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Have you ever wondered, “Does God still thwart enemy plans?” If you have, this is one of the most relevant questions of our time. God has more for you spiritually and for that to happen the Lord fights for us.

God’s Holy word tells us that He opposes and brings to a halt the plans of our enemy, satan. Without God’s protection the world would have been overrun by evil a long time ago. Psalm 33:10 The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations and thwarts all their schemes. 11 But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken. [1] We can be thankful the Lord is always fighting for us.

The Lord Uses Elisha to Thwart the Plans of the King of Aram

The King of Aram wanted to defeat the King of Israel, but God enabled Elisha to hear their plans and warn the king.

2 Kings 6:When the king of Aram was at war with Israel, he would confer with his officers and say, “We will mobilize our forces at such and such a place.” But immediately Elisha, the man of God, would warn the king of Israel, “Do not go near that place, for the Arameans are planning to mobilize their troops there.” 10 So the king of Israel would send word to the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he would be on the alert there. [2]

The Lord Has Great Plans for Us

Our enemy, satan, is afraid of people coming to faith and carrying out God’s will for their life. Believers put a dent into the enemy’s kingdom when they grow in faith and fulfil God’s plan for their lives.

God’s angels protect and watch over believer to enable them to fulfill their destiny. Hebrews 1:14Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation. [3] Thus, we know that God’s angels are watching over believers. How does that change your perspective?

Jesus Gives us Hope as He Thwarted Enemy Plans

John 16:33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” [4] When the world we live in seems to be upside down, remember Jesus has overcome. Satan thought he had won when Jesus died on the cross. Instead the cross was a victory for Jesus as He overcome sin, death, and the devil. In the end the devil and all of his minions will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. (Ref. Rev. 21:10-15.)

Does God still thwart enemy plans? Listen here: 

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-for-elisha-and-the-arameans


[1-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

How To Spot A Bad Wholesale Deal: 4 Warning Signs

Does God warn his children of what is coming? We see God warns of the future in Scripture; it happens repeatedly. By building the ark Noah was a warning to his generation (2 Peter 2:5). The prophet Jonah had a simple message to the people of Nineveh. Jonah 3:4Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!”[1] Jesus warned Peter that satan wanted to sift him and the other disciples like wheat. Luke 22:31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat”.[2]

Have you ever received a personal warning from God? How did you respond to the warning? God does give us warnings if we are listening because He loves us and wants to help us.

Elisha Warns the King of Israel

2 Kings 6:When the king of Aram was at war with Israel, he would confer with his officers and say, “We will mobilize our forces at such and such a place.” But immediately Elisha, the man of God, would warn the king of Israel, “Do not go near that place, for the Arameans are planning to mobilize their troops there.” 10 So the king of Israel would send word to the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he would be on the alert there. [3] The King of Israel paid attention and gave heed to the warnings given by Elisha. This in turn saved the nation from attack.

God’s Warnings Give Us Choices

When God warns us, He gives us choices. We can continue the path we are on or choose a different one. Sometimes a warning is not that we are doing wrong, but a warning to stay away from sinful behavior, or not go someplace for our personal protection.

God is ready to help us when we are making important decisions. He wants us to rely on Him. Remember, we need to ask the Lord for wisdom to make the decisions that are in alignment with God’s will.

God’s warnings may come as you read Scripture, through other people, or simply through your conscience and thoughts. James 1:If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. [4] Satan is always looking to deceive us so he can destroy God’s plan for our lives. Take time to listen to God’s warnings and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit.

To hear how God warns of the future, listen here:  

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-for-elisha-and-the-arameans


[1-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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Have you ever wandered from the faith and not realized the danger you were in until you were able to reflect sometime later? As people we tend to wander off for a variety of reasons. But it is the Lord who rescues.

When our son was about four years old, we were in a large museum in Chicago when he wondered off for a few minutes. I quickly looked around and found where he was. There are times in our life where we wonder off not realizing the danger we are in and suddenly the Lord intervenes. In the Bible we are often compared to sheep. Sheep are a very helpless animal that wonder off and need a shepherd to guide them back to the herd. 

