I know most of you have heard of the phrase “sacred cows,” but what about “Christianese?” What the heck is that? It’s a language “owned” by Christians, clichés and phrases that are on the lips of most church-going people that, on the surface may sound holy and pious and Christian, but when you break down these clichés and phrases and pit them against scripture and the Word of God, you’ll see that they are really quite unbiblical and actually hold Christians back from the truth of who they are and what they have in Christ. It keeps them held to a lower standard and therefore the enemy still has them in bondage in some fashion.
Today I would like to kick over and destroy the sacred cow/Christianese saying:
“God works in mysterious ways”
DISCLAIMER: You should ALWAYS line everything up with scripture! Yes, even those funny little phrases and sayings because you are re-presenting Christ and God to the world and you should be speaking what God and His Word says in the right context. It’s not about you and your experiences! It’s about God’s Word!
First of all, “God works in mysterious ways” is not in the Bible. (As my friend Don Allen would say, it’s in 1st Imaginations!) Actually when you do a search for the word “mysterious” in the Bible, it comes up with ZERO hits. NADA. When you search out the word “mystery” the first occurrence of it does not show up until the New Testament in Mark 4:11, which reads:
“And He said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables.”
Hmmm….did you get that? UNTO YOU IT IS GIVEN TO KNOW THE MYSTERY OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. I didn’t read anything in there that says “Gods ways are a mystery and to you they always shall be and hence they shall remain.”
In Romans 16 Paul says that the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the beginning is NOW MADE MANIFEST (manifest: RENDER APPARENT). I’ve heard it said that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.
What else does the Bible say about God and His “mysteries?”
Eph. 1:8-9– “Wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself.”
Eph. 3:3-5,9 “How that by revelation He made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit…And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.”
Eph. 6:19 “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.”
Col 1:26-27 “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
All of these scriptures clearly state that yes, through Christ Jesus the mystery that was concealed has now been revealed unto His people. (And before you say that it was for just the apostles and prophets and all these things died with death of last apostle, I’d say, show me scripture and verse for that please) WE ARE HIS SAINTS. We are His people. We are His dwelling place. We’ve been given His Spirit! Holy Spirit abides in us and what He did for Jesus He’ll do for us!
1Co 2:7,9-12 “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
This basically says that no one can know God except the Spirit but now that very Spirit lives in us! And if the Spirit that knows God lives in us then we can know God and the things of God because we are now His people! And a few lines later the scripture then goes on to say that “WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST!”
There are several scriptures that talk about the Holy Spirit and how He shows us, teaches us, reveals to us, leads us, guides us into ALL truth.
John even boldly states: “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” 1 John 2:20 (unction: chrisma – an unguent or smearing, that is, (figuratively) the special endowment (“chrism”) of the Holy Spirit: – anointing, unction.)
So how can we then state with confidence that GOD works in mysterious ways? I believe it’s a complete lack of relationship and intimate fellowship with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. It’s not knowing who you are and what you’ve been given in Christ, your inheritance, the power, the restoration, the gifts that ARE YOURS just for being His. It’s a lack of power in the body and therefore man had to make up some kind of reason for defeat and powerlessness.
Many bad doctrines and theologies have been formed out of a lack in the body, out of circumstances (which we like to call “circumstantial theology”). NEVER FORM YOUR THEOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE OF A CRISIS! Because then you get sayings like this that have no basis in scripture and they become roadblocks to victory and excuses for not trying (sorry, some there is some serious laziness in the body! Get up and look into it for yourself!)! Stop throwing your hands up and shifting the responsibility (ahem, blame) on God! You are CO-LABORERS with Him! He already gave you all you’ll ever need, so what have you done with it, brethren? Stop waiting for God to move, He’s already done His part, He’s just now waiting for YOU!!!
So, God does NOT work in mysterious ways. It’s all made plain in the Word and if you need wisdom, brothers and sisters, ASK!
Jas 1:5-8 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
It’s either one or the other, it cannot be both. So which do you choose to believe?
Get to know Him. It’s totally worth the effort.