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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Jan. 27, 2011 - God Is With You

By Gary Rogers

Samuel told the young Saul soon after the two first met that the Spirit of the Lord was about to come upon him and that he would be turned into another man. With this prophecy, Samuel offered the newly anointed king advice in 1 Samuel 10:7, saying, “Do as the occasion demands; for God is with you” (NKJV).

The prophet’s counsel was clear and to the point. “Saul, the circumstances and situations will be orchestrated by God, and you should do according to what He sets in front of you.”

God orchestrates circumstances and sets before us paths to take. It becomes our responsibility to see His paths and take them. Footsteps of life can be directed by God when we accept the guidance and direction given by the Holy Spirit. A steady light for the path of our life is illuminated by God’s Word if we will but study it. When God places opportunities in our path, we must choose to do as the occasion demands. To ignore the occasion and take our own path is fraught with negative consequences.

This past year was a time of personal struggle for me. God stirred my heart for a change in ministry. Years ago when I transitioned from serving as youth pastor to pastor, it seemed very normal, healthy and acceptable. It was a logical transition. It was good timing. At 38 years old, I was one of the oldest youth pastors in the state. I had been injured on the Tulsa Fire Department, and that injury removed the possibility of continuing in that profession. So my life circumstances seemed so clear. God was with me, and it was time to take the steps toward His plan of being the pastor of a church. I did as the occasion demanded and became a pastor of a small, rural church.

But changing churches as a senior pastor was completely different. I had a passion and a burden for the church where I was pastor. God was moving and blessing. But then something happened. I began to lose my vision for the church. I still loved the people and cared deeply for their spiritual condition, but I couldn’t see a future with me leading the church.

This didn’t seem normal, healthy or acceptable. This was not a logical transition. At 56 years old, what was I supposed to do? Few churches want a pastoral candidate with gray hair. But at the same time God was orchestrating circumstances and situations that I was supposed to see and respond to correctly. In August I resigned.

God was orchestrating other circumstances and situations in another church. A pastor retired. The church had a passion for lost and hurting people. The members of the church were praying and seeking God’s direction for a pastor. A 56-year-old guy sent his resume to see if it was an occasion God was orchestrating. It was! Now four months as pastor, the church and I share a vision. I can see myself leading into the future. Lost souls are being reached, and seeing the church filled to capacity is a vision we share. The church and I want to do what the occasion demands, and we believe God is with us.

My former church now has a new pastor. They too have followed the circumstances and situations towards God’s plan. With a new leader and a fresh vision for the future, that church is doing what the occasion demands, and God is with them.

These same principles apply to your personal life. No, it doesn’t always seem normal, healthy or even acceptable. At times it is downright difficult and heartbreaking. But listen, God has a plan for your life. He does want to be involved in your decisions. He desires to lead you into His design for your future. As we move further into this new year, let’s strive to do as the occasion demands and know God is with us.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

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