Welcome again to this week's word for the week. If you ask most Christians if they're ready to move forward they will respond with a big yes! If you ask them if they're ready for a change the answer will still be a big yes. If you ask them if they're ready for it right now that yes will be even louder. If you ask them are they ready for what it takes they will respond by saying of course. If you ask them how will it all happen you will get silence.
Give that some thought for a moment. We all know what we want and we're sure of it. We know we're ready for it to happen right now for the most part. Even if there's still some kinks that need to be worked out most people are willing to change on the fly as they say. Nothing is wrong with any of that. When you ask them how it's going to happen you will get silence. On the surface it can appear that the correct answer is to say nothing. I want to ask you this question. Is silence really the correct answer?
Do not get this confused. I'm not saying we should know everything that is going to happen because we don't. If God is truly in control then there will be plenty of moments when we simply will not know anything if we're going to be honest here. I'm going beyond that point though. When I ask how is it going to happen I'm really not asking you how it's going to work out. I'm asking you if there's anything that can be fixed on your own. If something can be fixed on your own then nothing is going to happen until you fix that.
Let's go further and wrap things up so you can take time to digest this. Moses was trapped at the Red Sea with the enemy in hot pursuit. God told him to take what was in his hand and to stretch it out. In other words, you're going to need to use what you already have. Now give this point some thought about the rod which Moses used. It was not his first time seeing God move through that rod. He threw that same rod down and it became a snake. He picked that snake up and it turned back into his rod.
He struck a rock with that same rod and water came from out of that rock. Victory was won when that rod was lifted during battle. Let me say this again. Moses had seen God move through rod plenty of times. There are some things all of can do to be better prepared for the next move of God. There are some things we can change while we wait. There are things we can take on while we wait. We don't have to sit back and do nothing. Sometimes there is truly something for us to do first.
My question to you this week is simple. Do you know what you need to be doing for God to do what He said He will do? Do you need to get in place? Do you need to let something go? Do you need to take on something? Do you need to do something different? Sometimes we can be doing the right thing the wrong way. The disciples of Jesus prayed for a demonic spirit to leave a boy. The problem wasn't that they didn't pray. Jesus said that kind can only be dealt with by prayer and fasting. Sometimes you're just one thing away from something great is my point here!
So, in conclusion let me leave you with this point to think about. Is it possible that you only have one more thing to do in order to see your breakthrough? Are you closer to your answered prayer and just don't realize it? Is it possible that you're one look away? The servant of Elijah saw no cloud the first six times but on the seventh time he did. Naaman dipped in the Jordan six times and nothing happened until the seventh time. Paul and Silas didn't need to break the bars and doors in the prison. All they had to do was sing and pray. Again, is your "how" just a matter of one more thing that needs to be done by you?
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon