An effective prophecy

Following our 3am wake up call, Tony and I have been praying through the book of Haggai. One of the most effective words of prophecy in the Bible, and certainly one of the briefest, occurs in this book. 

"I am with you, says the Lord " (Haggai 1:13)

This word was enough to encourage the Israelites to resume the work of rebuilding the temple–a task which had stalled for almost 20 years.

A couple of years ago, I sensed the Lord asking me to write a book–different this time from the others I have written in that it is to be a novel, one that would introduce not-yet-believers to the Kingdom.

I have stalled on this project. I am not a fiction writer. The task is daunting to say the least. 

What would I do differently if I truly believed this is something from the Lord and that he is with me? 

Are there things God has given you vision for that you haven't started or not yet completed? What difference would it make if you knew God was with you?



7 replies on “An effective prophecy”

“Are there things God has given you vision for that you haven’t started or not yet completed? What difference would it make if you knew God was with you?”
I think the difficulty with having a ‘vision’ for something is exactly as you say – knowing of God has indeed called us and will be ‘with us’. I find I can ‘see’ things that are true in the kingdom – ways that God is working, things in church that could be done in a more Biblical manner, etc – but I am less sure if God is calling me to do those things. After all, no-one can do everything, and we are called to do the works God has prepared beforehand for each of us to do (Eph 2:10).
When the things we ‘see’ are close at hand and ‘easy’ to do, we do them, but if they require a bigger change and a bigger risk, we rightly hesitate, pray and wait before we act. Sometimes we never act on that matter, but whether that is disobedience or obedience is harder to judge.

It seems to me that there is a difference between those things that we bump into on our journey as believers and have (or develop) a “vision” for doing and something God has brought to our attention in a Vision or vision-like fashion. One is like doing the regular stuff of the kingdom that needs to be done that more than one person is capable of doing. The other is something that has the specialness to it of having originated in the heart of God that he intends specifically for you to do. The really good thing about this type of vision is that He just lovingly keeps it before us with the reassurance that it is still on His heart and that he is waiting for us to get on with it. The time that passes between Him having given us the vision is not waisted time. It only enriches the end result. Genesis 15 begins with the words “after these things”. Time had passed and stuff had gone on since Genesis 12. But God took Abraham “outside” and reminded him that the original promise (vision if you will) was still very much in place. My conclusion as I read the rest of ch 15 is that God took the primary responsibility for bringing the vision (of vs 5) to pass. It was God who walked the blood channel between the animals that Abraham had cut up (vs 17). So God’s interest is not only in getting the vision accomplished, but I feel that He is waiting to encounter you in a whole new way in the process. 🙂

I decided it best to comment rather than post this one Felicity. I communicate much better through the written rather than the spoken word, especially with lousy hearing at my age :-). I grow weary of reading the really good books that are out there on BAM, CPMs, discipleship training that are front-line and hunger for something lighter. “There’s a Sheep in My Bathtub” was one that was heavy and light. I would read pages of it to Joyce and we would either be crying or laughing together and then when I laid it down, she would pick it up and read to me. We keep it nearby, tell other people about it and thumb through the pages time and again to see the things we highlighted and the pictures. In 3 years, they came to Mongolia with God’s plan and a determination to walk it out, depending on Him at every turn. In 3.5 years they handed the baton to indigenous leaders. Hope this gives you some ideas and we will be a-prayin’ for you!

Ever read “Mrs. Piggle Wiggle” books?
Every time I mention her name my grandchildren laugh, because of the unique way life’s lesson are taught in these books. Sometimes the reader of some children’s books learn more than the children themselves. Maybe it would be okay to write a children’s book series that are also targeted to the parent/ Just a thought; (actually my first one when I first read this blog. Its been nagging at me, so here it is!)

UnkleE, you describe a familiar dilemma. I often find there are things I know need doing–like feeding the hungry. visiting the sick or those in jail–the things Jesus said would be done “to him” (Matthew 25:35-45) that I wonder if I should put more time in to. I guess it’s a question of knowing what the Lord has specifically for me to do.

Roger, I totally agree about “There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub.” There’s something incredibly refreshing about that book. Like you, I laughed and wept over it. And there’s a huge amount to be learned about CPMs and everything else you describe. Brian is a good friend of ours and he’s the real deal! You can find the book at
Sybiljean, maybe the Lord is asking you to write that book. I agree–kids books are great. I became a Christian through one myself at the age of 11.

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