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Doing It Alone

If you have a personal relationship with God then you know he has a way of speaking to you and answering your requests.  Sometimes it’s straightforward, other times it’s through people or things.

For a couple of weeks I had been studying the characters of Moses, Nehemiah and even Jesus.  See, I felt I was at the end of what I knew to do alone and I needed help!  So I told God about it.  Again, and again, and again.  Did I say, again?

If you’re like me, then God has given you an assignment, a mandate, a vision that he expects you to deliver.  As you walk out your assignment, your purpose, you question yourself.  You ponder if you will ever complete and do what is required of you and how!

You end up bogged done with the day-to-day activities, the back-end administrative type work you come to dislike.  The type of activities that keep you working in the assignment but not working the assignment; there is a difference.

When God called Moses and gave him the assignment of bringing his chosen people out of Egypt to the land He promised them Moses first thought was “Not me, Lord.  Send someone else!”

As Moses stayed under the leadership and guidance of God he learned how to be the leader God had already pre-ordained him to be.  But there is a lesson we can learn from Moses.

Moses assumed that the total responsibility of teaching, guiding and governing the Israelites fell on him.  And so it is with many of us.

There are many that God has given an assignment or vision to and you’ve endeavored to carry it out.  You’ve persevered, been obedient and stayed true to God’s instructions.

But at times the load is too heavy to bear.  Sometimes you feel that since God called you, you have to do everything and be responsible for everything.  You can’t.

Just as Moses listened and heeded wise counsel from his father-in-law, let us heed wise council from his story (Exodus 18:18).

Talk to God and tell him you can’t do it alone.  The vision or assignment he has assigned to you is too heavy to carry alone.  Ask him to send individuals to assist you – just as Moses did (Numbers 11:14).  It’s not that you are weak.  It just means that you recognize when you need help.  Sometimes God is just waiting for us to ask for help.

As you seek out specific individuals ask God to place the same anointing He has on your life on those individuals so His vision which is your vision will become their vision (Numbers 11:16-17).  Ask that they will be loyal and committed and love the Lord with their whole heart.  That they are clean from within the heart – because we all know that what comes out of a man is what defiles him (Matthew 15:11 & 18).  That they will desire to use their gifts and talents to glorify him by being used through your organization.

IN DEPTH EXAMPLES

  • Moses developed an assembly of people to a mighty nation with rules and laws.  A nation that could say God has brought them from a mighty long way.  He could not have done it without the 70 elders he appointed at the beginning.  He was their leader, but they were his arms.  As he equipped them to carry out what God gave him to give to the people, Moses was freed up to do what He really needed to do – sit before God and hear his instructions.
  • Nehemiah had a zest and zeal to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and God favored him to do so.  But he literally could not do it by himself he needed help.  He had to have the participation of the remnant that remained in Jerusalem after Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the city.  He was the leader but the people were his arms.
  • Jesus came to do the will of his father, God but he knew that in order for what he started to continue he would need helpers, hence the disciples.  He was their leader and while on earth he taught them what they needed to know.  When he left he continued their help by sending the Holy Spirit to be that guide – to us all.  His disciples, then and now, continue where he left off: spreading the good news, the gospel, to the four corners of the world and serving those in need.

You are the visionary and your job is to make sure you hear from God, follow his commands and encourage, teach and guide others into completing His task, in and over their lives.

With help you have more time to spend in God’s presence.  With help you have more time to do what you are graced to do (write, teach, study, prepare sermons, sit and listen to God speak to you, sing, meditate, paint, organize, etc.), to glorify God.

HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE STEPS TO GET YOU STARTED:

  1. Go to God and lay your request before Him (as Moses did).
  2. Make a list of things you are doing that others can do.
  3. Determine who and what skill sets are needed.
  4. Ask God for discernment, wisdom, guidance and patience as you start your search and start building your team.
  5. Don’t forget to ask for the help. When you do your part, God will do His.

Never give up on what God has already pre-ordained for you.  Stand tall, stand strong.  Persevere, be patient.  Be kind and bless others.  Pour into others and others will eventually pour into you.

Sometimes the way seems cloudy and the assignments seem too large, but just know that if God called you for it then he has already placed within you everything you need to get the job done.  You are already anointed for it.

Believe in yourself.  Trust God and remember, you don’t have to do it alone.

Copyright 2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quitnana

Write Your Vision In Ink!

“Pencil in your plans but write your vision in ink.”

