On page 69 of my book, I wrote: “When you choose to walk with God, then you are also choosing to walk in the realm of the spiritual and miracles. You are limited by your action according to God’s relationship with you. How often do you ask God for help? When you drive to the mall, do you ask God to help you find the closest parking spot? I always ask God to help and rarely am I more than five spots away from the entrance. There have been many times when the closest spot is being vacated just as I pull up.”
It is written in the context of learning how to trust God. This is one of the easiest steps anyone can take at any time, in order to learn about their relationship with their new Father. How is finding a parking space a spiritual thing? Only when you ask your spiritual Father to help. Otherwise, it is, and will always be, a physical matter. It is a transitional practice tool to help any new believer learn how to walk by the Holy Spirit and build their faith in God. We have to start with simple exercises that are easy to do and easy to understand. That is how we all learn new skills. It doesn’t matter whether the skill is physical or spiritual, we all learn in the same manner beginning with simple tasks before progressing to more difficult tasks. But the best thing about the spiritual realm, the faith required to accomplish a spiritual task, like casting out a devil spirit or healing, is the same faith required to find a place to park a car.
When I was in elementary school, I tried out for the band and was told in clear and certain terms that I would never be band or chorus material. I was told by the band teacher, (and tester), that I was tone deaf and unable to hear music properly. Being young and ignorant of prejudice, I believed what I was told. A few years later, a choir instructor complimented my voice and asked why I wasn’t playing an instrument in the band or singing at school. I let her know what I was told years ago and she informed me that I was the victim of prejudice. I was the only non-white person in the elementary school and the band instructor didn’t want my non-white, dark skinned body in anywhere in their band. So my choir teacher gave me voice lessons and introduced me to the piano.
I really enjoyed playing the piano and learned how to play “Claire DeLune” by Claude Debussy. It took an entire year for me to learn how to play the song and I still think it is a beautiful song over 45 years later. After playing the piano a short time, I learned how to play the guitar, the banjo, and messed around with the violin. Every instrument took time and practice to learn how to play. All of them seemed difficult at the beginning. Learning to play each instrument began with simple exercises that I could do at home on my free time. Little by little, new techniques were added until I realized one day that I could play new songs by ear and tune my instruments by memory and still be spot on with the piano. I wasn’t ever really tone deaf and I really loved music. Learning to walk in faith, with God, by the Holy Spirit, is no different than learning how to play an instrument.
God’s Spirit in the believer is not the same spirit in the world. But the means to learn how to trust His Spirit is exactly the same means that the world uses to trust it’s spiritual source of power. The rules and methods outlined by the Word of God work for both spirits. But the check and balance of the Word does not apply to both. But until Christian believers learn how to walk by God’s Spirit, we will continue to be defeated by the spirit in the world. God never changes His Word. His promises to keep and protect His followers in the Old Testament apply to His followers in the New Testament. Jesus also gave an important clue that many of us have simply overlooked.
Matthew 6: 7, 8 “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”
God knows what we need. When we pray, we simply ask Him to take care of our need. This is how the spiritual realm touches the physical. The world uses chants and incantations, (vain repetitions). It uses spells and magic to be “heard for their much speaking.” If we are trying to build a relationship with our spiritual Dad, we first have to learn that He is always on our side. The key is simple, learn how to hear His voice and He will show you how He answers our requests for help, (prayer). But if we never learn to ask Him for help, why should He “lift a finger” to answer a prayer that is never lifted up to Him?
James 4: 2b says, “yet ye have not, because ye ask not.” Too many of us have taken on an attitude that God is simply too busy to care about our personal needs. Honestly, what sort of relationship did we have with our own fathers to make us take on such an attitude with God? Did our fathers work so much, that we rarely saw him? Maybe we had a dad that abandoned the family. Maybe we had no father at all. He may have died. No matter what kind of dad we had in the flesh, our Father in the Spirit is better. He is the definition of love and He cares about all of His children as His own. It says in Hebrews 13: 5b “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” All we have to do is include Him in our lives, but that also means giving Him a chance to help us out. Make no mistake about it, the world constantly implores their false gods to help them, and the world expects their false gods to comply. We need to be as bold as the world when it comes to expecting answers from our God and Father.
So what about the parking place? God knows I need to park the car when I go to the store. Why do I have to walk in from the “back forty?” Nearly every store has reserved spots for the handicapped, the police, and their employee of the month so I’m already farther away from the door. That’s fine, my legs work. But I don’t have to let the unbelievers of the world get the first choice and the best available spots. I am a child of the most high God. Jesus Christ died to make it possible for me to become whole and become God’s child. That’s how important I am to God. It doesn’t matter what the world thinks of me. It only matters what God thinks of me. So why shouldn’t He help me and how does He help me?
First of all, each occasion at every store is different. The same need is present, but the answers are always different. Sometimes, a spot will simply open up right in front of me. These are outright gifts of love from God. But other times, I have to listen to His voice and obey. When I drive up onto a lot, do I need to go straight ahead, left, or right? How many aisles do I need to pass? Do I need to drive up and down once or twice? I need to ask all of these questions to God as I think of them and be ready for the answer. The answer is as easy to receive as a thought. Go straight, turn left, pass this aisle, turn in here, do you see that car? It’s pulling out now for you! What number slot is that one? Nearly always within the first five available slots. When is it longer? When I’m lazy with God and don’t care how far I walk, He’ll let me walk as far as I want. Maybe I wanted to park in the shade instead of the sun. I’m willing to walk farther to keep the truck cooler.
Asking God for help in this simple matter is spiritual. Listening for His answer is also spiritual. Expecting His answer is believing. Expecting His answer every single time is faith. The conversation with God is a two way conversation. It’s not a one way prayer where the answer isn’t really expected. God is not our personal Santa Clause. He’s our spiritual Father that loves and cares about the needs of His spiritual children who happen to be living in the flesh. When I pray to God, it’s more like a conversation than a religious prayer. So when I ask God to help me find a parking spot, He proves He’s real to me every time. He also proves He loves me, and cares for my every need, even something as insignificant as a parking a car. By the way, there’s my parking spot.
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