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Jesus tells the parable of a lost sheep in Matthew 18. This parable gives us understanding of the importance of the Shepherd and the joy that occurs when sheep is found. If we are compared to sheep what does that say about us? Also, what does that tell us about our need for a Shepherd to guide and intervene on our behalf?

Matthew 18:12 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? 13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! [1]

The Lord Rescues by Intervention

Saul, who we know as the Apostle Paul, had pursued the letter of the law to such a degree that he was persecuting believers in Jesus. Saul did not know Jesus as his Messiah during this time, and it took the Lord’s intervention to bring him into the fold. As Saul traveled to Damascus to persecute believers in Jesus, the Lord knocked him off his horse and blinded him. Jesus also spoke to him and asked him why he was persecuting him. During these 3 days of blindness Saul came to understand that Jesus was the Messiah and thus his Savior. On the third day the Lord sent Ananias to pray for him to restore his sight.

Acts 9:17 So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.[2]

When Did the Lord Rescue You?

All of us have a faith story when the Lord intervened in our lives to draw us to faith. We can praise the Lord for doing that! If you don’t know Jesus yet, He is calling you right now as you read this to place your faith in Him. Don’t wait, for today is the day of salvation. (2Cor. 6:2) You can trust the Lord who rescues. When Saul was rescued, he believed and was baptized, and the Lord set him on a new path. He became the greatest missionary the world had ever seen. No one is beyond the Lord’s reach, not even a person like Saul (Paul) who persecuted believers in Jesus. God also wants to do greater things in you life.

Prayer of Salvation

“Dear God, I want to be a part of your family. You said in Your Word that if I acknowledge that You raised Jesus from the dead, and that I accept Him as my Lord and Savior, I would be saved. So God, I now say that I believe You raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive and well. I accept Him now as my personal Lord and Savior. I accept my salvation from sin right now. . Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is my Savior. Thank you, Father God, for forgiving me, saving me, and giving me eternal life with You. Amen!” [3]

To hear more about the Lord who rescues, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-call-for-paul


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[3] http://tv.larryhutton.org/sinners-prayer/?gclid=CjwKCAjwrPCGBhALEiwAUl9X08F2CQpFD4_iigiR6mgVEeKMAMewbhYFtLZNOwPqHT73XDoBPRnEsxoCBSAQAvD_BwE

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God ...

Have you ever been afraid to step out in faith? If so, you are not alone. Following Jesus when it is scary is difficult. Our enemy satan preys on our insecurities to prevent us from moving forward in faith. The good news is if the Lord is asking you to do something He will also help you accomplish that.  

The Scriptures are filled with people who have been asked to step out in faith that were afraid. Moses was a shepherd for 40 years before God called him to lead the Israelites, but he was not eager to take this responsibility. Exodus 3:11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 God answered, “I will be with you. [1]

Moses is described as a great hero of the Bible and one of the greatest people of faith, yet he too struggled to get out of his comfort zone. The enemy likes to isolate us and tell us we are the only one who is afraid, and reality that is not true. It also shows us how much we need to depend on God to overcome barriers in our life.

Ananias was Scared to follow the Lord’s Instructions

The Lord loves to stretch His children so we can grow in faith and trust in Him and that can be a scary experience for any of us. In the conversion of Saul, the Lord used Ananias to go and pray for Saul after he was blinded. Ananias was not so sure he wanted to follow the Lord’s instructions, but with the Lord’s assurance he moved forward.

Acts 9:11 The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. 12 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.” “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! 14 And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.” 15 But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel.[2]

The Lord Will Help us When We are Scared to Follow

What does it mean to trust the Lord when He calls me to difficult things? How can we keep following Jesus when it is scary? We need to trust what He says. The Lord tells us many times, “I am with you.” These were also the last words Jesus spoke to the disciples before He ascended into heaven. (Ref. Mat. 28:20) Saul would later write these words as the Apostle Paul. Romans 8:31What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? [3]

When fear comes and it will, we can turn to Jesus. With His help we can be overcomers. Is the Lord is calling you to step out in faith? Take the hand of Jesus and let help you. With Jesus we can overcome barriers together.  Keep following Jesus when it is scary, be encouraged here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-call-for-paul


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Chasing Our God-Given Vision - Kingdom Winds

Does God give visions today, or was that only back in Bible times? Also, what are the purposes of God’s visions? God wants to enrich our spiritual walk with Him to help us as He gives visions.

