Lean Not On Your Own Understanding

By YWAM Newcastle on May 4, 2012 in Discipleship Training Schools

‘Even though in your heart it made sense to apply for DTS, reasons not to do one seem to cross your path more and more in the process’.This is for the ones that feel called to do a DTS!
I would like to encourage you; as soon as I started to see God’s call on my life, to do a DTS, reasons not to do one crossed my path strait away! It took me 4 years to overcome these reasons, I gave up, but God didn’t. And here I am; I finally found my dream and I have learned to lean not on my own understanding, but rather to trust God with all my heart! I wish I learned this earlier in life, because it is amazing to see His provision, rather than to try and do it out of your own strength. Finances, family, friends, homeland, job, apartment, things… These were a few of my reasons for not going in the first place! I gave it all up and do I have regrets? NO WAY! Am I scared that I will not have enough support? NO WAY, I have learned to not lean on my own understanding and through that I have seen His amazing provision!

‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts’, says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts’.
(Isaiah 55: 8-9) In order to learn the new ways to walk in this new time you first must learn to lean! You first must lean upon God in order to learn from Him.

‘Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in al your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straith’.
(Proverbs 3: 5-6)

Leaning on our beloved often requires us to lean away from our own understanding. His ways are not our ways, nor are His thoughts our thoughts. This often leaves us with a lack of understanding. When leaning and depending on God for direction, more often than not He will ask us to do things and go places that make no sense to our natural ways of thinking. And when we begin to obey His leading, the ‘leaning’ will become even more essential. Intimacy and dependency are vital for receiving knowledge and revelation about how to walk and where to go – as well as the timing of each step.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart… What is trust? According to the dictionary trust means, ‘a firm belief or confidence in the honesty, integrity, reliability, justice, etc, of another person or thing (faith: reliance). Often we will say, regarding a spoken promise: ‘His/ her word held a lot of weight’, meaning that we are leaning, depending or putting our trust in the pormise spoken by another person. We are willing to do that with each other, yet Gods spoken word to us should be given far more weight than any promise of man. If an individual worth millions of dollars walked up to you and said, ‘I would like to purchase a million dollar property for you’, you would likely believe them because you have seen their wealth. What if God says to you, ‘I am going to give you a million dollar property’? Would you trust Him to fulfill His word? For some reason it is easier for us to trust the riches of men than the spoken word of God. We tent to put our trust in what we see and hear with our psysical senses rather than to put our trust in the invisible God who speaks to our spirits.

‘Show me you ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long’.
(Psalm 25: 4-5)

How can God guide us in is truth if we believe lies that have no place in Him? God desires to free u from the lies that have entangled us in the accusers snare. The enemy has caught us in this web of lies for long enough and kept us from moving into our inheritance as sons and daughters. I encourage you to allow the Holy Spirit to show you every lie that has held you in bondage, and allow Him to exchange them for the truth that will set you free. The accuser has been shouting accusations at God and His people, but we need to know how to quiet our hearts in order to hear the voice of the Spirit that will lead us into all truth.

Why am I sharing this? Because God may ask you to do something that would exceed what you would ask for or even imagine. He may give you something that is more than you imagined, but you must be willing to hear and obey even when it makes no sense.

‘Do I have the kind of wealth to purchase this land? No, but my Heavenly Father knows where all the wealth is stored and it brings Him great pleasure to transfer it into the hands of His children’.

* What is God asking of you?
* What are you dreaming?
* What are His dreams for you?
* Are you ready to see God do immeasurably more than you ask or imagine? Is His word truth?
Then He is able to do more! His power at work in you so you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Get ready for dreaming big and then learning to follow His lead as you lean.

By Dieuwke Smit, Compassion DTS Leader

I left my home, family & friends to pursue God’s call.