Women’s Devo | October 2020
Staying the Course
After the death of King Uzziah the prophet Isaiah received a vision from the Lord. “I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the Temple.”Isaiah 6:1 KJV It was this life changing vision that led to his commission from God. Oftentimes, God will allow us to experience a supernatural vision during a devastating time. Whether it is the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or even a major health issue. However, it is during these times that we can receive a call from the Lord to do great things for the Kingdom.
Habakkuk 2:3 KJV, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” A vision will shake you and prepare you for the course of action. It will keep you “rooted and grounded” so that we can focus on kingdom building. When we are kingdom focused or kingdom minded it will inspire us to be ready for the great commission. Kingdom minded people are not easily shaken, not easily broken, and not easily moved because our course of action is greater than our past and greater than our future. It is our willingness to serve the Lord to our fullest potential without fear, doubt or by making any excuses. We trust God to help us to stay the course.
When Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord, God said, Isaiah 6:8 NKJV, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then said I, “Here am I: send me.” The prophet Isaiah felt unequipped to do the work for he was “undone” and a man of unclean lips.” Isaiah wavered and he doubted his assignment to speak to a rebellious, sinful people. How do we “stay the course” when we feel inadequate, unworthy, or undone? Undone means falling apart or to become unglued.
Life will always present some uncertainties but by the grace of God we shall stand during times of adversity. We shall not be moved by our short comings. If God said, then we will believe it.God is a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). We must at all times and in all things do the work of the Lord and “stay the course.” The race is not given to the swift nor the battle to the strong (Ecclesiastes 9:11).
John 9:4 KJV, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work.” We must tie the vision, the commission, and the course together so that the Holy Spirit can use us. Staying the course is directional, because it is the Holy Spirit which leads, guides, and directs us. The course of action must bear the mark of the cross. We are called to lead people and to win souls for the kingdom.
Therefore, 2 Timothy 4:5 KJV, “Do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry” because some lost soul depends on us telling the story, teaching the story and transforming the people by the power of God. Stay the course and God will get the Glory!
Pastor Sheryl L. Daviswas born and raised on Staten Island, New York. She has been involved in ministry for the past 32 years, much of it taking place in New Jersey. She was licensed as a Certified Chaplain with the New Chaplains International Association of Central Jersey. Pastor Davis was the President of the Rhema Prayer Ministries, Inc. (a not-for-profit Women’s Intercessory Prayer Ministry) of Central Jersey for seven years. She became a member of the Agape Worship Center International Church of God in Columbia, South Carolina on January 2015 under the leadership of Bishop Vincent D. Collins, pastor. Prior to coming to Georgia, she pastored the Shiloh International Church of God in Denmark, South Carolina. She received her Exhorter’s license from the SC Church of God in April 2019 and has an Associate degree in Biblical Studies. Pastor Davis and her husband, Elder Herman Davis, planted a church in Savannah, Georgia called the Victory in Praise (V.I.P.) Church of God located in the Savannah Mall. The Lord gave her the vision for this church. It was launched live stream via Facebook due to the coronavirus pandemic on April 2020. The Davis’s have four children: Melvin, Jermaine, Lamar and Krystal. They have nine grandchildren, one great grandson, and one goddaughter, Alissa Cherry.