But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 1:20-21)
As you should know by now, God looks at our heart more than our actions. So when your heart is right; pure and clean, before God and you still experience power failure, those bad situations and negative circumstances are still present, what is the problem? Before we answer that question, let's examine the word of God on that subject.
It is important to remember that God promises us peace in the midst of our circumstances.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
How can we have peace in the midst of our circumstances? When we understand God's word. We may not understand the who, what and how of our circumstance, but we should understand that God is sovereign and always in complete control. There are many accounts in the word of God that shows an individuals seemingly in an impossible situation. Here are 3 such accounts:
- Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-8) - All Hannah wanted was a child. Little did she know that it was God who had shut her womb so that she could not bear a child. To add insult to injury, she was goaded and demeaned by her counterpart for not being able to conceive. She had no idea of God's plan for her to birth Samuel.
- Naomi (Ruth 1:1-22) - Naomi had absolutely no control in the hand that God dealt her. She started off with a husband and two sons and ended up with nothing and 2 daughter-in-laws. She recognized that this was God's doing but did not understand God's plan for Ruth and Boaz to meet.
- Joseph (Genesis 17:22:33) - This young, happy-go-lucky, man had no idea what was in store for him as his brothers over-took him and threw him in a pit. Joseph had no idea that he would one day be in position to save Israel from famine.
All of these individuals were good in the sight of God but they all were put in negative situations in order for God's will to be carried out. If you read the accounts, you will see that they never lost their faith.
Let's take a look a how this can be. When a believer experiences spiritual power failure, our life should be prayerfully examined. When violations are discovered, these should be quickly corrected in order for the power of God to resume its unhindered flow.
The same Peter who was prayed out of prison by believers was later martyred for the sake of the Gospel. Why didn't the same power that once opened prison bars deliver him from this terrible death?
There were many lepers in Israel at the time of Elijah, but only one was healed by God.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
- and the working of His will is good, acceptable and perfect.
. . . that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2b