I keep putting up roadblocks.
I received what I believed was a word from God about doing a major event in a major city, which happened to be the location of my spiritual crossroad, New York City.
I always know when a vision originates from God, because it is always too big, too difficult, and quite frankly, I run the other direction. Have you ever experienced something like this?
But as we head into the New Year, I keep getting taps on the shoulder from the Holy Spirit. Don’t forget about booking your NYC tickets. You need to set up the meetings. And then I respond: Did I hear you right? Are you sure? I need another confirmation.
When I first received this word from God earlier this year, I was on a walk. He often speaks to me as I tour the neighborhood on foot because the distractions are minimal. I was thinking about all the people I know in New York City, so many years after I actually lived there, and I heard: Everything’s in place now. I thought, What does that mean?
Okay, I knew what it meant, but I didn’t want to admit it. Everything was in place, feet-on-the-ground people, as well as the speakers, to put on an event in one of my favorite cities in the world.
I asked for a confirmation. The same afternoon after I received the divine directive, the repeat message came speedily via “Holy Spirit Prime.” A ministry called “Crossroads New York” followed me on Instagram. Of all names! I keep getting private spiritual memes from them. I found out they are connected to a large, well-established Manhattan congregation—our venue?
God’s vision for our lives is sharp, but sometimes we intentionally allow it to blur because we don’t want to see what’s ahead. What 2020 vision has God given you? Does it frighten you? It’s okay to make sure this plan is from God, but once it’s confirmed, it’s important to move forward in obedience because “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24). You have to trust God to take care of the details as you carry forth the vision He has given you.
I heard a great sermon over the weekend by Ethan Fisher and it was all about occupying the land that God has given us (It was another confirmation). When speaking about the Israelites and the Promised Land, he said it took a long time (forty years) for them to enter the land of milk and honey because they looked at the obstacles and at themselves, instead of looking to God to carry the plans through. “God is in the future making a way for us,” Fisher said.
Will you trust the “Way Maker” with the big plans He has given you for 2020? Are you willing to enter uncharted territory? Will you proceed in faith?
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for” (Hebrews 11:1).
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