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Is it just me, or God talking?

“Not all initiative, the willingness to take the first step, is inspired by God,” Oswald Chambers wrote in My Utmost for His Highest. “Someone may say to you, ‘Get up and get going! Take your reluctance by the throat and throw it overboard—just do what needs to be done!’ That is what we mean by ordinary human initiative.

“But when the Spirit of God comes to us and says, in effect, ‘Get up and get going,’ suddenly we find that the initiative is inspired.”

Have you experienced this dilemma in your own life? A ministry opportunity presents itself, and the need is great. Will, or should, you respond? And, if so, will it be a purely human initiative, or an action inspired by the Holy Spirit?

I face this question at MAI. We get many requests to equip Christian publishers and writers around the world. But we can’t respond to all of the requests, and we shouldn’t respond only because the need seems great. That would be a purely common-sense approach.

Faced by a dilemma of this kind, the worst thing one can do is become paralyzed by indecision--doing nothing at all for fear of making a mistake--or become almost obsessively introspective and take one’s eyes off God.

The best thing one can do is pray. You pray for God’s guidance, listen for his voice through Scripture and other means, sense his nudging. Then you act in faith and courage. You may not know 100% in advance that your decision is the right one, but you have trusted the Lord will work things out according to His pleasure.

Please pray for wisdom for MAI as we respond to invitations to equip Christian publishing staff and writers in the world’s hard places. Pray the Holy Spirit will inspire, sustain and empower our work for the advance of the Gospel through the written word.

How can we pray with you in a ministry decision that you may be facing?

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