The Bible is filled with people who have had visions from the Lord. On Pentecost Peter spoke to the crowd to explain to them what God was doing. Acts 2:17 ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. [1]

The last days began when Jesus ascended into heaven, so we are living in the last days. From Acts 2:17, it is very clear that the Lord gives visions during the time we live. Some people may never receive a vision from God, but that does not mean God does not give visions to others. We don’t need to think less of our walk with Jesus because we have not had a vison. If you have had a vision from God, it was a gift given to you for a specific purpose.

Saul and Ananias received visions from God

Both Saul and Ananias received visions from the Lord, and they give us insight of the purpose of God’s visions. Saul, who we know as Paul in the Scriptures, did not know Jesus as his Messiah and Savior and was persecuting believers. This all came to an end when Jesus intervened in Paul’s life by knocking him off  his horse and blinding him.

Jesus asked him, Acts 9:4“Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do…”

So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink. 10 Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord!” he replied. 11 The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. 12 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.” [2]

Purpose for the Visions

The Lord’s vision to Saul told him what was to come. In this case the Lord was answering his prayer and telling him Ananias was going to lay hands on him and restore his sight. In the case of Ananias, the vision gave him instruction. God’s visions are all about communicating to us in a special way what we need at the time. You may not have received a vision personally, but I believe we have been affected by people who have either directly or indirectly received a vision.

God Gives Visions Today

Soon after I became a pastor of a church, the Lord gave me a vision during the entire time of Holy Communion. The Lord showed me visually who was a believer and who was not. God showed me that two thirds of the people were not saved. I did not remember afterwards who believed and who did not. The vision was not for that purpose.

What the Lord showed me was like a doctor’s report. It was information about the condition of the congregation. The Lord wanted the unsaved people to become believers in Jesus. For the next several years I preached many messages about salvation and forgiveness. Over time as people began to place their faith in Jesus, the spiritual atmosphere in the church changed. Although the people in the congregation may not have experienced visions during this time, they were affected by someone who did. 

The more time you spend alone with God, the more you’ll learn how to recognize His voice when He speaks to you and the visions He places in your heart. Be alert for the Holy Spirit witnessing to your spirit. Always remember, the Holy Spirit will reveal truth to you only as you’re able to hear it.[3]

Does God give visions today? Listen and find out more here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-call-for-paul


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[3] https://www.bennyhinn.org/enewsletter/how-to-recognize-god-given-visions/

Joyce Meyer Quote: "When you take time with God and listen ...

When God gives me a time out it makes me stop and think about spiritual things. Have you ever been given a timeout from the Lord where He used a circumstance in your life to really wake you up? If so, how did that change your life?

During my brief life I have experienced several time outs from God that really made me stop and think about my life and my relationship with the Lord. When I was 22, a co-worker was killed in an accident. It really made me think about the importance of sharing the Good News of Jesus with others. I had opportunities to share, but I did not.

Not long after that I was laid off from my job and had several months to think about what I was doing with my life. God used that time to draw me back into a closer relationship with Him.

When I was 34, a co-worker suddenly died of a heart attack. Again, God used this as a time out to think about the fruitfulness of my life. What was I doing with the gifts God had given me? All these timeouts were significant as the Lord used them to change the direction of my life.

Saul Was Given a Time Out

Saul, who we know as Paul in the Bible, knew about Jesus but did not think He was the Messiah.  He was so deceived he thought he was helping God by persecuting the followers of Jesus. That all changed one day when Saul was on the road to Damascus.

Acts 9:As Saul (Paul) was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink. [1]

Saul had three days to think about what happened. He began to realize Jesus was God himself and he was working against God, not for Him, as he thought. Saul prayed during this time and God answered his prayer. Ananias was sent to pray over him and restore his eyesight. Saul’s entire direction in life would change because of God’s intervention.

God Gives Time Outs Because of His Mercy and Grace

When God gives me a time out in the spiritual sense, it is because He wants to communicate something incredibly significant. Sometimes it takes a tragedy or a hardship like the current pestilence for us to begin to see the changes the Lord wants us to make in our lives.

