God used someone yesterday to demonstrate a few things to me and I would like to share it with you.
Peeking my head, just so, around the corner of my wilderness view, I see a hint of “SON” just over the horizon. I feel the power of God manifesting over my life, as I continue taking the necessary steps to my Overwhelming Victory. On this journey toward my promised land, I have some idea about how I believe God wants me to proceed and I am anticipating the move of His victorious hand over my life. Nevertheless, I know that His ways are not my ways and God has no limits. I need to seek Him for HIS direction and the ordering of my steps. I cannot rely on any other source to be my guide, as I continue to venture forward. I mustn’t look to the left or the right, but straight ahead to the God who brings order and direction according to His plan for my life.
Proverbs 16:3 (NLT) says,
Commit your actions to the Lord,
and your plans will succeed.
I was excited about sharing my first book with an acquaintance of mine, “Intentional Prayers – Praying the Scriptures”, co-authored by God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I was excited because I felt like she would be someone with whom I could share this with. But now reflecting back, was it really God who told me to reach out to her or was I just looking for someone who I thought would see in me something special? Did I make that move on my own? I really am just excited about what God is doing and the “Suddenly’s” He is bringing forth in my life, for His glory. I want to touch the lives of others and be a light in a dark place that leads to nobody but the Lord. I am overjoyed that God would want to use little old me to, I believe, bring some comfort and hope to others. But did God tell me to make that specific connection?
God’s Word says He will comfort us so that we can comfort others. But in retrospect, is she who God told me to comfort or did I step out without seeking Him, first? I must remember to go to God and ask Him for direction for every step that I take. He gave the okay for this blog. He ordained the first book and the one that He is pouring into me, right now. He wants to show me that I have something to give to the kingdom of God, and that I can be used by Him, but He needs to be the one to order my steps. I cannot step out on my own.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NLT) says,
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
The things that we go through are not meant just for us to get through, but are meant to produce in us a people who are willing to share our testimony with others, in whatever form God chooses to use. He wants to get the glory out of every circumstance that He provides us hope and help, as well as a determination and strength to endure. But we must listen for His voice during the process.
In her response to the email that I sent, for the most part, the feedback was loving and kind and encouraging. She offered some suggestions on how to promote the book as she asked a bunch of questions, as if what I was saying wasn’t enough. “Are you doing this? Are you doing that?” I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting that. You see, I just obeyed God and did what I feel like HE asked me to do. I really have no desire to be in the limelight; nonetheless, I know that if someone is going to read it, then they must know about it. So, I began to think about the next steps that God may have me moving towards. BUT, that would take me completely out of my comfort zone. In order for that to happen, I MUST know that it is God. If it is not Him speaking, but someone offering what they feel SHOULD be the next steps for me, I will fall flat on my face.
A statement was made that sort of offended me, for a second, but then I had to take a step back and let God speak to me about it. Her statement,
“Most people would rather read your life than read a book. You may have to be the voice that cries out in the wilderness about your wilderness experience.”
Okay? Is that not what I’m doing? I am crying out in the wilderness, the way God has instructed me to do so. But, you see, perhaps I’m not doing it the way she thinks is best. But I must follow the plan and will of God for my life and take my cues and direction from Him.
Unfortunately, not everyone will always agree with or understand how God chooses to use us.
My first reaction was that some people think that there is only one way to get a message across. I responded in a positive way, of course, but then I thought, “It sure would be nice if people accepted where God has us right now and would rejoice with us in that.” They don’t know how hard our struggles have been for God to get us to “THIS” place. You see, you possibly haven’t, or better yet, I possibly haven’t quite made it around the corner, just yet. The statement was, I’m sure, meant to be one of encouragement about possibly where God may lead me one day; however, once again, I felt the hand of discouragement begin to knock on my door.
We have to remember that when God opens doors for us and HE tells us to move, we cannot control, monitor, or change the responses of others. We must simply filter it through the lens of God and let Him speak to us about the direction we are to take. We have to remember where God has brought us from, this far, and trust that His plan is the right plan for us. In His timing, He will make all things clear and we will know the APPROVED steps to take that will be for HIS glory and HIS greater purpose, as He uses our lives.
I began to think about how God is using me for such a time as this. Not everyone is going to step foot in a church to HEAR a message of hope and deliverance. They are not at the place to get up, yet; and so, in the comfort of their homes, with a book in hand, they need someone to minister to them, right where they are.
Perhaps you are the one writing and encouraging others as God has instructed you to do; or, you are the one reading this blog who has been seeking some encouragement to keep going through the process. God’s got you, right where you are, and this blog, or others that have a message that God has given them to share, has prayerfully blessed you in some way.
You may have been hurt and wounded and are still trying to make sense of it all and are hoping and praying for a Word that will penetrate your heart and soul. I can’t call you on the phone and bring words of comfort. I don’t attend your local church, where I may be able to get up in front of people and speak words of comfort or pray in an audible voice to you. And if church hasn’t quite made it on your weekly agenda, just yet, unfortunately, I’m not in a place to meet you around your corner so that you are able to visibly see how God is moving in my life, so that you will be encouraged that He can and will do the same for you. Nevertheless, God can and is using me through my writing to encourage someone, anyone, for this has been my prayer. He is a prayer hearing Savior, so I know that it is so.
God uses us right where we are. And for me, right now, that is through my writing. I am to obey Him and Him alone and I cannot get distracted because others don’t believe that I’m doing enough. There is no one set way to deliverance and there is no one set way to how God uses us to water the hearts of His children. He, and He alone, provides the growth in each of our lives, as He sees fit.
No matter the forgotten dreams or the detours that life has presented, and no matter how long it takes, if we submit all of our plans to God, He will order them for us. We need only stay in step with Him.
Just around the corner awaits our Overwhelming Victory, and our obedience will bring in to view our promised land.
According to James 1:12, we can stand tall during our patient endurance of the tests and temptations that we each face, and in doing so, God will bless us. Once we finish the process, we will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.
Continue to listen for the voice of God and obey Him and Him alone. He will show you which way to go and He will bring words of hope and confirmation over your life. Don’t move unless God says to move, and there, you will be blessed. Try not to get offended when others try to speak into your life. Filter it through God’s Word and allow Him to take control. Discouragement may sometimes attempt to show its ugly head, whether intentional or just simply because we hear what we want to hear and see things from an obscure perception; but, if we listen, God will speak and show us the way.
We must take our steps of faith, but never ahead of God. Let us make sure that God is waiting for us JUST AROUND THE CORNER. Will you? God’s Way?
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