Remaining single until God determines if you are to have a partner

Derek Prince in a message titled "Finding the Right Mate" shared these thoughts.

 
In the book of Genesis:
  • God decided if Adam needed a wife
  • God formed Eve for Adam
  • God presented Eve to Adam
  • God determined the nature of their relationship
     
    If you are a man:
  • God will decide that you need a wife
  • God will form the right wife for you
  • God will bring that wife to you
  • God will determine the nature of the relationship in which you will live as a married couple
     
    If you are a woman:
  • God will decide that some man needs you as his wife
  • God will form you and prepare you to be a wife for that man.
  • God will bring you to that man.
  • God will determine the nature of the relationship in which you will live as a married couple.

    Whether you are a man or a woman the initative, the decision, the process of preparation, are all with God.

    While living as a single person:
    • Believe in God’s purpose for your life.
    • Commit your life totally to God.
    • Walk in the light of God’s word.
    • Cultivatate fellowship with God’s people.
    • Realise your value as a child of God. Don’t accept second best.
    • Be prepared to wait. Waiting is one evidence of Faith.
    • Be sensitive to the Holy Spirt. Let Him chose your way and direct you.

    Paul sums it up in his letter to the Corinthians.

    1 Corinth 7:7-8
    For I wish that all men were even as myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that. But I say to the unmarried and the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

    1 Corinth 32-35
    But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things that belong to the Lord – how he may please the Lord. But he who is married cares about the things of the world – how he may please his wife. There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world – howshe may please her husband. And this I say for your oown profit, not that I may put a lease on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.

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    In 1 Corth 13:10 what is the perfect and when will it come?

    When I looked at what the ‘perfect’ is I thought Paul might know so I looked at all the other instances of this word in the letters written by him.
     
    1 Corth 2:6 – 3:1 Here Paul compares in verse 6 those who are ‘mature (perfect)’ or in 3:1 ‘spiritual people’ with verse 14 ‘natural man’ or verse 3:1 ‘carnal’ or ‘babes in Christ’.
    If you read the whole passage you see two levels of Christian walk mature (perfect) vs carnal child. THe mature speak mysteries not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches.
     
    In Ephesians 4:11-24 Paul talks about the purpose of the gifts of Jesus to the church. Here we see again that they are intended to bring the saints to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine….but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ. Note again the two ideas of Mature (perfect) compared to children.
     
    In Philippians 3:12-15 Paul talks about not yet being perfected but pressing on to maturity.
     
    In Colossians 1:28 Paul states that his purpose results in presenting every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
     
    In Col 3:12 he says ‘you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God’
     
    In Heb 5:12-14 he talks about milk being for babes and solid food belonging to those who are of full age (perfect).
     
    If I was to consider what Paul thought of with the use of the word perfect it always seems to relate to maturity vs childishness. 
     
    Consider the timing of all this. 1 Corth 13:9-13 
    ‘For (now’ I have added this for clarity) we know in part…..’But when’ that which is perfect has come….
    ‘When’ I was a child, I spoke as a child,I understood as a child, I thought as a child: ‘but when’ I became a man, I put away childish things.
    ‘For now’ we see in a mirror, dimly, ‘But then’ face to face.
    ‘Now’ I know in part, ‘but then’ I shall know just as I also am known.
    And ‘now’ abide faith, hope, love, these three; ‘but (then’ I have added this) the greatest of these is love.
      
    Would you agree all the ‘now’s are at the same point in time and all the ‘but (when, then’)s are at the same point in time. 
     
    Following this logic:
    At the time of ‘now’ whenever that is or was "we know in part", "I was a child..", "we see in a mirror dimly", "I know in part", and "abide faith hope, and love".
    At the time of ‘but’ whenever that is or was "that which is perfect has come…", "I became a man,..", "face to face", "I shall know just as I also am known", and the greatest of of these is love (is left).
     
