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MOVING FORWARD

Sunday, November 12, 2017

There was a time when, without fear or hesitation, all God had to do was speak a Word and I would move in His direction. But somewhere along the line I lost my fearlessness and replaced it with anxiety and worry. God's ability to achieve the impossible is not the cause of our unbelief. But it is our feelings of inadequacy that lead us to believe we are unworthy of experiencing the manifestation of a miracle. In Luke chapter five God directs Peter to take his boat out to the deep and let down his nets. Peter responds:

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” 
- Luke 5:5 (NIV) 

Peter's response is familiar. Around this time a year ago I had a "But because you say so." attitude. I left my job waiting tables with no prospect of another source of income but I had an overwhelming desire to help people within the nonprofit sector and a Word that God was calling me to do the same. After a month of filling out applications for AmeriCorps positions all over the states, I finally landed an opportunity at home at an organization called Foreverfamily. With nothing but $20 in my pocket, I flew to Orlando to take my oath and complete my training. Stepping out on faith and leaving my serving job was hard because at the time I was so unsure of myself and my abilities but God was calling me deeper and when He said, "Follow me." I couldn't help but shift my feet forward and it was the best decision I ever made. Obedience to God is never easy initially but I can faithfully say that once you take that first step, every one after it gets a little bit easier.

My posts have been sparse these last few months because the shaking has begun again and it's time to move with the current of God instead of against Him. It seems more difficult this time around than any other season of shifting I've been in. I'm comfortable and I feel settled in a way I haven't felt in a long time but the deep of God will always push you away from the familiar in order to propel you towards the next level of your destiny. Don't make fear and uncertainty your idol, and don't allow a false sense of stability and comfort cause you to be disobedient to the voice of God. Every time you tell God not yet you are moving closer and closer towards rebellion. Peter's obedience was the key to the manifestation of the blessing he had spent all night toiling over.

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
- Luke 5:6-11 (NIV)

If you feel like God has given you a Word for your life, pray and ask Him to confirm it. Once He confirms it move with an expectation that it will come to pass.

Prayer: 
Lord, forgive us for our fear and our disobedience. Though our humanity causes us to be weak, we know that your strength is made perfect in our weakness. I pray that your sons and daughters will be sensitive to your spirit in this season of their lives. Father, I pray that you would empower and encourage them as they move towards the destiny you have prepared for them. We believe that He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it, so Lord, finish what you've started within us. Help us to be the men and women you had in mind when you created us and send your Spirit to guide us into all truth. Amen.

Study Verse: Numbers 9:15-23

Watch: "All Systems Go" By Steven Furtick at Elevation Church

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