Faith, Listening, Motivation, Obedience, Procrastination, Submission/Surrendering, Trusting God

It’s Time to Move!

Before her passing, my grandmother would sing a song entitled, “You Gotta Move.”  The lyrics read in part: “You got to move; you got to move…when the Lord gets ready, you got to move.”  Although simple on surface, these words embody a powerful truth for women of faith.  When God says move, it’s time to move!

The idea of movement in response to God is evidenced clearly in the life of Abraham.  “The Lord said to Abram, ‘Leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s house.  Go to the land that I will show you.’” (Genesis 12:1 GW)

Although these words were spoken to Abraham thousands of years ago, for many of us they still hold true.  God has instructed us to leave behind unhealthy relationships, careers, social environments, living quarters, attitudes, and yes, even ministry associations.  These things have kept us from walking into the fullness of our destiny with God.  It is therefore time to move.   “[W]e must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us.”  (Hebrews 12:1 GW) “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature…Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.  But now you must rid yourself of all such things.” (Colossians 3:5-8 NIV)

What is keeping you from moving?  Is it comfort? Uncertainty? Fear? Impatience?  Whatever the answer may be, consider the first three words of the text: “The Lord said.”  If the Lord said it, it’s divine instruction.  It’s not subject to consideration or debate.  “When the Lord gets ready, you got to move.” 

Although leaving things behind may be difficult, when God instructs us to do something, it is designed for our good.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.  “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT) God loves us and will not lead us down the wrong path.  When God instructed Abraham to move, it positioned Abraham for an even greater blessing.  Abraham could not have received the promises of God if he had not obeyed God’s instruction.  Has God told you to go somewhere? Have you obeyed?

When God instructs us to leave certain things behind, it is important to remember that God does not tell us to leave without a command to “Go.”  Leaving one place always means that we are headed to a new one.  The places that God will take us in the midst of obedience are intended to move us closer to our destiny.  Hence, we can either remain stagnant where we are (consider Lot’s wife turning into the pillar of salt in Genesis 19:26) or we can move with God and avail ourselves to the fullness of His blessings.

Finally, as we begin to move, we must remember God’s words, “I will show you.”  God promises to be our guide.  We have nothing to fear.  God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV) So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NIV) 

When God says move, it is indeed time to move.  Letting things go can often be scary, but remember that God is moving us to higher heights.  We must learn to trust Him and know that He is leading us onto the right path.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Your enduring love and patience.  Help us to hear Your instructions and follow.  You have commanded us to walk by faith and not by sight.  Help us to remember that Your promise comes through such faith.  Teach us how to operate in obedience and move according to Your will.  Continue to walk with us and show us Your way.  Guide us into the path of our destiny that we may glorify Your holy name.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to take heed to God’s instruction, let go, and MOVE.  The path to righteousness does not always bring ease, but God has promised to be our guide.  I EMPOWER you to trust God and know that the fullness of His joy resides in the path that He has designed for you.

Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)

14 thoughts on “It’s Time to Move!”

  1. Very relevant and beautifully written. I thank God for this message as He continues to send confirmation to me as I move and shift in certain areas.

    May God keep and bless you.

    1. I love when God confirms! It’s a reminder that He remains with us and that He cares. Thank you for your blessings. I pray that God will continue to lead you.

  2. Faith has been pouring from the mouth of my Pastor and sounding from my Husband’s lips. Latasha,this is from the heart of God cause where he is trying to “move” me is going to take FAITH! I don’t have nothing in myself to bring the dreams and visions that he has placed in me(I mean nothing no education,experience,or etc.). Faith is my only option right now. Lastly,here is a definition of faith that I have adapted and hope that it will bless someone else it is: Faith is acting like God is telling the truth.Its simple,powerful,but HARD! Thanks Latasha, for your ear tuned into the Spirit and continue EM!

    1. I love the definition :-). One of my favorite passages is Romans 4:18-21 which states, “AGAINST ALL HOPE, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations…WITHOUT WEAKENING IN HIS FAITH, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet HE DID NOT WAIVER THROUGH UNBELIEF regarding the promise of God, but WAS STRENGTHENED IN HIS FAITH and gave glory to God, BEING FULLY PERSUADED THAT GOD HAD POWER TO DO WHAT HE PROMISED.

      Lisa, you may not have the education or experience, but Abraham wasn’t physically equipped for the promise of God either. Thankfully, God does not operate out of our ability. He is capable of bringing things to pass all by himself. He simply desires our faith and obedience. If we obey Him and “act like God is telling the truth,” we will be amazed at what He can do through and inspite of us. God bless!

  3. Thanks Tasha! This came at the right time. I’m moving in nine days. The move is not only physical but it’s mental, emotional, and spiritual. I always feel like people will look at me and think that I’m crazy if I tell them that God has revealed to me so many times to leave relationships, places of worship, neighborhoods, social entertaining, and so forth. These revelations have been so direct from God because I was praying about it. I did not leave/move away from the situation and got myself into some bad situations that I could’ve avoided if I would’ve obeyed. I won’t complain because at the end of the day he(God) got me out of the situations. Reflecting back on a past EM I wont wait until it’s too late I will try and do it right now.

    1. Amber yes! I have certainly had my struggles with letting go of unhealthy situations and have been frustrated by the consequences. I thank God that His mercy has covered me and pray that I can handle those situations differently as I continue to grow in Christ.

    1. To God be the glory! God always speaks to us at just the right time. I pray He gives you the strength to move forward.

  4. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE how God works! I’ll say it again: its amazing how He can be with you and me in two different places and align our thoughts on one accord so that His message may go forth. (singing) Thats why I love Him like I do!

    BTW, this is very eloquently written and your grandma was a WISE woman! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I also love when He confirms His word. At times I wonder if I’m writing out of self or divine inspiration. When I read your post, I knew that God had given me the words and it was worth the last minute revising. Today’s post even further confirmed that God is speaking directly to us. He is an awesome!

  5. Latasha let me say this…I saw the title of your message yesterday but since I wasn’t finished writing my own I made a conscious decision not to read it because I didn’t want to 1. Shy away from what God have given me to write and change it or 2. subconsciously let your writing influence my own. God is sooo awesome. I am amazed when he aligns his word up. Last week, I was going to write about Potential and Kinetic Energy but as I said last week in my EM my spirit was vexed and I couldn’t complete it. This is evidence that ALL things work together for the GOOD. God releases his word in his own timing. You are right this is further confirmation that we need to MOVE.

    1. Yes, I love when He confirms!!! You wrote an wonderful post and God really has aligned His word all this week. Amazing

  6. I really NEEDED this. Thank you for taking the time to get into your word and produce this. It has so much substance. This EM was awesome!

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