When the Lord speaks do you “go…” or do you rationalize, justify, argue, or do you “go…..”? We cry out to God and we expect—often times demand—quick answers. We want our needs met now. We pray, we expect. We talk to others when the answers do not come like we think they should.
“You have spoken arrogantly against me,” says the Lord.
“Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’
“You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’”
We decide (usually with help from our friends--think Job's friends) that God is testing us. Somehow we think our actions will coerce Him into doing what we want. Nowhere does the Word say He does tests/tempts us. He does let us know that it will happen. He shows us the way out of it. He protects us in the midst. “BUT He allows it.” Is the most common response. That is such a perverted excuse to sit down and mope. Sounds harsh doesn’t it? I guess it is but sometimes we need harsh to wake us up out of our legarthy. We are in a war and the enemy gives no mercy.
I Corinthians 10: 13 AMP
For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.
If we are following His leading we go through in the quickest, shortest, most efficient way possible. It is like going through those revolving doors. To enter the building you may have to go through the door but there is no reason to go round and round. Just go through.
Mark 16:15-18 HCSB
Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; they will pick up snakes; if they should drink anything deadly, it will never harm them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.”
So many times when God tells us to “go…”we give Him all the reasons we cannot instead of “Yes Lord, where and when?”
When you die will people say she/he “went….” or will it be said she/he hesitated?
Matthew 9:35 HCSB
[ The Lord of the Harvest ] Then Jesus went to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness.
The term “Jesus went…” is used in dozens of scriptures….be the one who goes both in the natural and in intercession. Pray for boldness for those who hesitate. It is time to love Him so much that we walk in the obedience that not only shows Him that love but also honors His command to love others as we love ourselves.
it is time to GO....