All Hell Is Breaking Loose

When God calls you to do something for Him – full-time or part-time – and you accept the call on your life and step out; you do so in faith. You will not know all the things that are going to happen to you or through you to others. You are usually clueless about the obstacles and difficulties you will encounter. You simply believed God and stepped out in faith. Like Abraham, you know where the start point is (you are standing in it) but have yet to find out where the destination is or what it looks like – or even the path to get there. One step at a time. Faith – trusting God.

Some believe that if you are doing God’s will and walking in your calling – that everything will work out smoothly. You will see doors open supernaturally, you will prosper and always have all financial needs of the ministry met plus extra. Slogans like “When God guides, He supplies” are common in these circles of believers.

Here is what I have found after 40 years of ministry (I preached my first sermon in 1968)… In my personal experience, I have found that whenever I step out in obedience to do something that God told me to do, all hell breaks loose.

Reminds me of the pastor who was standing at the back of the Church on a Sunday shaking hands with his parishioners. One felLa came up to him and said: “I’m going through Hell, pastor.” To which the pastor responded: “Great – don’t stop!” Good advice for all believers as they walk out the call on their lives – “keep going”.

Often when we step out in faith to fulfill the will of God things can be or become tough. Ministry is no picnic. In fact, being a Christian is not for wimps. It can be and often is very difficult and trying. Some times you just wish the Lord would take you home … but then there is that great verse in the story of Moses: “This too shall pass”. So, we hang on and watch God move on our behalf and we find ourselves breaking through and moving forward – only to be faced by another obstacle.

As I studied the life of Paul this summer this is what I see in this man’s life – one difficulty after another, one riot after another, one close escape from death after another. He is, at times, in need of food, clothing and shelter and at other times all of this is there in abundance supplied by the government whose prison he sits in. Yet, at all times, he was walking out God’s will in his life and fulfilling his calling – running his race, as he puts it, in such a way as to win the prize.

So, if all hell seems to be breaking out and coming against you. Rejoice. It may be a sign that you are doing God’s will and doing it well – because you are making the devil nervous and so he is throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, at you.

If your walk with the Lord leaves you calm and cool at all times– no ruffled feathers or difficult situations being faced – then maybe, just maybe, you have missed a turn in the road and are wondering off on your own and have missed God’s will for your life at this point in time.

God never promised us happiness – just righteousness. And, it is during the struggles that we learn to be totally dependant upon God and grow more into His likeness as we learn patience and long-suffering, endurance and self-control.

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  1. Karen
    Karen says:

    I do understand that stepping out in faith and being obedient to the Lord is like pushing the wrong way through a crowd. Nobody likes to be pushed and jostled. Should a time of ‘all hell breaking lose’ recreate who you are though? (Or perhaps it’s just showing your true colors)

    You’d think that after years of walking with God that some people would be quicker to turn to Him and say, “Is there something in this that I need to learn Lord? I know you’re there, but I’m really hating what is happening, and I’ll admit to being a touch sick to my stomach, but I still know you’re there and as scary as this can be, at least I am not alone in it. Thank you God.”

    Instead, why do some people skate along in their walk with God, happy as clams, spouting Christian phrases when times are good and when there is a crises they lose their peace and joy (if it was valid in the first place) and create an atmosphere of fear and trembling because they are looking with the natural eye only and are not even entertaining (or even asking) what God thinks or requires of them?

    Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart . . . .is not just a cutesy phrase, neither is ‘the peace that passes ALL understanding’.

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  2. Bill Shiers
    Bill Shiers says:

    This brings James 4:7 to my mind; “Therefore submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you”. I’m interested in learning if this pertains to your comments Ralph. I have taken the opportunity of including the commentary on these scriptures from Biblegate.com.

    “Submit yourselves to God, for he is ready to do you good. If we yield to temptations, the devil will continually follow us; but if we put on the whole armour of God, and stand out against him, he will leave us. Let sinners then submit to God, and seek his grace and favour; resisting the devil. All sin must be wept over; here, in godly sorrow, or, hereafter, in eternal misery. And the Lord will not refuse to comfort one who really mourns for sin, or to exalt one who humbles himself before him”.
    thanks
    Bill Shiers

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  3. Ralph
    Ralph says:

    Karen,

    You make a good parallel – walking by faith is like pushing the wrong way through a crowd. I have a saying that I use all the time privately and seldom in public. It is “dead fish float downstream”.

    So, if you are alive in Jesus Christ and walking by faith you will find yourself swimming upstream. Fish swim upstream to spawn and if, as Christians, we are ever going to “go into all the world and make disciples…” then we need to know it will be hard work – like swimming upstream or pushing through a crowd going in the opposite direction.

    It is regretful but in today’s Church we have many believers lying on their backs floating downstream thinking everything is fine – enjoying the ride. Of course, we also have false converts who are floating face down and simply don’t know it.

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  4. Ralph
    Ralph says:

    Bill,

    Thanks for joining in and commenting. Good to hear from you again.

    I believe “submitting” to God and to godly leaders as well as surrounding ourselves with mature believers who have our best interests at heart – absolutely necessary to enable us to seek God and His grace and favour. In the multitude of counsellors there is great wisdom.

    Often Christians find submitting – letting others in close enough to see the real you – threatning and so don’t do it. They thus tend to walk as Lone Rangers (thus not asking for advice and direction) and eventually get picked off by the temptations of the world.

    We seem to think we can do this “Christian” thing alone. It was never designed that way.

    So, yes! Most certainly we are to submit to God. But, this means we will need to find those we can trust because we will need to submit to leaders and believers who have our best interests at heart. Submitting to God can be very subjective – submitting to God through others is much more objective. They tend to ask the hard questions that we don’t (won’t) hear God asking us.

    Not a popular teachings – doesn’t sell many CDs.

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