Say ‘yes’ to what’s next

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IMG_0825Recently I came across an excerpt of John Wesley’s personal journal that both moved and challenged me.

May 5th:
A.M: Preached in St. Ann’s; was asked not to come back.
P.M: Preached at St. John’s; deacons said, ‘Get out and stay out.’

May 12th:
A.M: Preached at St. Andrew’s; elders called a special meeting and said not to return.
P.M: Preached on the street and was run off.

May 26th:
A.M: Preached in a field; got chased by a bull that was set loose.

June 2nd:

A.M: Preached at the edge of town; police moved me.
P.M: Preached in a pasture and 10,000 people came!

After weeks of rejection and closed doors, John Wesley refused to allow the call of God on his life to be detoured by rejection. You and I read the above words and sometimes forget how difficult it would have been to walk out what he did. We know how the story ends. We know that John Wesley had an incredible life of catalyst influence, but he didn’t know 10,000 were going to show up in that field the evening of June 2nd. All he knew was he had to keep saying YES to the call of God on His life.

Along the road of life we all encounter failure, rejection and closed doors. I believe our success in life often relies on how we respond to those difficult moments and closed doors. What I love about John Wesley is that no matter what, he said YES. He knew God called him to preach the gospel and preach the gospel is what he would do no matter who was or was not listening. He preached in churches, on street corners and in fields. Wherever he could find someone to share the gospel with, he would.

At the beginning of 2014 I released a word that the Lord had given me for this year. It was a word about being BRAVE. Recently, I was in Los Angeles ministering at Expression 58, and I released a word to a young man about being a “Brave Lover of Jesus.” As I released it over him, I felt the Lord say some things to me. I feel like more than ever the places the Lord is leading us to and the doors He is asking us to walk through are going to require a “brave yes” from us. As we say ‘yes’ to the things of God, we do so because we love Jesus and want to release His Kingdom and Spirit to those around us. Courage (bravery) is required in us to accomplish that. Like John Wesley, we can’t care what people think or what they say against us. People’s rejection can no longer hinder us.

Many of us have allowed rejection and failure to limit both our pursuit and our boldness when being true to what God has put in us. One thing we can certainly learn from John Wesley is no matter what comes our way, eventually there will be breakthrough and the coming to pass of God’s promise over our lives. You and I know it rarely looks like what you expect it to look like. I am sure he didn’t expect 10,000 people to show up in the middle of a field the night of June 2nd—BUT GOD. It can no longer be the natural circumstances that drive us. It must be the Spirit of God that moves us. In a world that is craving a genuine encounter with the Spirit of God there must be a YES in us that overrides any argument or any no.

I am sure we can all agree, John Wesley was a force to be reckoned with. No one could stop him. Rejection didn’t faze him. Man’s opinion didn’t sway him. He was a man that knew He was called to preach God’s Word and to bring it to wherever and whoever would listen. He would not stop no matter what. The YES within him was so real, so authentic and so sincere, that the cost would never be too great for his YES to be stifled. Let us be challenged today to say ‘YES’ to whatever God asks of us. Not matter how great or small, crazy or simple.

A verse I’ve been meditating on recently sums it up perfectly:

2 Cor. 1:20-22 / Message
Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In Him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting His Yes within us. By His Spirit He has stamped us with His eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what He is destined to complete.

As I walked into Starbucks the other day, on the door it read, “SAY YES TO WHAT’S NEXT.” I smiled as I walked through the door and thought, “Yes, let’s for the sake of the Kingdom.”

Christa Pitcairn (Leader)

  1. Diane Fink
    Diane Fink07-10-2014

    Excellent blog, Christa! What a strong encouragement for us to determine to, in the words of Winston Churchill, “Never give up, never give up, never, never give up!” The words from John Wesley’s journal are so powerful and speak volumes to us.

    As I read, I was also reminded of another YES…the YES that Jesus speaks to our hearts, as you mentioned in the passage from 2 Cor 1:20-22. When He places a dream, or a vision, in our hearts, it’s because He’s already said YES to it…YES to the necessary provision, opportunity, and ability to fulfill the dream. When the Israelites set out for the Promised Land, it was already a done deal. The land was already theirs, God had given it to them, the deed had their name on it. Yes, there were obstacles to overcome, but He had already said YES to their taking possession of His promise.

    I think sometimes when we have a dream or a vision from God, we feel we have to somehow convince Him to help us bring it to pass, when He’s already said YES.

    I think about the young skater in the Olympics a few years ago – can’t remember her name but she was only about 16 years old. When it came time for her to skate for the gold, she actually thought she didn’t have a chance of winning so she just went out on the ice and had a great time doing what she loved to do…what she was meant to do! The reality was…she had already won the gold medal but didn’t even know it. God had already said YES. When she went out to skate, she wasn’t focused on trying to do her best routine in order to win. She was just having fun! She was doing what she loved to do!

    When we say YES to God, and we believe that He’s already said YES to us, it gives us permission to just have fun being who we are and doing what He’s called us to do!

    YES is a great word!!!

  2. Becky Berg
    Becky Berg07-10-2014

    Yes we so agree. We are totally In themiddle of saying yes to God in several areas in spite of what is in our face . Praise His Name for hearing Him & the courage to follow Him. Bless you

  3. Kathy Ostrander
    Kathy Ostrander07-11-2014

    Thank you so much for this Word. My heart resonates a strong “yes” to this message. This position in which we are dead to man’s rejection and our need for approval comes with fiery trials but brings the peaceable fruit of righteousness. It is the place where we are truly liberated to serve God, living for His pleasure, free from the fear of man. This is a place where we love not our lives “unto the death” and gain overcoming victory and the manifestation of Christ in us. I believe we, the church are hearing this as our “higher call”! Amen, so be it! Yes!

  4. Anna Lovison
    Anna Lovison07-15-2014

    I say YES and you are my witness! To ALL the things God has spoke to me. He said NATIONS I would put my feet on every continent…so I say YES!!!!
    Thank you so much for the encouragement!

  5. Tara Glanz
    Tara Glanz08-03-2014

    I’m brand new to this blog but this post, the picture of the starbucks window phrase (I love all the creative ways God speaks to us!), and also Diane Fink’s comment all spoke to me. I say Yes, God! Yes and Amen! He knows all the details <3

  6. jayne kraft
    jayne kraft02-05-2015

    Alll the promises of God are summed up in with a Yes and Amen in Christ……a well spoken word to the body to simply say Yes to our Lord and King, allow our hearts to give birth to being surrendered in the Yes of all God has promised and will do, and to be His bond servant, no other place in life will do, to the one who chooses Life and says Yes to what God has planned in their life…..so simply say Yes and Amen to Him who holds the door open to heavens gate,,,,,Blessings to you!!

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