumble through the night. Like the blind, we inch along a wall, groping eyeless in the dark. We shuffle our way in broad daylight, like the dead, but somehow walking. We’re no better off than bears, groaning, and no worse off than doves, moaning. We look for justice—not a sign of it; for salvation—not so much as a hint.
Our wrongdoings pile up before you, God, our sins stand up and accuse us. Our wrongdoings stare us down; we know in detail what we’ve done: Mocking and denying God, not following our God, but making our own gods; as we see fit on how God should be according to our own hearts. Spreading false rumors, inciting sedition, pregnant with lies, muttering malice; Justice is beaten back, Righteousness is banished to the sidelines, Truth staggers down the street, Honesty is nowhere to be found, Good is missing in action. Anyone renouncing evil is beaten and robbed. God looked and saw evil looming on the horizon— so much evil and no sign of Justice. He couldn’t believe what he saw: not a soul around to correct this awful situation. So he did it himself, took on the work of Salvation, fueled by his own Righteousness. He dressed in Righteousness, put it on like a suit of armor, with Salvation on his head like a helmet, Put on Judgment like an overcoat, and threw a cloak of Passion across his shoulders. He’ll make everyone pay for what they’ve done: fury for his foes, just deserts for his enemies. Even the far-off islands will get paid off in full. In the west they’ll fear the name of God, in the east they’ll fear the glory of God, For he’ll arrive like a river in flood stage, whipped to a torrent by the wind of God.
‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be His witnesses. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made us free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, with God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: thus the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the world, or flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the carnal do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit mind the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
“As for me,” God says, “this is my covenant with them: My Spirit that I’ve placed upon you and the words that I’ve given you to speak, they’re not going to leave your mouths nor the mouths of your children nor the mouths of your grandchildren. You will keep repeating these words and won’t ever stop.”
God’s promise to us was repeated in Acts 2:17-21;
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God; I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: nd it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
You are His child, your loving heavenly Father wants to give you the supernatural power you need to live this new life in boldness and authority.
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened… If ye…know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? LUKE 11:10,13
All you have to do is ask, believe, and receive! Pray, Father, I recognize my need for Your power to live this new life. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. By faith, I receive Him right now! Thank You for baptizing me. Holy Spirit, You are welcome in my life.
It doesn’t really matter whether you felt anything or not when you prayed to receive the Lord and His Spirit. If you believed in your heart that you received, then God’s Word promises you did. “Therefore I say unto you, What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24). God always honors His Word; believe it!
Finally, remember, if God is strong, then he also wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is not a game, or an athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us the weapons provided for us;
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long; stand in the gap for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
And now may the Lord bless you, and may the Lord keep you, and may the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and may the Lord be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you walk with the knowledge that you have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb; that Satan has no claim over your soul; that you are set apart, made holy, righteous, justified, cleansed, gift, given the favor of God, because the Lord has chosen you as His very own. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad. God is your Father and everything is going to be well. May forgiveness be the law of your life as well, and may the Lord give to you a life that is as sweet as honey from the honeycomb as you live with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory because you have practiced the truth of God’s word: forgive and you shall be forgiven. In the majestic name of Jesus, we pray and ask it. Amen, amen and amen.