Monday, January 24, 2011
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible (Hebrews 11:1-3 ESV).
Steven Furtick pastors the Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC. In his recent book Sun Stand Still, he shares what he calls his “Page 23 Vision.” In reading Jim Cymbala’s Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, he noted that while he sat at his parents’ kitchen table, “hands still wet from washing the dishes, I stumbled across the line that set the trajectory of my life. It was on page 23:
I despaired at the thought that my life might slip by without seeing God show himself mightily on our behalf (Furtick, 21).
In our fasting and praying, do we have a desire to see God show up mightily? Let me encourage you in this:
- When God’s Word is read, studied, taught, preached, and treasured—God shows up mightily.
- When God’s people gather together in expectancy of God speaking and moving—God shows up mightily.
- When God’s people obey even in the face of persecution—God shows up mightily to give the words and the strength to persevere.
- When God’s people put the ‘one anothers’ into full action—God shows up mightily to minister through us as His body. (Here is a full list of the ‘one another’ passages.)
- When God rescues someone from their sin and from death and hell and makes them new in Christ—God shows up most mightily of all! And how glorious that He uses us in that process!!
When, as G. Campbell Morgan said, we set our sails in obedience, we will be ready to move with God’s Spirit shows up in the direction He desires us to go.
Read John 15.
Pray for yourself and the three people you know who need Christ.
Fast to disconnect from the world.
Journal your journey.