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Laurie Coombs Christian Blog and Commentary

Laurie Coombs

Laurie Coombs

The Harvest is WaitingI just had the privilege of speaking to a group of incredible women today about my story. It was such a blessing to be there. To share the message God has given to me and to hear theirs in return.

This is the church––we're the church––and we're called to love one another. To gather together so that we might encourage and spur one another on toward Christ.

I've already told you about the resistance I've felt on occasion toward the call God has placed on my life. It's no secret. But what's incredible to me is what God does when we say yes.

There's a story in scripture about two sons. To the first, the father said, "Son, go and work in the vineyard today." To which the son replied, "'I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went" (Matthew 21:29). The father said the same to his other son, "and he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go" (21:30). After telling this story, Jesus asked, "Which of the two did the will of his father?” And the answer, of course, is the first (21:31).

Every one of us are called. Our callings will look different, but every call is important. I can't do my calling apart from you doing yours. We are, as scripture puts it, the body of Christ which means we're mutually reliant upon each other.

The story of the two sons was given to me three years ago, right after I submitted to God's call to write my book. It was as if God was telling me, "You may have been running from what I'm calling you to do, but now that you have submitted to my call, you are doing my will."

Jesus tells us, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore," He says, "pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest" (Luke 10:2). We are all called to work in the vineyard. To reap God's harvest that we might further the Kingdom of God. And though we may feel resistance to answering that call, what's ultimately important is that we say yes to whatever God calls us to. And when we do that, we are sure to experience the blessings of God. 

Just in the last year, I have received blessing after blessing as a result of my "yes."

  • I signed my book contract last February. 
  • I was contacted by The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to do the "Heaven" film.
  • I finished my manuscript (by the grace of God!).
  • I received over seven invitations to speak since last August.
  • And most recently, I was asked to be a contributor to a new Zondervan devotional Bible called, NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today's World (releases September 22, 2015)! 

God is good. So incredibly good! When we say yes to the call He has on our lives, He makes things happen. It is He and He alone who brought every one of these opportunities to me. I did not seek them out. All I did was say yes (though reluctantly, at first). I haven't done everything right. I've made many mistakes, and I still have a long way to go, but how awesome is it that God is willing to invite us to be part of His story. That He's willing to use imperfect vessels to bring about good. And it all starts with a "yes!" I pray every one of us becomes a person committed to saying yes to whatever God calls us to. 

The harvest is waiting.

NIV Bible for Women Cover

Fully Convinced

Fully ConvincedI held my Bible as I sat with one of my girls on each side of me in bed. "Do you see a pattern?" I asked.

They looked at the passage and said, "What pattern?"

"Look at what I've circled and highlighted."

Almost in unison, they read, "'And God said...'" Pause. "'And it was so.'"

Fingers ran down the page, "'And God said,'" they read. "'And it was so.'"

Over and over, their little fingers stopped on each of my markings. "'And God said... And it was so.'"

"Do you see it?"

"I think so," Avery said.

"What do you think it means?"

"It's like God says something, and then it happens."

"Yes!" I said, with perhaps a bit too much enthusiasm. "Nothing is too difficult for our God. He speaks, and it is so! Just like He did in the beginning here in Genesis. Isn't that amazing?"

Both girls nodded.

"The book of Romans tells us that God calls into existence things that do not exist," I continued. "He creates out of nothing, simply by speaking it forth. All it takes is a word from God, and it is so."

My family and I have been on a long journey together, a journey we believe God set us on. We have been waiting four and a half years for God to say the word, for Him to bring us our child(ren) from Ethiopia, and at this point, it'll take a miracle. But in Isaiah 55:11, we read, "so shall My word be that goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." God does what He says. He is just as active today as ever. His Word does not return void, but does what it is purposed to do.

What an incredible truth that is!!!

Like many of you, I have some things I believe God has promised to me. Some things that I cannot yet see. In the natural, these things do not look possible, but we press on in faith. Hebrews 11:1 says "faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." The rest of the chapter goes on to chronicalize the faith of those who have gone before us. The faith of Abel, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, and many more.

Romans 4:18-21 tells us that Abraham believed God's promise despite what he saw with his eyes. It says, " In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told... He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised."

This is faith––great faith. The kind of faith that I want. The kind of faith that tells us to believe despite what we see. Faith that tells us to trust despite what we're told. Faith in a loving all knowing, doting Father despite our temptation to doubt.

We serve a God who knows. A God who loves. A God who takes delight in every one of us. A Father who wants to give.

But we must believe.

We must believe in who God is and our position before Him. We must believe that He is in fact the God who calls all things into existence to the extent that we come before Him, praise His name, and whisper, "Only say a word..."

All it takes is a word. And it is so.

When God speaks, things happen.

That hope that seems dead will come alive the moment He speaks.

That promise will be fulfilled.

And we will give glory when, yet again, we see the impossible materialize before our eyes.

For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free

There's a song that I just can't get out of my head. It's called "I Am Set Free" and is written and performed by All Sons and Daughters. The chorus is what keeps playing a loop in my mind continually. In fact, I've even woken up hearing the lyrics several nights in a row:

"I am set free oh oh oh oh

I am set free oh oh oh oh

It is for freedom that I am set free."

It is for freedom that I am set free––words echoing a truth, written by Paul long ago to the churches in Galatia, that said, "For freedom Christ has set us free..." But I love what comes next in this verse–– "...stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery" (5:1).

I think we all have a tendency to slip back into old habits, back into things we've been freed from. When I read the book of Deuteronomy, all I hear is the word remember. Remember who you are. Remember that you are God's. Remember where you came from––that you were once slaves in Egypt but have been set free. John 8:36 says, "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." But how often do we still live like slaves?

Slaves to our worldly passions.

Slaves to our sins.

Slaves to the law.

Second Peter 2:19 tells us, "whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved" (emphasis mine). Romans 6:16 says, "Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness."

We are no longer slaves of sin, but of righteousness. We have been given freedom so that we might "present [our] members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification"––leading to life (Romans 6:19b). True life comes when we submit ourselves to God. But with freedom comes choice. We have the ability to choose who or what we submit ourselves to. Galatians 5:13-14 says, "For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"

We are free to love. To love God and love others.

We are free to actually do the Bible.

We are free to live by the Spirit of God.

We are free to walk in our callings. To do the good works God has prepared for us to do.

We are free.

It is for freedom that we are set free.

And now, it is the time to live like it!

I Am Set Free - All Sons and Daughters

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