Moving with the Spirit: Knowing When to Stay and When to Go

Numbers 9:23  At the commandment of the LORD they rested in the tents, and at the commandment of the LORD they journeyed: they kept the charge of the LORD, at the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

We as Christians are to take our Qs from the Holy Ghost! I once heard it said that we are to find out where God is moving, and jump aboard. As long as the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle, the children of Israel stayed put. They waited until the Lord was finished in one area before they moved to the next. It would do us good to learn some lessons from this.

I’ve known some who, in a spirit of anxiety, could not learn to settle down in any one spot, regardless of whether or not the Lord was manifesting Himself in that place. Do not let restlessness and anxiety drive you, but allow the Holy Spirit be your guide! If God is moving where you are currently serving, then stay put until such a time as it is evident that He’s through manifesting Himself to you in that place!

Now here’s the tricky part: For the New Testament church, many times God may not be through working in a particular ministry, but He may just be through with you in that location! He may have some place else to take you. If you seek His face, stay in the Word of God, and don’t allow sin to muddy the waters, you should be able to determine whether or not God is manifesting Himself to you in your current location of service.

Therefore, it is just as important to make sure you don’t stay past your appointed time, as it is that you do not leave before your appointed time is up! Perhaps you’re in a place of ministry where you’re no longer effective. If that is the case, could it be that the Lord has dried up your brook to get you to looking elsewhere for water? “Whether it were two days, or a month, or a year..”, make sure that your decision to either stay or go is based solely upon the Lord’s leading, and not upon sentimental ties, family bonds, emotional attachments, men’s expectations, or traditional opinions. Follow the Lord, and you’ll not regret it!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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