Monday, January 30, 2012

Fully Convinced

I'm working my way through Romans.

"No distrust made him (Abraham) waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he promised." Romans 4:20

'Hey Abe.'

'Yeah God?'

'I'm gonna give you a kid. You're old as dirt and your wife is barren. But I'm gonna anyways.'

'Ok God.'

I'm not sure how that conversation went down.

But Abe didn't even waver in trusting. Seriously?

Not even like a...'Umm, God, viagra isn't even on the market yet?' or 'God, I'm not sure if these hips have what it takes anymore.'?

Abraham believed.

And that word has been hijacked by a culture that 'believes' in "God", "higher power", "spiritual things".

Belief is something different.


Belief is growing in God because you continually GIVE GLORY TO GOD.

Belief is being FULLY CONVINCED that God will do what He says He'll do.

Two Septembers ago, we felt God calling us to Church Planting.

This past September, Chaia was all but dead after a trip to lay the groundwork in Columbus to church plant.

And now we sit in a strange place of unknowns. Will Chaia live? Will the Church Plant thrive? Will the financial partners needed to plant come on board?

You've got your own questions about unknowns, I'm sure.

But know this. Obedience and trust in the Unknown is where you will encounter the Presence of the Most High God.

For us, "it will be reckoned to us who BELIEVE in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification." (Romans 4:24-25)

This is a season of extreme unknowns, but Jesus is worthy.

I'm fully convinced of that.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ben the unknown is all around us-look at the upcoming election?? Look at the numbers in our churchs(or lack of)?? We all have those unknowns in our lives, and I can't even begin to imagine trying to navigate through any of them without God/belief/hope/prayer/faith/His peace/ we have no other way to get through unless it is with BELIEF in God and all of HIS wisdom, guidance, direction an our obedience. I will continue to pray for you, Shaina and Chaia, and especially with her feeds. Never stopped kneeling and praying for all of you. You are, and will continue to be sustained by HIS power,strength and love. Praying in Smithville, Denise S.