May 6, 2012
The message I’ve been hearing lately is “Follow Me.”
I watched Jesse Duplantis on TV and his message was “crucify your flesh and follow Him.” Then at church, Chap Thayer preached from John 21:19 – “Follow Me.”
I’ve been praying to hear God’s voice more clearly so I can be led by Him. And Chap Thayer said to “put your desires last… you can’t serve Jesus and look back at your old life… and crucify you flesh daily.” Then he said something that really stuck with me. He said, “It’s easier to hear God’s voice when He has us right where He wants us.”
I thought “WOW! How true is this!!”
It’s not that I don’t hear His voice, its just that sometimes I don’t listen. And He continues to say, “FOLLOW ME…even when you don’t want to… even when you don’t think it’s the right way… even when its the exact opposite of what you were expecting… even still… FOLLOW ME.”
I just got finished reading “Forgotten God” and it was talking about God’s will for my life. And I got to thinking about jobs and churches and health insurance and a husband. And I had to stop myself and pray that God keep me here and show me His will for me here. And the next thing I read said:
Dwelling on God’s plan for the future often excuses us from faithful and sacrificial living now. IT tends to create a safe zone of sorts, where we can sit around and have “spiritual” conversations about what God “might” have planned for our lives. Thinking, questioning and talking can take the place of letting the Spirit affect our immediate actions in radical ways. God wants to see His children stake everything on His power and presence in their lives.
And this paragraph ended with “Jesus did not die to follow us. He died and rose so we could forget everything else and FOLLOW HIM.”
There is a lesson. I have to follow Him ever so closely. And listen for His voice and not jump ahead and try to plan my future on my own.