The Journey

Keith Duncan-8

I believe that we flew past Spring and jumped straight into summer. May was a blur, with a massive flurry activity within the Duncan household and His Call Ministries. I was blessed to celebrate my 48th birthday in May, and Judah completed his sophomore year with straight A’s; allowing him to exempt all of his exams, for which he is extremely thankful for. Additionally, he was able to get his driver’s license, and now is skirting about town on his own. (Pray saints pray!)

May was also filled with ministry opportunity every weekend during the month. We kicked the Mother’s Day weekend off by ministering at Campmeeting Ministries in Critz, VA, and then were blessed to speak at Pastor David & Cindy Bryant’s church in Danville as the keynote speaker for Mother’s Day. We then traveled to Maryland to minister and celebrate with Dr. Caretha Crawford at her 5th Year Gala Celebration for In Pursuit of His Presence Ministries. It was a rather spectacular evening giving the Lord praise for all He has accomplished through their ministry efforts. What a wonderful blessing to sow back into the lives and ministries of these our cherished Kingdom Covenant Partners.

We rounded out the last of the month by pulling together another great team of worship leaders, which I have worked with throughout the years, for a special Pentecost Celebration with Cornerstone Television Network in Pittsburgh, PA. God has given us great favor with the President of that great network, and we have several more weeks worth of ministry coming up throughout the rest of this year, as well as several weeks of taping for INSP with David & Barbara Cerullo. This seems to be a great year for television ministry opportunities.

I continue to be amazed at how God opens doors for me to minister to individuals through the Real Estate opportunity. Michele and I have prayed with many of our clients, and God has often given a word for their lives…and they have received it. God has used this season to help us better articulate God’s plan for people’s lives who are not churched and are not familiar with the Church lingo that we often surround ourselves with.

As I reflect not only over the past year of our life and ministry, I can look over the past 23 years or ministry with Michele and realize that with each step of our journey (regardless of whether it made sense at the time or not), God was teaching us a nugget that would add to the sum total of who we are.

Oftentimes, if we are not careful, we will overanalyze every opportunity set before us and can talk ourselves out of an opportunity that God has placed before us; especially if it is one that does not make sense. Unfortunately, when in pursuit of God’s plan and purpose for our lives, we are not allowed the opportunity and luxury of knowing the

“Why” to each door. It merely requires us to listen to the voice of the Lord at each cross road and move according to His direction.

  • What is God Speaking to you today?
  • Is it hard to hear what He is saying?
  • Does it make sense to you, or are you wrestling with it making sense?
  • What is holding you back from moving forward?

Each of these are key questions for you to ponder and consider as you are earnestly seeking for clear direction from the Lord. So, let me give you four things that may assist your journey.

ASK

First, with each opportunity it is important to ask God if this is an opportunity from Him, or a distraction.

Often, the enemy will use something as a mere distraction to prevent you from walking out what He is calling you to. But when you pray and earnestly seek His will, He will give you a green light to keep moving forward.

TRUST

As you move forward, you need to trust that He will direct and guide you. You need to continue walking forward until He illuminates a Red light, and if He does not, keep moving forward. This is part of the Faith walk required by each of us .

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. –Proverbs 3:5

OBEY

Obedience is a tricky one. This is the place where our thoughts and reasoning often interfere with what God has told us to do. This is what happened when King Saul made a sacrifice before going to war because Samuel was delayed in his journey. Saul thought the sacrifice was the ultimate requirement to victory, yet it violated God’s protocol with Samuel the priest making the sacrifice.

Often, we get in a hurry and try to figure things out and “Make It Happen” with our resources, giftings, and skill sets. Yet God still requires us to obey His plans that He has prescribed for our journey.

ENJOY

When you follow each of these steps on your journey, the Lord promises His provision for you. When you ask for His direction, when you step out in faith and Trust Him to guide you, and then when you choose to obey His voice and direction, then He plans for you to enjoy the fullness of that which He has purposed and destined for you.

