By Michael Q. Pink
Rain Makers believe they form the clouds and make the rain but Rain Catchers believe they should follow the cloud and catch the rain. Does not the Bible teaches us to “labor therefore to enter into that rest”?
On one side you have the Vision of God calling you from the secret place of your heart, beckoning you to something higher, something eternal, something utterly fulfilling.
On the other side, you have a plethora of television infomercials and marketing gurus, offering you dark counsel, inviting you to “release the giant within”, beckoning you to something lower, something temporal, something that feeds the cries and lusts of the flesh. Which will you choose? From where did you download your vision? Was it late night television or early morning intercession?
Is it possible we’ve put too much emphasis on what we can do with our know-how? Is it possible that we thought we could form the clouds and make it rain at will?
I’m not saying you don’t make sales calls. Diligence is important. Diligence has reward. And I’m not saying you don’t use marketing services. Use only as directed by God for best results.
I AM SAYING you spend time pursuing Him and He will reveal the best approach, direct your path and cause His FAVOR to shine upon you.
You know the verse in Proverbs 3? “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” The word acknowledge in Hebrew = “edy” which is the same word as when Adam “edy” (knew) Eve. In other words – it is an intimate expression – not just a passing “Thanks God”. It’s in the intimacy with the Father – that you discover the specifics of His will. His general will is laid out in Scripture – but the specifics come from communion with Him.
Catching the rain is not about a geographical location – Abraham prospered during a famine! Catching the rain is not about a vocational choice – God prospered Joseph in prison & in Potipher’s house.
Catching the rain is a RELATIONAL thing – Finding the place of God’s presence, which the Bible describes at times as being with “peals of thunder and flashes of lightning!” SOUNDS LIKE RAIN TO ME! With our eyes on what we can do or on asking God to bless our choices, our methods, etc we lose our vision. The cloud has moved, but we can’t see where it’s gone, so we hire professional rainmakers to bring the rain to us, while all the while the Father is wanting to bring us along to where He is pouring out His rain.
One of the first things the enemy will try to take away from you is “child likeness”. Children “see” things in a way that most adults don’t. When a child questions…. It’s usually curiosity. When an adult questions… It’s often skepticism. It takes child likeness to follow the cloud and catch the rain.
Come with me to Jeremiah 1:11-12 “Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what see you? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Then said the LORD unto me, You have well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.”
In John 3 we found out that you cannot see the kingdom until you’re born again. In Jeremiah we find that it matters to God that you SEE what He sees from His vantage point, which is only found in His presence. Before Jeremiah could be sent, he had to see. We see that the Lord is very careful about His prophets and He wants to make sure they see correctly. He feels that way about all of us. When we see correctly, we will speak correctly. He will know it’s His word and He can perform His word but we’ve got to see correctly.
Come to John chapter 9…
"Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth..."
This man represents all of us. We were all born blind. Everyone of us. Spiritually blind. We could not see. And Jesus comes along to this man and scoops up some dirt and His mind goes back some 4000 years... He has a dejavu moment... I remember this... This reminds me of the day I made Adam! He took some clay and formed a set of eyes. This guy in John 9 doesn’t know who did it. He doesn’t know Jesus.
Most of the kingdom of God is seen right here in a place called our spirit. It’s the discernments and the perceptions of the Holy Spirit,,, Here... On the inside. There is this “sight” that comes to the spiritual man. And Jesus tells him that I want you to go to the pool of Siloam which means “sent”. With the sending comes a receiving! He had to wash off the clay, the flesh if you will – from his eyes so he could see.
“Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or not, I know not: one thing I know, that, though I was blind, now I see.”
Hell, religious spirits and the world are concerned about God’s people who can see. That’s what Hell is astonished with! Not just being born again but being born again and learning how to SEE.
YOU DON’T BECOME DANGEROUS UNTIL YOU LEARN HOW TO SEE!
Do you want to become a force to reckon with in the marketplace?
You’ve got to LEARN HOW TO SEE
When you find people that can see… they might start speaking His word! Declaring His Will. And if they start speaking His word, and declaring His will, He’ll be in it to perform it!
We’ve got to see it and He is watching over us to see if we can see it. If we can see what He sees then we can speak it. And He’s in it to perform it.
Humbly accept the Word of God, the vision of God that He has implanted in you.
Now look at this guy in John 9... He didn’t know Jesus. He didn’t know if He was a sinner…
“One thing I do know… I was blind and now I see.” That is the thing that Hell is most pushed back by… The power of the potency of the testimony of one who was blind and now can see. We have theology up to our nostrils, but do we have a testimony of people who can say, I was lost, I was blind, I was dead. Now I’m alive. I’m found. I can see!!!
Do we have a Christian business community that can say, I was blind in the marketplace, being led about by other blind men, but now I see. Now I have kingdom insight. Now I have revelation for how to proceed. Now….. I’m dangerous!
This blind man begins to speak what he sees, though He has never even seen Christ yet…
Look at his reply… “Why, in this is a marvelous thing, that you don’t know where He’s from. Now we know that God doesn’t hear sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and does his will, him he hears. Since the world began no one has even heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.”
The Lord is wanting our sight restored. That’s the anointing He brings to us. It’s a great thing to have your physical sight restored, but much more exponentially so to have your spiritual sight restored. Maybe you’re near sighted and everything seems in focus and you can see what God is saying in your sphere, but do you really comprehend what God is saying in the bigger picture – in the context of the entire body of Christ – in the context of a world speeding towards destruction? Do you really?
Nations are at stake by what we see.
Tremendous resources are waiting to be reaped … not by blind men and blind women… but by kingdom men and women who can see what the Father is doing and follow Him!
If we can just get childlike again. Peel back the Pharisee stuff where we can fellowship with a man born blind who now can see. A man who was once your adversary perhaps or a burden in some way, but now can see and is saying what the Father has shown him.
The greatest revelation that we can see is that we have an enlarged revelation of Him and when we see Him we will find ourselves falling at His feet in adoration and praise and worshipping Him.
"Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Do you believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, You have both seen him, and it is he that talks with you. And he said, Lord, I believe."
"And he worshiped him."
I SUGGEST WE DO THE SAME… And get ready to catch the rain!
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