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homes-foundation“Clear lots of ground for your tents! Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big!” (Isaiah 54:2, MSG)

I want to continue with what I wrote last week, Developing a Plan.  I know my writings typically have a more prophetic flow to them but I believe these instructions can help you in stepping into your prophetic destiny.  Prophecy is spontaneous but that doesn’t mean we are spontaneous in pursuing our dreams.  There are times to be spontaneous and times to be prepared.  Usually, something spontaneous comes in the midst of your preparation, and because you’re prepared, it’s not a big deal.

In the natural, when you build a home, one of the first steps is to clear your ground.  You have to get the ground surveyed and marked so you know where your boundaries are.  Once you know the boundaries and the lay of the land, you can start clearing and prepping the ground.  Sometimes you have to remove dirt, rocks, brush, trees, etc.  Sometimes you have to haul fill in to build the ground up to the right level, and sometimes you have to do a little of both.  Some trees have deep roots that take large pieces of equipment to remove and once they are removed they can leave large holes in the ground that need to be filled back up.  Once you have the ground prepared you can start laying out and building your foundation.  The ground work and foundation are the most important parts of the home, yet, the least appealing.  Most people don’t look closely at how nice your ground work is or your foundation.  Lots of the work that goes into this process becomes hidden once the house is finished.  Yet, it’s what holds the house up.

There are a lot more technical details that go into this process that I won’t bore you with.  As with last week, most of you are probably getting where I’m going to go with this by now.  The first steps to stepping into a ministry, a calling, your destiny is to do some spiritual ground work and build a foundation.  Now, in our spiritual walk, this tends to be an ongoing process even once our “house” is built.  With whatever you’re called to do you have to first set boundaries.  You must talk to the surveyor of the land, God, and find out where your boundaries are located.  Once you know your limits, you can start clearing.  The clearing starts inside of us. We have to prepare ourselves for what is to be built.  There might be some dirt, some rocks, some brush, and some trees that need to be removed.  There is most likely a tree or two that need to be removed that has deep roots but with the help of the Holy Spirit, they can be rooted out.  Once they are removed and there is a hole left, that’s where the Holy Spirit fills that void with Him.  You fill it with the Word of God until it gets to the level it needs to be at.  When your spiritual ground is ready you can start building.  Your foundation has to be sturdy.  You have to fill your mind with solid Biblical teaching and surround yourself with people who have sound theology.  You will go through seasons in this building process where you can let nothing else distract you.  You must constantly listen to teachings or praise and worship music that helps to build a solid foundation.  This is the most important part to your calling; you must have a solid foundation.

Good ground and a solid foundation is what will hold your calling up.  Even when the storms come, you will stand because you have good ground and a strong foundation.  Most people won’t notice your foundation or the ground work you’ve done, seasoned people who are in ministry will recognize it, but the right preparation will help to carry out the rest of your ministry.

I hope this has blessed you and helped in some way.  Again, we are in a time where prophetic words are coming to pass.  It’s important that we are prepared to carry out what God is calling us to do.

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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