‘If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm’ ~ Psalm 37:23
Often times, we rightly pray for God’s will to be done. Once His initial will is done in our lives, then our will becomes His will, and His will becomes our will. When King David ‘settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, ‘Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent’ (2 Samuel 7:1-2). David wanted to build a temple to house the ark of God which carried the Word and the Presence. Nathan the Prophet then tells him, ‘Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you’ (v3). David’s will was aligned with God that whatever he willed was God’s. So, God tells David, ‘Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth . . . Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall be established for ever’ (v9,16). David ends up making preparations for the design and materials for building, and his son and successor, Solomon, builds the temple. Ultimately, what David had envisioned came to be for he was backed by God.
‘Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops’ (James 5:17). This is because, ‘The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much’ (v16). In essence, God backs those who know Him, are persistent in His will, and are righteous (spiritually whole). David notes that, ‘The Lord is near to those who call on him, to all who call him in truth’ (Psalm 145:18). Jesus echoes the same when He tells the Samaritan woman, ‘Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth’ (John 4:23-24). Jesus reveals that God is only moved when we use His approach in calling on Him. Since God is Spirit, aligning with His Spirit gives us His full backing, because His Spirit gives us a new mind and will- God’s very own. That is why Paul writes about Believers, ‘But we have the mind of Christ’ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
The marrying of our minds and wills to God’s so that the two become one, can only done by God’s Spirit. It is entirely God’s origin and work. Jesus says, ‘That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you’ (John 16:15). The Holy Spirit works in our constricted minds and transplants a new mind and will, one more discerning and exceptionally powerful, because it is God’s. Believers ‘have not received the spirit of the world but the spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us’ (1 Corinthians 2:12). It is only ‘the Spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding’ (Job 32:8). Besides salvation, God has freely given Believers other precious gifts. One of the precious gifts God gives us is His mind which gives understanding. We come to fully understand that we have God’s backing and authority to manifest His Kingdom on earth, and in all areas of life. For, ‘The spiritual man makes judgement about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgement’ (v15). This is because the spiritual man has the mind of God, and God is greater than all. In fact, the spiritual man is given authority to ‘carry out the sentence written against them (nations and peoples)’ (Psalm 149:9). Matter of fact, ‘Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!’ (1 Corinthians 6:2-3).
‘I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven’ (Matthew 16:19). Jesus gave Peter this authority after he confessed that He ‘is the Christ, the Son of the living God’ (v16). This authority also stands to all Believers because we have confessed Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Not only are we saved, but we are given keys to the kingdom of heaven, we are given authority to ‘call things that are not as though they were’ (Romans 4:17). A Believer taps into this power by the help of the Holy Spirit which prays to fulfilment all the desires of our minds, God’s mind. As a result, what we bind on earth is bound in heaven, and all that we loose on earth is loosed in heaven. God backs our every move because, ‘He fulfils the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them’ (Psalm 145:19). That is why Jesus says, ‘You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it’ (John 14:14). In fact, ‘You shall decree a thing, and it shall be established unto you: and the light will shine on your ways’ (Job 22:28).
Jesus, the Perfect expression of God’s mind knew His authority for He says, ‘But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me’ (John 8:16). And so ‘. . . whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does . . . Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgement to the Son, that all may honour the Son just as they honour the Father. He who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent him’ (5:v19-20,22-23). In the same way that God the Father backs and gives full authority to God the Son, Jesus also gives full authority and backing to all who believe in Him. Jesus tells His disciples, ‘I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you’ (Luke 10:19). Jesus gives us His full authority because, ‘All things have been committed to me by my Father’ (v22), and so, ‘My Father will honour the one who serves me’ (John 12:26). In essence, it is only those who know Jesus that can receive His full backing.
God’s backing is not to make a Believer conceited or to intimidate others. It is also not to seek selfish interests for ourselves, because we ought not to ‘use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather serve one another in love‘ (Galatians 5:13). Hence, God’s backing is for the sole reason of carrying out the Great Commission given to us by Jesus- that of manifesting His Kingdom on the earth. The authority and backing given to a Believer is to scatter anything that hinders the spread of the Gospel; personally, collectively, nationally, and globally. For when we carry out God’s mission, God backs us in all things. That is why God backed Moses, who was carrying out His will, and rebukes the naysayers, ‘When a prophet of the Lord is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord. Why then are you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?’ (Numbers 12:6-8). And just like God backed Moses, He backs all His servants for they carry out His will.