Following God’s Calls

I will post this at a later date after editing I’m sure. With that said, I am writing this at 7:09am on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

This morning, God woke me up at 6am. Usually when I wake up so early (I could sleep in past 11 sometimes), I am quick to roll over and find more sleep. This morning though, God gave me the energy to rise, and He asked me to. Then, I thought about how nice it would be outside and God jumped on that opportunity to ask me to read my bible out there.

In the next few still minutes, He gave me some directions.

First, He told me to go read my bible outside.

He told me specifically to read Matthew 12 through the discerning of my spirit.

He asked me to put my phone face down on my desk.

I put on shorts, but He asked me to change into pants.

He told me to grab a bible highlighter when I grabbed my bible.

After I picked both of those up, He asked me to now bring my phone.

When I stepped outside, there was a chair right in front of me that was yards away from all the other chairs that were around our outside table. It was facing out towards the best view of the sky and trees, where I normally face to talk to Him outside. He said that chair was put there for me, and that it was where I was to sit.

He asked me to put my phone down on the ground face down.

Although I didn’t understand all of His directions, I didn’t question Him and I followed Him. I trusted Him and that each step had a purpose, even if I didn’t understand it. The steps all fit together perfectly and each had a purpose. Here’s how.

I opened my bible to Matthew 12 to read it.

I also was aware that there were many bugs buzzing around and active in the morning. I’m allergic to mosquitos and some other bug bites, and God took away that potential distraction by, as silly as it seems, wearing longer pants. He directed me in a way that completely demolished any distraction or reason to be interrupted in my reading.

Towards the middle of Matthew 12, I came across a section of verses that are so relevant to the horrible racism that has been revealed in the United States, and how we need to fight it. God asked me to highlight:

Matthew 12:25

“Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart. And if satan is casting out satan, he is divided and fighting against himself. His own kingdom will not survive.” ”

and Matthew 12:28

“But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you.”

Here’s what I gathered and discerned from the Holy Spirit showing me this verse. Unfortunately, while there have been incredible and beautiful protests, violent riots have also broken out among the United States, whose rioters were provoked by justified anger. Although the anger is justified, the killing, burning and stealing in reaction is not. On the same note, the brutality, killing and hurting of protestors by some police officers are also not justified. We cannot fight the sin of racism with the sin of stealing and murder. We cannot fight sin with sin. In Jesus’ words, if satan is casting out satan, he is divided against himself. This is like casting out the sin that satan provides with more sin satan provides, in which we will be more divided against ourselves, like Jesus says. But, there is hope. Jesus gives us directions on how to fight the demons and evil of racism. We must cast it out not by sin, but by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is what will beat this battle, not tactics of this world. We must use it and fight this evil!

God then asked me to share these verses and their application to the world’s state. So I picked up my phone and put these verses and application in a short sum up on some social media. But, I am writing this to share it further and more in depth.

God asked me to do some things that might’ve not made sense, like putting on pajama pants instead of pajama shorts and putting my phone face down under me. But, I trusted Him and followed, which prevented me from becoming distracted and interrupted, and gave me a source to immediately share His word. Trust Him and follow Him. That means following His direction that we must cast this out by the Spirit of God and nothing else, and trusting that He will work.

The world is a pretty hard pill to swallow right now.

With that said,

We must fight this like Jesus would.

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