There will come a point in your life where God will call you to do something. Before He actually sends you out, He will equip you. During that time, you can’t go everywhere or be around everyone. It is sometimes a lonely place.
This period of time is like a wilderness of a sort, or a desert. It’s you and the Lord.
I am in that period right now. The Lord spoke and gave me a word regarding watching my associations, where I go to socialize and to disconnect. He wanted me to turn the Tv and Social media off. He was training me to be in His presence. I do that more and more and it’s becoming normal. It’s not easy initially.
He has called me to pray, study and meditate more. He let me know that He has an assignment for me. This is a time of preparation. Although I am dealing with my cancer treatments, what those are doing, is making me sit still. I was never one to sit still. In fact, sitting still was very nerve wrecking to me. I had to learn to rest in God.
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Psalms 62:1
In resting, I am listening, waiting, trusting and obeying.
God is speaking.
I am learning to hear the Lord ever so clearly. I hear Him when I pray in my prayer language. I hear Him after I pray and sit in silence. It is not easy to sit in silence. But if you are patient, God will come. I hear Him when I am reading the Word. Learn to hear the Lord in the many ways that He speaks to us.
I have learned to quiet the background noise and tune in.
We must be patient, knowing that God is patient. He may give us a word, but that doesn’t mean that it will happen right away. It may, but many times it doesn’t. We are impatient by nature. We want what we want, when we want. Also, we get excited. We hear a word and we want to tell others what God has said and we are waiting for it to manifest. For us and the onlookers.
He wants us to wait.
Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:36
Everything is not for everyone to know. Many times we have to sit on something and we can’t say anything. That’s another tough one. This is when we need to obey. We can delay or stop what God is doing in our lives by our disobedience. There are countless stories in the bible to attest to this.
Obey and Trusting go hand in hand. We must trust that God is who He says He is. That shows our faith. Also, with trusting Him we obey what He says, knowing that He cannot lie. Knowing that He loves us. Knowing that His ways are higher and thoughts are greater. He knows what’s best for us.
If He says, you can’t be around a certain person, or go certain places. Listen.
What may happen to make you stumble with obedience, is a fear of man may rise up. You will see what you’re made of when it’s time to take a stand for God.
See there may be an event that you are asked to attend. In your spirit you are troubled. You know that you cannot go. But you have peers that are Christians as well, and you say to them that you can’t go. If it’s your friends you should be able to say that it isn’t well in your spirit and they understand. Yet, some may get convicted. They may say, “What’s the difference? I’m going.” They also attend church and know the Lord. Are you better somehow because you are choosing not to go? What does it say about them? See these are issues that people will place on themselves based on your decision to say, “No, I wont be involved.” They look at themselves and wonder if they are involved what are you trying to say? This is very common. This can happen in any relationships that you have. As you draw closer to God, you can’t help but change. You can’t be in His presence and remain the same.
You continue to listen, trust and obey the Lord. God deals with us individuality and we must all work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12)
He may have given me something that He hasn’t given you or vice versa. What you may be able to do in your conscious may bother me. If it bothers me then its a no-no for sure. (Romans 14:5)
I will no longer allow people to put their fears and misconceptions upon me. I will obey the Lord. I choose to. We all have that choice.
I have declined invitations to places of people that I love, but there are things that are starting to bother my spirit. I can’t ignore that. It is not an issue with the person, but just the situations that they may want you to come and be involved in.
Also, you don’t want to get in the lying trap. Don’t make up things to make people feel better. Just let them know, in love, that you won’t be able to attend. Many times an explanantion isn’t needed.
You may not be able to speak spiritual if the person is carnal minded because they won’t understand. But just understand that if God has called you out and given you an assignment, you cannot go everywhere and be around everyone. You must be discerning. Don’t be haughty either! Remember to do all things in love.
It’s OK. Show love (even when it’s hard)
We have to get back to the Lord and off these man made traditions and ideologies about how we should be. There has been a lot of compromises out here for fear of man, and wanting to be inclusive. God has always set His people apart. We are to be in the world but not of the world. We are a peculiar people.
You have been set apart as holy to the LORD your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure. Deuteronomy 14:2
There is simplicity in Jesus. He wants us to love the Lord our God with all of our heart and our neighbors as ourselves. He is a Holy God and requires us to be holy.
Live the life, not just talk about it.