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This year to live out the things that God has planned for us we are going to need courage and faith. God is calling us to stretch out our tent pegs and to step out of the boat.
We have to have courage to embrace change. To believe in the impossible. To have the converstations with people about Jesus. To pray and believe for healing. To apply for the new job. To put your hand up for new opportunities.
Moses had to have courage to go up Mt Sinai.
He was one man out of a whole nation and he said I am not afraid I will go up on the mountain and meet God because he knew the heart of God, he had a personal relationship. The reward of his courage was he met with God face to face, he met with God like no one else has in history. We have to have courage to go hard after God, to make that decision to carve out time to spend with Him, to pursue His presence and to want more, even if those around us hold back.
Jonathan Edwards, 18th Century theologian and preacher wrote 70 resolutions when he was 19, which he read once a week to remind himself for 35 years, more than 1,800 times before his death in 1758. All of his resolutions have been summed up in these two statements:
Resolution One: I will live for God.
Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.- Jonathan Edwards
Have any of you here done anything that scared you so much you thought you might have a bodily functions moment…. Or that your heart might stop…. Or that you might never survive???
This year we went to The Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise baby!
We hit the theme parks, Sea world, Wet and Wild and Movie World.
Movie world has this one ride that scared the biginoes out of me but that I knew I had to get my son to do. I knew he wouldn’t do it unless I did. So yip.
It is the Superman Escape Ride. After waiting waiting waiting about 45 mintutes it was our turn. It is at this point that my son informs me that you accelerate from zero to 100 in 2 seconds. Yes. What the heck!
Let me show you……
So as we shot out now going 100km an hour my son and I had very different reactions. I could not scream because I was too scared. Nor could I shut my eyes. However my son started with some noise then closed his eyes for the rest of his short life… I mean for the rest of the ride…
At the end I stumbled off the roller coaster, we laughed and high fived because we had survived! My fearless 9 year old neice who also rode with us was like that was the best ride ever auntie Claire now can we go on the green lantern…. Like heck no!
It took courage for me to go on the superman escape. And the reward of my courage was bragging rights and the thrill of the experience!
To go up the mountain you have to have courage.
Moses had to have courage.
He was one man out of a whole nation and he said I am not afraid I will go up on the mountain and meet God because he knew the heart of God, he had a personal relationship. The reward of his courage was he met with God face to face, he met with God like no one else has in history.
Jonathan and his armour bearer had to have courage to climb up the mountain to take on the philistine army. While the rest of their army nana napped under the pogemgrante tree with the king they snuck out to go make a difference. They had a chat and said “if we meet the enemy and they call us up then we’ve got them, we’ve won, but if we meet the enemy and they say we’ll come down to you, then we’ll run because that’s a sign from God” So they find the enemy, and sure enough the philistine solider says come on up….
Boom Jonathan says! God is with us and nothing is impossible.
It was 2 against whatever, agasint 50-100 men, but the odds were ever in their favour because they knew that God was with them.
They were game changers, while the rest of the army slept they won a great victory.
We must understand that God does not live in our “reality.” He is not confined to odds and statistics. God calls us to throw off those constraints and allow ourselves to dream. Jonathan, was a dreamer who refused to be boxed in by “reality”. He had a dream to take on the army of the Philistines. On their way to the battle Jonathan reminded his friend who was carrying his armour that God could save by many or by few. He was declaring the truth that we can dream an audacious dream because the God we serve is not confined to statistics. THIS reality gave Jonathan courage. THIS reality fuelled his dream.
Now you might not be facing an army or climbing a literal mountain to meet with God and lead a nation but you have got to tap into supernatural courage to do all audiacous things that God has called YOU to do.
To talk to your friend in class
To have courage to say hey im praying
To have courage to pray right there and then
Courage to live your life differently
Courage to pursue God wholeheartedly
You need courage to grab onto the dream that God has for your life…. That God has for you next year.
Where does that courage come from?
Stir your heart with the promises of God
Chop the wood
Faith in an invisible God who is faithful always
STIR YOUR HEART
God has given us this book for a reason. Its got just to gather dust. Its not just a good idea. This is the living breathing alive active powerful Word of God, that reveals who God is and what God does and what God likes and what God is doing. Not just at the big picture level but to you personally.
