November 16th, 2017 – DEVOTE

Have you ever felt like you were on the wrong side of the fence? You know, everyone else wanted to go one way, but you were absolutely positive you were to go the other way. Well, I have.

I remember quite a few times when I’ve walked into a situation and it took me a long time to figure out what everyone else was saying, but what they were saying just didn’t make sense to me because I really felt God had a different direction and a different plan. We just weren’t on the same page. Well, it wasn’t that we weren’t on the same page, we were in different books, at different libraries.

I thought of some of those times when I was reading the Word this morning. Here’s what really jogged my memory…
“Leave them alone. If what they are planning is something of their own doing, it will fail.” Acts 5:38 CEV

Let me fill you in. The apostles had been arrested on multiple accounts, like teaching and preaching in the synagogue. I guess the religious leaders didn’t like that too much. But because God was doing some really great things through these guys, lIke people were being saved and others were being healed, the religious leaders were afraid to really punish them because of what the response of the people might be.

As they were trying to figure out their next move, one of their leaders stood up and expressed his thoughts. He told them to be careful what they did and then shared a couple of experiences of some men who were leading revolts, but fizzled out all on their own. His closing remark goes like this…
“But if God is behind it, you cannot stop it anyway, unless you want to fight against God.” Acts 5:39 CEV

Here’s something I’d like us all need to remember… If you and I are in tune with what God has planned for us, His plans will be unstoppable, uncontainable, uncontrollable and unrestrainable. I almost wrote “our” plans will be unstoppable, but I really don’t think “our” plans are going to actually be that effective.

We may not know how God’s plans will come into being, but once we take part and truly do His work, following His Holy Spirit’s guidance, the efforts will be unstoppable.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: God in you is an unstoppable, uncontainable, uncontrollable, unrestrainable force. Make sure as you look at your “to-do” list, seek His Holy Spirit guidance, listen carefully, react fully, don’t look back and never be afraid.

Please guide me in being guided by you. Help me to pause as I need to and regroup, and listen for Your direction. When I am doing Your work, I know amazing things will happen. I see Your hand in so much of what I am doing now. Thank You. Please, Lord, keep me close. Keep me listening. And keep me acting under Your direction, not my own. Jesus, in Your name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen