I read something in a book called God Calling a few weeks ago, and I wanted to share it with you. This book is written as if God is talking to you, so keep that in mind while reading.
It says, “You must pray. The way will open. God cares and His plans unfold. Just love and wait.
Love is the key. No door is too difficult for it to open.
What cause have you to fear? Has He not cared for and protected you? Hope on. Hope gladly. Hope with certainty. Be calm. Calm in My Power.
Never neglect these times, pray and read your Bible and train and discipline yourself. That is your work—Mine to use you. But My instruments must be sharp and ready. Then I use them.
Discipline and perfect yourselves at all costs. Do this for soon every fleeting thought will be answered, every wish gratified, every deed used. It is a fearful Power, a mighty Power. Oh! Be careful that you ask nothing amiss—nothing that is not according to My Spirit.
All thoughts harmful must be turned out. Miracle-working power can become witchery in wrong hands. See how necessary I have made the purity of your own lives to you. That is why. Soon, very soon, you shall ask and at once it will come. Welcome the training. Without it I dare not give you this Power. It would do harm.”
Preparation time is not wasted time. We have heard that phrase, but help it sink deep into our hearts. Lord, help us to not neglect spending time in Your Word. Purify our mouths. Cleanse us from all filth. We admit we have let other things take priority over you. Help us to put everything else aside because we know You have need of us. Help us remember that it is a process – one that can’t be hurried. The pain is a necessary part of the sharpening. We want to be sharp and ready so we can be used effectively for Your Kingdom. A dull knife never did anyone any good.
~ Madison Sanders
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