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By DAN THOMPSON
“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea.” Matthew 3:1
These scriptures record the ministry of John the Baptist. He spent 30 years in the deserts of Judea preparing for this ministry. Then it only lasted about six months before he baptized Jesus and men started following him. Nevertheless, in those brief six months John turned an entire nation to God.
John did not take the normal approach and go where the people were. He was out in the wilderness and the people came to him. He had no advertisements other than the testimonies of those who heard him. He wasn’t a flashy evangelist wearing the latest styles of the day. He didn’t do anything the way the religious leaders taught it was supposed to be done; yet it worked. In a few months, he stirred an entire nation to anticipate the coming of Jesus.
God accomplished this amazing feat through a man who was not “normal.” Too often our “herd instinct” keeps many of us from being used of God. We are so afraid of what someone else might think about us if we do what he tells us to do and live by His Spirit and Word. We try to be like everyone else, and then wonder why we are getting the same results as everyone else. That’s not smart!
John was yielded to the Holy Spirit, and he succeeded against all the odds. This New Year, dare to follow the Holy Spirit, even if it means going against the crowd, and you will get supernatural results too.
Dan Thompson is pastor of New Life Foursquare Church.