Lead, Follow or Get Out of THE WAY! by D Wadsworth

So I have been seeking the Lord if I could serve in full time ministry once again. It has been four years and man o man do I miss the ministry of the Word.

People don’t understand tho….They say things like- can’t you be like the other 99% of us and just serve and worship? Well the answer is YES! That is exactly what I mean. The Calling on my heart to minister in His name, through His Word and by His Spirit has been confirmed over and over again. In human eyes four different sets of Elders have laid hands on me to acknowledge this. So I come to the feet of Jesus humbly and willing.

Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings,” and Proverbs 20:5 says, “The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.” God has placed our dreams and desires within us for us to discover. He trusts us to find ourselves out as we increase in our understanding of him and grow toward becoming kings in our own right. He encourages us in every step we take toward discovering what he has hidden within us, but his “Yes!!” answer to our “can I?” question is not a command or a directive, it is an enthusiastic cheer.

It’s up to us to get so close to God that we begin to discover ourselves and the way He views things and put those pieces together to find out what we really want. My question, rather than “God, can I?” has to become, “God, this is what I want. Is it really what I want?” and I have to allow him to search my heart and show me where my thinking is off or my perception skewed.

It’s the same with vision. Vision changes. Dreams shift and focus and realign, and it’s not an issue of having heard correctly or incorrectly from the Lord; it’s an issue of discovering what is in our hearts. God has a resounding “Yes!!” to give us in response to any dream, any desire we want to pursue. Even in relationships with people. There isn’t a right or wrong dream, as long as we’re moving toward him. God will gladly show us when our thinking is wrong or our perception skewed, but that’s not usually the question we ask. We usually ask “God, can I?”

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Psalm 25-ESV

Teach Me Your Paths

[a] Of David.

25 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
3 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.

6 Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

11 For your name’s sake, O Lord,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12 Who is the man who fears the Lord?
Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13 His soul shall abide in well-being,
and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14 The friendship[b] of the Lord is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
bring me out of my distresses.
18 Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you.

22 Redeem Israel, O God,
out of all his troubles.