Have you ever been in a place where you find yourself wondering what now? or how can I be sure what God wants next for my life? There are times when we can feel in a season of dryness or barrenness, and we struggle to find a vision from God as to the way forward and wonder why this is happening. I find this to be especially true and poignant if I've been through times of clear direction and have known and been sure what God wants me to do, and have seen success in doing it.
If this is true of you then let me encourage you to think about doing two things. Firstly worship the Lord, even if you don't feel like it, do it anyway until you go from a sacrifice of worship to a freedom of worship, and it's then that you'll often find a breakthrough. The second thing to do is to look into the word of God, open up its pages and speak out into the atmosphere scriptures like:
John 1:11-13 He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
Romans 8:14-17 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Romans 8: 28- 30 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
As you do this you will also be speaking affirmation into your spirit. You see, by worshipping and speaking the Word of God into the atmosphere you are declaring into the spiritual realms the praises and truth of GOD, which will send the demons fleeing and your spirit soaring. Try it!
We need to understand and grow in the awareness of who we are in Christ, how much the Father loves us and not let our emotions or others, spiritual or physical, take our focus off the fact that we are chosen, predestined and called by God to bring Him glory. We are no longer slaves to sin or fear, but have been set free through the blood of Jesus. So never forget......'YOU ARE a CHILD of GOD'.
Sometimes God allows us to got through these times to draw us to Himself, especially if He's been trying to get our attention and we've been ignoring Him or just simply been to busy to hear Him. So often we get caught up with doing things that we forget to stop and spend time with God, to listen and fellowship with Him. I find that when we get too busy to spend time with God we start to become dry and distant from Him and it's not until we find ourselves in that place of wondering, what now? or how can I be sure what God wants next for my life? that we suddenly realise we've stopped spending time with Him.
Jesus often withdrew and spent time with the Father, and we need to do the same. Luke 5:15-16 Yet the news about Him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (underline added)
So if Jesus needed to do that what makes us think we don't? It's like going for days without eating or drinking and then wondering why we're hungry and thirsty. Just like our bodies need physical food and drink to stay healthy and strong, so our spirits need spiritual food and drink to keep spiritually healthy and strong.
John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
John 4:34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. This should be our food too.
Let us remember when we get to a place of 'Woe is me', that it's actually nothing to do with us, and everything to do with Christ who redeemed us with His blood. So our testimony should be the same as that of the Apostle Paul who said of himself:
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
What the Lord requires of us is quite simple:
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you
but to act justly, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.
I pray that you will grow stronger and stronger in God each day, and remember we're in a battle, but the battle belongs to the Lord. Just keep the armour of God on, your eyes fixed on Jesus the author and perfector of your faith and finish the race.