“By faith he [Abraham] dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.”
March 19, 2022
I am sometimes asked by young pastors about the approach they should have when taking a position at a new church. Here is what I tell them: “When you go to a church, you must be able to do two things: number one, you must be prepared to spend the rest of your life there, and number two, you must be ready to leave in the next 15 minutes.” Both are true. You can’t only say, “Lord, I’m building a nest.” You need to pray, “Lord, if I’m building a nest, put a thorn in it. I am ready to go.” Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus. God gives you the choice. If you do not obey what you know, don’t ask God for more light. God is not going to give it to you.
Are you having a faith problem? If you’re having a faith problem, you’re probably really having an obedience problem. Is there a confession that you need to make? Is there restitution that you need to perform? Is there a gift you need to give? Is there a testimony you need to offer? Is there a place you need to go? Obey! Do you want faith? First, you must hear from God, but then you must obey God.
Take concrete steps toward obeying God in whatever way He has called you this week.