On Monday, I met a friend for lunch. It had been a long time since I had been with Howard. It was a great time together. Even though we had grown apart after I left the Vineyard, we found that there was a common thread at how we had walked with the Lord in these years.
Howard shared how he too lost his job, and what had transpired since, and how the church fellowship he was a part of had to close its doors, even though he still facilitates a small group. Howard has grown much and continues to grow in Christ. He is my friend and I cherish him and value him.
Last Pentecost Howard received insight from the Lord, and sensed the Lord had two things for him. The two statements were “wait well” and “in a moment”. Howard explained how we have a hard time waiting for the Lord to do what He desires to do, but that we need to wait in expectation, and wait in preparation, and self evaluation, all the while waiting for the “in a moment” when everything can change in an instant.
I have thought on this too, and it seems God is refining us, and preparing us, but allows us to do so as we wait, as we are refined, as we are stirred, as we are renewed in Him. As you all wait well today, for your own time when the Lord opens a new place, and reveals His plan and purpose to you, I pray that the preparation that you are making will be but in a moment, that which you need for your breakthrough.
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The above blog post was written at a time when I was eclectic in my theological & biblical views and understanding. As of 5 February 2017 I am a functional cessasionist, that is, I believe the spiritual gifts, in particular gift like the vocative, prophetic gifts as well as healing & miracles have ceased. This means that my understanding is that at the end of the apostolic era, when the last apostle died (that would be John who was at Patmos & Ephesus, the author of the Gospel of John, Epistles of John & the Revelation of Jesus Christ, with his passing, the need for these particular gifts, the oracles of God given to men through the Holy Spirit, were no longer required. With the forming of the Canon of Scripture, there came to be no need for revelatory gifts. In fact in Revelation, John himself records the words of Jesus, “18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, which are written about in this book.” [Revelation 22, CSB]
God is sovereign, still heals, still manifests in the miraculous, but not at the whim or the discretion of men. We pray and ask the Lord, and then we yield and surrender to His will, echoing the words and the spirit of Christ, “Not my will but your will be done.” [Luke 22:42].
I embrace and hold to a Reformed understanding of theology & Christian living in the world. I have abandoned my other views entirely. I would be more akin to a Reformed Baptist (1689 Confession) type of Reformed theology. I used to be a continuationist (akin to John Piper) but no longer.
God bless you as you seek to know Christ and the power of His resurrection [Philippians 3:10 CSB].
In the eternal grip of Jesus,
Samuel M. Buick
29 January 2018
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