It just takes one.
Recently, as I was praying for the Body of Christ (the Church), God showed me people – many, many people. They were lined up in military fashion marching forward line after line. They were marching quickly going nowhere and they all were faceless. I knew these people are living in darkness. God desires for the Church to set these people free. But many in the Church cannot get to these lost people because they themselves are in bondage and trappings of the enemy.
Let me clarify one thing. When I say that people in the Church are in bondage of the enemy, I’m not implying that these people are not saved. Once a person believes that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior, that He was crucified, dead and buried, that He rose from the grave and ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, that person is saved forever. BUT, that person can remain in bondage here on earth with things like insecurities, lack, fear, jealousies, worry, stress, anxiety. It can also be family issues, marital issues, financial issues.
It can be anything that takes and KEEPS your eyes off of Jesus.
28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. 31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
In the Scripture above, we see the amazing storm that hit the disciples when they were at sea. Jesus comes walking to them on top of the water. At first they were frightened but Jesus calmed their fears. Peter asks Jesus if it is really Him to let him also walk on water. Peter gets out of the boat, eyes on Jesus and walks on water! But then… Peter takes his eyes off Jesus, sees the storm, gets fearful and sinks. Friends, this is what happens to us as well.
When we take our eyes off Jesus, for one minute, we sink.
If we don’t refocus our eyes pretty quickly, we can easily fall into the enemy’s snare. When our focus is off Jesus, we are unable to look around us at those in need. We’re unable to see those in darkness with no hope. This is not the life that God desires for His children. The life He desires for us is to walk free and to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ to all who have ears. He desires for us to be the vessels that He works through here on earth. He desires for us to be His ambassadors to this world.
I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.
Paul knew full well what his mission was. Even in chains in prison, Paul was still preaching the good news to anyone who would hear. He was setting people free all around him, including the Roman soldiers who were chained to him! This is the power of God at work in Paul.
We have that same power in us. The precious and powerful Holy Spirit.
Getting back to the vision that the Lord gave me in prayer, I saw this massive body of people marching aimlessly and advancing quickly to nowhere. Then the Lord showed me one person. He used me as an example but it is a word for all of us. He positioned me in front of the people facing them. He lifted my arms and I heard myself speak “Stop.” And the people stopped.
He told me it just takes one.
In the Old Testament, let’s look at Abram (later named Abraham). Abram was a pagan and an idol worshiper along with all of his family. God spoke to Abram and called him out of his family, his home, his land. Abram went. Abram believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness, not because of anything Abram did but because of his faith. Faith alone is what God is looking for in all of us. Faith in the unseen. Abram obeyed God and left his family, his home and his land. He became the father of the nation of Israel as well as the father of the Gentiles and God renamed him Abraham. Abraham had a new life, a new name and a new purpose!
One man obeyed God and now, centuries later, we are heirs to the promises given to him.
29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.
Let’s talk about another man – Saul of Tarsus (later named Paul). Saul was passionate about his mission which was to stop those who were following after Jesus Christ. He uttered threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers (Acts 9:1). That is what I call passionate!
Then God came along with His beautiful wrecking ball and wrecked Saul’s life. Let’s look at it in the Word:
3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”
5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.
And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! 8 Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. 9 He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink.
There is so much good in these six verses. I love how God will come in like a lion to change a person’s life. Saul was one man. He received the Word that we still live by today, centuries later. That Word is Grace! He was given the message to take to the gentiles – us! Paul had a new life, a new name and a new purpose!
We could be the one to make a difference. God wants to use each of us to advance His kingdom. He wants to use us to set the captives free. Ask Him today to place you where He wants you. He will take you out of your comfort zone but He will make it comfortable as He’s doing it. His ways are amazing!
Stay in the Light and the Love Always,