Tuesday, 11 August 2015

One step forward, two steps backward?

A few nights ago I had this dream where I saw some friends of mine they had put their house on the market, sold it, but shortly after selling went and bought back the original property that they had sold.   The house had been upgraded slightly in the process but I thought what a waste of money and time because it had cost them so much in the buying and selling of properties through the real estate agent only to go back to the original house.

I believe the Lord is wanting to say something here to His people.  The Lord is shifting us out of the old season and into the new, and in the process of taking us from one thing to another there is a cost at some level involved in letting go of the past.  Which you are happy to pay but after being out in a strange place for a little while, a perhaps unknown place, a place where perhaps you don't yet have all the answers, it is easy to revert to what we have known in the past, what we have been familiar with and fall back into old habits and routines of doing things.

I believe the Lord is saying be careful in this place of change and uncertainly not to fall back on familiar but to allow the Lord to take you into new places.  Matt 9:17 "Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins, if they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and wineskins will be ruined.  No they pour new wine into new wineskins and both are preserved."
It is a new day, a new way of doing things, and although we may not see ahead clearly, and we may be trying to work things out according to the old pattern of doing things or how we think things should be done, be careful to wait upon the Lord and let him reveal the next step and not to worry about tomorrow as he will show us the next step to take when we get there.

We have had an interesting and challenging few weeks recently but the Lord spoke clearly through the book of Nehemiah yesterday about the challenges that were faced by Nehemiah as he started to rebuild the wall, as he started to make headway in rebuilding the house of the Lord.  Confusion and distractions came in chapter 4 v7  through Sanballat and tried to upset and take away from what the Lord was doing through Nehemiah.  Yet in verse 9 "Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God and because of them we set a watch against them day and night."  I believe as we step out of the old places we have been in and go into new places be careful who you listen to,  challenges will come and try to keep you where you were 'safe, comfortable and familiar' but as we trust in the Lord, as we pray and set a watch,  day by day he will lead and guide us in paths we do not know.

It is a real time of faith walking in the dark at times not knowing the way forward but we only have to take one step at a time.  His peace will lead you and if you are not in peace, wait upon the Lord.  Faith is believing in what the Lord has spoken even though you may not yet see it and so to be a people of faith we need to take a hold of the words the Lord has spoken in our lives and look only to him and not to all the obstacles that may be in front of us as in Him, he can remove those in a day.

John 14:27  "My Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."