Thursday, September 18, 2008

Time to act

The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king."
1 Samuel 16:1

Even when it's bad, we want to hold on to the old. Why is that?

I'm really not sure, but it's so easy to become comfortable. It's so easy to live in the past. It's so easy to keep doing it the way it's always been done.

I've seen too many churches that didn't move when God did.

Do you remember to the story of the Israelites and their journey to the Promiseland? Whenever God moved the Israelites broke camp. By my count, the Israelites had to break
camp forty-one times (Num 33) to reach the Promise Land.

At some point most leaders start doing ministry out of memory and stop doing ministry out of imagination. They start repeating the past and stop creating the future. And most churches stop taking the risks that got them to where they are. They start playing defense.

God tells Samuel it's time to act; he gave a similar message to Joshua when it was time to stop mourning Moses.

Individuals come and go, some by death and some by disobedience, but God's work must go on. When He moves you must follow, it's time to be on the offensive!

Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn't touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don't throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It's still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God's plan so you'll be there for the promised completion.

   It won't be long now, he's on the way;
      he'll show up most any minute.
   But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust;
      if he cuts and runs, I won't be very happy.
But we're not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We'll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.
Heb 10:32-39

Don't shrink back! Play offense today!

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