September 17, 2012

believe; listen & keep dreaming.

today i was told that i should keep dreaming - bigger and greater dreams for God's kingdom. i will try do that. 
i will also try remember Who it is who calls me. 
i will seek to discover more about how great, mighty, good and faithful God is. 

after some dreaming, i did a substantial amount of questioning. then, i did some listening. 

God calls. He does this in the form of a dream that tugs on my heart. I hear it and (barely) respond.

Isaiah 6
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us?" Then said I, "Here am I; send me."

Doubt creeps in. Fear enters the exciting scene. "But, who am I?" 

Exodus 4
10 And Moses said to the Lord, "O Lord, I am not eloquent or a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and have a heavy and awkward tongue."
11 And the Lord said to him, "Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the dumb, or the deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and will teach you what you shall say."

Esther 4
14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?

OK. God is... aaactually sending me. But, He will go with me and provide for me. I think I'm getting this. But then, no... that's not all

Acts 5
38 Now in the present case let me say to you, stand off (withdraw) from these men and let them alone. For if this doctrine or purpose or undertaking or movement is of human origin, it will fail (be overthrown and come to nothing); 39 But if it is of God, you will not be able to stop or overthrow or destroy them; you might even be found fighting against God!

The Lord will go ahead; leading, and having already made the way. This, He promises. 

Psalm 27
The Lord is my Light and my Salvation—whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refugeand Stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, [even then] in this will I be confident.
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.
And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; in His tent I will offer sacrifices and shouting of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; have mercy and be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].
Hide not Your face from me; turn not Your servant away in anger, You Who have been my help! Cast me not off, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation!
10 Although my father and my mother have forsaken me, yet the Lord will take me up [adopt me as His child].
11 Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain and even path because of my enemies [those who lie in wait for me].
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen up against me; they breathe out cruelty and violence.
13 [What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!
14 Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.

And, though I still hesitate to believe wholeheartedly...

Philippians 1
I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus. 

to be continued.