Monday, April 27, 2009

A note from Joyce Meyer

"Even when we are in a place of obedience to God, we often have no natural way of knowing for sure whether we are right or wrong. We have nothing more than faith to help us take that first step. We may not be certain that what we are doing is the right thing until after we have done it and then look back to see if God's grace was there to cause our efforts to bear good fruit.

Sometimes we may be wrong. That thought seems frightening at, so we think I had better just stay here where it is safe. But if we do that, we will soon be miserable if God truly has told us to move forward.

If our hearts are right and we do our best when we hear from Him, God will redeem us and honor our steps of obedience. If we move with childlike trust to obey what we believe in our hearts He has told us to do, even if that decision is wrong, God will take that mistake and work it out for our good. I know this is true because Romans 8:28 says that all tings work together and fit into God's plan for good for those of us who are called according to His purpose.

Many people are afraid to move because they think that if they make a mistake, God will be angry with them. But this is where trusting His character is so vital to walking in faith. People who are too afraid to obey are so miserable anyways that they cannot get any worse off by stepping out and trying to do what God is telling them to do.

I once had a ministry position at our home church. I loved it, but felt God was leading me to step out into something new. I did leave, but not because I wanted to. I left because God's anointing and power for me to be there had lifted, and I became miserable until I obeyed Him. I realized I would find peace only if I left my "safety zone" and tested what I believed He told me to do. That was the only way to find out if I was right or wrong about hearing his voice. I had to step out to find out!

I exhort you with this truth: Do not spend all your life playing it safe! Safety is very comfortable, but it may keep you from God's perfect plan for your life. Trust His Word and keep your heart willing and ready to obey. You will find throughout your life that God regularly calls us out of our comfort zones and into new places of faith and growth in Him."


P.S. My good friend over at Biskit's Blog has given me this sweet award!

And I would like to pass it on to my parents (becuz they BOTH just started blogging!!)

My mom at "Tea Time" and my dad at "Random Ramblings"



Rachel Olsen said...

Hi Ivy. Hope this spring finds you doing well! Say hello to Darla and all the gals at Lone Star for me!

Blessings ~ Rache

Mima siesta said...

Hi Little Feather, Thanks for the blog award. Now I will try to live up to it and I must admit I am enjoying reading what you write (you write on such a variety of topics) and others that I'm connected to. Tell the kids that those seeds really will sprout.

poison_ivy777 said...

Hey Rachel! I passed on your hello just now. How has Proverbs 31 ministries been going? You have a pretty full speaking schedule? It's so good to hear from you!
God bless!