Tomorrow is a special day—I receive a box load of my newest book, Our 6 His 7: Transformed by Sabbath Rest, in the mail. What is so special about tomorrow is not so much the books themselves, but what I get to do with the books.
I wrote the book in 10 days from November 2 to November 12, 2014. My pastor’s wife had asked me if I would speak to the interns at our church. These interns range from ages 18-25, and they serve the church for one year, receiving valuable ministry and corporate experience.
I prayed about speaking before I accepted. God has “sheltered” me from public ministry for many years, taking great care to build my personal ministry. When God freed me to talk to the interns, a floodgate of information came into my spirit.
I began to write down everything the Holy Spirit wanted me to say, but it became apparent that there was a problem.
“God, there’s no way I can share everything You are giving me in a 30 minute talk to the interns,” I finally told Him.
“Write a book,” God said simply.
“What?” I thought.
God knew that I was experiencing a barren season in my life that had caused great bitterness, which I was finally (by the power of the Holy Spirit) able to release. I had felt like all my writing was in vain, and I couldn’t see any fruit from my efforts. It was like my God-given dream had died.
When God asked me to write the book, I felt like Peter who had fished all night and caught nothing. And now Jesus was standing on the shore asking me to “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch” (Luke 5.4 NIV). This time I would agree to write a book, but I carried no expectations of my own—I did it simply out of obedience to the Lord.
Ten days later I was finished writing my first draft. I had pulled every fish (word) into my boat (book), and I was exhausted but joyous! It was a miracle! Less than a week later, I had the honor of telling this story to the interns.
I discussed the main elements of what God had revealed to me, and when the talk was over, they all said that they wanted a copy of my book. I didn’t know what to tell them. I had no agent, no editor and no publisher for this book. I had merely written it by faith. I couldn’t promise them something that I didn’t know I could offer them, so
I simply said, “I will try.”
It’s been about 3 months since I did that talk, and I was able to contact the director of the interns and let him know that I will be brining the books by the church tomorrow. The interns are excited, and I am amazed at what God has done through my obedience.
I gave God my “yes” of faith, and He supernaturally provided in my life. Not only have I been blessed, but others will be blessed, as well. I’m glad I didn’t carry any expectations with me while writing this book because God has done abundantly more than I could ever dream or imagine.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
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