Listening, believing and acting on what God tells us to do

When thinking of the most profound events in my Christian life, there is one common denominator that runs through them. Starting with my experience on the mountaintop in New Mexico in 1969 and continuing through my amazing journey around the country in 2006; anytime something dramatically positive has happened in my life, there is always one particular thing I did that precipitated God doing what He did. What is that one thing? Absolute and humble obedience to what God said to do, no matter how absurd or impossible it may have sounded.

If the prophet Elisha would have stopped and thought about how crazy the instructions from the Lord were regarding the child of the Shunammite woman who had died; he would have not done as commanded. But, Elisha did exactly what God told him to do as recorded in 2 Kings 4:32-35:

32And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed.

33He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the Lord.

34And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.

35Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.

King James Version (KJV)

Why did God command Elisha to do what he did in verse 34? God literally is the only one who knows. Was it Elisha's job to try and figure out the whys of God's Word? NO; his job was to obey, believe and do what God instructed; no questions asked. So many times we talk ourselves out of receiving God's blessings because we think too much. Sometimes we need to just DO and ask questions later.

When Peter saw Jesus walking on the water during a storm, he (like the others) thought it was a phantom. But, when Jesus said COME, instead of cowering in fear as the others, Peter jumped out of the boat and proceeded to walk on the water. Is it logical or scientifically possible to walk on water? NO; but if the Lord says to do it; it can be done. Peter walked successfully as long as he looked at Jesus and believed His Word. But, when he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the waves he started to sink. Jesus was right there to catch him and bring him to safety, lovingly asking him; why did you doubt?

I am not at liberty to share the details, but in October of 1987 I received extremely specific instructions as to a special service that I was to perform with two other people with two others acting as witnesses. In one of the most amazing and incredible evenings in my life, I participated in and officiated a service that absolutely blew the minds of all five of us present. Never before and never since have I had the honor of spending an evening right smack dab in the center of God's will; but I certainly did that night. Everything in life changed for three of us that night and because all that was done was ordained by God, His blessings were evident and manifold. That evening would never have happened if I were not willing to write down everything God said to do and no matter how crazy it seemed; DO IT.

In October of 1977 I was on a three day solo in the mountains of California. While others moaned and groaned, I sat in my little lean to with my fire and listened to God tell me how to find the financial sponsors I needed to complete my training in the ministry leadership program I was in. God gave me specific instructions as to who I should contact. I, like Sarah did in Genesis, initially laughed. But, when I go back to the ministry headquarters, I did as God told me to do. Five days later, this man (whom I had briefly met one time) sent me a check paying the remainder of my sponsorship IN FULL. Others could not believe my “luck” , but I knew there was no luck in involved. God was faithful to His Word if I was faithful to do as He commanded me to do.

In 2006, God told me to pack up some things and head to Mississippi. That was all the guidance I had. For the next few months, I lived moment to moment as God literally led me where He wanted me to go and do what He wanted me to do. Never before and never since did I experience the thrill of seeing God lead as I did in the summer of that year. God would open doors and if I was willing to walk through them, amazing things happened. When I got distracted or did not listen, I would begin to sink just like Peter. Incredibly, God was always there to save me from myself.

Do not be afraid to act on the will of God in your life, no matter how crazy it may seem at the time. If God says to stand on your head and bark like a dog, who are we to question His command? If we can rise up and believe God's Word to our heart, we can see the fullness of His will in our lives. What stops us from doing this? Fear and doubt; both of which are defeated by faith in God's Word.