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It's Time

This past Sunday, we were invited to a local worship and ministry event. I noted the event on my calendar in advance and have been praying for the gathering. I was very excited to be able to worship with others again and see familiar faces. But hours before the event, I received a text message from the friend who invited us. He asked us to be a part of the ministry team as well as be one of the few to pray over the region in front of all the guests. My enthusiasm for the event quickly turned into apprehension. I took a few minutes to think about his request as well as pray what I should do. Selfishly, my intention for the night was to be ministered to and not to minister to others. I built a case of excuses of why I wasn't the right person for the job, unqualified, hitting the number one spot. I knew if I continued with the growing list, I would end up not even going. So I stopped my babbling and started praying.

God reminded me of a quote my friend said, "it's time to be comfortable being uncomfortable." It's time not to care what I want and care more about what God wants. He needs His people to stop being lukewarm Christians and to stand up for His truth. He didn't give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of boldness and courage. Holy Spirit reminded me that there is no time to waste, and now is the time to stand up and speak out in all the spheres we have influence. We are no longer to be Christians inside the four walls of the church but to be the Church. The Great Commission says, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." ~Matthew 28:19 (NIV). We won't be able to make disciples of all nations if we remain in our comfort zones and only do what is familiar.

You may have heard this before, but Holy Spirit reminded me, "God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called." I quickly exchanged my doubt and uncertainty and responded to the text, saying that I would be humbled and honored to serve.

The worship was deep and personal. Our encounter with His presence was rich in wonder. I had the honor of praying for a few people during the ministry time and witnessed God touch hearts and heal back and neck pain. The night closed with building new connections and bridging existing ones.

Even though it was uncomfortable to stand in front of strangers and prophesy over our nation, I took a stand to speak up and speak out.

Let's continue to step out of our comfort zones and be willing to be uncomfortable for His kingdom.

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