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Ideas Are Optional.
Commands from God are not. Your imagination can produce a thousand ideas, options or alternatives. But when God speaks, His instructions are not to be altered, ignored or refuted.
Sometimes you will hear someone talk about a “God-idea.” But if you study the Scriptures carefully, you will see there is no record of where God gave someone an idea. God gives instructions. He gives commands.
An idea is not a command from God. You will have many wonderful and inspired ideas throughout your lifetime. But when God is involved, it will not simply be an idea. It will be an instruction…a command.
I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that you do not attempt to achieve a dream or goal that God did not instruct you to pursue.
Wrong goals will become substitutes for the right goals. Wrong dreams will become substitutes for the right dreams. What is worse is that when you pursue something God did not intend you to have, He is not obligated to sustain you, emotionally, physically, spiritually or financially.
Anything you pursue alone, without the direct command of The Holy Spirit, will fail.
I have pursued several projects throughout my lifetime that God did not put His hand upon. They exhausted me emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially. Looking back across the pages of my achievements, I wish I had waited for a direct command from The Holy Spirit on each project.
Why do we pursue wrong projects?
Sometimes we allow the needs of those close to us to stir or motivate us to do things that are not from the Holy Spirit. A minister friend invested millions of dollars into a hotel at the urging of some of his congregation and partners. God did not instruct him to do so.
Sometimes we allow boredom to distract us. One of the greatest evangelists in our generation once told me, “Mike, the biggest mistake of my life was when I got bored with always doing things the same way. I decided to try something new. I lost thousands of partners and support. I missed God.”
My advice is to resist boredom by returning to The Holy Spirit for fresh instruction and inspiration. Do not permit your own imagination to become your lone guide in scheduling your Assignment. Always attempt only those things which are commanded by The Holy Spirit for your life.
Divine Provision Is Only Guaranteed At The Place of Obedience.
When I invest time in The Secret Place, God will confirm and reassure me concerning His will. His inner peace will guide me to do the right thing.
Another reason we attempt projects that God did not inspire is salesmanship. Someone who is articulate and persuasive convinces us that something is the “opportunity of a lifetime.” You better act fast or you will miss your chance.
You will never lack for an opportunity. Nothing is more plentiful than opportunities. The universe is crammed with millions of opportunities. The difference is your ability to exercise Wisdom and to focus and give your best to any opportunity that comes your way.
Be honest with yourself.
How much influence has God had in your past decision- making?
How much time have you invested in The Secret Place regarding a project? When I stay in The Secret Place, many times my conclusions are completely different from the advice of others. This is because God sees further ahead than anyone. He is swift to answer when His will is pursued. Keep listening for the voice of The Holy Spirit. He will speak with accuracy when His will is respected, treasured and pursued.
A young evangelist once told me he was leaving the evangelistic ministry to birth a new church.
“So, God gave you a command to become a pastor?” I asked.
“Not really, but my wife is tired of traveling and I need to be home with my children right now.”
“You are going to birth a church without the command and instruction of The Holy Spirit?” I asked incredulously. He could not answer.
We have become so accustomed to creating and designing our own blueprints for our lives that The Holy Spirit is being consulted these days only in crisis situations. It is quite possible that the crisis would not arrive at all had we consulted Him in the first place.
Nobody Else Is Responsible For Your Assignment But You.
Remember: You Must Only Attempt A God-Given And God- Approved Assignment.
The Instruction You Follow Determines The Future You Create.
Dr. Mike Murdock is an American Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter, televangelist, and the senior pastor of The Wisdom Centre Ministry. He is a world renowned preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and he would like to hear from you today. Subscribe to a whole range of digital messages from Dr. Murdock HERE. You can also email him HERE.