After a few weeks of holding my breath, yesterday I was handed the key to our building! (exhales) Now, I’ve got to get insurance,utilities of various types,and of course nearly everything else that will be needed. I’ve put up an add on Craigslist of Southeast Missouri soliciting donations of office furniture,partitions,and used carpeting. My partner and I are planning to talk with some of the local ministers to let them know what we’re trying to get going,we definitely could use some help! Our mission is to bless as many people as possible with the services we plan to offer, but I think that it’s going to be just as much of a blessing to those who decide to help us. I’ve inquired around at a few of the local help agencies and apparently there isn’t any sort of open drug or alcohol abuse support group meetings currently being held anywhere. It occurred to me what a great opportunity it would be for us to pursue, and also for many people in the church to act as mentors! The one “saying” that’s been going through my mind is…
“All that’s necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to stand idly by and do nothing”
In the last fifty years or so the church has lost so much precious ground! I don’t feel like there’s anyone who doesn’t know that! I also know that church’s do lots of great work in this country and all over the world but unfortunately here in the United States they’re perceived by many as hypocritical and judgmental. So much of the work done by church’s happens outside the country while the spiritual needs of our own go unmet. Sure, we have sanctuaries everywhere but I’m afraid we’re following in the footsteps of Europe where the majority of the church’s are empty, empty because they had a “high on the mountaintop” attitude,because they tried to keep Jesus all to themselves and away from the masses,because in the end, despite the gilded rituals and dry dogma they really didn’t have much left to offer anyway.
It reminds me of the Jordan river, it flows from the sea of Galilee which is full of life into the Dead sea that isn’t,because it’s incredibly salty and there’s no outlet. The Spirit of The Lord is like electricity, it won’t flow through a connection that’s not connected, or through a people who won’t reach out for those whom The Father loves and wants so desperately to reach.
Like many of you I’ve felt overwhelmed by the size of the powers and principalities that we’re at war against. Of all the weapons that have been formed against me personally in my life, I feel that the one’s that have done the most damage are hopelessness and discouragement. I found these verses in 2 Kings that have given me hope and encouragement, and emboldened me to walk even more so in faith…
15And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
16And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
17And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
Elisha wasn’t alone or outnumbered,and neither are we! When we come together as the body of Christ it’s no contest!
And that’s definitely what it’s all about, reaching people for Christ! Introducing the people of a fallen world to a risen Savior! Through the compassion and understanding we can express through this ministry we know the victory has already been won, that hearts can be touched and strongholds of the enemy can be brought down.
3 replies on “It’s all about Jesus!”
Hi Jeff, Hold on to that Scripture mate.
Over time you will find the devil is going to use “good” people, (perhaps more-so) than “bad” people to continue bombarding you with hopelessness and discouragement.
From my experience, Satan works from within the church more than he does out.
Stay close to the Holy Spirit, and act on His leadings even when they conflict with man’s. Avoid seeking approval from others and don’t expect them to understand what God has shown and will continue to show you.
You will also find that God will give you all the grace needed for the task, so if you find yourself losing your peace and becoming irratible & tired, you’re outside that grace. Drop that task and pick up the one He’s given you grace for.
Don’t fall for the trap that too many ministers fall into, and that is, they believe they have to save the (their) world.
Also, God is never in any hurry, so don’t allow haste and urgency to enter in. You’ll notice Jesus never operated out of haste and hurry, so should you hear, “DO IT NOW!” – that is not the voice of God.
God will reveal plenty of time in advance what He wants done. Don’t worry about failure either.
I’ll be praying for you mate.
Go! Go! Go! That’s what the Lord asked us to do. Don’t worry about problems, you will grow and know the answers at the right time. Just Go!!!!
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