He may do this so we see the value of relationships. Perhaps the Lord is leading you to spend more time with Him so you can comfort others with the encouragement you have received. Take time and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what He is trying to teach you in this season. When you do, you will not be disappointed.

To hear more about spiritual time outs, listen here:  

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-call-for-paul


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ac 9:3–9). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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Have you ever been deceived and believed something you thought was true and later found out it was false? Satan is a master deceiver, but Jesus opens our eyes to truth.

The first mention of the word “deceived” is found in Genesis 3. 13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” [1] To “deceive” is to lead into error, to trick, or cheat. [2] Saul (Paul) was an educated Pharisee in the Jewish culture who thought he was doing God’s will by persecuting followers of Jesus. He had disregarded those who followed Jesus as being deceived, but he himself was the one being deceived. That would all change when he came to know Jesus as Messiah.

Jesus opened Saul’s eyes to His Messiahship

Saul was on the road to Damascus to persecute followers of Jesus until he met Jesus who knocked him off his horse and blinded him. Acts 9:“Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”[3]

Saul was blinded by Jesus, which was symbolic of his spiritual blindness. Later, the Lord Jesus would restore his sight. This was symbolic of knowing who Jesus was. John Newton who wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace” wrote these words: “I once was lost but now I am found, was blind but now I see.”[4] John Newton was not blind physically but spiritually and when he came to faith he could see in a spiritual sense.

Jesus Also Opens Our Eyes

Later when Paul was recounted meeting Jesus, he tells more of Jesus’ instructions.  Acts 26:17b“Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles (non-Jews) 18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’”[5]

It is always Jesus’ desire that our eyes be open to who He is because He wants more for us. Jesus wants us to be people of faith so we can be transformed in this lifetime and spend eternity with Him in heaven. This is God’s desire for you! Do not miss out on what God has for you! Don’t be deceived by the enemy! Jesus is the King of King and the Lord of Lords.

If you have been a believer for a long time, the Lord wants to further open your eyes to greater things He wants to do in your life. Don’t hesitate to take another step of faith with Jesus. To hear how Jesus opens our eyes to truth, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-call-for-paul


[1,3,5] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] http://www.logos.com

[4] https://genius.com/John-newton-amazing-grace-annotated

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God Has More for You

God still has more for us. Here is an example. Our church had sponsored a mission trip and a young man who wasn’t a believer signed up. He liked one of the girls that was going, and the trip sounded more exciting than staying home. This young man was a good student and intended to start college in the fall to be a physician. He indicated that doctors made good money and helping others was rather secondary.

To his complete surprise he met Jesus on this mission trip, and it changed his life. Jesus had more for this young man then he ever dreamed. As he began to seek the Lord for His plans, he changed colleges and his major at the last minute. Now his goal was to help people and not just make money. Since this time the Lord has continued to unfold His plan for him in ways that are rich in Kingdom thinking. The Lord had still more for him.

Perhaps you are an unbeliever as this young man was at the beginning of our story. Or you may be a believer, but Jesus is calling you into a deeper faith. No matter which way, God still has more for you.

God Intervened to Give More

Saul, who would later be known as Paul, was a well-educated Pharisee. A Pharisee was an important Jewish sect at the time of Jesus that was devoted to the exact observance to the Jewish religion. [1] The Pharisees considered Jesus to be a heretic. They couldn’t understand how He could be the Messiah. Therefore, anyone who followed Jesus was a heretic and should be eliminated. When Saul (Paul) was persecuting believers in Jesus, he thought he was doing God’s will. It took the Lord’s divine intervention in Paul’s life to show Him the fallacy of his beliefs.

Acts 9: As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. Saul fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” [2]

 God had more for Saul (Paul) but it took God’s intervention in his life for that to happen. Paul would never forget God’s mercy as he writes in 1 Cor. 15:9. For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church. [3]

God Has More for You, Too

No matter how far you have wondered from the Lord you can humbly respond to the voice of the Shepherd and return. If you have been walking with the Lord in faith, He wants to take you even deeper. God has more for you than you can ever imagine.

