Hold on to the Word of the Lord for Your Life

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Two or three months after my salvation in 1985, I felt the Lord whisper to my heart: “You are going to write books.”

At the time, I was the president of a farm publishing company which published advertising booklets. Although I could write ad blurbs like, “Taste great! Less filling,” for agricultural companies, I was a lousy writer who split infinitives, mangled verb tenses, and jumbled grammar rules.

Yet, I believed this was the word of the Lord for my life.

From that moment forward, I thought of myself as a writer. The jobs I accepted were never long term, career oriented because I already had a career as a writer. I worked in hotel maintenance, car sales, parts delivery, construction, and whatever else to allow myself time to write.

Numerous pastors, prophets, believers, and even family members have told me, “I don’t really believe God has called you to write books. No one knows you.”

Not one of the naysayers were present in my prayer closet when the Lord spoke to my heart about my writing career. So, I made up my mind to ignore them all.

Thus, I rise each morning and ask, “Lord, what do You want me to write today?”

Some days, I write on my blog. Somedays, I write emails. Somedays, books. Somedays, nothing. Yet, even on my nothing days, I’m a writer, looking for stories to write.

What about successes?

The total royalties on my ten e-Books so far might purchase Honey and me a good meal at a Ruth Chris Steakhouse, but not much more. 

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. (Philippians 2:14-16)

Any successes I will ever have on earth in my writing career will be determined by His anointing, and not by my skillful marketing efforts. But yet, it’s still up to me  to hold on to the word of the Lord and be diligent in putting forth an effort each and everyday. You see, God rewards faithfulness.

So, has the Lord spoken a prophetic word to your heart? If so, are you holding on to the word of the Lord for your life? Or do you need to repent and pick the word back up again?


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15 responses to “Hold on to the Word of the Lord for Your Life

  1. Okay, Mr. Larry . .. loved the message in this. Needing to repent and pick something back up. Thanks and God bless you!

  2. Yes, yes and…sometimes yes again. Thanks for writing Larry!

  3. Debbie,

    Thanks. It’s never to late to rekindle the word of the Lord in our lives.

  4. Judy,

    Thanks for reading.

  5. Your writing bless my life Larry, and I thank the Lord and you for that- Darrell

  6. Darrell,

    Thanks. I appreciate your kindness.

  7. Hi Larry, thanks for sharing you may never be a famous writer but you are an honest one and one who Trusts in Jesus our Living Word. I feel you mirror my Stand for God’s Truth which is ….

    God said it!
    I believe it!
    That settles it!

    When we ask and receive God’s wisdom which is found in Jesus Christ we ask and receive (see link below ) we have His understanding, reasoning, logic and discernment, without it we only have man’s fleshy , wordly thoughts, feelings, and teaching by deceived and false Teachers.

    Blog Post – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/the-gaining-of-wisdom/

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  8. Thanks for sharing this Larry. Just what i needed to hear.

  9. Thank you for advertising your books. Nobody knows your heart and is committed to you like Christ. I’m preaching to the choir. 🙂

  10. Freedomborn,

    Thanks. It’s good to know there are some Aussies who love the Lord.

  11. Ben Nelson,

    Thanks. God bless you today and may your vision be doubled.

  12. chasingtheperfectmoment,

    Thanks. I still believe you have one of the best blog names.

  13. Hi Larry I think like a lot of Americans, most Aussies have the wrong view of our Loving God, because of false teaching, all my close friends really Love the Lord, they know He is a God of Love and they respect Him like I do in their heart not just their head. After asking for His wisdom I have no doubts nor do they.

    Blogging in America has been an experience I will not forget some has been very good, some bad, people are the same world wide in regard to their flesh nature it must be put to death as God asks us to do.

    Take Care Larry and watch the Aussies they may get their before the Americans do – Anne

  14. Larry, thank you for your post this morning. I thank the Lord for the time we spent on Tuesday sharing our experiences as men who are following God’s call on our lives and for the challenges that inspire us to keep being faithful to our call. Grace, love, and peace to you and your family.

  15. Derrick,

    Thanks. I so enjoyed our time together and told Carol that we need to move Derrick and his wife next door (or upstairs) so we can see each other more often. The time went too fast. Next time, I will come your direction and save you the drive.

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