Also, don't forget that Pershing, when he was ordered back to the US from the Phillipines war in 1903, was 43 years old and still a captain in the US Army. Before it was all said and done, he became a Major General. I had some significant interface with the Lord last week myself. He was urging me from Hebrews chapter 10: don't shrink back. Then He was telling me (and there was command in this) on Friday: "Advance, advance, advance!" Then on Saturday (it was 6-7-8) he reminded me that it was 2 years to the day that the cement for the foundation of our house was poured. He is preparing to do a new thing, building on the foundations that have been laid with the house of prayer.
Ecclesiastes chapter 9:
13 This wisdom I have also seen under the sun, and it seemed great to me: 14 There was a little city with few men in it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great snares around it. 15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that same poor man.
The only way forward is with prayer and fasting. It will move God's hand and open doors and give favor and release finances and cause the preached word to strike like an arrow in the hearts of listeners. To move forward is to embrace humility, which the Lord finds so attractive. I have been getting a tremendous download in reading through Paul's journey in Acts the last day or so. The weakness God required of Paul is daunting. Before Festus rose to become procurator of Judea (succeeding Felix) Paul was jailed for 2 years simply because Felix preferred it to be so. Think about this:
God's sovereign agent to take the gospel to the Gentiles was waylaid, taken out of commission FOR TWO YEARS. And thats just one example of many of what Paul endured as he followed Christ. We love the glitz and glamor and think its impressive to be in ministry. Tell that to the suffering Church in China or Pakistan or Saudi Arabia. We've taken the pastoral role in the American church to be one of CEO rather than the suffering servant... giving and praying and going low. Just like Jesus. I hold to my definition of leadership in the Kingdom that Jesus is leading and the Church as he builds it: His leaders are suffering so that others don't have to. The cross it beckons, insists upon being the standard.
Good night... I'm out.