Are you available for more? It takes courage and strength to move forward, but with God’s help we can. God has given you gifts that He wants you to use to help build the Kingdom. Take the hand of Jesus and let him lead you on the adventure of your life.  To hear how God still has more for you, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-call-for-paul


[1] http://www.logos.com

[2,3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Gods Plan Religious Quotes. QuotesGram

I was almost middle age before I pondered why God’s plan for my life is important. Have you ever considered how God’s plan for your life is important? If you are reading this, the Holy Spirit is working in your heart so God’s plan can unfold in your life.

The Lord has more for you. In God’s infinite wisdom He has a purpose for your life that He developed before you were born. Psalm 139:16You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.[1]

God’s Plan Builds Others Up

God’s plan for our life builds up us and others and brings fulfillment like nothing else can. Jesus contrasts His plan with the enemy’s plan. John 10:10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. [2]

Jesus tells us that His plan is all about abundant life, which is a stark contrast to living a life that is all about self. A self-centered life becomes destructive to one who lives it and those around that person. The Apostle Paul’s life before He knew Jesus is an example of what can happen when we stray from God’s plan for our life.

Our Plans can Hurt Others

Acts 9:1Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.[3]

When we live life apart from God’s plans, they are often filled with plans that hurt other people. No one must teach us how to be selfish and to grasp what makes us feel good. Perhaps this is where you are today, and the Lord wants you to turn to Him so you can begin to live the life He planned for you. The Lord reached down and changed Paul and He can also change you as you call out to Him in prayer.

Let God Unfold His Plan for Your Life

The first step in living the life God has planned is to let go of our plan for our lives. Surrender is difficult for anyone, but with God’s help we can. (Phil 4:13) As we surrender to the Lord, He leads us out of the desert of life into His green pastures. Think of all the people the Lord wants to influence through you.

The Lord takes great interest working through His children to build His Kingdom. As you seek the Lord, He will awaken a new passion in your heart for doing what is right. Matthew 6:33Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. [4]

Why God’s plan for my life is important can help you understand why God’s plan is important for you. Listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-call-for-paul


[1,4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[2,3] The New International Version. (2011). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Corrie ten Boom Quote: "Never be afraid to trust an ...

So many people, including myself, regularly come to places in our lives where we haven’t been before. Often Jesus leads me into the unknown. If I am inexperienced in that area my natural tendency is to move back into the familiar.

The first time I went on a foreign mission trip, each day brought something surprising and unknown. It was the first time I was involved in deliverance of someone. I certainly did not see that coming, but it was helpful to the person we prayed for. It was the first time I baptized someone that was not in a church setting. It was also the first time I had been involved in reaching people for Jesus in a prison.

This happened two decades ago, and I haven’t realized until now what a blessing the Lord gave me then. Corrie Ten Boom writes, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

Peter Steps into the Unknown

As you follow Jesus into the unknown, He may not give you a blueprint or map, but He will guide you step-by-step along the way. Peter had no clue what was about to happen as Jesus taught from the boat. He had caught nothing all night, but Jesus told him to go to deeper water and let down his net for a catch of fish. Peter did and there was a great catch of fish. He let the Lord lead him and he was rewarded. Then the Lord took him out of his comfort zone and asked him to fish for people

Luke 5: 10bJesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.[1]

The Lord Leads Us into the Unknown

The Lord understands our fear of the unknown. He realizes that you may be in a situation that you’ve never passed through before and you’re afraid. It may be the first time you’ve been without employment. Maybe you’ve just been diagnosed with an illness, or your child is in rebellion. You’ve never been down this road before, and you don’t know which way to go or what to do. God will guide the way.

When we step into the unknown, we must trust the Lord in a greater measure than we ever have before. When we do, we find we grow in faith as we take those steps of faith. Like a good coach the Lord is all about stretching us to become better people so we can make a greater difference in the world.

God has more for us. God did not need Peter’s help to fish for men, yet He invited Him into His work. The Lord is all about inviting us into His work so we can grow and mature and become the people God has called us to be. Deuteronomy 31:Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” [2]  Jesus leads me into the unknown and He can lead you, too. Listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/god-has-more-a-call-for-peter


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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