His Dotted Line

One of my heroes of the faith is Vance Havner. He is with the Lord now but his writings still live on.

This morning, I was reading in one of his devotional books and I was so challenged by it I wanted to share it with you.

It was entitled ”By My Spirit”

… ”Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” ( Zechariah 4:6 )

The secret of the early church is simply that it was Spirit-filled and Spirit-directed. Throughtout Acts, ”the holy Spirit said…” and Christians obeyed. They were guided and operated by a Higher Power.

Today the Holy Spirit uses some of our plans, and again He works in spite of some of them. At some points, our programs and His run parallel; at others, we are going in different directions.

Like Ahab and Jehoshaphat, we draw up our strategy and ask God to bless it instead of asking God for the strategy. We write the score and expect Him to play it. We plot the course and expect Him to follow it. We expect God to sign on the dotted line.

We need to return to the absolute sovereignty of the Holy Spirit. He takes no orders from us. He is not the flunkey of the religious top brass.

Are we so in love with our plans that we are unwilling to bow to His? Are we ready to throw our project into the wastebasket if He decrees otherwise? Would we accept revival if it started in another denomination or in some other church than ours? Would we say ”Amen” if God started an awakening on the other side of the railroad tracks or in some country other than ”Christian America?”

Are we ready to sign on His dotted line?

Think about that,


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