Where do you put your hope?
ONLY YOU know when God whispers to your soul.
It’s something you’ll not soon forget.
Please pray continually about the ministry He’s nudging you to. Every step needs to be saturated in prayer.
When God puts a dream in your heart HE can be trusted to lead you to everything you will need to do the work.
We’ve listened to many, many people tell us that we need to “do things this way” or “that way” because “that’s just the way ministry works.” There is some good advice out there.
But also I’ve heard of brand new ministries that were born into people’s hearts but were aborted because they gave up when a few said, “That’s not possible” or “No. We won’t fund that.” Some give up when faced with churches who want a “5 Year Plan” and won’t even pray with them toward this work.
I just CAN’T find it in the Bible where Jesus said follow committees, preachers, or churches, family, friends, or other leaders, and when they say “No” then give up.
Where is your Hope? In people? In circumstances? In other Christians? Or in God?
I have read that Jesus says “Follow ME.”
God is the God of the impossible. He’s great at making impossible things possible.
The Holy Spirit is here to lead us.
This stuff is real.
What God has put on my heart is that when people and churches and organizations that do NOT donate, whether prayers or money or other kinds of support, that does NOT mean it’s time to give up!
Perhaps God wasn’t using them for this particular ministry.
And that’s okay!
There are many people God does bring you in contact with who believe with you
…BEFORE the physical buildings can be seen,
…BEFORE it “looks official,”
…when it’s still ONLY BY FAITH that you feel compelled to take another step.
We felt God planting in our hearts that He was moving our family from Texas to Alaska to open a homeless teen place. Currently we’re waiting on Him in Washington. He’s training us more every day.
And I still can’t give anyone a 5 year plan. (…probably never will be able to.)
And the funny thing is I can’t find it in The Bible where God says I have to.
As we have stayed in prayer, walking in faith, over the past 4 years, God has led us to people:
with hearts for ministry and specifically for this ministry we feel moved to,
who are counselors,
people on Boards of Directors who are already working with the homeless,
people who have started organizations that help rescue sex-trafficked girls,
CEOs with the same hearts for this kind of ministry,
people who know about nonprofits like 501c3,
people who have donated financially (some once, and some a few times) over the past 4 years
they know we’re not even “there” yet. (Yes, we’re keeping the list for later tax purposes.)
God has sent people to believe with us, in spirit and in action.
And THAT is the most amazing thing.
For God to send support like that is just reassurance time after time that HE’s got this and HE IS listening and leading and providing.
After all, He IS our Provider, so… I’m not surprised but ALWAYS constantly in awe every single step of the way.
If we’d TRIED to plan all this, things couldn’t have ever gone better.
When you see God giving you the next step and the next, you can’t help but want more!
My question is that if we’d “planned” it all on paper (to get a church or organization to donate) then where does being open to the Holy Spirit daily fit in?
I actually don’t even think that’s how it’s supposed to be done “Biblically.” I think that’s taking a dream God gives and trying to make it fit our way.
Perhaps “planning” how we want it to look isn’t such a perfect way after all.
That “plan” would have changed so many times by now already.
My faith and my hope is NOT in an organization
or in a preacher
or in a committee who may pull funding
if we’re not fast enough for them,
or if we don’t baptize enough people in their given amount of time,
or for whatever results they want to see on a graph chart or powerpoint.
My hope is in HIM.
And HE is faithful to complete work He started.
SOMEBODY NEEDS YOU.
And God, ALONE, is MORE THAN ENOUGH to lead you to this work He’s prepared in advance for you to do. (You’ll know it when it happens because it’ll include your passion and talents He gave you.)
I can’t tell you it will be easy but it’s very worth it even when others think it’s silly. (And they will. So what? Let them think it’s silly. Perhaps, when they’re ready to surrender to Him, God will move them, too. Your job isn’t to convince them. It’s to follow in faith.)
There are doors that God unlocks through prayer, singing praises to Him, and reading Scripture out loud, that we could never have unlocked ourselves.
God opens doors that NO enemy can shut.
And He closes doors that NO friend can open.
HE IS ABLE.
A few years ago when we told someone about this God-sized dream He’s placed in our hearts, they asked skeptically, “You and whose army?! Who is going to do this work with you?!” I said, “Me and whatever army God calls together.”
Watch Him do it.
Hear This Truth:
TRUST in THE LORD with ALL your heart
and lean NOT on your OWN understanding;
in ALL your ways SUBMIT TO HIM,
AND HE WILL make your paths straight.