Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld


'I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.' Psalm 62:1

 

There is no blueprint in spiritual matters. There is no subject, problem or circumstance that we deal with exactly the same way.

 

Man likes a blueprint or a pattern; something we can do again and again but the Spirit of God doesn't move that way. If we fall into a pattern or routine in our spiritual lives it becomes a ritual. Then, we are no longer dependant on the Spirit of God, but we are choosing to lean on a routine or ritual.

 

The Spirit of God is described like a breath or wind. We don't know where it comes from or whither it goes. We hear the sound of it; we feel the influence but we cannot make Him follow a pattern or participate in our church customs.

 

Hence the reason why churches are often dry and bereft of the presence of God. They have become dependant on routines and rituals instead of being led by the breath of God.

 

When we fight spiritual battles we need to adopt a flexible position. Sometimes we fight hard and pray hard whilst other times it is as if there is no access to do such and we have to wait on the move of the Spirit.

 

I have recently returned from visiting a lovely church in Malta. There was a battle to fight and a victory to win but it wasn't given to me to pray along those lines. I did what this verse suggests:

'I waited quietly before God.'

He alone could open the door to the access, anointing and presence I desired. When I tried to pray my words fell to the ground and so I waited. I was certainly not disappointed when victory came!

 

The series of meetings that we were involved in got better and better. Victory, wonderful Blood bought victory was given and we entered into the heavenlies seeing lives baptised in the Spirit, deliverance for the captives and alsothe privilege of leading one into the kingdom.

This verse says:

'Our victory comes from Him'.

Not from our prayers or our travailing but from His throne. How wonderful that victory is when it comes. It is better than anything thought of or imagined.

As you walk the Way don't look for any blueprint but look for the Spirit. Wait on Him; don't rush in or look for the old methods but learn to wait for that breath of God that sorts a situation with what seems little effort on His part and sometimes none on ours.

'The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly. The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!' Psalm 118:14-15