The Holy Spirit is calling the church to action and we have to know what type of faith to employ or what action to take. If you start flailing away with a sword, stirring things up on your own and saying, “I’m going to take care of this mess,” you are going to hurt others and yourself.
Perhaps you think you should just pray over an issue but God says, “No, this is the time for you to stand up and take action.” Or, on the other hand, God may say, “Just trust Me right now. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.”
People ask me all the time how they can attain discernment or how they can know what to do in a situation. They want to have the type of faith that gets action.
Well, there is not a ten-week series on what to do in every situation in your life and you can’t call a counselor every day and say, “I have to make a decision and I want to know what to do.” You have to know Jesus and you will gain discernment only as you spend time in His presence.
If I were to tell you today to go out and run a marathon, if you’re like me you would go about a mile and then drop. But if you begin to train—one mile then two miles and then three, eventually you will be able to run that kind of race.
Likewise, we must train for righteousness. You may be feeling very stretched but begin to let yourself be trained by hearing the Word of God. If you obey in the small things, He will give you more and more wisdom and strength and before long you will know when it’s time to say, “God, you are in control. This is out of my hands.”
Or you will know when it’s time to pray.
Or you will know that it’s time to stand up and do what He has called you to do.