Spend Time with God First

In the book Embraced by Lysa TerKeurst she makes the point that in Mark 6:13 Jesus called His disciples to be WITH Him before He sent them out. Often I think I know exactly what the Lord wants me to do and then run out ahead of Him, hollering over my shoulder, “Thanks, God! I can take it from here!” My next step is usually face down in the mud. Have you had that experience? What is it that makes us think we can do anything and everything in our own strength?

Years ago I bought a blank journal at the Disney store. It had the Superman logo on the front. The entire time it took me to fill that journal I was reminded again and again that in my life that logo stood for “Show me, Holy Spirit! I haven’t got a clue.”

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We need to slow down. Spend time listening to God. Especially when we think He is giving us a plan or instructions regarding His will. Yes, in 1 Corinthians 3:9a we are called to be coworkers with God; yet, we must always remember that He has the building plans and He is the contractor. We are likely not even subcontractors! Do you part, but always keep listening for further instructions. Imagine what would have happened if Abraham had stopped listening when he took Isaac to the mountain as instructed.