By now, you may know that I dream a lot. Well, last night was no different. As I rested, my night was filled with many dreams…but there was one that really taught me something. I won’t share my dream here, but I will tell you what it impressed upon my heart.
For the believer:
Don’t follow the crowd- Did you ever notice how Jesus walked? Jesus was confident in what he had come to this Earth to do. He had come to do his father’s will. He spoke what his Father told him to speak and he did it in confidence. Not once did he back down because someone challenged him or criticized him or told him he didn’t matter. Not once did he follow the religious or cultural trends because it seemed cool and everyone else was doing it. No, he came and spoke truth whether people liked it or not. He spoke truth whether it became the trending topic or not. Answer me this, did Jesus follow the crowd or did the crowd follow him? I think you know the answer to that one. Jesus changed the game, he didn’t let the game change him. I believe this is what made Jesus so attractive. For all of time, people had been doing things a certain way and he came and shattered the mold. In your life, you are called to change the game. You were called to make an impact. You did not come here to be just like the world. You came here to be set apart for God’s own special purpose. You cannot fulfill that when you do what the crowd does. Everyone in a crowd does the same thing, so what makes them stand out from the rest?
You are protected: Think of an actual crowd of people…like 3,000 people. Now think of a group of 40 people. In which one of these groups would you feel like an easier target? I’d say the group of 40. When you separate from the crowd, you will become part of the smaller group. This often makes you an easier target. But God tells us that we are protected. To walk in this, we must have faith. We all know that faith is the substance of things hope for the evidence of things not seen. Sometimes, we say we believe God, but he will put that faith to the test. When that faith is tested, we sometimes become fearful and full of doubt. One thing we must remember during the test is that God’s word does not return void. As his children, he assures us that we are protected. Just because everyone else seems to drown of run from a thing, doesn’t mean that you will or should too.
“Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.” Psalms 91:7 NLT
God does most of the work: Once you move away from the crowd and believe God’s word, just sit back and watch him work! Yes, God often partners with us and calls us to put in some work, but the magnitude of what he wants to do in our lives makes it evident that God gets the clout!
“You will also command nations you do not know, and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey, because I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.”- Isaiah 55:5 NLT
When you let God work, the threat of evil will not move you. You will begin to walk in your authority. You will begin to see that you were never meant to be in the midst of the crowd, but in the front, as a leader….paving the way!
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This is SO rich Stephanie! I appreciate you encouraging us to be confident in standing on the things we know God has given us and those things that he intends for us to give others. I love how you have pointed us to Jesus to look and see how he approached crowds, and relationships in general. His circle was small, but his influence and his followers were too many to count.
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