The Year of Living Dangerously
I heard the Lord whisper, "This is the year of living dangerously."
I think that 20 years ago I would have been a whole lot more excited about this word than I was when God spoke it to me at the beginning of 2016. After all, I am a bona-fide adult now. I have children, a house, responsibilities. I need to act maturely. Make wise, measured choices. And now God says, “LIVE DANGEROUSLY”. Really God?
But as I have listened to the flood of prophetic words about this year, I realize that if we actually DO what God is saying - we will be DANGEROUS to the enemy. And if I want anything, it is that! But, it is going to take courage to step into what God is doing. God is announcing (LOUDLY) that He is doing a new thing in the earth. There is a new movement in the body of Christ. And like all new things, it means change.
It means that I need to leave the comfortable familiarity of the known. I have to break out of the chains of the past and conceive God’s future. I need to step out and try things that might fail. I need to dare to be different. I need to be who He made me to be, even if I do not fit in. I need to be willing to blaze a new trail.
I need to trust what God has spoken to me and begin to do it. I have to start acting on His word before everything is perfect. I have to stop worrying about what others think. I have to stop obsessing about failure. I have to let go of hopelessness and discouragement and suffocating negativity. I need to overthrow the passivity of religion and grab the abundant life of God that He is offering. I need to take risks. I need to be daring, I need to acknowledge my fears and move ahead in spite of them.
I know that I am not alone in this. You feel it too. The surge of excitement at what God is saying and then, that twinge of trepidation as you consider the future. We look at our nations, economies, families - wondering how and what God is going to do. We want to believe that it is going to be different, we really do. But the disappointments of the past, so many deferred hopes and dreams push their way to the surface of our minds and we falter in our faith. We hold back, just a little. We hesitate when we hear His voice. We wait to see if someone else will do it.
So God is whispering gently to each of you. You are a forerunner. Your are a pioneer. You were born for this time. We are in a new era. It is 2016, the game is changing and you are up. It is time to be courageous. It is time to be dangerous. It is time to run. It is time to live the life that Jesus died to give you.
As Thomas Jefferson said, "If you want something that you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done." So let's stand up, look 2016 squarely in the face and start to live dangerously!