When it comes to making important decisions (like what to commit to give to God for the Engage10K capital campaign), you won’t be able to know God’s will without being HOT:
Hear from God
The sole purpose for our church to spend 40 days in prayer and fasting is to HEAR from God. These past 40 days have been such an incredible journey for my family and me. I trust God has equally blessed you and yours. Taking time to turn down the distractions and tune in to God is a must. If you haven’t heard from Him, don’t act on your own. When we think God is being silent is when we substitute our best guesses. God doesn’t want you to come up with a hypothesis; He wants you to hear Him.
Hearing God is a matter of the will. If we want to hear God, we need to stop talking. It’s not like God doesn’t want to speak. Remember Job’s friend, Elihu, who reminded Job that God is greater than man and “God speaks time and again, but a person may not notice it.” (Job 33:14)
Once we’ve heard from God, it’s time to OBEY. The impact of our Engage10K commitment and first fruits offering on October 30 is not about us and will extend long past that particular Sunday. In fact, I want the ceiling of my ministry to become the ground floor of the next generation. We can’t know everything, but we must act on what we do know. If we are still asking questions once we have heard from God, chances are we’re probably procrastinating. Remember Moses struggling with doing what he knew God had called him to do – to emancipate the Israelites from the tyranny of Pharaoh.
As we obey, we have to continue to TRUST. There will always be obstacles to our obedience, but these crises of faith can be navigated successfully by trusting God. When we don’t trust someone, we tend to hold back. When we do trust someone, we tend to open up. As we prepare to obey God with our gifts and sacrificial commitments, we will be tempted to doubt. Think of the time Peter jumped in the water to walk to Jesus, but when the conditions around him worsened, he doubted what he had heard and what he had done. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
October 30, 2016 is a day like none other to obey. We will have heard from God, and we must continue to trust God. Obedience is the hinge on which Engage10K will swing open. So let’s not miss the importance of this day:
– Come early (early for the service you attend or even earlier to join me for prayer in the Hospitality Room on the Longview campus at 7:15 a.m.).
– Come expectantly (“God is able to do exceedingly beyond all we can ask or think.” As we walk in faith, let’s heed the same counsel in asking for wisdom – “…without doubting.”).
– Come examined (Please pray again over your commitment and your offering before this Sunday. When we bring our commitments and offerings to God, we must know that we are bringing the number that God wants us to give – not just a number we came up with in our own budgeting. The more that we commit to giving over the next 3 years, the more we can fulfill all of the Engage10K projects. And the more money we can bring on the front end, the quicker we can begin construction.)
Sunday, October 30 is going to be an unforgettable day in the life of Mobberly on both campuses! The children will have a special opportunity to present their Engage10K banks to the Lord in the worship service and the youth will combine all their offerings at Elevation. When we join together as the Mobberly family, our generosity will make an exponential impact on East Texas! Its’ going to be HOT!