Sometimes, especially in the Charismatic circles, we feel it is not OK to enjoy a season. We feel guilty, or we feel that we should not feel happiness. If we are not careful, we will waltz right past the blessing and not enjoy the season of rest that He has provided for us.

This state of enjoyment is not our final destination. Rather, it is the place that He provides to us beside the still waters. A season of rest, refreshing and ultimately re- enlistment for the next leg of our journey.

I have learned that life is not about a final destination, but rather of sequence of life events filled with moment along the journey that make us who we are called and purposed to be. The key is sharing those moments with others along our journey to assist with where they may be on their journey.

Michele and I are enjoying a season of rest from the stress and strain of executing our Throne Zone conferences. For 12 years, we have subjected ourselves to the pressure of raising the budget and executing an event with a great level of excellence. It has been very rewarding, yet very draining mentally, emotionally, and so God has allowed us this year a Sabbath rest for which we are very grateful.

In this season we are learning how to better and more effectively reach people with the message of the good news that Jesus brings to us; how He provides hope for individuals, and how He has a plan for their life.

He is exposing us to new technology to better enable us to reach people, better understanding the times and how to effectively reach and impact lives of individuals in this season on planet earth.

Today, I encourage you on your journey. Ask God what He has for you. Ask Him to begin to open and close doors for your life. As He begins to open doors (and close them), Trust that He is in control and take the first step toward that open door. Listen to His voice with every step, and continue moving forward until you get a “Red Light” or a “NO” from God. When He speaks a word to you, be quick to respond with a “YES LORD” and walk with relentless obedience to the voice of God. And finally, ENJOY the seasons of rest. Don’t push past that season, but abide by the still waters as long as He allows you to, knowing that He will soon be opening other doors to you leading you to the next leg of your journey.

Michele, Judah and I love you greatly and thank God that He has brought you into our lives to journey with you during this season of your life and ours. We believe He has great plans and purposes for you, but we also know that it may be a bumpy ride. Let us therefore covenant to encourage each other along the way. Speaking to one another in Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs keeping our eyes focused upon the prize of the High Calling in Christ Jesus.

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Surviving the Storm!

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This past weekend, Virginia had some of the most powerful storms which hit between Richmond and where we live in Chesapeake/Virginia Beach.  Thousands were left without power.  Michele and I even had a tree that fell in our backyard and landed on the fence.  Thankfully, no one was injured, and the fence was not even broken.  Praise the Lord!

We have some friends in the Richmond area who have a 16 year old son who recently began driving and had taken some of his buddies to Kings Dominion which is north of Richmond.  We were with them this past week, and the mother began to share this story.  As she shared it, there were many things that the Holy Spirit began to speak to me, and I feel impressed to share those thoughts with you, knowing that many of you are facing some powerful storms in your lives at this very moment.

Deborah (the mother) had been watching the news when she saw the storms which were fast approaching the Doswell area which is where Phillip (the son) had been enjoying the day at Kings Dominion.  She texted Phillip that the severe storms were heading his way and to get to his car, take shelter and stay there until the storms passed by.

Phillip, being 16, could have ignored his mother’s warning based upon what he saw at the moment; it was great weather at the time.  The sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky and they were having great fun.  But Phillip, being the obedient and responsible son that he is, followed his mother’s instructions- even though he saw no eminent danger.  Just as soon as he arrived to the “safe zone” that his mother instructed him to go, the heavens opened up and the storm hit with full force.  Because he heard the instruction from his mother, and because he was obedient to following those instructions, he survived the storm with no danger.

It was the radar which revealed what was coming.  No one in Phillip’s environment was aware of the coming danger, because there were no signs of an approaching storm.  Faced with the choice of continuing his fun in the park or being obedient to his mother’s instructions, Phillip made the correct choice and was therefore safe.

As I reflected upon this story, I was reminded of Noah.

God told Noah to build an ark.  God gave him the specific instructions on how to build the ark- the type of wood; how to pitch the inside and outside of the ark, etc.  What was interesting is that before this period in time, the world had never seen a flood.  Many scholars even believe that people had not seen rain fall from the sky.  Rather, they believe and teach that the dew brought refreshing to the earth.

