Sidetrack

What Is Your Sidetrack?

God has a very special purpose for your life. And if you are faithful in doing what He tells you to do, then you will be greatly blessed. He knows what is coming in the future, so He gives us things to do that He knows will bring blessing.

But sometimes we find it hard to see what is coming. The way you see things might not be positive at all. In fact, you might feel that nothing is happening in your life.

So you are probably doing right now what you think is important; what is likely to bring results. And for many of us that means running out, working hard and wearing ourselves out for nothing.

You have an enemy who wants to make sure that you do NOT do what God has showed you to do. And he will try to bring things into your life to stop you from doing this.

I like to call this a sidetrack, because it leads you onto a track that God did not plan for you. And if you allow yourself to be sidetracked, you could miss some wonderful things that the Lord had planned.

My Own Experience

For many years I was involved in computer programming as a career. It is something that I really enjoy, and gives a sense of satisfaction and achievement.

So when it came to putting our ministry online, I worked hard, often day and night for months at a time, to put together a system that was best suited to what we do.

And for years it was very successful. We managed to reach around the world with our online ministry. And my work paid off. But times change, and needs change, so what worked before, does not always work still in the future.

My mind is still fresh and active, but I have to admit I am reaching the later years of life, and there are more important things that I need to do. This is especially true since the Lord told me to move in a new direction in ministry.

Death Of a Vision

You should know what a death of a vision is – I have taught on it in many places. Well the Lord brought me to a death of a vision recently. He told me to let go of the programming and hand it over to the younger folks who have more time and skills.

And then He showed that I must let go of the system I developed for so many years, and use another system that has become popular online.

I felt like maybe I was not needed any more. Apart from ministry, programming was always my first love in work. But now the Lord told me to let it die. Wow That Was Not Easy

So I submitted and did the dance of the cross. What is the dance of the cross you ask? Those who know me are well aware of the picture.

Die Already!

I even included it in a song called Die Already. The ending words go like this:

So stop all the wailing, and stand by the cross
With your left hand held high, and your right hand across
Drop your head to your chest, and breathe out your last
Into your hands Father, I commit my spirit
And I Die Already!

So now I have to take time each day to do the more important thing He has called me to do. Part of that is what I am doing right now in typing this blog post.

But it has not been easy. Every now and then I see a programming need and before I know it I find myself spending time doing what I have always done.

That’s right, I find myself SIDETRACKED from doing what He has told me to do.

So let me ask you again, What is YOUR sidetrack? What has God told you to do first, and treat with priority? But what do you find yourself doing instead?

Come on, let’s be honest here. I have opened my heart to you, and shared in transparency. So why don’t you do the same and post a comment below sharing with us what God has been showing you?

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8 thoughts on “Sidetrack”

  1. I like the new website Les and the blog. Your story is a bit touching but also encouraging. I get sidetracked a lot, I get carried away at the gym and always arrive too tired to do what he asked me to do which is to intercede for the weak and those who can’t pray for themselves.

    1. Thanks Jade, for your comments and willingness to share your heart. I wish I had the energy to go to a gym (smile)

  2. This is good and Im a pastor approaching age of 65, and the dream I believe God gave me many years ago, I haven’t even begun to step into it, so I started looking to quit pastoring and in my own strength tried to step into my dream, to make a long story short, He just recently told me to let go of my dream and continue with what He has me doing, it was rough

  3. Apostle Crause,
    When did you know that you know it was time to let the vision die?
    There have been those who teach never ever give up… and then others echo your message to let it die?
    And then, is the “death” more of a winter season?
    Thank you for your insight!

    1. Good question Larry. Death of a vision is not a negative thing, but actually something really positive. The main reason God brings us to death is that He has something far greater in mind. You have held onto an old vision, but in reality, your vision is too small. The Lord has something far greater in mind for you. But until you totally let go of what you are holding onto, He cannot bring the new vision into being. Paul explains here the difference between the original and the new in the process of resurrection. He is speaking about a natural resurrection, but the principle is applied spiritually.

      1 Corinthians 15:42 So also [is] the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
      43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in [dynamic] power:
      44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
      45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a life-giving spirit. (GBMV)

      When God resurrects this vision, it will be far greater than you ever imagined. But you must let it die completely and be prepared to walk away from it before He can do this. And what will come forth may not even closely resemble the original. But you can rest assured it will be magnificent. So do not lose hope, but get ready for something new.

  4. This is such an encouraging post. Thank you for the post sir. Blessings.

    1. Thanks Johnny, I trust you will be blessed by future posts also.

  5. Apostle Crause, I’m in politics, local councillor, fourth year. The words,” Be a mouth piece for those who cannot speak up for themsselves”, lead me to involve myself in the first place.
    I really experience many sidetracks….the important one is not regularly praying and interceding for people and projects, instead seeking council from other resources.
    But nowadays I am getting a feeling that there are other things that I must do…it’s very confussing, no direction…it almost feeling like a dead end. Please help?

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