We settle God's Word on earth by believing in it, standing on it and doing it. In Hebrews 8:6 we read, "But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises."
A 'Will' reveals the nature and intentions of the person who wrote it. The sovereignty of God is not the fickleness of God. The Sovereignty of God cannot mean that He has the right to pick and choose whom He will keep His Word to. If that were true, we could never pray the prayer of faith as commanded in James 5:14-16. You cannot have faith any further than your knowledge of what the will of God is. A note to consider is this: there is no such thing in the Bible as an 'unspoken request.' An unspoken request is an unanswered request. Before you can agree with someone in prayer about something, you must know what it is.
It may be surprising to note that the Corinthian Church was not a perfect church. As a matter of fact, it was one of the most messed up churches in the Bible. There was sin in the Corinthian church that Paul said wasn't even heard of among the heathen. With that in mind, remember that Paul also wrote that the Corinthian Christians came behind no one when it came to operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Notice that even with the rampant sin in the church, he did not say that what they were doing (the gifts) wasn't real; he just told them how to correct it and operate accurately.
We see in I Corinthians 2, "And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
"Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught: but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him."
God is no respecter of persons, and each person can choose to walk in the fullness of all He has provided.
- Balliet is the eastern regional director of John G. Lake Ministries in Williamsport.