    Maybe we are still in the ‘now’ time while we are a child in our walk in the Lord but as we become mature, i.e. we show forth the fullness of Christ, we move into the ‘but’ time.
    I believe there is much more for us to enter into in the Spirit then what we are experiencing at the moment including entering into the third heaven as Paul did. At that point we would be face to face with the Lord. We would no longer need faith or hope as we knew His word to us directly. I am looking to experience more of my Father everyday through the Holy Spirt dwelling within me.
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    Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (The Trinity)

    What I am looking to explain in a simple way is the relationship often known as the Trinity. Although I have based my views on the Bible I am always open to new revelation on His word. I wish to present the idea that there is one God, God the Father and that Jesus and the Holy Spirit have come forth from Him and by the submission of their wills to Him represent to us all the character and full nature of our heavenly Father.

    God the Father is an all powerful being who because of His very nature is unable to directly deal with us in the flesh. His nature is pure energy seen as light, fire and lightning. Because of His power we have limited interaction with him in the flesh. We see a similar relationship with electricity in our society. Electricity provides us with light, warmth in winter, and in fact all our modern culture is dependent on electric power. Imagine life now without electricity. Put your finger in a wall socket and suddenly you become aware of the power and how dangerous it is to our flesh. In the same way the Israelites found out how dangerous God’s power was when they touched the Ark of the Covenant.

    As soon as Father spoke, Jesus, the Word of God was begotten. In our terms it was as if Jesus was birthed from the Father. He was not created. My son was birthed from my wife and me. In fact he is our flesh. If he had been able to come only from me then he would be the image of me. How often have we heard someone say that a child is just like their Father or Mother? Likewise Jesus is the image of the Father. He is exactly like His Father. If we see him doing anything then it is exactly how God the Father would do it if he could.

    We also see this idea when we are watching TV. When I watch the news at night I might say come here and see and hear John read the news. In that box is not John but the image of John. John is many kilometres away in a studio inaccessible to me. But the image does everything that John is doing in the studio. In fact the image is linked to me via an invisible television signal moving through the air. If I take away the image on the TV John is still at the studio. If I take away the invisible signal John is still in the studio. But what if I take away John? Now there is no TV signal or image in the box. Likewise we have one God, the Father. We can take Jesus away and the Holy Spirit away but the Father will still exist. But take away the Father and nothing exists.

    Jesus has submitted his will to his Father and states that He does nothing accept he sees the Father do it. He has always been able to relate to man physically as we see him throughout the Old Testament as the Angel of The Lord. About 2000 years ago He took on the form of man. His purpose was to become a living sacrifice for Sin. After dying His blood was taken to heaven and put on the throne in heaven. His sacrifice also opened the way into the Holy of Holies which is Heaven. Because of what He did we can now go into heaven in the spirit. Jesus’ limitation is that he is now confined to a body. His body can be solid enough that we can touch him and also in the next moment he can go through a wall. He cannot however enter our body.

    God the Father’s final promise was that He would take out our heart of stone and give us a heart of flesh and fill us with His Spirit. He would then cause us to walk according to His will. To do this He had to send His Holy Spirit to possess us. The Holy Spirit is able to go into our body and take control. He is spoken of as the breath of God.

    In summary

    • One God the Father (Supreme power and source of all energy)
    • His only begotten Son the Word of God (Limited to a body and able to fully identify with us. The sacrifice for Sin)
    • His breath the Holy Spirit of God (Spirit who is able to possess us, controlling us to do the will of God the Father)

    The following verses provide the basis of my current convictions.

    GOD

    1 Tim 2:5,6

    For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus

    6  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

    Eph 4:6

    6   One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

     

    God is:

    A Spirit

    John 4:24

    24   God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

    Invisible

    John 1:18

    18  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

    If no man has seen God then when man has seen the Lord on earth then it must be his image Jesus.

    Light

    1 John 1:5

    5  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

    Fire

    Deut 4:24

    24  For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

    Ezek 1:26

    26  And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

    27  And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

    28  As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.

     

    Jesus is:

    The image of the invisible God

    Col 1:15

    15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

    John 5:19

    19  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

    The creator and sustainer of all things

    Col 1:16-17

    16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:17   17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

    One of the three who visit Abraham before the destruction of Sodom

    Gen 18:1-2

    1  And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;

    2  And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground

    The Captain of the Lord’s host

    Joshua 5:14,15

    14  And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?

    15  And the captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy.

    The fourth person in the fire

    Dan 3:25

    25  He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

    The Word

    John 1:1

    1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

    John 1:14

    14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

    Only begotten Son

    John 1:14

    14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

    John 13:24 shows that he existed before the foundation of the world

    24  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

    The head of the body

    Col 1:18

    18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

     

    The Holy Spirit is:

    The promise of the Father

    Ezek 36:26,27

    26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

    27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

    Acts 2:33

    33  Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

    The Spirit of God

    Before the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit dwelt with us. After the Day of Pentecost He could now dwell in us.

