Sunday, February 20, 2011

Acting When God’s Backing You In

The LORD says,

“Yes, I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed it, and I will do it.”

~Isaiah 46:11b (Amplified).

Many people say they’ve never heard the audible voice of God, yet the Lord speaks to us all the time in the manner of life; it just has to be discerned. Perhaps, then, the “audible” voice of God’s Spirit is overrated—in the estimation of value we give to it.

It’s abundantly clear in the calling of many of the prophets; there was a portion of holy work to be done. The matter about it was starting. That’s our challenge; we hesitate and then the passion for the task God’s ushered through our spirits abates before it’s even begun.

What Is God Asking YOU To Do?

The Spirit of God has something for each of us to do—we don’t exist on this island of salvation to sip mocktails and margaritas and enjoy the sun.

Some of these things are little things—actually, all the things we’re to do are little, though often part of a much bigger plan.

The key question we must all ask ourselves, more or less constantly, is “What’s God got for me to do... right now, tomorrow, next week... next year?”

We have a dimly clear vision of what God’s plan contains by manner of our heart for certain things, our experience—how we’ve been prepared for ‘now’—and our gifting. Indeed, these three often weave into, on and over each other, forming a woollen ball of spiritual competency for service.

The main point is, the Lord has work for each one of us to do today. Many of these things are even beyond our heart, experience and gifting. Discernment and faith are all we need.

Answering the Call – Acknowledging Its Existence

At some point, when it’s most appropriate, we have to have faith in what God’s saying to us. This is the only assurance we sometimes need, though the confirmation of trusted others always helps.

The test is love. Love never fails, in this manner, via actions we do for others in God’s name. The thing we do, that to please God, works out in love. Only occasionally do we get it wrong, and this we humbly add to our experience of learning in both discernment and delivery.

Let the Word from the Lord be. Let it occur as it is, without exhaustive questioning, and follow the thread to where it leads.

What God has purposed, he will bring about.

© 2011 S. J. Wickham.

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