“God wants to take you from where you are, to where He is calling you to be. But He needs you to be intentional where you are. He needs you to be faithful here and He needs you to dream there. He needs you to write things down and then put it into His hands.”
I’m a big Lisa Bevere fan. I follow her on social media and I love listening to the podcast she hosts with her husband. I don’t know if it is because she’s a boy-mamma like me or because she’s such a down to earth person with an extra portion of gutsy boldness. All I know is that she gets me excited about changing the world and sharing the gospel.
The video was shared earlier this year in social media. At the time, I knew it was a video I needed to share and refer back to. It has been laying and patiently waiting in a draft format ever since.
In the past week, I have been challenged a couple of times that my breakthroughs are close. With the confirmation that they are close came some responsibility. See sometimes, God calls us to fight the fight, other times He tells us to be still and know that He is God and that He will take care of things. When Oliver was diagnosed with cancer, I needed to lay my burdens on Him and trust that He would take care of things.
Because of what Oliver went through and the fact that I had no control, I learned to trust and be still. Don’t get me wrong, I have by no means perfected the art of casting my burdens on Him – it is and will always be a continuous process.
Praying Fervently with Authority
What excites and scares me a little bit, is that the word I received confirmed that this time around, God won’t be ‘handling‘ it on my behalf. For this next season, I will need to put in the ‘work‘ by praying fervently with authority.
The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]. James 5:16
The sweet reward of my prayers will be a new level of intimacy with Him. Furthermore, the fruit of the intimacy will carry weight and authority in terms of words that will be spoken and the revelation that those words will have to the person(s) on the receiving end.
The word also comes very close to what Lisa is saying. I need to live intentionally and faithfully where I am and dream of where God wants me to be.
As a start, I have decided to be more intentional with the words I write. I need a leap of faith that forces me to write about what is in my very core. Sometimes it will be light and fluffy. At times, it needs to carry authority. It needs to be a voice for people who don’t have the means or options to speak.
I think it would be fair to say, I don’t really know where to start. But I am excited about the journey and I am excited to mature and grow in my faith.