do great exploitsExploits: An act or deed, especially a brilliant or heroic one.

Do Great Exploits

Daniel 11:32
King James Version (KJV)
And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

There are times in my life that I embraced the unexpected change. It was exciting and romantic. Whatever was out there, it was a new day to be conquered. Then events happen in a life that were so unexpected that I could not really see God in them. They were hurtful and devastating. I began to follow a routine of safety. Just do your job and keep your mouth shut, I thought, and live out the rest of your days. Get comfortable, I thought, settle down, be secure.

These are my days. But God always has a way of showing back up in strange and unusual ways. Yesterday, while visiting a church service and listening to a very good worship set, I was unsettled by the unexpected. Spontaneous baptism? The prophetic word rang out. When you prophesy, whoever you are, man, woman, teen, child … it matters not. When you put yourself out there and speak what you feel. God has the opportunity to make those words reality in the physical sight of others. So people were getting up, standing in a line to be baptized. Immersion in this case. Pretty gutsy, seeing how they had no change of clothes … they pretty much were going to be obedient and wet.

What exploits does God have for you?

Was that an exploit? A brilliant, and heroic act? In my heart, I say it was. We do live in a day that just being obedient to God … is a heroic act. As the morning continued, the pastor spoke on this passage in Daniel. The really cool thing about God is this. He is no respecter of persons. In other words, if you are a woman — you can preach, if you are teen — you can convince others of your faith, if you are old — you can still be put “into the action” … in military terms it’s called “into the sh__”. (Sorry, God speaks to me in maybe different terms than He does you.) Yesterday, was re-up day. You only get a few of those “in your face” kind of opportunities in life. This was one of them for me.

What does it mean? What exploits are out there for me? Who knows? The attitude on my end is … I’m ready. If you want me to go deep with this … all of my life I have been a platform person, worship leader, preacher, pastor … I lived for that. Will that return? I don’t know and really don’t care … whatever. I really think my exploit has to do with being a “watchman on the wall” a protector. It’s funny because my family crest has a “griffin” at the top of it. I actually have a tattoo of that on my upper arm. The griffin in ancient studies is the protector or guardian of the divine. I don’t really know what all of this means other than … I love where I am right now. So many directions available, just waiting on the command.

          

About Wayne Gooden


Lover of life, my family, avid writer. Pastor, teacher, worship leader and all things social media

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