A way through obstacles

As I was having my prayer walk in the bush, I came across a tree that had fallen in the middle of the track. “Oh no! My way is completely blocked!” But then the Lord said, “Do not break your momentum, I will show you a way around it.” Sure enough as I got closer, I saw the gap that He had provided.

Just a few hundred metres further, there was another obstacle, and this time it was huge! The second tree was massive and appeared to completely block the path. It would have been so easy to turn back. Once again His voice said: “I have allowed this, do not slacken your pace, I have provided a way.” And, once again, as I got up close I saw a small gap that allowed me through to the other side.

Friends, there are times in life when we need to push through our obstacle and times when we need to stop, reconsider and pray about the course that we are on. But there are other times when, knowing the clear voice of God’s commission, we must continue and believe that the Lord has a way around that obstacle if we do not flinch and we continue full steam ahead in faith and confidence.

I believe I am speaking to many of you right now. It is often not the obstacle that stumbles us, but our perception of it as being greater than our commission. Obstacles in our path are our invitation for staying well tuned to the Holy Spirit’s voice, listening to His moment by moment instructions, and then deepening our resolve and strengthening our pace. Retreat is not an option! It is never been simpler: hear clearly and obey boldly.

Love and God bless,

David

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A selfless act can lead to a miracle!

Have you ever felt that God spoke to you very clearly about a step of faith, only to have the circumstances get worse instead of better? This is what happened to us at David McCracken Ministries early this year. We had two or three months of financial challenge, and when we went into prayer, the Lord spoke to us as a team to take a certain step which required even more faith than we were exercising before.

With excitement we took the step and awaited the provision but instead things became even more difficult. Throughout this time Holy Spirit would speak to us and say “Just hold your course, stay steady.” As the needs became larger and the bank account became smaller, He maintained the one instruction: “hold your course”.

During this time we received a burden for another ministry couple that were working amongst the indigenous people up North. We so longed to be able to help them. Then a business group invited me to go down and present whatever needs we felt to them for their funding consideration. Immediately I knew that Father was testing our hearts and so I went and presented to them, not our own needs, but the needs of this other family and ministry. In our circumstances, it seemed a crazy thing to do.

After deliberation, they came to the decision. They said that they would completely fund the projects I had presented to them to help the other ministry, but on one condition. That condition was that we were to except an equal amount for our own ministry team! Wow!

Friends, it is never a matter of provision it is always a matter of purpose! Father was not withholding from us, He was enlarging our capacity for the future which depended upon a listening ear to His voice and a selfless heart. Can I encourage you to hold your course, keep a listening ear and look to selflessly meeting the needs of others. As you do, God’s favour is attracted to you.

Love and God bless,

David

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