Many in Church: Lord, lead us.
Many Preachers: Go where God calls you.
Many Pastors: Walk in faith. Die to self. LIVE for Him.
Many Teachers: The Bible says to go into all the world and make disciples. Care for the orphans and widows.
Many Song Leaders: Lord, let us hear Your Voice. Speak to us.
Our Family: Hey, the coolest thing happened! We started praying a couple years ago and asking God where He wants to use us and He’s revealed something to us. We feel called to Alaska to open a homeless teen place! Isn’t that amazing that He really leads like we talk about and sing about and read about in The Bible?!
Church: I’m not sure about that.
Many Preachers: My advice is that you go check Alaska out first to be sure you like it. (Me: I’m VERY sure that is NOT how God calls anyone.)
Many Pastors: God doesn’t do that anymore.
Many Teachers: No He didn’t.
Many Song Leaders: We don’t really think we’ll “hear” His Voice. We just sing that.
Parents/Family: That’s nice.
Many Acquaintances: That’s weird.
Many Friends: That’s interesting.
Many Atheists and Agnostics:
THAT’S the coolest thing I’ve EVER heard! Tell me more.
Make no mistake.
God is alive and well.
He uses people and stories to touch hearts and lives all the time. And He does this in a billion different ways and it doesn’t matter what our past looks like.
He’s using this story He’s writing with us to restore people’s faith in Him.
We are going in faith that God is leading and is providing and He will go before us and make a way where we can’t SEE a way just like The Bible says He does. We’re going to make disciples and care for orphans. This is a dream He’s put on our hearts and it aligns very much with Scripture. We’ve witnessed miracles along this journey already; stuff beyond our power or income or capability or explanation.
It’s called living out our faith.
We’re laying down our lives and what WE want to do (dying to self like The Bible says to do) and asking God what HE wants us to do. We’re LIVING for HIM.
If we could SEE how He’s doing this homeless teen place thing in Alaska or if WE could do it on our own with our own resources that wouldn’t be called faith. It’s all about His Power and our obedience to what He’s put on our hearts. It’s way bigger than we are and our income and God knows this. If we worshiped money or put our faith in money instead of God we’d have quit before we started. And if we’d known our whole lives that this was His plan for us or saved our whole lives for this we STILL couldn’t make it happen at all like He can.
And we pray everyone chooses to experience this real life most fulfilling way to live.
Some doors can ONLY be unlocked with prayer.
God doesn’t say use good judgment without ceasing.
Or make intelligent choices without ceasing.
Or use wisdom without ceasing. (He does say to pray for wisdom and He will give it.)
He doesn’t say to read The Bible without ceasing.
He says to PRAY without ceasing. Try this.
He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever, and He led before The Bible was written or else The Bible couldn’t be God-led (which it is,) and He led during Bible times, and He still leads and works in our lives every day still now even in 2015.
Immanuel = God with us. He means it. He REALLY is with us and provides and leads.
Pray without ceasing. Try it. Give Him your TIME and just watch what He can do!
All eyes are on You, Lord. Do what only You can do.
[Note: A common daily prayer in our home goes something like this. (Try it.)
God, please lead us today. Please show us who You want us to talk to and what to say and who not to talk to and what not to say. Please guide our day and let us not take control back. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.]