The Prophetic Superhighway Of God’s Purpose Via Time: Sermon By Minister Innocent Kinara
Life is more than a mere conglomeration of chance events.
Human history is more than records of men darkened and lacking divine perspective.
Life is more than the timeline of events that make up human existence. It is more than an account of mortals who appear on earth and go through motions of existence then later expire.
In history, there are periods and eras. We have had various eras of mobility and communication. From the invention of the wheel, car, Internet, etc.
Hindsight is 20-20. Everyone has a perfect hindsight. When you look at events in hindsight, you’re able to perceive them with more clarity.
History also tells us of kingdoms and great kings who came and went.
Through all these events, there is a thread that goes through time in spite of the fluctuations that went through the world.
To all the events that occur in time, there is a divine perspective.
God has always spoken of events as if they will happen tomorrow.
The prophecies that were spoken about Jesus sounded like they would happen in a few years. But man had to wait for the manifestation. This waiting included the 400 years between Malachi and Matthew when God didn’t speak.
The problem with us as human beings is that we don’t have a foresight of what God has spoken and how He works. We don’t look at the bigger picture.
Abraham was told that he would be great. That his descendants would be numerous. That He would have a son in his old age. God was speaking into the future by speaking all these promises to Abraham.
When God looks on earth, He doesn’t look at 2000 years. To God there is no time. He looks at things from an eternal perspective.
When God spoke to Abraham, He was speaking of something beyond what He promised in the natural. Abraham lived in tents because he perceived that the Promised Land called Canaan wasn’t just a physical place.
Abraham married Ketura and had other children. Concerning God’s purpose, God spoke only about Isaac. He had predestined Isaac to be the vessel of His purpose and not any other child born of Abraham. He had planned for him to be born through Sarah and not any other woman.
There are many things that we do as humans that are irrelevant.
There are desires God will give us. The fact that we can enjoy things God gives, is a gift from God. Beyond physical gifts, there are divine things from God that we should look forward to. We are to set our hearts on things above not the things of this world.
But Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord: thus says the Lord, Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.” Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, “If the Lord himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” But he said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.”Now there were four men who were lepers at the entrance to the gate. And they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die?If we say, ‘Let us enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. So now come, let us go over to the camp of the Syrians. If they spare our lives we shall live, and if they kill us we shall but die.”
So they arose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians. But when they came to the edge of the camp of the Syrians, behold, there was no one there.For the Lord had made the army of the Syrians hear the sound of chariots and of horses, the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, “Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Egypt to come against us.”So they fled away in the twilight and abandoned their tents, their horses, and their donkeys, leaving the camp as it was, and fled for their lives.And when these lepers came to the edge of the camp, they went into a tent and ate and drank, and they carried off silver and gold and clothing and went and hid them. Then they came back and entered another tent and carried off things from it and went and hid them. Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news. If we are silent and wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come; let us go and tell the king’s household.”
So they came and called to the gatekeepers of the city and told them, “We came to the camp of the Syrians, and behold, there was no one to be seen or heard there, nothing but the horses tied and the donkeys tied and the tents as they were.”Then the gatekeepers called out, and it was told within the king’s household. And the king rose in the night and said to his servants, “I will tell you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we are hungry. Therefore they have gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the open country, thinking, ‘When they come out of the city, we shall take them alive and get into the city.’” And one of his servants said, “Let some men take five of the remaining horses, seeing that those who are left here will fare like the whole multitude of Israel who have already perished. Let us send and see.” So they took two horsemen, and the king sent them after the army of the Syrians, saying, “Go and see.” So they went after them as far as the Jordan, and behold, all the way was littered with garments and equipment that the Syrians had thrown away in their haste. And the messengers returned and told the king.
Then the people went out and plundered the camp of the Syrians. So a seah of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord.Now the king had appointed the captain on whose hand he leaned to have charge of the gate. And the people trampled him in the gate, so that he died, as the man of God had said when the king came down to him. For when the man of God had said to the king, “Two seahs of barley shall be sold for a shekel, and a seah of fine flour for a shekel, about this time tomorrow in the gate of Samaria,” the captain had answered the man of God, “If the Lord himself should make windows in heaven, could such a thing be?” And he had said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” And so it happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gate and he died.2 Kings 7 (ESV)
In this account, we see that sometimes life doesn’t make sense. God speaks one thing but circumstances say another. Yet, God always turns things around and fulfills His word. It is also important for us to have faith in the word of God so that we can partake in the fruit it bears.
First category of acts: There are things that are irrelevant to God, which He may not speak about like what you wear. You decide. This is a domain where man can do what He wants. God may or may not intervene.
Second category of acts: These are relevant to God and He wants to use them to accomplish His purpose. God doesn’t start something before He accomplishes it.
When God speaks, we wonder how God will fulfill His word. In God’s foreknowledge, He has factored in what we will do. God can do anything. His ability is not in question.
If a human vessel rejects God’s purpose, God raises another who is willing. It isn’t about the vessel but His purpose. No man is indispensable to God.
When we draw comparisons between David and Saul, we find that David is called a man after God’s heart. God gave Saul opportunities to make amends but he failed to heed them. Saul was arrogant and rebellious. His heart was not aligned to God’s.
And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the Lord your God, with which he commanded you. For then the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”1 Samuel 13:13 (ESV)
Had Saul obeyed God, he would have remained king. There is a domain of God’s knowledge where He knows what could have happened but didn’t.
God fulfills His purpose in spite of the choices we make.
There is a lie from the enemy that God chooses your destiny for you. You choose your destiny by your choices.
There are people who think God is unfair and unjust because they believe God is in charge of their destiny. God pursues His purpose but He always gives us the freedom to choose our destiny.
The mystery of Christ is clearer to us in hindsight than to those who prophesied about Him because we can see the thread in the Old Testament and New Testament.
As human beings, we focus on events and end up missing the bigger picture, which is the purpose of God. Zeroing in on circumstances locks out a divine perspective on things.
God says that we should not worry. He says that because there is nothing that He doesn’t know about. Worry tells us our perspective of things is off. If you bring yourself to the realization of the sovereignty of God, you will be able to find peace and trust in God.
Rhema June 9 2015 – God talks about eternal perspective being key to accessing our inheritance. We need to perceive the generations to come so that we know how to handle our inheritance.
Purpose endures from generation to generation. Each generation is a steward of what God gives them. The purpose of God didn’t end with the matriarchs and patriarchs in the Bible. They had stewardship of purpose during their lifetime, which was passed on to the next generation.
We should be sold out to the purpose of God. We are privileged as God has spoken via prophetic word in this community. Believe God like a fool and let Him be the one to worry about how it will happen.
The only thing you should be concerned about is the posture of your heart. It’s the only thing that can disqualify you from your inheritance as in the case of Saul. Your disobedience will not hold the purpose of God hostage. You’re the one who loses out.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)
We have the wrong perspective about our lives if we don’t do not look at things from God’s perspective. We worry about things as if God isn’t aware and doesn’t care about our needs and wants. Let us fix our eyes towards the end of the matter. There is nothing about you that God doesn’t know.
Don’t chase after relationships as though they are the end all be all. Marriage is not purpose but there is purpose in marriage.
Once you gain the eternal perspective of things, you stop worrying. You are able to enjoy life and things more. Whether you have much or little.
Questions to ponder about: what is the prophetic purpose of your life, family, work, being in this church?
A time is coming when God will make a demand of what He has invested in you.
Some things become clearer as you go. We must keep walking in faith.
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