    John 14:17

    17  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

    Acts 2:17

    17  And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

    1 Corinthians 12:3

    3  Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

     

    Food for thought

    Before Pentecost we could be anointed with the Spirit. Is anointing a surface treatment? The evidence of the anointing appeared to be prophecy.

    After Pentecost we can now be filled with or possessed by the Holy Spirit. This is an inner treatment. The evidence on the Day of Pentecost was that they spoke with other tongues On that day it was also an expression of prophecy.

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    A wonderful experience of God’s power

    Two days ago my daughter had to have four wisdom teeth taken out. We were told by everyone that we spoke to how much pain and swelling there would be.
     
    Five years ago I shattered my knee cap in four and at that time I was told that that injury is the most painful in the body. When it occurred I asked Father to stop pain. Throughout my time in hospital I prayed in tongues and had absolutely no pain. The medical staff could not believe it and kept asking me if I needed pain relief.
     
    So my daughter and I asked Father to stop any pain and swelling. I listened carefully as Holy Spirit directed me to pray for her at times leading up to the surgery. She told me afterward that she was speaking in other tongues going into surgery and when she woke up she was

    Two days ago my daughter had to have four wisdom teeth taken out. We were told by everyone that we spoke to how much pain and swelling there would be.
     
    Five years ago I shattered my knee cap in four and at that time I was told that that injury is the most painful in the body. When it occurred I asked Father to stop pain. Throughout my time in hospital I prayed in tongues and had absolutely no pain. The medical staff could not believe it and kept asking me if I needed pain relief.
     
    So my daughter and I asked Father to stop any pain and swelling. I listened carefully as Holy Spirit directed me to pray for her at times leading up to the surgery. She told me afterward that she was speaking in other tongues going into surgery and when she woke up she was still speaking in tongues.
     
    Her surgery was at 4:00pm. We brought her home at 7:00pm. There was no apparent swelling. At the hospital they told her she would be pain free until the needles wore off and then she was to take strong pain killers. She had no pain. Next morning she woke up. Still no pain and there was no swelling.
     
    The only thing that was still not right was that the lower lip and front of the jaw was numb. She told me then that at her last doctor’s appointment she had had to sign a release form which removed responsibility for this outcome. She was told that it was possible for this lack of feeling in the lips to be permanent. She had never told me about this so we had not prayed against it. I asked Holy Spirit what to do and He told me a specific thing to say to my daughter and a specific way to pray. When I did this, instantly she noticed feeling start to return. Within 15 minutes she was able to fully control her lips.
     
    We took a photograph of her face to show that all was completely normal and later in the morning she went off and attended a wedding as if nothing had occurred.
     
    I know that our Father is still answering prayer and performing supernatural things in our lives. I know that Holy Spirit speaks through us in tongues and that if we will listen and obey His voice no matter how stupid His instructions may seem that we will see fantastic things happen that are beyond human reasoning.
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    Tongues: What are they and are they important?

    The word tongues is simply another word for languages. If someone asks me what is my native tongue I would say it is English, the language that I mainly speak. Therefore tongues are the languages of the Holy Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 14:2 Paul says “he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.”

     There are two environments in which tongues can be used.

     

    1. Public use of other tongues.

    In this area there are two different uses of tongues.

      • Sign to unbeliever.

    In 1 Corth.14:22 Paul says “tongues are a sign not to those who believe but to unbelievers”. When the Holy Spirit first came to earth this form of tongues occurred. Acts 2:4 says “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:11 says “we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” Notice in this case the speaker did not understand the language but the hearer did understand it.

     

      • The gift of tongues as listed in 1 Corth. 12:10.

