Great News

This process of planting a church has been a real stretch of my faith. It was really easy to say “Just believe that God will take care of it” to others, but now I am truly having to live out those words. The thing is that if a word or vision is not from God then in most cases the fear will keep you from moving forward in that direction. I know for me this has been so true. If this vision to start a life-giving church in Ft. Lauderdale was not from God I truly know that I would have quit a while ago. I was reading in Proverbs this morning and it says in verse 17:3

“Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the Lord tests the heart.”

This is so true, when we start walking out what we think is from God or is from Him through the fires of the process we find out if it something from God or just a good idea. Mark Batterson once said that he would rather have 1 God Idea than 100 good ideas. I believe that if we get a vision from God then when we go through the tests, what is left is a sincere and pure heart for what He wants. See, we live in a world of silver and gold and that is typically what we strive for but more than anything God wants for you and I to find His heart in all matters, so that means that we will go through the fiery trials of life.

Over the past couple of weeks I have personally gotten to experience this with trying to find a location for Coastal Community Church. We thought that we were going to get Monarch High School but it seemed like we were hitting one road block after another. In fact two weeks ago I was sure that there was no way we were going to get that school and every other location that I looked at was not a good fit for a new church. I was pretty discouraged to say the least, but I still believed that God had called us here and that this was a purifying moment of getting rid of fear to totally trust. The next week I got a call from the church that was meeting in the school who was moving out and they said that after I had met with their pastor that they really wanted us to take over their lease on the school and not only that but that they wanted to give us most of their portable equipment because they would no longer be using it. God blew our socks off with all of this news.

So many times God allows us to go through the fire to purify our hearts.

What fire are you going through today?
How is God trying to purify your thoughts and motives through this fire?

Listen, God is up to something BIG in each and every one of our lives. Don’t give up, press on through the fire and see what God will do in your heart and life, He is probably up to GREATER THINGS.

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