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 By Dr. Richard Ing

The dream started on Friday and on Sunday God revealed it to me again very clearly, so in this dream I saw a large rock the size of a refrigerator, and there was a sword embedded in it with its hilt sticking out, protruding on the top of the rock like the one in the fantasy tale of King Arthur.  Well, there appeared a young man probably mid-teens to young adult that was making a bee line straight to this rock and when he arrived with no hesitation grabbed the sword and pulled it straight out with ease and hardly any effort, but as he looked down he seemed puzzled and got quite angry and upset that it was so easy to pull the sword out of the rock. 

The young man started to look down again to where he had just extracted the sword from its place of rest and noticed a scabbard embedded in the rock also that housed the sword that made it so easy to pull out in the first place.  The young man got so angry because he thought that his own strength was able to pull the sword out, thinking he was so special.  End of dream.  Later, in prayer, Ptr. ** got the words, "False faith."


In the King Arthur story, whoever extracted the sword, Excalibur, from a large rock was destined to be king of England.  Many strong and mighty men tried and failed.  When young Arthur came, he struggled and pulled with all of his strength and was able to pull Excalibur out of the rock.  He became king.  Camelot is a fairytale. No doubt, King Arthur was a special person in the story.  He was chosen by God, stronger and wiser than any other person in the kingdom, outstanding, destined for greatness, a hero.  It  can also be a door for the spirit of pride and deception to enter.

Some Christians, both leaders and lay people, have a false sense of destiny and superiority.  Perhaps they have been given a tremendous gift of the Spirit that enables them to appear spiritually higher than others and someone special in the kingdom of God.  Some have a great gift of healing, or prophecy, or can see spirits and angels, or can cast out devils like few can, or have great oratory skills, a magnificent voice or great physical beauty.  It is easy for such a person to walk around with a sense of invulnerability and superiority because "God is with me and I'm His special messenger to the world."  A person can have more faith in his so-called destiny or calling than in God.

That is perhaps one of the chief reasons why some famous televangelists and church leaders fall to greed or adultery.  "I discern that I'm a David in God's kingdom.  David had 450 wives and 400 concubines.  Therefore, it is nothing for me to have an affair or two on the side.  God will look the other way just as He did with David and Solomon, who was rich beyond compare." 

The young man in Pastor **'s dream had a sense of destiny and invulnerability and wanted to show the world that he was special, chosen of God to lead, a veritable Moses or David.  Even though he extracted the sword with ease, the glory was not his to claim.  He didn't have the opportunity to show his stuff.  He became upset and even angry because someone or something else was the reason for his success.  He wanted the glory.  It is possible for a Christian to focus on results instead of obedience.

Matthew 7:22-23 illustrates this point.  "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?  and in thy name have cast out devils?  and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."  Obviously, God knew them.  God knows every hair on your head and when every sparrow falls on the ground.  Mt. 10:29-30.  What the Lord meant was that He never knew them intimately, or as a servant desiring to please God and do His will.  These miracle workers were doing it for love of Self and not in obedience to God.

In Matthew 7:21, the Lord Jesus says, "Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven."  Some people have a great anointing from God and do mighty works and miracles and yet end up rejected by the Lord.  Perhaps Romans 11:29 can explain some of it:  "For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance."  A Christian can have wonderful gifts of the Holy Spirit, perform miracles and seemingly perform exactly what God called him into.  The gifts and the calling of God are in full operation and yet the person can be stealing glory from God and featuring himself as the hero and not the Lord.  The focus is on him and what he can do, rather than the goodness and power of God.  His faith is on his gifts and calling rather than on the source of the gifts and calling.  It is a false faith based on pride.

In sharp contrast, is a person who has no desire for self-promotion, fame, wealth or even a big ministry.  He is just sold out to God, desiring only to do the will of the Father in all things.  Even if he dies in a remote jungle, alone and forsaken, he is happy if he is doing the will of God.  The Lord Jesus Christ gladly went to the cross in obedience to the Father.  It meant little that every one of His disciples and followers deserted Him.  When the apostle Paul was going to be executed in Rome, every one abandoned him except Luke, the Physician.  2 Ti. 4:10-11.  Paul forgave them because he had lived his life to obey God.  Gal. 2:20.  He was not focused on himself.

People with false faith in their own "specialness" sometimes cannot understand why they are not personally healed when they are afflicted.  God put a thorn in the side of the apostle Paul (the Bible does not say what it was).  No matter how fervently the apostle prayed, God would not take it away. 

            And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.  2 Co. 12:7-10.

It was to keep him humble.  Paul's "weakness" was his humility and lack of faith in himself.   He knew that God was in total control, but not on Paul's terms.

Two weeks ago, a 44-year old pastor in America was handling rattlesnakes when he was bitten on the thigh and died.  His pastor father also died from a venomous snake bite at 39 years of age.  The story led many, both unbelievers and believers, shaking their head.  Was it a case of not enough faith?  After all, the man spoke in tongues, although there was no indication that his church cast out devils and/or healed the sick. 

One particular radio talk show host decried the negative effects the incident had on all believers of God or religious people in general.  Atheists and agnostics were having a field day.  Some tongue-speaking Christians defended the incident on the ground that the man did not have the right amount of faith on that particular day.  One pastor inadvertently gave a positive light when he indicated that God was still God, and in total control.  No one dies without God knowing or allowing it.  The talk show host, who is of the Jewish faith, pointed out that in Judaism God is known as a "common sense" God.  A famous rabbi once told him that if a holy and pious man ran out into a snow storm without warm clothes, he would get sick the same as any unholy and un-pious man would if he did the same thing. 

Perhaps the snake-bitten pastor violated the rule that "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."  But then, what about all the other times he handled serpents and got away with it?  Another born-again caller pointed out that the apostle Paul was bitten by a venomous snake too and lived.  However, it was an unintentional accident.

Some Christians place their faith on God's miracle healing power and ignore common sense.  God heals through various means.  He uses physicians and surgeons sometimes, herbs another time.  He also uses wisdom and common sense.  You can't avoid certain sicknesses by ignoring your diet or being grossly obese.  Eat, eat, eat and pray, pray, pray may not heal you.  Why did the apostle Paul say to Timothy, "Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities."?  1 Ti. 5:23.  Gee, I thought all Paul had to do was pray for Timothy.  Wasn't Paul a man of great faith and favor from God?  Obviously, Timothy had frequent stomach problems and was sick often.  He must have been praying for a long time.  Why didn't God heal him miraculously?  Wasn't Timothy a chosen vessel of the Lord too?  What was wrong with Paul or Timothy's faith in God?  Nothing.  Timothy needed to use common sense. 

A miraculous healing can bring pride and self-glory.  After all, it shows the world how great God thinks a person is because He always performs a great healing whenever the "special" servant prays.  That's dangerous thinking.  God heals, but it is not for us to tell Him how to do it.  After all, He is God.  God is spelled "G-O-D" and not 'D-O-G."  He doesn't come running with wagging tail, eager to please whenever we whistle for Him.  To God belongs all the glory!

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