That’s a sentence I read recently in a devotional.  A sentence that made me think “wow!”   See, many of us know the scripture that talks about vision, you may not remember the book (Habakkuk) or the verse (2:2) but you know what it says, “…write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”

So as you “write the vision, what do you see accomplished, achieved, attained?  What do you see as the “big picture” of God’s will for your life?  Write that in ink because it is already done.  It cannot be erased.  God said “He knows the thoughts He thinks toward you …to give you an expected end.”  Key words:  Expected End.  God already knows your capability.

Your plans, well, those you write in pencil.  Why?  Because just as I write this work on a tablet with a pencil, and having erased numerous times as my thoughts flow and change, so will your plans on how your vision will be attained.  Keyword:  Plans.

You may plan to do something a certain way, and it doesn’t work out.  So you have to go back to the drawing board.  You may have planned to go a certain route and God said, “No.”  Hire certain individuals, take certain positions, go certain places or manifest the vision a particular way – and all were subject to change.  Why?  Because you are the vessel and He has the authority to rearrange things as He sees fit.

So as you write the overall vision (the one that God orchestrated for your life. Not you for your life) for your life in ink, and plans change, stay strong, be of good courage and God will not only strengthen you, but lead you in the path of His righteousness.

I liken the above quote on penciling your plans to a quote God gave me: God never changes; only the circumstances do.

Question:  What is the “big picture” of what God says is possible for your life?  What is His vision for your life?  Write it down today.

 

Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Copyright 2012

It’s Already Inside You

“Everything you need to accomplish the vision/purpose God has ordained for you is already inside you.” 

Have you ever heard that statement before?  I have.  It’s a statement I tell myself and others all the time. 

Recently, I proceeded to ask God a question in regards to that statement.

I said “Father, if you have placed everything that I will ever need to accomplish the task (purpose/vision) you have set before me to do, then how do I get it out?  I want your will to be my will but I’m not skilled  in marketing, or social media, or building a ministry. So, Father, how am I to take what you’ve placed within me, if I don’t know what’s there and how, and when, to use it?”

His answer: Obedience

Yes, obedience.  When we are obedient to God’s instructions then doors open and things happen.  You may not know how you will do it, where to find the resources, or what you will do.  But if you take that first step – and keep moving, God will pull out of you all the necessary parts.

You are the Vessel, and within you is an abundance of resources that God chooses to use to accomplish His task.  You were made in His image.  So, imagine you, the vessel, full of …

Strength; courage; boldness; faith; perseverance; love; gifts; talents; abilities; life experiences; world knowledge, spiritual knowledge, wisdom; understanding; relationships.

It’s an amazing thought, isn’t it?

Imagine this, God gives you an idea, a thought, or command that is so far beyond your grasp you say, “I don’t know how God!”

He tells you “I want you to open a home for battered women.”  You say, “God me? Are you sure?  Where am I going to find the place, the money?  I don’t even know how to run a business!”  But in faith you take the first step, one at a time.

And as you step, He pulls out courage.  You go a little further and need connections, so He pulls out relationships, and then knowledge; and so on until the task is complete.

The relationships are people you’ve met along the way that can give you the expertise, connections or donations you need for that home.  The wisdom is in knowing how to take the information you’ve gathered and make good decisions with it.  The knowledge comes in as you apply it to your vision/purpose.

God’s word says that everything works together for the good of them that love the Lord (Rom 8:28).  Let’s always remember to seek first the Kingdom of God by doing His will for our lives. And although He has called us and we are His vessels, chosen vessels, that obedience is better than sacrifice.

Faith is the substance of things hope for (Hebrews 11:1) – the fulfillment of your dreams, vision, purpose here on earth.

Last but not least, let us remember that God has plans for you.  Plans to prosper you and not harm you; to give you an expected end (Jer 29:11).

Now, go, do, and be all God says is possible for your life!  Remember, it’s already within you!

Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Copyright 2012

PWIC Show ~ Guest: Erykah T. Johnson

Eryka T. Johnson is the founder of High Pursuit, LLC.  Listen in as Eryka talks about her trials in walking out God’s purpose for her life; her sexual hurt at the hands of several men; and lessons learned with ministry and marriage.  Interview is approximately 1 hr long.

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Special Guest Interview – Elena Ramirez

Interview with Elena Ramirez, Founder of Prayer of God Ministries

Elena Ramirez is the founder of Prayer of God Ministries in Wheatridge, Co.  Elena writes poems and prayers and is the author of She also does public speaking on topics from personal experience.

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