His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” John 2:5 (NKJV)
For many years, a famous brand of athletic gear has had the slogan, “Just Do It!” encouraging the athletes who wear their products to get out and do their sports. Today I also want to encourage you, if God is calling you to a task, just do it for Jesus, and the Lord will be with you. Let me tell you my story…
…Be of good courage, and do it.” Ezra 10:4 (NKJV)
For months I’d been disturbed about the harm from the vaccine craze in our country and world. I prayed, I wrote blog articles, I wrote to my newspaper, I emailed friends… but I couldn’t see that I was making a dent in the problem. Then one day, the Holy Spirit put the idea in my head to visit our county health nurse and ask her to quit giving the shots. I had to ponder this for awhile. I shared the idea with Shannon, one of my prayer partners.
Is God calling you to a task? Shannon said that to know if the calling is from God, there should be two or three witnesses telling me to do it (Deut. 19:15, Matt. 18:16, John 8:17-18). If I was told in two or three ways to go see the county health nurse, it must be from the Lord. For example, the Holy Spirit tells you to do something, you read it in God’s Word, and then a friend tells you or you read it in another place in God’s Word. Shannon also said I can ask, “Would my flesh think of doing this and want to do it?” “No!” “Is this something the enemy wants me to do?” “No!” “Would Jesus want me to do this?” “Yes!” “Is this something that will please the Lord?” “Yes!”
…whatever God has said to you, do it. Genesis 31:16 (NKJV)
So after reading several Bible verses that encouraged me, I finally set the date to go visit the nurse. The day before my mission I spent in fasting and prayer. The Lord gave me more verses to encourage me, like 2 Chronicles 18:13…As the Lord lives, whatever my God says, that I will speak. And John 6:20…But He said to them, ‘It is I, do not be afraid.’ And John 6:38…For I have come not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent me. The day arrived and it was snowing hard. I decided to wait until afternoon, that meant fasting another half day. Finally, I went in to her office and she was out for the day! I came home and finally ate, knowing I would still have to go back the next day.
Strengthened by that meal and more of God’s Word, I returned the following day. Jesus gave me more verses to sustain me: 2 Chronicles 19:9…Thus you shall act in fear of the Lord, faithfully and with a loyal heart. And 2 Chronicles 19:11… Behave courageously, and the Lord will be with the good. And 2 Chronicles 20:17…position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you…do not fear or be dismayed. And Zechariah 4:6...not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord of hosts. As I drove there, I prayed more Scripture, “Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand… May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer…” (Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 19:14).
When I arrived, someone was in the nurse’s office receiving a shot. Another person was standing in the hallway awaiting her turn. As I waited for an opening, I prayed. Finally, just before three o’clock, I slipped into her office and asked if she had a minute. She looked at her calendar and at the clock and said that was about all she had before the next patient. So with just two minutes allowed, I jumped right into my mission. I said, “God sent me to pray for you.” I thanked her for all the times she helped my boys to go on mission trips by researching the necessary vaccines for those countries. I said, but I’ve heard some bad things about this current covid vaccine, and I asked her to quit giving it, especially to babies and children. She replied that you have to check your sources and that if parents want to give it to their kids, they can do that. Knowing that my time was almost over, I offered to pray. I thanked Jesus for her hard work during these trying times the past two years, I asked the Holy Spirit to stir in her heart if she heard anything questionable about the vaccines, and I prayed God’s blessings upon her family. Then it was the next person’s turn. I drove home wondering if I had done any good, yet thankful I had been obedient to God’s calling.
The next day I went to see a friend I’d been wanting to visit for a long time. She told me she and her husband had been vaccinated. My heart broke. The following day I had a really hard day. Always, like Elijah after his Mt. Caramel victory, I break down at the threats of Jezebel. My prayer friend Shannon explained to me later that when we are in battle mode, the dragon cannot get us. But after the battle, we let down our guard and the dragon hits us with his tail. That’s just how it was! But on the evening of that hard day, only wanting to stay home, but being urged by my husband, we went out to attend a Christmas concert. There, a neighbor came up to me and said, “I hear you’re praying for the county health nurse. That’s great! We all should be praying.” Thank you, dearest Jesus, for confirming my call. And now we keep praying for her and for others like her across this nation to just stop the shot. For if they stop it, we won’t have it anymore. All glory to God!
Today’s TEA CUPP: Is God calling you to a task? Has He told you in two or three ways? (Yes!) Does this calling line up with Scripture? (Yes!) Would my flesh think of doing this and want to do it? (No!) Is this something the enemy would want me to do? (No!) Would Jesus want me to do this? (Yes!) Is this something that will please the Lord? (Yes!) Pray hard, ask others to pray, and then, just do it for Jesus! And may the Lord be with you this new year, dear sister!
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22 (NKJV)
Now therefore, let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take care and do it… 2 Chronicles 19:7 (NKJV)
…and see that you do it quickly. 2 Chronicles 24:5 (NKJV)
If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. John 13:17 (NKJV)
…do it according to the will of your God. Ezra 7:18 (NKJV)
…and if I perish, I perish! Ester 4:16 (NKJV)
It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.” John 8:17-18 (NKJV)
…by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established. Deuteronomy 19:15 (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982