Fearless Faith in 2011

13 01 2011

I’m sitting by a fire in the woods, freezing my buns off.  This is where I am most inspired—even in 20 degree weather.  It’s difficult to express just how full of joy, anticipation and faith I have felt the past few weeks.  I believe God is about to move in unprecedented ways this year—in your life and in our church.  As I look back over the past year and remember all of the times of prayer, fasting, planning, retreats, alignment issues, reading, studying, waiting on God and endless discussions with our leadership team, I am filled such expectation for what God is about to do in our midst at Mountain Springs Church.  The Holy Spirit has visibly and audibly spoken to us many times.  The word that keeps coming to me is “fearless faith.”  God gave me that word while reading from The Message and ESV a week ago:

Psalms 56:10-13

In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise —in God I trust; I will not be afraid. (fearless now, I trust in God-Message)

What can man do to me?  I am under vows to you, O God; (God you did everything you promised, and I’m thanking you with all my heart-Message) I will present my thank offerings to you.

For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God (Now I stroll at leisure with God in the sunlit fields of life-Message) in the light of life. 

The Psalmist is challenging us to live with fearless faith!  Walter Brueggeman’s description of God captures my heart: “Wild, dangerous, unfettered and free.”  May that be true of us! God wants each of us to live wild, dangerous, unfettered lives that are Word-rooted and Spirit-alive.  Too many in the church are actually living the opposite kind of life—they are shackled, tame and burdened. 

We need unfettered faith that is fearless and uncompromising.  When God has spoken on something, when we know that our hearts have heard the Word of the Lord—we must step out with dangerous trust and like the admiral of a ship looking through his binoculars, shout with conviction, “Land Ho!”  See it and believe it.  Don’t hesitate.

And so it is at Mountain Springs in 2011.  The Lord has spoken to the MSC leadership team over the past year, showing us clearly His vision for the next twenty years. We are calling it Mission2030.  God has shown us that He wants us to plant 100 campuses, plant 1000 churches, through planting 10,000 leaders. God is birthing a revolution of love in our city that will pour out to the world in the years to come.  We on the leadership team believe that 2011 will be the year of God showing us the steps of how we will accomplish this vision.  Make this our prayer for our church: “God, show us how to bring a revolution of love to Colorado Springs, how to raise up the leaders, how to put feet to our vision.  Energize us with the Word and Spirit—in power!”

Without Prayer we are Doomed

 Without prayer we are doomed.  When we look at the revolution of love in Acts, we see the utter dependence by the apostles and church on God’s power through prayer!  Prayer must be a deep focus of our lives and our church!  For a true revolution of love, God must invigorate, initiate, and enliven His people with a Jesus-heart, Jesus-boldness, Jesus-focus for our families, our city and our world.  Your finances and the church’s finances, are going to be tight this year.  Your family will go through struggles this year.  We simply must pray—constantly and consistently.  I am freshly committing myself to prayer for a fearless faith that believes God for His might and presence over Mountain Springs Church and the Word & Spirit Network.  Without prayer, we will not have the wisdom and fearless faith needed.

Each of you is a key part of God’s vision.  Each of you brings a unique gift mix and perspective to the vision God is birthing.  Each of you has been created for this time and place.  You were each born to do something significant with your life.  For you to discover God’s purpose, you will need fearless faith in the New Year.  There are three things that I do every day that I believe will kindle your fearless faith:

  1. Start each day with worship and prayer
  2. Start each day reading at least one chapter of the Bible
  3. Start each day telling your wife/husband and children that you really love them

As we set our hearts toward 2011, I’m reminded of the words of one of my favorite leaders, Winston Churchill, as he faced the “lightning war” of Hitler.  With no victories to speak of yet, having just replaced Chamberlain as Prime Minister, with Hitler taking over all of Europe and the French and British being annihilated at Dunkirk, he spoke to the House of Commons,

I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: ‘I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat’…You ask what is our policy?  I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land, and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.  That is our policy.  You ask, What is our aim?  I can answer in one word: Victory—victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be…I take up my task, with buoyancy and hope…Come, then, let us go forward together with our united strength.

And may we be reminded this day, the immortal words of St. John when he wrote, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. (1 John 5:4 NKJV).  Let’s go forth with fearless faith as a church.

Carpe Diem Gloriae Dei,

Steve


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13 01 2011
Sandy Bove

I’ve heard it said that coincidence is God’s way of manifesting Himself…well, I wasn’t surprised when you stated that this was going to be our year of Jubilee. I had just changed my computer password to the likes of “This is my year of Jubilee!!” I’m believing that the Lord is going to release me from my past (mainly my divorce) as well as fully believing him for my future, and the future of my precious children. So, your words were confirming…
I have committed my self to read Old Testament, Psalms & New Testament every day (I just finished Numbers & am excited to begin Dueteronomy!!) Especiall true for me verse: 9: “This I KNOW, that God is for me!” (emphasis is mine!!). Then on to Luke 18 and Jesus’ parable on prayer! The very outline of your blog! (I guess the Lord knows I need repetition!) I don’t beleive in coincidence!! I’m holding on for a wild ride! I know we are made VICTORIOUS through the blood of Jesus Christ!! I’ll be praying for Mountain Springs and vision 2030!

13 01 2011
Giselle Lee

This email from a friend seem to fit well: “Never forget who you are-strong, majestic, fearless, fierce, protective, at rest, and unworried. God repeatedly compared the strength of His royal children to lions and lionesses” (from Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere) Numbers 24:9 “Like a lion, Israel crouches down; like a lioness who dares to arouse her?”; 2Cor. 6:11-13 “Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!”

13 01 2011
Greg Kappas

Great Scotts, super work Steve and “land ho, mate.”

14 01 2011
gg

Churches without campuses…Ten thousand unique leaders with ten thousand unique sets of gifts doing abundant actions that are often bold and courageous and unique among people who previously may have been under-loved and under-engaged with Christ and the Church…it sounds interesting.

Abundant prayer…it sounds like abundant labor pains to give birth to it all. As in: “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” (Galatians 4:19).

It sounds a bit painful…it sounds messy…it sounds exciting!

14 01 2011
Jan Inman

Thank you for your inspiring words from the Lord. I look forward to seeing the great things that our God will do at MSC and in our community. May we, his body, prepare ourselves for battle. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know God holds our future. To God be the glory, great things He has done and will do! Praying for all our pastors and the Impact next week.

8 02 2011
Dorinda Jacksch

How often does one look at challanges in this life with fear? I believe that we must be passionate seekers of Christ. We need to believe that He knows the adventures for which He has choosen for us already. Be not fearful or second guessing the journey God has designed for us. Take up His Word, the talents and gifts He has provided; and add our prayers as we hike into the wilderness of living our lives for Him.

27 02 2011
Cavalene

Thank you Pastor Steve – I also feel released after a quiet morning on the deck facing the mountains – a hot cup of Costa Rician coffee sent by freinds from San Jose – with my lap top I read your last few messages – wrapped in a quilt closed my eyes and it felt like a weight lifted around me. I have a new peace – next i prayed for demons to leave my home and favor for my children. I have come along way since moving to Colorado and you have helped me understand that life is in him and through him…

Now at 60 for the first time in several months or even years I am stronger…….Thank you for the devotion.

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