Monday, June 24, 2013

FAITH: An Essential Ingredient For Missional Living

“Then I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them.  The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert.  There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until your reach this place.  In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God, who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.  When the Lord heard what you said, he was angry and solemnly swore:  ‘not a man of this generation shall see the good land I swore to give your forefathers, except Caleb son of Jephunneh.  He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the Lord wholeheartedly.”  Deuteronomy 1: 29-36 NIV

The biggest obstacle to following God is fear.  As a matter of fact, it is impossible to follow God and join Him in pursuing His mission when fear is holding our heart captive.  Fear causes us to doubt and to question whether God is really able to accomplish what he has called us to join Him in do!  This is the reason why here in the beginning in Deuteronomy and throughout the rest of the book of Deuteronomy and on into Joshua God keeps reminding His people and leaders to not be afraid and to not be terrified.  When people focus on the object of terror they have in essence removed their eyes off of God who is able to overcome whatever it is that brings that terror.

God intended all of our past experiences of God’s power, presence, provision and protection, to prepare us to be ready for the next God assignment.  God has multiple reasons for doing things they way He does ...