Date: November 7, 2012 Time: 4:45 p.m. Event: Finished reading Undaunted by Christine Caine Affect: Satisfaction after reading a really good book worth recommending.
Date: November 8, 2012 Time: 5:15 a.m. Event: Read Zechariah 4: 6-10 as part of my reading through the prophets. Affect: Totally blown away by the timing and the message God has given.
Christine’s and her husband, Nick, are founders of The A21 Campaign. While the whole book is good, the latter chapters-especially the one on Facing Giants- is worth the price of admission. I immediately began thinking of ways to incorporate her thoughts into the situation we have here at OVCF. I reckon it will help to know her thoughts first.
When Nick & Christine thought they would be opening their first “rescue haven” for girls freed from sex trafficking, all logic was against them, including their consultants. But they believed God gave this vision to them so they took the attitude:
DIFFICULT? YES. IMPOSSIBLE? NO!
To make a long story short since I don’t have the space to tell the whole story, Christine and Nick took a “God-approach” (my words):
#1-HOLD ONTO WHERE GOD WANTS YOU TO GO. Two of the spies returned from the Promised Land believing God had given them the land. Sure it had giants, huge cities, and seemingly impenetrable walls. But Joshua and Caleb held fast, even though outnumbered. They were rewarded for their faith.
#2- SEE THE POSSIBILITIES AND HIS PROMISE. Not everything we want will be given (I refute the name it/claim it garbage). But when Difficulty pops up, we need to see more. We need to see beyond it. Joshua and Caleb did not refute the charge there were giants. They simply believed God was bigger than the giants. Sometimes obedience is a rocky road. We will be tested. Our resolve and vision will be challenged. But if we believe God has given us this task, hold firm to His promise.
#3- KEEP GOING FORWARD A STEP AT A TIME. I hear people in recovery saying, “One day at a time.” Shoot! Sometimes for me to keep going forward is one step at a time. It’s not making it to the end of the day that matters, but making it to the next step.
#4- PAVE THE WAY WITH PRAYER. Joshua and Caleb were temporarily defeated by the naysayers (Numbers 14), but if you read ahead to Joshua 1-6 you find Joshua leading the people of Israel into the Promised Land and defeating Jericho without a weapon. Oh, and Caleb?. Read Numbers 14. They trusted God with their future.
Okay…so now where was I? Oh yeah. Zechariah 4. But I see I have run out of space. So that means you can draw your own conclusion as to its application, or you can tune in Monday to see it through my eyes. And I bet you are waiting with baited breath. Meanwhile, I hope maybe some of what I have shared will help you face your giants.
We are having a Men’s Gathering this weekend. My brother, Rob, is leading it. It starts Friday night and ends Saturday noon. I would appreciate your prayers for it. Meanwhile, have a great weekend. Thanks for reading.