Challenged To Grow
Lately I have been challenged with the desire to grow personally as a husband, father and leader where God has placed me. I spent last week in the high desert of Wyoming with a group of leaders from our church and leaders from around the Midwest. It was refreshing and renewing to be outside of the usual pulls of my cell phone and life in general. I was also challenged. One of the speakers was a church leader who has planted many churches, has training schools in 17 countries and is overseeing a powerful school of ministry in his home church. Powerful testimonies, and encouraging words were abundant, but when he said that God stopped him and told him that He was “bored with his faith ” I was beside myself.
As I pondered the realities of the Divine Partnership that God has invited us into through the blood of Jesus Christ and the fact that He asks us and calls us into deeper faith in Him, I found areas of my life begin to flood into my mind where I thought God was prodding me through His Spirit to take action. Unfortunately instead of pressing in faith, I backed off in fear. From calling an old friend from high school to changing the name of our church, the things that God had been inviting me into were laying there dormant and unproductive.
I was suddenly sucked out of my internal process by a single phrase, “God’s greatest pleasure is when we choose to believe Him.” Wow! I know that the verses surrounding faith are powerful and draw us into greater understanding and radical obedience to all the things that God wants to partner with us in. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” I would assume that we all desire to please God through love, worship and walking in obedience, and yet, how often do we consider that God values our faith (our ability to believe) so much that no matter what we do, without faith we are trying to do the impossible.
I am deeply comforted by the reality of His love that never fails, that never fades, and never relents. He is always drawing us into a deeper knowing of Him, and I realize that I learn Him through my experience of faith. By walking in faith I know and am known in a deeper way. This week I was challenged to believe God for more, for greater things in the Spirit, greater things in the natural, and greater things in His Kingdom. I would challenge all of us to look intently upon the Word of God and allow faith to rise in our hearts, knowing that His promises are faithful, true and deeply personal. He wants us to enter into greater faith in Him, His Word, His promises and His plans.
This article was published in the Bonner County Daily Bee on August 19, 2016