“By all means, keep going.”

There are many ways of doing different things, many means to ends(or beginnings).  But there’s only one way to the Father: the Lord Jesus Christ.  That’s important to remember.  Even in His life on earth, Jesus did things differently in various situations.  In his miracles, sometimes he made mud to smear in the eyes, and sometimes he spit on them directly; sometimes he commanded people to pick up their mat and walk, and at other times he simply declared, “Your faith has healed you.”

God has laid out lots of means in His Word for ushering in the Kingdom.  There’s prayer and fasting, for instance–two largely neglected spiritual disciplines that really, in reality, bring real life breakthrough.  There’s preaching, simply words that bring truth and transforming repentance to sinners’ hearts.  Intimately valuing and exalting the excellent commands of God brings holiness.  Choosing to love drives out fear.  Obedience to the Holy Spirit brings revival.  Denial of self brings freedom to follow Christ.

There are many details we must attend to.  If God wants you to minister to a particular person, say, the lady who lives on the corner of your street, the Bible will not directly command you to do that.  We must know His voice, discern what the Spirit is doing and follow Him.  He’ll make the way for us, using any means necessary.  It may seem weird or look crazy on the outside, but who knows what God is doing through every strange act of obedience?  People’s lives will be saved; atmospheres will be shifted; righteous truth will be declared, piercing darkness.  When we His children obey Him perfectly, His will is done on earth as it is in Heaven.  He entrusts us with Himself, because our own lives are His means of cultural transformation.

So all this to say, don’t be afraid.  God knows what He’s doing.  We move forward in peace and joy, because we know the LORD is sovereign.  His ways are righteousness.  He doesn’t make mistakes.

“So Jesus explained, ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.'”–John 5:19


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