If you happen to catch one of our Christmas worship times we are calling ‘Behold’, you’ll hear a lot about God and His faithfulness… and as believers, actually experiencing His faithfulness- rather than just talking about it -is always so comforting. Yesterday was the beginning of our eight show mini-tour, and we got to experience just that.
Back in the summer, I had toyed with the idea of a Christmas tour, prayed about it, but was nervous about what that all involved. Shortly after, Trent (keys) came to me and said in jest, ‘you know, we should do a Christmas tour…’ Well that was all the confirmation I needed :). We all got together, prayed about it, and as I began telling people what we were doing, it happened. Synopsis: God gave me a vision, I was nervous about it, God gave me confirmation through another believer, and as I stepped out, He proved faithful… seems easy enough.
Why can’t I do that in other things in life? For me, it’s so easy to let go of the things that I KNOW i can’t control… but when I think I can alter the outcome- honestly, I do everything I can to make it happen. As our pastor says, you can’t sit on your ‘blessed assurance’ and expect God to just drop things in your lap; but one has to be able to have faith and works (with a pure heart) and let God do what He’s gonna do… scripture says in James 2:14-19:
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
In other words, they go hand in hand… in ALL situations…I know this is a simple truth, but in the simple truths, I find encouragement & comfort.
Yesterday, at Harvest Church, the vision God gave us came to fruition. Everything that He had layed on our hearts- encouragement and times of refreshing with the Christmas story- came to pass yesterday morning… seven more to go! We hope to see you there!