I just downloaded and listened, in its entirety, the new album by one of my most favorite bands of all time, Third Day! Wow, what a great record! But this is not a music review, it’s the message behind the music on this album and their previous release, Revelation, that has me thinking.
According to their website, the two albums go hand in hand. The first, Revelation, being a “record about prayer and asking for direction,” and the most recent, Move, a response of “receiving that direction, moving on that and going forward.”
I’ve been praying for some real direction in my life for quite some time, and trying to be patient and obedient as I wait for God’s timing. This hasn’t been an easy task for me since, most of you that know me, know I am not a very patient person. I’ve had lots of big ideas and grand schemes, and I believe that they are all inspired by God and by the talents and giftings that He has blessed me with. However, I have yet to receive that one command, “Move!” But I am waiting with baited breath for the day when God says to me, “Okay, it’s time. Go!”
You may be in the same circumstance as I am, or you may have already heard God tell you to get moving, but the most important part leading up to that is our preparation. Have you, or are you, preparing your heart for the day when God says “Move”? How do we prepare? We must take steps necessary to get ourselves in right standing with God. Zophar’s advice to Job:
If only you would prepare your heart
and lift up your hands to him in prayer!
Get rid of your sins,
and leave all iniquity behind you.
Then your face will brighten with innocence.
You will be strong and free of fear.
Second, be in tune with His voice, so that when the time comes, you will not be confused or unsure about hearing Him.
The sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.
How do we know his voice? By spending time with Him and being in relationship with Him. Scripture, fasting, and praying are the perfect places to start.
Just Do It!
If you have prepared your heart for His call, and you are certain that you know His voice, there will be no question when the day arrives and you feel that distinct tug at your heart. So, our response at that very moment needs to be “Just Do It!” Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC, shared this idea in his message to the NewSpring Leadership Conference . Here are the basics:
- Take action! Don’t sit on your knowledge and be afraid to act.
- Do it because “Jesus told you to.”
- Do it like it’s already done, because, from God’s perspective, it is!
- “You don’t need a lot of faith to finish, all you need is a little faith to get started.”
So, has God given you the green light? Is it time to go? Is it time to move? Then, just do it! In the meantime, make sure you’re prepared. Prepare your heart and know His voice.
My final thought is this: be content with where you are right now. If you haven’t gotten that nudge, consider Paul’s letter to the Romans:
If we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently…And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
~Romans 8:25, 28~
God is preparing us for the work that He has in store for us through the circumstances that we find ourselves in. If we are confident in the fact that He has led us to the place where we are at this moment, then we can rest assured that the people, places, and situations that surround us are all preparing us for the next big thing!
Just over the horizon
A new light is shining
Salvation is on its way
Lift up your face
Salvation is calling
Salvation is calling your name