The Time Is Now

Most believers aren't in imminent danger of ruining their lives. They're facing a danger that's far greater...wasting them. Steven Furtick

There comes a time for each of us to step out on the word God has spoken to us. We all come to the moment where we have to trust God. As scary as that sounds, to look back or to be tempted to go back to the old ways is just not possible. Consider the fearful temptations to shrink back. Remember who God is: mighty, powerful, faithful. Praise him, thank him, honor him for what he’s already done. Follow him into a future with greater faith, prominence and confidence that there are really greater things in store.

This is not a time to second guess all the work and preparation. Elisha himself had to make the decision to take action or not. Elijah was taken up to heaven on the far side of the Jordan River in a whirlwind. Elisha witnessed Elijah leaving. Elisha tore is clothes, called out to his spiritual father and picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah. Elisha walked to the water’s edge.

What would he do?                                                                       

The apprentice time for Elisha was over. It was now time to lead. The same God who brought him to that moment also promised to be with him to the end. God doesn’t show us the details or actions he shows us himself. He does this not just to tell us what to do and how to get there but to give us the power to do it all. Elijah passed on his mantle to Elisha. We can experience something greater as we surrender to God’s Holy Spirit. The spiritual mantle is passed onto us. For anyone who is sick of playing it safe, for every dreamer who has been devastated and disillusioned, for every undiscovered Elisha determined to show the watching world the greater things GOD is capable of...the moment is now. The mantle is already ours.

What will we do?

I have included some prayers that might be inspirational for you from Pastor Steven Furtick. He is one of my favorite people to watch. You can learn more about him here

            1. I pray that you will no longer settle for good enough in your closest relationships, existing together but not really engaging each other. I pray that where you may have settled into comfortable patterns, busyness, and mundane living, you exchange that for greater living and see the glory of God.

            2. I pray that you never settle for the ‘good enough’ of killing time and drawing a paycheck. Clocking in and clocking out. God is calling you to something new. I pray he gives you the faith to do so. If God is calling you to step up in the a job you already have, I pray he gives you the passion to do so.  Either way, I pray that you step into greater influence that God has called you to within your work.

            3. Students: I pray that you won’t just be part of a crowd but that you will begin to lead it. I pray that the people who have been influencing you to a lesser life will be changed by the influence of the greater life you are stepping into. I pray that every voice that has labeled you as anything other than a beloved son or daughter will be silenced and that you will believe only what your Father God has said about you.

-Pastor Jen