Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Extraordinay Insights

This morning I got up at 5:50AM. There was no emergency or place to be early. I have been trying to get up earlier. I typically stay up later and get up later (between 6:30 and 7, not 10). Some people can do that well, but I know that I am more effective if I go to bed early and get up early (something the Army taught me I guess). So, I am excited that I broke the 6am barrier this morning and ultimately would like to get into a 5am routine.

I really feel like God has been speaking to me lately. Each devotion and sermon seem to really target a specific area of my life. You see, God has called us to plant a church in Paris. He has confirmed this in so many ways. I literally have a document on my computer that I call the monument document that I write in to remember all the ways that God is working. We are finding how open the young people in France are to a new kind of church. We know that they will come and experience God in ways that will change their lives forever.

But in the midst of all that God is doing in our lives and ministry right now there is still one area that does not seem to be coming along the way we would like for it to. That area is funding. As a faith based church planting ministry we are funded completely by individuals and churches who want to be part of planting a church in Paris. Right now the funding is coming in very slowly and has forced us to push back our deployment date. I can't help but ask God, why are you blessing in every area of our ministry except the funding.

I just finished reading Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire (again) and Practicing Greatness and In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day. All of these books ended with challenges. Fresh Wind talked about King Asa starting off well but forgetting God in the end. Practicing Greatness talked about God leading all of people he used in a significant way to a wilderness experience before he used them. In a Pit talked about how God doesn't do the impossible in the lives of people who don't attempt the impossible.

The Sermons over the last 2 weeks were on Nehemiah and Abraham. Nehemiah had to boldly ask the king for help. Abraham had to experience 100 dark years of not being able to have children to come to the place where he could believe God for anything and father a nation for God.

I won't go into the details of what each of these things has meant to me, but I can tell you that God is really shaking my foundations right now. I believe that He wants to do something big, but He must prepare us, if we are willing to do what it takes without knowing all of the details.

We have always expected that God was going to do great things through our team in France. Sunday morning, I really sensed God's spirit speaking to me. I wrote down this statement in my notes:

Extraordinary expectations require extraordinary preparation.

I am just beginning to grasp the meaning of this statement.

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