The prophet Elijah was having a rough day. He was a wanted man; all of the priests of God had been murdered. The temple was destroyed and now the queen wanted him dead. Depressed, defeated and afraid. Things were so bad for Elijah that he prayed that God would take his life. He went to the mountain to wait on the Lord. First there was a powerful wind, followed by an earthquake and fire but the LORD was not in either of these. When The LORD came to Elijah He came as a gentle whisper. See Elijah’s Story.
I asked the Father, “Why is the enemy’s voice so loud and Your voice so quiet?” He responded, “Don’t you have to be really close to someone to hear them whisper? The devil is on the outside; I dwell on the inside of you. I don’t have to shout.” Said the Lord. This revelation changed my life. If you can hear God’s whisper then you’re not alone or defeated. His quiet voice is evidence that God is not far off, He’s with you and for you. If the enemies voice is a loud shout, then he’s far off and has no authority over you.
The thing about the “whisper” is that only you and the one who whispered heard what was said. This is where your walk gets real. Are you going to listen to the ones outside of you or are you going to hold on to the whisper? God said this to Abraham, “A son coming from your own body will be your heir…look up at the heavens and count the stars if indeed you can count them, …so shall your offspring be.” Genesis 15
This is how Abraham held on to God’s whisper, “Abraham, even though he was past age and Sarah herself was barren-was enabled to become a father because he considered Him faithful who made the promise.” Hebrews11
Your job isn’t to convince anyone of God’s promise to you. You have to be persuaded that God is who He says He is. Confident that no matter what the circumstances look like, things will work out for your good. Your Hope is that His whisper is greater than the shouts outside of you and your Heavenly Father is able and willing to do what He promised.
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower. And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11
Once again it’s Hallows Eve. Soon our fall leaf-covered streets will be filled with costumed ghosts, goblins, pint-sized monsters and superheroes. It will be a night where fear will dwell in the atmosphere.
Our Hallelujah-Ween tradition is to bake Holy Ghost cookies. Gospel music is often blasting in the background; mixing spoons serve as our microphones. We go to the museum and watch the mad scientists perform creepy, slime-filled experiments. Then we go home and watch The Great pumpkin Charlie Brown and other cartoons and end the night with prayer.
While everyone’s asleep I usually watch a movie that would give me a good fright. These days though the images captured by the news and social media rivals if not exceed the terror of even the worst movie villain. A friend in Christ said to me awhile back, “The world is getting darker and darker.” I responded with what the Holy Spirit placed on my heart, “The believer does not have to fear the dark. When sin abounds, Grace super abounds.”
I see the darkness as a call to Believers and we should respond as a Fireman who hears the firehouse alarm. According to the word of God we are the light of the world, ministers of God, a royal Priesthood. As the body of Christ we are commissioned to snatch others out of the fire. My husband likes to say, that the doors of the Ark are still open, we can compel others into the Ark of Christ. I strongly believe that the darkness is our wake up call; a call to be a light in this dark world. Now is the time for ministry.
As Christ says the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few. Ministry is not limited to four church walls, this whole world is our pulpit and the Spirit of God dwelling in us is our license to practice.
The world is crying out for a Superheroand we have one, His name is Jesus Christ. The world needs that gift that is stirring up inside of you. It needs the Believer to Be the light in this Dark World.
Have a safe, Light-filled Halloween. Happy Hallelujah-Ween!
There was a pool called Bethesda where a multitude waited for the stirring of the water, the word says, “For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well.” (John 5:4) NKJV
It was there that Jesus came across a man who had been suffering with his infirmity for 38 years. Jesus asked him, “Do you want to get well?” The man replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Jesus says to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” (John 5:6-8 NIV)
There is so much revelation in this, but allow me to share this one with you. God has stirred the hearts of many. Some felt the stirring, heard God’s call and with great courage boldly stepped into God’s will for their lives. Then there are some of us who felt the stirring, know they’ve been called but like the infirmed man had a mountain of excuses stopping them from moving forward. If you look at the scripture Jesus did not coddle or comfort this man He commanded him to get up and move forward.
God has called some of you to ministry, He’s given you a vision, some have simply been nudged to spend more time in His word, and while it’s clear what God wants to do in your life, you’ve placed obstacles in your path before you’ve even started. God is saying to you get up, take up His vision, take up the call and walk! Walk toward your destiny, step into His will, God is not going to ask you to do anything He hasn’t already equipped you to do.
Move forward knowing that, “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it.” (Philippians 1:6) Now… is… your… time!