While Noah remained faithful to the instruction of the Lord, he was ridiculed by his friends and his neighbors.  Here was Noah, building something to preserve and maintain life, yet he was continually ridiculed by the ones whom he was trying to save.  The ark was a constant reminder to these individuals that they had an invitation to come into the ark and be spared from that which was coming upon them.  And when the time came, Noah released the sound beckoning these individuals to come aboard.  Unfortunately, they did not respond to the call and their life was ended as God sealed the door to the ark before the rain began to fall.

Just like the radar shows what is coming (even though there are no apparent signs of the storm right where you are), the radar provides a warning.  It caused Deborah to send the text message to Phillip driving him to safety.  And just like that message, God has given us the Holy Spirit who gives us the ability to discern things coming toward us.

I wonder how many times we choose to ignore the Holy Spirit’s prompting.  We pass those promptings through our filters rather than simply obeying the Holy Spirit.  We miss many opportunities, simply because we relegate them as being thoughts from our own, rather than realizing that the Holy Spirit is leading us and guiding us in many things.  Unfortunately, sometimes the consequences resulting from our incorrect choices can be costly.

So how do we change this dilemma to enable us to make the right choices?

GOD WILL ALWAYS GIVE A WARNING
WE MUST NOT DISREGARD IT

We must remember that the Holy Spirit is our radar, and we must remain tuned in to what He is saying, and watch for what is coming our way.  He will warn us.  Our job is to listen to His instructions and obey them.  Get the text message and move to safety.  Sometimes that means taking a different route home from work, or even delaying our trip by a day or two.  We must be listening and watching and remain tuned into the Holy Spirit, and what He is instructing us to do.

DON’G GET RATTLED WHEN
YOUR PLANS GET CHANGED

I wish this is one lesson that I could say that I have mastered.  Unfortunately, I still wrestle when things don’t go as I had anticipated.  I must be continually reminded that God has a plan, and I want to choose His will, not mine.

When Phillip was having a great time at Kings Dominion with his friends, I am sure that he was upset when he got the text from mom which required him to change his plans.  Perhaps he had been in line for two hours in 100 degree temperatures waiting for the ride, and he was the next in line to get onboard.  Yet, whenever he got that text from mom, he was faced with the choice of changing his plans, or being stubborn and following the instructions after he completed his agenda.  I am not saying that he did not get upset.  But I am saying that he heard the instructions from mom and followed them.

We will walk in less frustration if we realize that God is working on our behalf and therefore He may change, delay or alter our plans.  But remember, DELAY IS NOT DENIAL!

GOD WILL ALWAYS PROVIDE
A PLACE OF SAFETY AND REFUGE

Deborah knew the place of safety, and she gave Phillip the instructions where to go and what to do.  Phillip’s job was to merely respond to the message and in his obedience he would find safety.

Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”

Revelation says, “Let him who has an ear, hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.”  We must continually be listening and responding to what He is saying to us.  He is our shelter in the time of storm.

BE A LIFEGUARD:  TAKE AS MANY PEOPLE WITH YOU TO SAFETY AS POSSIBLE

Phillip was responsible for not only his own safety, but also of those who rode with him.  And just like Phillip’s friends (who were not watching the weather radar), there are people in your life and mine who are not listening to the Holy Spirit or watching the radar warning us of the approaching storm.  But God has placed you and me in their lives to warn, encourage and lead them to safety.

Our job is simply to lead them to safety so they may be saved.  That doesn’t mean we have to be preachy.  It simply means that our lives must reflect to the world that we are listening to and obeying the instructions from the Lord.  After all, YOUR LIFE IS THE ONLY BIBLE THAT SOME WILL EVER READ!

It is my prayer that our lives convey the love of God correctly, and that we continue to remain in Him, walking in the fullness of all He has called us into.

BLESSING, FAVOR, PROTECTION, PURPOSE, DESTINY, AND THE HIGH CALLING OF CHRIST JESUS- THE HOPE OF GLORY!

WATCH, LISTEN AND OBEY, and you will SURVIVE THE STORM!