Larry Shankle

What You Need Is A Word From God

If you have been discouraged or disappointed, do not despair.
The devil’s business is to get you into a place of discouragement so that you operate from what YOU know instead of what God says.
Often when discouragement comes, we lose perspective and focus, and we don’t seem to know what to do.
Maybe you’ve worked hard at whatever it is that’s in your heart, but as of this moment you still haven’t seen what your heart longs for.
In that moment, do not despair.
You need to know that EVERYTHING can change for you in one moment.
When Jesus shows up with your answer, everything can and everything will change.

The reason for your battle is that the enemy is doing all he can to KEEP YOU FROM the great plan of God for your life.
It is not a fight that’s just about you, but it is a fight for what God will do THROUGH you.
Just like with the prophet Jeremiah, there is a work of God, destined to come through YOUR hands.
Listen to what the Lord said to Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 1:4-10 NLT
[4] The LORD gave me this message:
[5] "I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations."
In this same way, God has appointed you to a work.
There is a call upon your life.
There is something God designed you to do.
No one else can be exactly who YOU ARE.
At the moment, you might not see it.
The plan of God for your life may not make perfect sense and you may not think you can accomplish it, nevertheless, God can take your life and do a great work through it.
[6] "O Sovereign LORD," I said, "I can't speak for you! I'm too young!"
Don’t discount what God wants to do in and through you.
His plan doesn’t depend on age or stage.
God can take you WHERE YOU ARE and raise you up to do what he has called you to do.

[7] The LORD replied, "Don't say, 'I'm too young,' for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.
[8] And don't be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
[9] Then the LORD reached out and touched my mouth and said, "Look, I have put my words in your mouth!
[10] Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. Some you must uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow. Others you must build up and plant."
I want to focus on what I believe to be the main point of this passage.
God said, "Look, I have put my words in your mouth!"
This is the most important thing to remember when you become disenchanted, discouraged, and dissatisfied along the way.
When you are in that sort of a spiritual place, what you need is a WORD from God.
You don’t need to have everything worked just need a word.
You don’t need all the just need a word.
You don’t have to see everything lining just need a word.
A word from God will change your whole perspective in the middle of your situation.
You think the battle raging is to keep you down, discouraged, or in despair, but it’s not.
The fight going on in your life is to keep you from your word from God. Satan is trying to keep you from getting fresh words from God. Everything in his power is used to stop the man or woman of God from recognizing and receiving a word.
Why? Because words contain power.
They contain creative power to change your life and situation; and if you get a word from God, it will sustain you, keep you, and energize you to press forward whatever the cost.
Just as in the beginning, God said, "let there BE..." and what he uttered, came into being.
The plan of God for your life is dependent upon the WORD of God being heard, received, accepted, and planted in your heart.
So the enemy tries to drown out the Word of God for your life through:
If Satan can keep you preoccupied, you’ll never hear the word you need and in so doing, he will keep you a slave to your current reality.
What you need is a word from God.
Luke 5:1-7 NLT
[1] One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God.
Notice what this passage says, "great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God."
The people didn’t sit idly by expecting to hear a word from God.
No...instead of just hoping to receive, they pressed in.
When you need to hear from the Lord and get a word from God, that’s the time to press in.

Too many people allow their circumstance to rule their actions and they allow it to keep them beat down to the point that they don’t have the strength to press in.
Don’t waste your time worrying about the outcome of your situation, instead, use every bit of your strength to press in to a place where you can hear a word from God.
Why? Because when a word from God comes into your life, things immediately begin to change for the better.
All through scripture, this is the norm.
[2] He noticed two empty boats at the water's edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets.
[3] Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.
Notice this...
When Jesus has a plan for your life, as he does for all of us, he will CALL YOU INTO a place where you have the potential and possibility of hearing a word from God.
Simon Peter had left the boat entirely and was washing his net. We know from history, that God had a great plan for his life, but he didn’t yet know it.
So what did Jesus do? He got Peter into a place where he knew he could hear a word from God.
Peter had to sit there and mind the boat as Jesus continued to preach and teach the word of God to the crowds who pressed in to hear it.
It put Peter into a position to hear from God.
Let me ask you a question: Could it be that where you are right now is a holding place, getting you ready to encounter a word from God?
Maybe you feel trapped by the weight of your circumstance, but in reality, God just has you IN THE BOAT!
[4] When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish."
Simon Peter had sit there listening to the preaching of Jesus for who knows how long, and at the end, Jesus had a word specifically for Peter.
Scripture doesn’t say, but I believe the actual words of Jesus in this moment where prophetic of what was about to happen in Peter’s life..."now go out where it is deeper."
Jesus wanted Peter to know that he could not stay in the same old place and expect God to move mightily in his life. Peter would have to "go out where it was deeper."
Maybe God is pushing you into a position where the only direction you can walk is "deeper."
In that moment, follow whatever the word of the Lord speaks to you.
Listen to Peter’s reply.
[5] "Master," Simon replied, "we worked hard all last night and didn't catch a thing. But if you say so, I'll let the nets down again."
Listen, it doesn’t matter if you’ve tried it before and it didn’t work. If God "says so," it will work.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve put in all the hard work to make it happen, yet it fell apart. Because if "God says so," this time it will come together.
Even though they already fished all night and caught nothing, they hadn’t fished under the anointing of the word of God.
When they started to fish under the anointing of the word of God, it made all the difference.
[6] And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!
[7] A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.
If you need a word from God, start by doing these things:
1. Press into prayer.
Everything will battle to keep you from praying, because prayer is where your heart is conditioned to hear from God.
The more you pray, the softer and more pliable your heart becomes.
It is easier for God’s Word for you to take root, when you turn over the soil of your heart by prayer.
2. Prayerfully read your Bible.
Don’t just read it to check off a list. Read it prayerfully. You may find that you become stuck on one passage or even one verse for days. It’s OK if that happens.
Most likely God is sowing seed into your heart that will begin to produce fruit in the direction of his will for your life.
3. Be ready to obey what you hear from God.
Everything changed in Peter’s life and in Jeremiah’s because they were ready to obey the word God gave them.
Here’s a secret to hearing from God: God won’t speak to you until he knows you are ready to obey.

So if you are not hearing from God, work on your willingness.
Work on your obedience.
The quicker you are ready to obey God’s Word, the quicker you will receive it.
A word from God will change your whole perspective in the middle of your situation.
You think the battle raging is to keep you down, discouraged, or in despair, but it’s not.
The fight going on in your life is to keep you from your word from God.
You don’t need to know just need a Word.

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