Morning Coffee with Jesus - October 6, 2011
Greetings loved ones! Welcome to Thursday!
Today’s “Morning Coffee with Jesus” comes from Isaiah 52:12.“But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.”
Today I would like to share with you the passage from my 1884 devotional.
“Whenever we are outwardly excited we should cease to act; but whenever we have a message from the spirit within, we should execute it with calmness.A fine day may excite one to act, but it is much better that we act from the calm spirit in any day, be the outward what it may.”J.P. Greaves
There have been times in my faith journey when I have been outwardly excited about a situation, an opportunity, an idea and yet, when I pursued this situation, opportunity or idea without first passing it by my Lord, I failed miserably.However, there have also been times when I have been excited about a situation, an opportunity, or an idea when, irrespective of my excitement, I have committed to prayer and the Lord’s guidance and it has been the greatest blessing to me and to others.
A good example of this is my call to be a writer.I suspected God was calling me to this but I didn’t want to make an investment of my time and my finances if it truly was not God’s will.I sought out ten prayer warriors, people I undoubtedly knew who would pray if I asked, and explained my situation.Although I was inwardly excited about the possibility, I was also prepared to accept the possibility that it was not God’s will for me.One week passed.Two weeks passed.During this time, I received “little affirmations,” but that was not enough for me.
I asked for continued prayer, specifically that God would make it abundantly clear if this was His will for me.One day, while listening to Focus on the Family, I heard a speaker say, “If God is calling you to be a writer, you be a writer!”Wow!It couldn’t get more “abundantly clear” than that!
Is there an idea, a “germ” which, with time and attention you believe could result in a great situation or opportunity (which does not have to be financial!!)?Is it something God has truly laid on your heart or the workings of your active mind? Not sure?As the hymn says, “take it to the Lord in prayer!”
Ask God to make abundantly clear the direction you should go. Continue to seek His direction until you know it is His will.The excitement is a good thing.It is motivation to go and do.Journal it!Keep your enthusiasm tempered and then allow God to direct your steps.Nothing is too difficult for God.If it is His will, He will make the pathways clear and provide those who can help you along the journey!
I have been writing now about 7 years and the success I’ve experienced is testimony to God’s faithfulness.For those He calls he also equips.Pray!Then leave the rest up to Him!
Have an incredible day in Jesus!