In times when our strength is failing, our passion dissipating, or our fire is extinguishing, we find ourselves hindered from going forth to fulfill our purpose. Something precipitated the change, and we need to identify the source to regain ground. Even when we do not discern the cause of a change, recognizing that there was one allows us to move forward.
Was it an offense, a hardship, or a loss? Did it happen suddenly or in a subtle way? The suddenly is easier to detect. What has dropped gradually is not evident. It takes humility to face what may have happened. When we do, the Spirit of God helps us through the process, even dealing with what we do not know or remember. We pray daily for wisdom, guidance, and peace.
The power of God can make what appears to be lost rise to the surface. When we think it is no longer there, it is! We just cannot reach it without God’s help. He graciously rekindles our fire. God has a way to pick us back up and restore us to a greater place than where we were before, from glory to glory!
2 Kings 6:6-7 “So the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. Therefore he said, “Pick it up for yourself.” So he reached out his hand and took it.”
The children of Israel were trapped between the Red Sea ahead and their enemies behind them. God told Moses to go forward, lift up his rod, stretch out his hand over the sea and divide it. As he obeyed the Red Sea miraculously parted! When our situations look hopeless, God will instruct us to go forward, follow His lead, and trust Him for what will be revealed as we obey.
Going forward doesn’t make sense when it is impossible to do so in the natural. The supernatural defies the natural. Reason doesn’t comprehend faith. It is only with our eyes on the unseen that we can step forward. We cannot look at the enemy behind us, others, our walk or a sure path. We can only look to God who is able and with us, always.
The children of Israel must have been wondering if the water was going to stay parted and their enemies remain defeated. They had to rely on God to keep the ground dry for them. Even after we take the first step, we must continue to walk without questioning what is to come, trusting the way will be made clear as we go forward, from glory to glory!
Exodus 14:15-16 “And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”
The enemy, satan, is raging because he knows he has a short time before the Kingdom of God is fully established. He is striking out with all his evil ways. He desires to prolong the consequences of his attacks through any means he can. He tries to steal our faith, fire, and passion for the Lord, but it backfires on Him. With the armor of God, we withstand the evil days and stand by faith.
It is through our standing that we press through. As we submit to God, we resist the enemy. Our God is a God of hope. He fills us with His joy, peace, goodness, knowledge, and power as He gives us His faith. He anoints us so we can have maximum impact everywhere we go. The enemy wants to diminish our influence, but God increases it with His abundant life!
Let’s continue to make each moment count. Let’s love God and one another with our whole heart. Let’s pray, praise, worship and minister to one another in the fullness of our abilities in Christ. We are more than conquerors through Christ. Attacks may slow us down, but God redeems our time. We walk in victory from glory to glory!
Romans 15:13-14 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.”
In the same hospital some are passing away while others are birthing babies. In an airport, some are weeping seeing their loved ones leave while others are celebrating their loved ones coming home. At every crossroads, we can look for the intervention of the Lord. He causes U-turns, taking us in the opposite direction. He turns our despair into hope. Hallelujah!
When Jesus arrived at the gates of Nain with his disciples, a large crowd was recounting and rejoicing for the healings and miracles they had just witnessed. At this gate, they passed another group going the opposite direction. A widow was leaving the city, mourning for her son as his coffin was being carried out. It was a crossroad where compassion met sorrow and life met death.
Jesus breaks through, touches, and heals us. Even when we cannot call upon His name amid our tears, He hears what we cannot say, feels our pain and moves with compassion. He is our healer and helps us rise out of our conditions. When we cross the paths of others, let us also take heed of them and be sensitive to their cry. We can bring consolation, hope and healing in the name of Jesus, from glory to glory!
Luke 7:13-14 “When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’ Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, arise.’”
They wondered where they should move. Where did God want them to go? What if they missed His will? Even though they didn’t have a clear direction, they had to proceed because of the imminence of the move out date. Their struggle ended when they were reminded that wherever they go, they go with God! They suddenly had peace that the where was secondary.
Jesus said He is with us always. The moment we are believers, our “going” is not necessarily to a destination– but to go with God wherever we go, because God goes with us–always. Knowing this truth helps answer all questions pertaining to the where and the what. It’s the who that matters. Since we go with God we don’t worry about the specifics, but truth proclaims His presence will guide us. He will even use our missteps to teach us His ways.
For every decision, big or small, we choose to go with what’s God’s will. When in our heart we go with God, our choices follow. When we have the awareness that He is in and with us, our relationship with Him grows in intimacy. Moment by moment we go with God and trust He is working all things together for our good, from glory to glory!
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”