The other day Jim was driving the car and began crossing an intersection then decided he couldn't do it as a car was coming toward him and so he backed back, unfortunately touching the car's number plate behind him as he too had moved forward.
Many of us are stepping out and believe God has spoken, but when things start to come toward us decide to step back into what we think is the place of safety, but in so doing find things have changed and we cannot go back to the place we once were.
Fear often causes us to go back instead of forward and for me in the past when we have stepped up into the new things that we believe the Lord has said, often something will come that will try to intimidate us, make us think we have made the wrong decision, that encourage us to go back the way we were going, but in the Lord we keep going from glory to glory, advancing and not retreating.
It's in the hesitation that those around us may get hurt.
Often when we are unsure of the way forward and we step into trying to work it out logically, reasoning things out in our heads rather than in the spirit, which first prompted us to move originally and when we do this there are many good reasons for not moving into it but which may not be of faith or what the Lord has been saying.
Monday, 14 August 2017
Many of us through times of testing, through trials, through believing for things and not yet seeing it happen, find ourselves unintentionally hardening our heart to what we have seen or know that our God can do. We stop moving in faith in which we first did at the beginning in our relationship with the Lord and we end up living along like all those around us and accepting our states in life and no longer step out in faith on the bigger things in which the Lord has called us to. Perhaps we have stepped out in faith before and God 'seemingly' didn't come through the way we thought he would, or perhaps we think we heard wrong or for whatever reason we no longer step out the way we once did.
And in this place we have 'hardened our heart' as it says in Psalm 95:7
"Today, if only you would hear his voice,
Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah
as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,
where your ancestors tested me,
they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
(Mariah means quarrelling, Massah means testing)
Today I believe the Lord wants to soften your heart to believe again, to believe again for the miraculous, to believe again for those dreams and promises He has spoken into your lives, to rise up once again and to step out in them, not in what you can do but remembering who our God is and that He is able to exceedingly and abundantly do more than you think ask or imagine.
Many have become tired and weary through the past year or so but it is a new season, it is a new day and to step out in faith again, not to give up.
Recently I have picked up a book by Rolland Baker called "Keeping the Fire" and he brings out 5 main points which he believes has kept their heart in revival, which through our lives can testify to be true and in these encourage us to put ourselves into a place that will stretch us again, that will put us in a place of dependancy in God again for the miraculous. His 5 points are:
1. Find God
2. Depend on Miracles
3. Go to the Least
4. Suffer for Him, if necessary
5. Rejoice in the Lord.
I encourage you to pick up his book, its a small easy book to read.
Its a new day, lets not rest in our current positions but to keep on pressing in to all that God has for us in Him and for His glory and in so doing you will be encouraged as you see the testimonies come because of the steps of faith that you step out in, it may be talking to your neighbour where God has helped in the past with a similar situation they might be walking through. But lets arise people and shine, so that the glory of God may be revealed and we will be refreshed and encouraged once again.