Over the years that I have been in the Christian church-active, out of the Christian church-not so active and all over the Christian church-critical, I have come to understand that all Christian initiatives are not spiritually inspired. A person may say something to you, “Man up” take your lumps and throw them away and step out on faith. That may be fine for an ordinary human initiative. But when the Spirit of God shows up and says, in effect “Man up” it is time to walk away from everything and “Man up.”
Faith, the willingness to trust God, is what will allow you to try just one more time and one more time until it is done with His help. When the inspiration of God does come, it comes with such miraculous power that we are able to arise from the dead and do the impossible things. The remarkable thing about spiritual initiatives versus human initiatives is that life comes after we do the “Manning up.” God does not give us over-coming life; He gives us life as we overcome. This poem inspired me and I want to share it with you, we can have the victory in all of our spiritual initiatives if we would simply trust the Spirit of God.
It is easy to love Him when the blue is in the sky, When summer winds are blowing, and we smell the roses nigh; There is little effort needed to obey His precious will When it leads through flower-decked valley, or over sun-kissed hill.
It is when the rain is falling, or the mist hangs in the air, When the road is dark and rugged, and the wind no longer fair, When the rosy dawn has settled in a shadow land of gray, That we find it hard to trust Him, and are slower to obey.
It is easy to trust Him when the singing birds have come, And their songs are echoed in our heart and in our home; But it is when we miss the music and the days are dull and drear, That we need a faith triumphant over every doubt and fear. And our blessed Lord will give it; what we lack He will supply; Let us ask in faith believing—on His promises rely; He will forever be our Leader, whether smooth or rough the way, And will prove Himself sufficient for the needs of every day.” (Author Unknown)
When the inspiration of God comes, and He says—“Arise from the dead,” we have to get up; God does not lift us up. Jesus said to the man with the withered hand—“Stretch forth thy hand,” and as soon as the man did so, his hand was healed, but he had to take the initiative. If we will do the overcoming, we shall find we are inspired of God because He gives us life immediately. “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4). You will never know the thrill of victory until you boldly dare to commit your all to Him, and—overcome a world determined to be an obstacle in your path.
Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