Before I continue writing this weeks devotionals, I want to acknowledge something. Before I wrote one of these, God led me to open 7 word documents in my computer and as I opened each one, He spoke the titles to me. I had no preconceived notions. I had no previous encounters. It was the first time that He’s said to do things this exact way. Even when I had a different devo to write for this day because of an event that happened in my life, God told me very clearly to write it for next Monday and leave this one as it was.
Instrumental: 1. serving as a means of pursuing an aim or policy. Relating to something’s function as a means to an end. 2. Performed on instruments, with no vocals. 3. Relating to an implement or measuring device.
We are instrumental. God’s body must serve and continue to be instrumental in America. We don’t just stand in the hard times when we know God must show up or we will be destroyed. No, we must show up every day. We must be in government. We must be in education, not just as teachers, but also as administration. We must be on city councils. We must be judges and lawyers. We must take our places wherever it is that God has called each of us.
The gravest mistake of the church universal, over the years has been that the enemy came in and placed a lie in our midst. Something that masqueraded as truth. Something God never spoke. That lie is that the only noble profession is in ministry. What an egregious lie, meant to cripple us and strip away our influence from the world around us. You see, if the enemy has us barricaded within our own safe church walls, then he can do as he pleases and over time control us.
Not today satan.
I’m wise to you and I know that I must serve as leaven to the bread of the world if I’m going to advance the kingdom of God. I must interact in the day to day with both believers and non-believers if I’m going to advance God’s kingdom. I know I’m not merely called to lead a nice worship set from time to time. I’m called to lead warriors out into the battlefield. I’m called to command. I’m called to be a general in God’s army, not a private. Do you know your calling? Do you feel “less than” because you’re not on a church staff? That’s nonsense and it’s time we stop acting like it isn’t.
We’ve won a battle, but we must continue to prepare for the war. Now is not the time to get comfortable again. No!! It’s time to listen and hear God’s next instructions. It’s time to prayerfully sow into what’s next. Be active! Don’t be dormant. Keep moving forward. Keep pursuing. Never stop advancing the kingdom of God.
Prayer Moment: Thank You God for victory. Help us to continue to press on toward You. Let our every step be deliberate. Let the church remain awake. Stir our deep places. Lead us into ALL that You’ve called us into. Remove fear and intimidation and give us such certainty that nothing and no one could derail us. Help us to remain motivated. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:47