Hey SUM family, Tiffany here!
Those who have followed my story for a while have seen the struggle to let go of the fear of man. There have been many times when I would shrink back from what God was calling me to do because I didn't know how my husband would react. Would he approve? Would he leave me? Would he still love me? These are real struggles in the SUM life!
December 29, 2021, I let that fear go. I said good-bye forever. This is not to say that it has been easy these last couple of months. My tenacity to press into the "next right steps" of the Lord's leading has grown. So has my husband's visible frustration at my local civil involvement.
On New Year's Eve, 2021, God opened up some time for me to reflect on the upcoming year. I had the chance to be completely alone with Him and dig into the Word. What was revealed to me was pretty amazing. I would like to share with you what I learned. Perhaps you too have felt the nudge to get involved in your local community. I want you to be released from any anxiety, confusion or doubt that God is calling you.
The Holy Trinity has got your back:
- God the Father - exalts and promotes
Psalm 75:6-7 : For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the judge; he puts down one; and exalts another.
Isaiah 14:27 : For the Lord of Hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?
Job 42:2 : I know that you can do everything, and that no purpose of yours can be withheld from you.
- God the Son - the government is upon Jesus' shoulders...not YOURS
Isaiah 9:6-7 : For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called wonderful, counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, prince of peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgement and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.
- God the Holy Spirit - guides and equips
Matthew 10: 18-20 : You will be brought before governors and kings for my sake as a testimony to them and to the gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
1 Corinthians 2:12-14 : Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Important things to remember:
Government - there is much corruption, dark secrets, greed, Satanism. In order to walk "in" this world and yet shine and pierce the darkness I have to -
- Cling to Jesus, John 15:1-17
v. 4 - Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
- Hold higher standards (integrity, purity)
Exodus 23:8 : And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the discerning and perverts the words of the righteous.
- Understand the times and know what to do
1 Chronicles 12:32 : of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command;
- Let go of any preconceived notions - God is doing a new thing
Isaiah 43:18-19 : Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.
- Keep standing
Ephesians 6:13 : Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
You hold the keys:
Matthew 16:19 : And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth [a]will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
Isaiah 22:22 : The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one shall shut; And he shall shut, and no one shall open.
You will make all the difference:
Jeremiah 29:7 : And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace.
Proverbs 29:2 : When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
1 John 2:20 : But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.
In our SUM walk, it can be lonely when our spouse doesn't agree or support the things that God asks us to do. It may even be down right hard. Trust me, I know.
But God - He has equipped us with everything we need. We have the Holy Spirit. The entirety of the Kingdom of Heaven is accessible to us!
The Lord has called me to the "mountain of government." It may not be the case for you. Regardless of what your calling looks like, it is important in God's eyes. A stay at home mom, a retired worker, a teacher, a government official, a blogger, a public servant, an entrepreneur. God has something that only YOU can do. You matter!
Lynn, Ann, Martha, Ian, Dineen - these great leaders of faith in our community are great examples for us. Their testimony can be encouragement to us. Look at how their faith, trust and hope in Jesus has led them to closer relationship with God - and wow have their spouses grown because of it!
Let's talk in the comments, what has God called you to do in your sphere of influence? How can we pray for you in this area of your life?