“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
“‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts.” Zech. 4:6
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” 1 Cor. 1:26-29
“I did it!” I exclaimed gleefully in my heart. Just like a little girl. A joyful one at that. “Because of you [THE LORD]!” I continued.
Oh, how thrilled I was! How elated! I glowed. I just knew I did. Big smile on my face. Not that anyone could see as I sat at my laptop. The 5 special needs doggies in my ministry’s care weren’t even looking at me. But God could see the smile upon my face! And God could see the smile in my heart!
I had just taken the first giant step forward – a step of enormous faith, mind you – in something the Lord had told me to do long ago. But I had resisted. I had delayed. I had feared. I had postponed. I had been distracted. I had come up with excuses. I had pushed it aside. Pushed it down. Pushed it away. Anything but gone forth with what the Lord had given me to do.
But now I had done it! At long last! Total surrender! And thank the Lord God almighty for that! God had given me something seemingly impossible to do, and He had given me every ounce of strength and courage and boldness and wisdom and absolutely everything I needed to embark on this next step in my journey. My ministry journey. And my personal journey.
Is there a message in this for you? Most assuredly, yes! And here it is.
When God gives us something to do, we need to:
- Trust Him
- Obey Him
- Depend on Him
- Follow Him
- Glorify Him
After all my resistance, and fear, and everything else, I had finally yielded myself utterly to Him. And what had seemed impossible was totally possible. Not in my weakness. Not in my human wisdom. Not in my limitations. In His strength. In His wisdom. In His endless resources. For His forever glory!
God been asking you to do something? Seem impossible? Too afraid? Not something you want to do? Too risky? Uncomfortable? Too big? Too different than what you’re used to? Too not in the mood? Too distracted? Please do what He’s taught me to do.
Trust God. Obey God. Depend on God. Follow God. Glorify God.
The Lord will get ALL THE GLORY for this next big piece of my journey. For He is the one leading me forth! He is the one who will provide for me all along the way. By His grace. In His love. In His strength. All for Him!
Please do the same, friend! Surrender yourself utterly to Christ! AMEN!
I knew as soon as I joyfully celebrated that I had at long last taken that huge step of faith forward one thing more than any other. ALL THE GLORY for my faith, trust, courage, boldness, strength, excitement, hope, and joy in moving ahead belonged to – and belongs to – THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. To God be EVERY SINGLE OUNCE OF GLORY, hallelujah, AMEN!