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Ben Peters: Turning Disappointments Into Greater Favor - A Vision of a New Pathway

by Ben Peters
Aug 23, 2014

Steve ShultzFrom the desk of Steve Shultz:

I'm sure most every one of us have dealt with disappointments and setbacks in our journey... BUT God always has a much BETTER and IMPROVED plan for whatever we "Think" might have been lost. He IS Faithful!

If you've dealt with areas of disappointment or setback, you'll be greatly encouraged by this latest word by Ben Peters. Ben had a vision of God building a better path for us:

We will quickly thank God for His wisdom and strategy. He wasn't rejecting us! Rather, He was preparing us for the greatest adventure with the greatest fruit we have ever experienced. Let's begin to thank and praise our Heavenly Father for loving us so much that He plans a better path for our feet, and a smoother highway for our vehicle to drive on.

It's ALWAYS worth waiting for what God is building!!! Yes!

Blessings and enjoy!

Steve

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Ben PetersAs we travel around the nation and into other nations, with the ministry of prophetic and revelatory encouragement, which God has committed to us, we have encountered so many Christians who have become very discouraged in their journey of Kingdom living.

Unfulfilled expectations have sidelined many, causing them to doubt God's Word (written and prophetic), God's love, His prophets and their own destiny. Over the past year, God has given me two strong words to help turn disappointments into greater future favor and fruitfulness.

Detours

A few weeks ago, I had a quick vision in response to a request from my wife, Brenda, for a word from God about a certain situation. I'm not much of a seer that's really her gift. However, she was wanting more insight into a situation that had just occurred. We and others were involved with a unique ministry that was experiencing a major shift, and as a result, we were asked to suspend our regular involvement and wait until God gave clarity and redirection. While Brenda drove the car, I asked God for something to assure her that He was very much in control.

The first word I heard for her was freedom. God knew the weight being carried in this important assignment and was speaking freedom to step out from under the burden for an indefinite time and focus on Him as well as other responsibilities and opportunities. The word was received by her with gratitude and agreement.

Then I saw the mini-vision, such as I often see in personal prophetic ministry. I saw a road that was blocked by a detour sign. The detour started out with a 90 degree left turn, but it immediately began to curve slightly to the right. It continued to curve and formed a semi-circle to the left of the regular highway, until it came all the way back to the original road.

God spoke to me that the road needed repairs and God and the leader of this endeavor would be doing the road work. By the time we would get back to the main road, the whole highway would have been repaired and upgraded. After that it would be a smoother, easier ride, and everyone would enjoy the improvements. (Photo via wikimedia)

While this was a specific vision for a specific question, I soon found God had many more applications for this vision. Very recently, after sharing this vision at a Canadian camp meeting, I encountered a former pastor who had walked away from the ministry, very wounded and discouraged. Two years ago he restored his relationship with God and said my vision described his journey. He was trying to walk away from God, but one leg seemed shorter than the other and soon he was walking a curved line back towards Kingdom living and ministry.

Many of God's people today are wondering what's going on. They thought they were on the path of God's choosing for them. But roadblocks have put them on a detour and they are wondering why. For many of them, God has had to do some road repairs to prepare for their more efficient progress. They haven't been rejected or set on the shelf. Instead, they are being given a brief time of rest and refreshing, so they can make much quicker progress on a road that has been repaired and prepared for greater and more glorious Kingdom advancement.

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God really wants to encourage His Saints that He does have a plan and knows exactly what He's doing, and that He knows exactly how to prepare you to go to the next level. The road you've been on may have been very stressful and exhausting. He wants to rejuvenate you while He prepares for you a better and more fulfilling way of serving, loving and giving. Enjoy the freedom from the stress of the past involvement, and build up your strength for the adventures ahead.

That new pathway is going to include a significant increase in supernatural activity. Spiritual gifts will become much stronger and prayers will be answered much more quickly. Resources will be almost literally falling from the sky when they are most needed and testimonies will fuel excitement and a bold faith to walk on the water.

We will quickly thank God for His wisdom and strategy. He wasn't rejecting us! Rather, He was preparing us for the greatest adventure with the greatest fruit we have ever experienced. Let's begin to thank and praise our Heavenly Father for loving us so much that He plans a better path for our feet, and a smoother highway for our vehicle to drive on.

Field Goals

Almost every time the offensive team goes onto the football field, the clear goal of the coach, the quarterback, and the whole squad is to score a touchdown. Only during the last minutes of a game will the coach strategize to get in position for a field goal, and that only when the other team has a lead of three points or less. Field goals often win football games, but touchdowns are far more exciting and rewarding. For many, a field goal is a compensation prize for a good effort, but also disappointing, because the team was stopped short of its goal. (Photo via flickr)

Once, while I was giving a man a personal prophetic word, I heard the word, "Field Goal." He then gave me the application. We all like to set goals in our work, school, sports or other endeavors. So often we get disappointed when we fall short of our lofty goals. These goals may be based on a word from God through the Scriptures or a person God used to speak to us. It's easy to get disappointed and think we did something wrong, or we may blame God, who apparently let us down and didn't fulfill His part of the deal.

When disappointment happens, we need to do what a wise coach would do: Kick that field goal. It's only 3 points, not 7; but 3 points help and it's better than not scoring at all. We'll get another chance at the touchdown, but let's thank God for the field goal. Don't despise the day of "small things" (Zechariah 4:10).

Faithfulness in the "small things" leads to promotion to the bigger things. Let's not put God on our timetable, but rather, ask Him for His. And never forget that it may be just a field goal, but field goals have won countless NFL games. Thank God again for the progress you have already made and get ready for the next opportunity to score that touchdown. God hasn't forgotten you. Greater favor will be yours if you continue to press forward and give God all the glory for every yard of forward progress you make.

Ben R. Peters
Kingdom Sending Center

Email: ohmint@gmail.com
Website: kingdomsendingcenter.org

Ben and Brenda Peters minister with a passion to equip and send pure-hearted, Kingdom focused lovers of Jesus into the great harvest that has begun on earth. They began their ministry together, serving a Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Parry, Saskatchewan. Soon after they partnered with an older pastor/evangelist, (a man with a strong healing and prophetic ministry from Albany, OR) for eight years. Following that, they founded Willapa Harbor Christian Fellowship and Christian Fellowship Academy in Raymond, WA, where they served for 15 years. They began a traveling ministry in 1999, under the name "Open Heart Ministries," taking the love of Jesus to thousands of people in a very unique team ministry. Ben recently published his 22nd book, called, Holy - How? In it he shares some radical revelatory insights on the doctrines of Holiness, the Sabbath, Communion and Baptism. He has also written a Ministry Foundations 101 course for churches and ministry workers.

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