“It is the Lord who gives wisdom; from him come knowledge and understanding.”
Proverbs 2:6 GNT
Several days ago the Lord said this to me, “You cannot fight today’s battle with yesterdays battle plan.”
When He said that, it kind of startled me, because I was not thinking about being in a battle. But I’ve learned the Father knows best and He knows how to get to us exactly what we need.
And if it’s not for you or me at the time it may be for us in the future or it will be for somebody else.
I quickly wrote down what He said and I’ve been thinking about that. I would encourage you, if you are not doing this already, to write down things the Lord speaks to you about.
“You cannot fight today’s battle with yesterday’s battle plan.”
We must hear from him! Often we go about planning and strategizing with yesterday’s plan having not checked with Him.
I’ve been in enough planning meetings over the years and I’ve heard comments such as, well what we used before worked, it’s proved itself, why not? Why reinvent the wheel?
I’ve said that before myself but I have since learned God may want to do something entirely different!
Be flexible with God!
What’s wrong with this picture as far as God‘s plans are concerned? Just because it worked that way before, may not be the way God wants it done now.
He’s very particular you know! He knows the end from the beginning! He knows what will work and what won’t!
So instead of developing the plan and asking God to bless it why not go to Him first to get
His plan! And if it’s His plan it’s blessed and anointed.
Jesus did not do anything while He was here on earth, that the Father had not instructed Him to say or do. And it would be wise for you and I to do the same!
“For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.”
John 12:49 NKJV
“Then Jesus answered and said to them, Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.”
John 5:19 NKJV
Here are two different strategies used by Jesus with the same outcome. Strategies that came directly from His Father.
Look at these two examples of two blind men whom Jesus healed differently:
“Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.”
Mark 8:22-25 NKJV
Jesus spit on his eyes then laid hands on his eyes (He didn’t pray!) And asked him what he saw. The man didn’t see clearly and then Jesus laid hands on his eyes again. The man’s eyesight was restored.
“Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.”
Luke 18:35-43 NKJV
In this instance Jesus spoke to the man, “receive your sight your faith has made you well.”
Both blind men were healed and received their sight but in each instance Jesus handled it differently.
It’s so very important that we hear what God wants us to do and then do exactly He says to do, exactly the way He says to do it.