    Here Paul calls it “different kinds of tongues. In 1 Corth. 14:27-28 Paul says of this form “If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter (i.e. someone with the gift of interpretation), let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.

     

    1. Personal use of other tongues.

    In this area there are also two different uses of tongues.

     

      • Intercession.

    Romans 8:26-27 says “the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” So if we don’t know how to pray if we allow the Holy Spirit to use our tongue He will intercede through us according to the Father’s will.

     

      • Personal edification.

    1 Corth. 14:4 says “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself”. Paul is saying that we are built up when we allow the Holy Spirit to speak in this way. 1 Corth. 14:13-15 says “Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the result then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.” Paul is saying here that he would speak and sing in the spirit and ask for interpretation to speak and sing with understanding.

    I believe that tongues are simply the language that the Holy Spirit uses if He is given the opportunity to use our tongue. Because He is speaking mysteries we will not understand it unless the Holy Spirit also gets the opportunity to speak the interpretation using our tongue. In the public area the language will either be a known language or it is required that it be interpreted. In personal use it will be the Holy Spirit interceding or edifying us. We can ask the Holy Spirit for the interpretation if we wish to have understanding.

    The Holy Spirit wants to speak more often and much more than we give Him opportunity to. I now give Him as much opportunity as I can to use my tongue. Since giving Him this I have had to repent that I did not value this experience. In a sense I had kept the Holy Spirit mute for most of the time that He had dwelt within me.

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    Who are the elect of God?

    What does the word Elect mean?

    Elect means picked out, chosen or choice one.

    In Genesis 12 God came to Abram and chose him to make of him a great nation. In Gen 15 He made a covenant with him. In Gen 17 He changed his name to Abraham, establishing an everlasting covenant between him and his descendants.

    In Psalm 105:6 we see that God’s chosen ones are the children of Jacob. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel so God’s chosen at this time were the children of Israel. God made this covenant as an everlasting covenant.

    After this there were two groups, the children of Israel, the Israelites, and the rest, the Gentiles.

    Who does God now consider as the Israelites?

    In Romans 9:6-8 Paul says “they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as seed.”

    In Romans 9:30-32 Paul tells us that the Gentiles have obtained righteousness by faith whereas Israel, pursuing it by works, has missed out on it.

    In Romans 11 we see two groups described as two olive trees. Israelites are said to be a natural olive tree while the Gentiles are said to be a wild olive tree. His chosen group is the Natural Olive Tree and the Gentiles are the Wild Olive Tree. Paul tells us in verses 16 – 25 that the root of the Natural Olive is Christ, that if the people of Israel do not have faith then they are taken from the tree and we as Gentiles are only grafted into this tree through faith in Jesus. If the people of Israel return in faith then He will again graft them into the Natural Olive tree. If we do not maintain our faith then He can remove us from the tree.

    All this tells us that faith in Christ is the key to being in the elect of God, the Natural Olive Tree, the spiritual Israel.

    1 Peter 2:9,10 tells us who we are.

    “you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim, the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light; who once were not people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

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    Should We Drink?

    I have never had a drink and because of family tradition I believed that it was wrong according to the Bible. I had never really thought too much about it as all the Christian people that I knew did not drink.

     This however changed when about 10 years ago I changed churches and found people who did not see anything wrong with having a drink. I found myself having to question the tradition under which I had lived most of my life.

     I listened to people’s arguments and read heaps of articles. I decided that I must search the Bible and see what God had to say. The initial message seemed to be that it was OK to drink as long as you don’t get drunk. I was content and I would never say to anyone that they should not drink.

    Then one day the Holy Spirit showed me three scriptures and connected them.

     Leviticus 10:9-11 His instructions to priests.

    “Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, that you may distinguish between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean, and that you may teach the children of Israel all the statues which the Lord has spoken to them by the hand of Moses”

     Proverbs 31:4-7 His instructions to kings.

    “It is not for kings to drink wine, nor for princes intoxicating drink, lest they drink and forget the law, and pervert the justice of all the afflicted. Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to those who are bitter of heart. Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.”

     Revelation 1:5-6 Who we are.

    “To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and forever.”

     He then said to me that no matter what others may do did I want to be a king and a priest to God. Because I did want that I decided that I was not going to drink. I had peace in my heart.

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