I am a dreamer (there, I said it!). Everyone around me knows I enjoy think-space and dreaming about what “could be,” especially when it comes to character building and spreading the Gospel. I love those moments – where EVERYTHING is POSSIBLE! The next step is a blank piece of paper that wants color, imagination, experiences, life, energy, some crazy cool component, and more. If you are a dreamer, you know what I mean. The excitement of a forward vision or a new t-shirt design or a change to move forward is breath to my lungs. Sometimes we use words like “God-sized Vision.” Amazing!
What’s even better than just a dream, is a clear word from the Lord. He speaks something into your heart and with everything inside of you, you know this is God’s will. It resonates in your heart because this could open up another opportunity to share the Gospel. So, what do we do? He reminds us in Isaiah 40 to “prepare the way.” Make sure you are casting vision, giving your why, communicating well. BUT … (there is often a BUT)
Whenever God begins to move us forward and we get passionate about an idea, there comes a simple but disastrous moment when the fatal words come out of someone’s mouth: “Let me just play the Devil’s Advocate for a minute …” After making that seemingly harmless statement, the person feels free to blast your idea to smithereens! And you are left with that blank stare, that “what just happened look.” You know that person loves you, but the “how” was almost too quick and now, the “wow” is gone and it makes you question. However, the “how” must come. There has to be an action plan to walk out what God is saying.
Remember this, NEW PLANS ALWAYS FACE RESISTANCE. It may or may not work. Don’t let the Devil’s Advocate kill God’s plan. Agree together in prayer TODAY, that you and your team WILL work together to find new ways to reach people. It will require some change, but not change for change-sake, but for the sake of the next man or woman who bows their knee to Jesus Christ. Trying something new is not wrong, just know your why behind it.
I don’t know about you, but the Devil gets way too much credit and tries to mess too much up! So, let’s walk together in unity and believe God for greater things. If you are walking with the Lord, there is no reason not to think your best days are ahead. Dream Big! Listen to the Lord! Reach out and love people! Try new things!
Let’s be united and tell the Devil where he can go …
Written by: Warren Jackson