To grow in courage you have got to get this book inside you – you’ve got to read it and let it inspire you.
Put yourself in their shoes…. When goliath faced the giant, he didn’t know the end of the story, he was just a teenager with courage to believe that if God said He would win he would win. When Moses split the red sea, he didn’t know the end of the story, he was just an old man with a stick got said lift up. When the little boy brought his lunch to Jesus he thought maybe just the disciples might get a snack, he didn’t know the end of the story, that his lunch box fed 20000 people. When Shadrach, Mesach and Abendago said no way will we bow down to a false god, they didnt know the end of the story and that they would walk with Jesus in the fire. They are humans, like you and me. What got them in the book is their faith and courage, they chose to step out and let God step in.
Getting familiar with this book feeds your faith and faith is the key that unlocks adventure. You get stirred to believe in a great God who does extraordinary things with ordinary people.
Chop the wood so when the fire falls you’ll be ready
We’ve got to get ready in the simple every day parts of our lives. If you want fire in your life you don’t just go “boom here I am, I’m ready” – you prepare.
Chop the wood. Pray. Read the Bible. Go to church.
Do the everyday things to make your life an altar for the fire to fall. Live consistent.
If you live your life with that yes then God knows He can nudge you in a direction, towards an adventure and you’ll say yes.
Building a lifestyle of worship, of faithfulness, of passion and purpose chops the wood and gets you ready for the fire to fall. Its like you’re painting a massive target on your life saying here am I Lord, send me!
Faith in a faithful God
Courage leads to faith. Courage puts you in the seat of the roller coaster and straps you in but faith is knowing that you’re going to zoom, its the confidence that its designed right and that every mechanical thing is working and functioning and that in 25 seconds you’ll be able to breathe at normal speed again…
Courage caused Jonathan and his armour bearer to leave the safety of the snooze under the pomegranate tree, but faith took them into the battle and the victory. Once they heard the enemy say “come on up here” they knew that God was at work and that nothing was impossible.
Faith isn’t a what – it is in a who. We have faith in an incredible God who breathed out the stars, who created the universe, who knows how many hairs you have on your head and knows all the thoughts and dreams of your heart. We have faith in a God who loves us so much that 2000 years ago Jesus came and lived a perfect life that we could never live and he died the death we should have, punished for the sins of all the world, for your sin, my sin. Sin is the dumb stuff we do, the things that push us away from God. God is perfect and holy and could have just left it at that but He wanted to be our Father and to be our friend. So Jesus came and lived and died and took our place – its like he exchanged his perfect rap sheet for our rubbish rap sheet and now we can be called innocent and not guilty.
This is who we have faith in. The God who has done everything to make us His friend. The God who created you on purpose with a purpose. The God who holds the universe together and is at work yesterday, today, tomorrow.
And He is calling you to have courage. He is calling you to step up and step out and make a difference. He has created you for adventures with Him. He has created you to shine in the darkness of this world. He has called you to be different. He has called you to know Him and make Him known. To do this you need courage, you need to stir yourself up with His promises and with the stories of people doing amazing things. You need to live a life that holds fast to what it means to be God’s friend, to chop the wood now so that when the fire falls, when the opportunity comes, when the roller coaster of your life takes off at 0-100 km per hour that you are ready and you need to know that God is good and great.
Life is more than breathing, you are on mission. It might seem like mission impossible but with God He says IM POSSIBLE. Its time to lift our vision and to stretch out into the more that God dreams for your life….
- HKC Collision Camp 2016
One of the funniest things about being a parent is observing the family resemblance that get passed down from generation to generation.
There are the obvious.
Height. Or lack of it.
Hair colour. And hair colour changes…. My husband’s mum was completely white by the time she was 35 (and my husband is nearly completely gray/white at 43 – and looks awesome!)
But there are other things that families do in common, traits and quirks that identify people as belonging to a family.
You’ve probably heard the sayings:
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Like father, like son
A chip off the old block.