OH NO! Not This Time!!!
“Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore, get wisdom; and in all thy getting, get understanding”. Proverbs 4:7
Today we appear to be forever learning – but never gleaning the proper understanding. The Lord desires for us to remember and to understand three things;
1. WHO He is
2. WHAT He is doing
3. WHY He is allowing us to encounter certain situations and circumstances.
Knowledge gives FACTS, but UNDERSTANDING permits me to properly apply the meanings of the facts that I’ve learned. (…And all facts are not TRUTH!) Many times we are experiencing the same situations over and over again. This is usually because we haven’t gleaned the wisdom that’s necessary to understand WHO God is; WHAT He is doing and the WHY of His actions. Therefore, when circumstances unexpectedly become adverse; we become frustrated, anxious, angry and/or discouraged…. Instead of resting in the confidence of His Word.
Knowledge gives us Information but Understanding yields Principles; Knowledge impacts our memory but understanding impacts our reasoning; Knowledge builds scholars but Understanding creates teachers.
SO, this time when I’m confronted with the same situations….again… my response will reflect that I’m truly in a different place. That’s because I don’t just have information but I now have REVELATION! And because Revelation has birthed an understanding of WHO, WHAT and WHY….I will emerge from every situation as “more than a conqueror”. No matter what the opposition – I can tell the enemy..... OH NO – Not This Time!
In Mark 13:7 in the amplified version
“7And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not get alarmed (troubled and frightened); it is necessary [that these things] take place, but the end is not yet.”
8For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines and calamities. This is but the beginning of the [a]intolerable anguish and suffering [only the first of the [b]birth pangs].
So when the next major calamity comes that shook us like “9 -11” did; when the next hurricane comes and wipes another island out to seas; when the next Richter scale shattering earthquake surfaces;….our response will not be one of fear and frustration. We will maintain our focus – and tell the enemy…OH NO – Not This Time! My response and my reactions will declare to the enemy that I now understand the Who, What and the Why of God.
When sickness comes to visit again….because I now understand Isaiah 53:5 – I will stand and declare, OH NO.. Not This Time!
If finances become questionable, because I’m a tither and understand Malachi 3:11 - I can say OH NO.. Not This Time.
When Loneliness knocks at my door – I can open the door with Deuteronomy 31:6. And decree, OH NO, NOT THIS TIME!
When disappointments and tribulations arise… Romans 8:38 & 39 will be response… And I’LL BOLDLY SAY… OH NO, NOT THIS TIME!
Whatever the enemy may throw my way, because I now have the proper understanding….I will use my God given authority, which is always based in His Word; adamantly proclaim …OH NO.. Not This Time!
Someone summarized it this way:
One day heartaches will be over - But Today we have God’s COMFORT,
One day pain will be no more, TODAY God is saying My GRACE is sufficient,
One day there will be no more burdens, but TODAY we have His Strength,
One day I will possess everything that I need, but TODAY Live by Faith,
One day I will understand EVERYTHING… BUT TODAY I TRUST His actions!
Yes.. Prayer is the KEY…FAITH unlocks the door….But a proper UNDERSTANDING will give me the ACCESS and the WISDOM to OPEN that door and allow me to tell the enemy… OH NO, NOT THIS TIME!