One of the most powerful statements I’ve read came from a title to a blog post by one very amazing blogger.
Remain where you heard God last.
Those words are heavy, I tell you. For several seconds I couldn’t even click on the link to the post, I just kept staring and pondering on the title. By the way, you should check out Dupe’s blog. She has wonderful contents there.
You know, It’s so hard when in the place of prayer, you receive huge visions, plans and instructions God would have you do for your generation and when in your excitement you rise to run off with it, God looks at you and says, ‘Not yet.’
It can also be frustrating when you see others pursuing similar endeavors that you know deep within, you have the capability to do and yet God wouldn’t let you plunge into them.
There is something called divine timing. A believer who understands this kind of timing knows that it is never first about results but about obedience to the leading of the Spirit.
There are several moves in career and ministry many believers have made that has no signature of God on them. I’m not talking about bad or sinful moves. I’m speaking of legitimate ventures.
Ministries have started without God commissioning them. Businesses, organizations and events are pioneered by people who have no business running them. If we look at the real motive, sometimes it is because others seem to be pushing forth into those things or there is just this crave to impress others and prove that they are also making sense.
If God is saying, wait and build solid root, why run around chasing sponsors, starting platforms and opening organizations. Who knows the future better than our heavenly Father?
The visions God gave some have been aborted before the time God set for them. Of course it may look like you are seeing results but the question still remains, who is leading you?
Until we realize that we no longer own our lives, it is then we’ll understand that we are bound only by the instructions God gives to us.
I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who died and gave himself. Galatians 2:20
Many of us, I inclusive, have made moves we weren’t supposed to make. We have learnt our lessons the hard way. We have pursued in the flesh the gift God has bestowed on us. But the good thing is, it drove us back into communion with our Father and it birthed in us a determination to wait for subsequent instructions.
It is so easy to completely lose track of God’s plan when you are not ready to listen and follow his instructions. You can’t as a believer just make plans and ask God to bless them. It doesn’t work that way. We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works. He gives the plan and we follow strictly.
Imagine a believer comparing himself to an unbeliever. Don’t you know that your spirit is alive and quickened to respond only to your heavenly Father?
Let me just say a few things here.
1. When an idea pops into your head, never take steps immediately towards them until you have checked with God first. Don’t be the believer who just executes every idea without first seeking God in prayers. Ask questions; what is it about? Is this from God or from my emotions? Is this the right timing to start this? How am I supposed to go about it?
Not every vision or idea is for now. There are beautiful things God will show you concerning your future but you must discern what you should pursue now and which is to come later.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he shall shew you things to come John 16:13
2.When you begin to receive instructions in the place of prayer, especially those you are not expected to kick off immediately, spend time praying more about it to get details on the preparation required for the achievement of the assignment.
There are lots of investments that you would have to put into it. You may be required to pray intensely about those instructions for weeks, months, and sometimes years. You may be required to do a lot of research, develop sound knowledge in certain areas, get involved in training as well as practice in bits and pieces. You would also need to listen for clearer direction and get further instructions on how to go about the assignment.
3. God will never endorse idleness. He won’t approve you lazing around and moping all day while you wait for your assignment. There will always be something for you to do.
For some of us, the instruction may just be that you study more and pray intensely. For some others, you may need to stay under a mentor for a length of time to learn out of public view.
Some persons, God would need to bring them to a state of tranquility because at the moment they are busy at tasks fanned by the flesh. Some would have to learn to love routines. Some would be required to learn patience.
God knows exactly what you need for each season of your life. Your part is to walk with Him in it.
4. Carnality is the way to jump out of God’s process. It will be very difficult for you to stay with instructions if you do not spend time in the word and prayers. If you spend more time with TV and social media, the external will influence your thinking and your flesh will be in control.
As you fellowship more, the love of the father becomes more experiential to you. Impatience will be replaced with a strong desire to wait for clear direction.
5. I do not believe that a christian should jump from one venture to another trying out everything before settling for a path he thinks he can succeed at. Why do we have a Father who knows all things?
I believe if a man will stay in consistent fellowship with God, he’ll take the right step at every turn. The job he accepts, career he pursues, ministerial activities he is involved in will culminate to the overall picture.
The truth is, God is not just interested in the big vision but in the process it takes to get there.
For a revelation of God’s plan to be evident, there must be consistency in prayer and in the study of the word. You must show up in deliberate fellowship every day. The Father loves to talk to us. He loves to reveal his mind to his children.
6. I must confess, there are times when we know God is already speaking to us concerning certain life events but after a while it seems like our present circumstances contradicts the things we hear. We find ourselves faced with questions like; ‘Did God really say this?’
Rather than give in to doubts, it’s better to get into the place of prayers again and strengthen your convictions.
7. It is very dangerous to hear instructions in prayers and just leave them in your journal. Great dreams do not automatically come to pass. You must bring those instructions continually to the place of prayer and make declarations over them.
This is especially critical for ministry. Snatching souls from the kingdom of darkness is no child’s play. The devil will come at you in every way possible.
Strategies as great as they are must not replace precious hours of breaking grounds in intense prayers. You don’t have a prayer and study life and you want to start off a ministry. Are you kidding me?
I end with this,
What killed Saul’s ministry was his lack of trust in God to lead him every step on his journey as the king in Israel. If you trust God completely, nothing will be enough to make you shift away from God’s instruction.
…And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed; but Samuel came not to Gilgal and the people were scattered from him… and Saul said, Bring the offering….I Samuel 15:8.
We must make a commitment that even when everybody decides to leave us, we’d rather stand alone with the instructions God has given to us. This kind of decision is not made out of mere resolution or determination. It comes in the place of fellowship where convictions are solidified.
We will remain where we last heard God. We will not make any move until we have a release in our hearts to do so and when God says, it’s time to move. We’ll step out confidently…and my blog family say Amen?
Will you take out some time to reflect on the things you are pursuing? Are you really following God’s plan for your life?