“As important as prayer is while the Church was praying for the laws of our country to change, those who don’t even know God, and those who were not praying were changing the laws of your country”
– Derek Schneider
As we discussed in the last article, ‘Can Some Outcomes on Earth be Predictable – Despite Prayer’, the earthly realm (or natural realm) functions by laws and principles. Those who understand these laws and principles (even if they are non-believers) can excel in life. God will honour these laws and principles that He has instituted. Essentially, God did not design the earth to function by miracles or prayer alone. Although there is nothing greater than seeing the “miraculous” in our day to day life, God never expected us to try and “live by miracles.” In fact you could even say that miracles are the exception.
The day after the Passover, on that very day, the Israelites ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. There was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year (Joshua 5:11-12).
In this particular passage, we see that as Israel began their management of the “promised land”, their dependency on the miracle manna to feed them ceased. They could now begin to do for themselves, and truly begin to be “managers” of their own land that God promised them. This is really an act of love from God. God is not a dictator. Out of His love for us, He wants us to grow in sonship and truly bear His image in the earth, not just by praying or going to church, but by managing our own calling and “promised land”. It is not that we detach ourselves from God by any means, but it is that God gives us a realm of responsibility, which helps us grow as individuals on earth. This is exactly why a wise parent knows when to hand over more responsibility to their child so that the child can grow in maturity. God is just this way!
The reality is, those who excel in various spheres of influence on earth, are those who have learned how to manage their sphere of influence, whether it’s business, finances, industry, politics or whether they are Christian or not. Of course it should go without saying that the Believer has the advantage of being able to merge spiritual power and wisdom with earthly wisdom, just like Daniel and Joseph did.
Let’s take a look at some very practical examples of how an understanding of God’s laws and principles affects our lives:
- You can have a very strong prayer life and read the Bible daily, however, if you fill your physical body with unhealthy junk food you will become weak and even get sick and possibly die young. No matter how spiritual you are, you broke a law of life. Can God heal your sick body? Absolutely! He can even raise you from the dead. But, He also expects you to obey the laws and principles He established so that you can be healthy.
- Even though we as believers have the Holy Spirit, we still need to take proper care of our children. It would be inappropriate to leave that in the hands of God. It would be foolish and neglectful to behave this way. It is unbelievable negligence and irresponsibility to leave your children alone at home because you believe the Holy Spirit will watch over them. Of course, we believe that the Holy Spirit is watching over your children but that is dependent upon you taking responsibility and parenting them according to the principles of parenting.
- You can be an anointed pastor in a large, successful church, however, it doesn’t matter how anointed you are if you constantly neglect and mistreat your family. Your family will fall apart.
- You can complain to God about how great a Christian you are and how you quote prosperity Scriptures from the Word every day, but at the same time you never pick up a book and discover the laws and principles behind financial stewardship.
This is how we explain much of the lack of fruitfulness and success in the Body of Christ today. It is a lack of understanding that causes us to so often be the “tail” rather than “the head”.
How is it that we, as people who know God, can be so behind in some aspects of life in comparison to the heathen who do not know God, yet are achieving so much and influencing key spheres of life for the wrong kingdom? You may have heard the phrase “one is so heavenly minded they are no earthly good”. In some ways, we, the Church, have so over emphasized “spirituality” that we have become irresponsible in the area of true management of the earth in terms of its laws and principles. Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be “either or” it is “both and”. As important as prayer is, while the Church was praying for the laws of our country to change, those who don’t even know God, and those who were not praying were changing the laws of your country. They unashamedly and strategically worked their way into positions of influence, leveraging the laws and principles of government and therefore they rule while we are still praying. Of course, this is not to negate prayer. Prayer must be a constant activity in the life of any mature son or daughter.
As we have already stated, prayerful action, must be the lifestyle of today’s Believer, if we want to be of use for God, beyond the four walls of our church or conference. True maturity understands when to speak to the Father or receive His instructions and when to act boldly on His behalf to fulfill what is in His heart.
Principle – Things do not just “happen” in life. Things happen as a
result of laws that were obeyed or laws that were violated.
You may have heard the phrase, “what you sow you will reap” or “what goes around comes around”. Alls results have an initiated action based on a particular principle. Therefore, if you take inventory of your actions, you can discover why you are getting certain results. It is not just by chance and it is not always the devil’s fault or even God’s fault, it is your own doing much of the time. Do not justify irresponsibility in the name of spirituality.
If you continually break laws, these laws will eventually break you. Whether it is how we eat, the way we live, or our lack of connection to God and His Word, no matter how spiritually adequate we think we are, it is impossible to break laws that God has established without reaping a result. So many times, we, as Christians, do things in the name of spirituality when, in actuality, we are breaking God’s laws. The truth is there are consequences and results for every action. You can be preaching a great sermon from the pulpit and be stealing money all your life, and though the earthly court never catches you, eventually the Kingdom of God and His government will catch up with you.
It is so much wiser to become a person after God’s own heart and an expert in obeying the laws and principles that He establishes. When the heathen obeys laws and principles that God established, they are actually bearing God’s image and ability without even knowing it. They are taking responsibility and ruling in the natural realm. If God were not to allow man, saved or unsaved, to have free will, to choose obedience or disobedience to his laws and principles, God would be a dictator. When you see an unsaved multi-millionaire or doctor or any unsaved successful individual, who is ruling over a sphere of life, they are utilizing God’s knowledge for their success. Simply, the multi-millionaires adherence to the laws of money and he receive the result based upon the laws he applied.
For the strength of Canada…
Pastor Derek Schneider
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Until He has dominion…
Pastor Derek Schneider
President of History Makers Academy
Founder of History Makers Society
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