We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
My heart hung like the humidity on my walk with God this morning.
Our conversation went something like this:
How come You didn’t tell me?
From His holy sanctuary, He let me know make every thought obedient to Me.
God, for the past two years people have asked me if I was a pastor or going to become a pastor, my answer was always I didn’t hear that from You.
Obey over sacrifice.
I never thought You wanted me to be a pastor. I thought speaker, author …
There is always a cost in obedience.
Lord, show me the way. Order my steps. I commit my life to You.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans (Proverbs 16:3).
So am I.
Have you recently considered the costs of following Jesus? There should be many. Not because He is counting, but because He is counter-cultural.
Thus far in my walk with Christ, I have lost friends and money (travel and expenses for conferences). Both of which Jesus says take a backseat to Him.
Now the cost is higher.
No matter who you are, your faith is on the hot seat. The world is an unexposed nerve. The devil is lurking, ready to pounce, drooling as he hunts his prey.
If the world hates you, keep in mind it hated me first (John 15:18).
So the world and its values do not make a good excuse why NOT to obey Christ. The world in all of its own glory is a dangerous place.
I can hear the naysayers about me becoming a pastor … who does she think she is, how long has she been a believer?
What did the naysayers say about Christ?
~He/His disciples shouldn’t work on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:2).
~He should condemn sinners, particularly women sinners (John 8:3-11).
~He should die even though He sinned not (Matthew 27:19-23).
None of the naysayers made sense then, and they won’t today either. Not when God says make every thought obedient to Me.
So if you have ever heard me speak, have you also wondered whether I was a pastor or going to become a pastor?
If you pray, would you be willing to lift me up to God Our Father and ask Him to make clear His will for my next step(s).
I would not have written this post if I didn’t hear my son Jackson say last night after hearing me teach/preach to my online class, “Mom, you should be a preacher not a computer teacher. You can still write books and stuff.”
Jackson’s matter-of-factness resembled God’s crystal clear make every thought obedient to Me.
See, I am a doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:19).
Welcome to all readers here today. It is a morning full of new mercies. Where would be without Christ?
How would we know our purpose? How would we know how to love, truly and sincerely love?
This post marks the beginning of a new climb, a new thing, a new adventure with Him. As with anything new, I have a million questions and welcome your prayers to double-Dibble check I am in His direct will with this.
How has God worked in your heart? Has He revealed anything new to you in the midst of the raging U.S. turmoil?
Feel free to share in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All photos in this post are mine, taken on neighborhood walks.
May Our God of Angel Armies bless you today.
Love in Christ,