THE COURAGE OF OUR CONVICTIONS

We are coming into a season in which church leaders are going to be challenged in an unprecedented way.  We need to be praying for one another that we will have the courage to rightly respond to new convictions.  (The just shall live by faith.)

Momentum is building, and it won’t be long before more and more of us will face some of the most difficult decisions in our lifetime—choosing between God and mammon.

Now that I have your attention, let me encourage you with my testimony.  I have always chosen to love God, and not love mammon.  My heart and my treasures are in the kingdom of God.  I have always sought first His kingdom and His righteousness, and have found that God indeed knows that which I am in need of.   He has always provided.

Beginning with ordination and sending in 1968 until today, I have had “a normal salary” for only a few months,  total.  Our many moves and foreign travel have been financed out of heaven’s treasure.  Paul’s testimony is also my testimony:

I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

I learned early about living by faith.  Our first migration was from California to New York.  We, the six of us, left California with a full tank of gas and $84.  We arrived in New York with a wonderful testimony of God’s guidance and provision.  This established the standard for our entire life of service.

Few will be called to such a lifestyle.  Few will be tested in this way as we face these unprecedented challenges.  However, you can plan on the enemy of our souls suggesting our financial ruin because of brand new demands that will be placed upon church leaders.

The coming together of the church in our cities and regions does not mean that you will lose everything you have built over the years.  You can relax your grip, fully realizing that you are no match for God, but—thankfully—He loves us and has only good planned for us.

There are already apostolic strategies being discussed that will assure us that we will not have our spheres taken from us.  The timing of moving into God’s higher ways will be calibrated to our present circumstances.

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Be encouraged. Don’t buy the devil’s rhetoric.  Our God and Father will bring us into the fullness of His divine order and purpose in miraculous ways that will thrill each one privileged to participate.  It is a process, not an event!

And the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace.

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