Do You Trust Him
If you’ve been following my series of articles we have been on the Holy Ghost carpet ride, had intimate conversations with God, and dared to be “all in” while we shine for Christ! All of this is good but means absolutely nothing if you don’t trust Him. You have to know God for yourself. Yes, we’ll read the book, hear other’s testimonies, and read biblical stories on how He supernaturally provided for others, but how many of us really believe He’ll do it for us?
God is calling us to be immediately obedient and trust Him to provide.
I can personally relate. I “accidentally” received instructions to move to my next level last year. Nothing is ever by accident when you’re God’s child. In other words, God hand-delivered instructions that it was time to leave a place. Instead, I was too focused on external circumstances and was confused about the timing so I did not move. Basically, fear sabotaged it all. I had lost focus on the Who. After much prayer and an encounter with God, I learned that I was, indeed, supposed to take this leap last year.
As a result of not moving, this past year has been complete torture, at times, in the place God was calling me out of. And with a schedule so jammed packed of working a full-time job, running a business, leading a ministry and active in two others, higher than normal doses of family drama regarding siblings, and my daughter being in her senior year of high school, I was barely able to keep my head above water. BUT GOD!!! I THANK GOD for his grace and mercy that got me through it all. I had to repent and ask for forgiveness for being disobedient.
Let It Go and Take the Leap.
When I look back, I kept moving the dates of my leap and waiting for certain circumstances to happen so that I could have a more comfortable next level experience. I was making it all about me and trying to control things. What God calls us into won’t always be comfortable at first because there are lessons attached. How will we ever experience His provision or grow our faith if we don’t jump? What I failed to see was that God was doing a new thing just as He told me (that year) in Isaiah 43:18-19:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
God will speak directly to you through His Word. He was saying the following: Forget the past. Look at what I am doing, Kenya! Don’t you see it? He is working it out for you in what everybody else would say is the impossible. I get chills and confirmation every time I read that scripture. But I also want to hit myself upside the head too (haha). I cringe because I didn’t trust Him.
It’s paramount to be immediately obedient to what God is telling you to do. There is a bigger picture that we are unaware of. God is the conductor and we’ve got to move to his beat. There are divine connections to be made. That’s not to say that He won’t bless us in the state where we are. He’s God and He can bring opportunities back around, although they may not look the same, but it’s best to be obedient the first time. There will be consequences if you don’t. I heard a sermon by Pastor Karen Pressley last year—the same year I was supposed to take the leap. She said, “Always be where God is and not where He was.”
Today, I can say with complete confidence that I won’t miss it the next time around—which is very soon. I’m ready for a new Christ-filled adventure and I’m ready for the next level. I’m ready to be used at capacity for His Kingdom agenda.
Beloved, my prayer for you is that when you hear Him speak, you will be immediately obedient (no matter what) and watch God do the impossible in your life!
Meet Certified Life Coach, Forthcoming Author, and Speaker Kenya S. Ulmer. Kenya teaches women how to ditch the drama and distractions to get on the road to their destiny. Nothing bothers Kenya more than seeing women not understand their true worth in Jesus Christ. Her approach is aimed to get at the root of and unearth the deadly foundations that we create and live on. These foundations prevent us from living a more joyous and purpose-filled life. Kenya resides in Maryland with her daughter Sydney—queen of the selfie. To learn more and connect with Kenya, visit her at www.singlemamawithnodrama.com
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