Thursday, February 04, 2010

God is great!

Things have been busy lately. With Winter Camp coming up, I am wondering if I can get in a full 20 hours this week. I have a lot of bills to pay within the next few days and I'm not sure how it's going to happen, and I start a brand new Bible Study tomorrow (technically tonight.) But at church earlier, (last night) I was encouraged by a bunch of kids. We talked about Elijah being taken up to Heaven and I talked about how I got moved to Chico. The kids showed me that I had a good reason (other than the great reason of following God's command) to move up here and I asked them to take a few minutes and pray asking God what He wanted them to do. Some of them took it seriously, but a lot didn't. One kid came down to me and told me that God told him he was going to be a missionary to Mexico. He already spoke Spanish and was carrying a Spanish Bible. I asked if he could read and write in Spanish and told him how wonderful it was. I warned him that people will try and tell him lies so he had to know what God says in His Word and through prayer so he will know the truth. I think he will be an excellent missionary. I want to encourage him more. Please pray for him.

Before that, at the 4:30 time, I read Psalm 30 and asked the teens what they thought about God's joy lasting a lifetime and weeping enduring for the night (Verse 5) and then we jumped down to verses 11 and 12 about Him turning our mourning into dancing and us living for the Glory of the Lord. That talk turned into a "What is your purpose?" question and I said it was all about the Glory of the Lord. To Shine His Light into the dark places and Preach His Word to the lost.

Not to be presumptuous, but I felt that God was really moving through me tonight. And I believe this is just the beginning. God's moved me before, but like Elisha asked for and received twice the spirit Elijah had, I want to think God's telling me, "You ain't seen nothing yet."


Diane said...

that's great jonathan. i'm glad you found a spot you feel that you make a big difference. God has given me a heart for serving, but so far the two ministries the Lord has led me to has hit a roadblock at Calvary Chapel. i'm starting to wonder if He wants me to minister somewhere else. why have a heart for serving and giving if you can't serve and give to the "least of these?"

Jonathan Dow said...

I think it would be a mistake to think that just because something isn't happening now, or even soon, that God doesn't want it to happen. We need to wait and be patient. I think you were just reading about that in James 1.

Diane said...

I don't see it as an issue of patience. I see it as the Lord showing me what I should be doing but also showing me it doesn't have to be done where I'm currently at. When He closes multiple doors in front of me that all head to the same destination, it's a pretty big sign that I'm moving the wrong way. I know God wants it to happen, it's just not going to happen as I imagined it. I still don't know exactly how it will happen, but the single mom and special kids stuff will happen. Just probably not at CCC.