Let’s be honest. One thing Britain is not known for is sunshine. But recently we’ve been experiencing a bit of a drought – to the point that the use of hosepipes in the gardens were banned and even rumoured to last until Christmas. “Britain: Drought Nation” just doesn’t sound right really does it?
Well, last week the skies clouded over and the rain began to fall.
Then it continued to fall.
Then it carried on a bit longer.
…It’s still raining.
Britain has been hit with an inordinate amount of rainfall this month. In fact, according to the Telegraph there’s been over a month’s worth of rainfall in just a few days. Whilst it might be a little inconvenient, it’s much needed to begin to replenish ‘near-empty reservoirs’ through the UK.
This last week has reminded me of a message from the pastor of Elevation Church, Steven Furtick. He spoke last year at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit on ‘digging ditches’. Below are the notes from his message from the Willow Creek Association Blog, but I wanted to preface it by saying that we can all experience what feels like droughts in God’s provision in our lives. It’s not that God isn’t there for us, it’s just that we can’t feel it right now. But often when it rains, it pours. When we experience God’s provision, it can be both overwhelming and transformational. Enjoy Steven Furtick’s message:
Session 4 Notes: Audacious Faith
“I’m expert at being dumb enough to believe that God can do anything.”
Audacious faith – believing God to do the impossible
2 Kings 3:9-20
Only God can make it rain. We can do all the things we can do, but only God can make it rain.
Only God can send favor, mercy, salvation, healing…
I can’t expect God’s blessing on my work unless I do it God’s way.
You can do it.
You can make it.
Don’t give up.
No matter what.
How are we going to go from inspiration to implementation?
Good ideas don’t make you a visionary, they just make you a day-dreamer if you don’t move to implementation.
If the size of the vision you have for your life isn’t intimidating to you, it’s likely that it’s insulting to God.
If you want to see the land filled with water, dig some ditches.
Life can beat the audacity right out of you.
Audacity is ambiguous.
No leader is 100% sure they have heard from God. We just have to hear enough to take the next step.
If you will dig the ditches, God will send the rain. If you will do what you can do, God will do what He can do.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21
Questions for Reflection:
What ditch is God asking you to dig?
Where does your faith need to be stretched?
What are you audaciously believing God for?