I can’t be complacent as long as there is work to do! Nothing will ever get accomplished if we don’t begin to be the change that we would like to see happen in our ministries; or in our lives, in general, but what will it take for us to get results?
Faith to believe without doubt. Why would God give you the desire to do more, if he didn’t know that you were capable of doing more than you ever thought possible? After all, aren’t we just fulfilling his will and purpose for our lives? In our own minds and hearts we could have selfish motives such as wanting to exalt ourselves instead of exercising good old-fashioned humility; and it stops us cold from taking that leap of faith.
It’s not what we can do that is great; it is what we will allow the Lord to do through us even when we don’t believe that we are professional, or qualified, or worthy enough to do it.
Think about a child learning to walk. Those first steps are exhilarating; yet the falls could be quite ugly creating goose egg bumps on tiny foreheads, along with the awkward thuds that come with falling. Children don’t hold their failures of taking first steps awkwardly, against the ultimate goals in their lives: to walk, and then to eventually run everywhere that their little feet will take them.
No, after the crocodile tears are shed, they carefully scoot over to somewhere sturdy, take a hold on it, pull up to their feet and do it again, and they will probably fall, again, and again, until eventually, they will run through the house with abandon without even giving it a second thought.
How many times have we shut the door on opportunities that the Lord has opened wide for us to walk through, because we didn’t feel like we could take that leap of faith required to receive the blessings?
More times than I can even count, I have been guilty of having doubts: oh, Lord, you know that will never work for me; Who would even want to read what I have to say? And through the years, as I reflect back on the beginnings of the writing ministry the Lord called me to, I can shake my head at my own dose of insecurity. If I had not followed God’s plan, my life would have been so empty, today, while I would have missed one of the greatest privileges that I’ve ever had; to share what the Lord gives me as I fight to keep doing the perfect will of God in my life.
Do I still doubt my abilities to write? Absolutely, especially when there are times that I am trying to dip the water from a dry well. Then, I go to the Word, and I drink freely, until the writing is no longer about me, but all about what the Lord desires. It is only then that the words can flow freely on the page.
I started the In the Time of the Lattereign blog in 2013, because I felt that my local church newsletter, The Lattereign, established in 1995, was not reaching as many people as it could. I am still praying about how to reach more people with this blog. Keep me in prayer as the Lord unfolds his plan.
At the top of this page is a water pump that is in my garden. It isn’t connected to a water source, but it is a reminder to me that I must stay connected to the living water.
We all get weary in well-doing, and sometimes discouraged when our steps are not perfect, but through it all, if we can remember this one thing: that God is the one who is directing our steps, and no matter how much we look at the mountains we must climb over; the Lord is busy clearing the way for us to follow, throwing our adversaries to the left, and to the right, so that we have a clear path straight through to our next victory.
We will be safe, if we don’t look to the left or to the right, but to Jesus Christ who is the author and the finisher of our faith. He knows the way, because he is the way, and his wish for us is this:
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2).
This week’s Lattereign, admonishes us to Trust God to Strengthen Your Hands. (This opens in a new window)