Psalm 27:1– “The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?”
With over three decades of ministry leadership experience, the one thing that is crystal clear to me is the vision in my heart. Over a year-and-a-half ago, the Lord made it very clear and apparent that we were to leave the comforts of Dallas, Texas to bring revival to Ruby Valley, Montana. We had a great life in Dallas. I was traveling and preaching, and my wife had a high-powered executive position with one of the largest healthcare companies in the nation. We lived in an upscale neighborhood with a swimming pool that our grandkids enjoyed on a regular basis. Why would we leave? Because the vision that has burned in my heart to reach the next generation and families was not being met through traveling. Ruby Valley, Montana needed revival and we were the Father’s choice. But is anything we do really a sacrifice compared to what Jesus did for us? In my mind after making this “big sacrifice” and landing in this new land, everything would be gravy…right? Not so quick Tonto (for the youngsters out there – Tonto was the Lone Ranger’s partner. I’m really aging myself…lol). I have made my vision clear for the last year (even before coming to Montana). Then out of nowhere, the enemy sticks his ugly head up. I don’t know about you, but whenever he shows up, my initial thought is to back down, pull back, give in, stop making waves and just keep the peace. So, when people came against me about the changes I was making, I offered to resign and let them go back to the way it was before I came. You may have never felt like throwing in the towel, but I did.
Despite the three thousand that believed on the day of Pentecost – the vast majority did not believe. The majority were perplexed, didn’t understand, mocked and even laughed at the believers. Thou three thousand believed, the majority did not get it. Did the believers stop believing? Did the Apostles go chasing after those that didn’t agree and try to convince them? So, for me after realizing what the enemy was up to, in courage, I stood my ground. Rosa Parks said, “Without vision people perish but without COURAGE dreams die.” In one week, half the people left the church. But I consider myself in good company. Bill Johnson, my Pastor, stood up for his vision and in the first year of being at Bethel, he lost half of the church. But the last twenty years speak for themselves as what has happened around the world because of Bethel Church.
After standing my ground in courage, just a few months later we are reaching more families and the next generation. People are moving from other parts of the nation to be a part of what God is doing. Our first Bethel graduate is coming next month while our youth center is being built. God desires revival to come but you must first realize that this is not a popularity contest and the majority will not get it. Joshua and Caleb chose the vision of God over the popularity of man. Religion makes people comfortable because it’s measurable. But revival only comes through the presence of God having His way. You cannot have both – religion and revival. They are opposing spirits. I choose revival. History proves that the leaders of revival exhibited a level of courage that the average person refuses to step into. You too can be a modern-day revivalist. Courage is the decision to not allow fear to have its way.
Joshua and Caleb chose the vision of God over the popularity of man.
Because just like faith, fear is a substance. Satan has no power over the believer except when we come into agreement with his unbelief and fear. Dr. Mike Murdock said, “What you tolerate, you authorize to exist.” When we give in to the enemy’s fearful suggestions, we come into agreement with him. This agreement with the enemy allows the existence of every lie, deception and fearful thing to continue (John 10:10).
Faith in God and His Word will always overcome every attack of the enemy. Because faith moves God and heaven on your behalf, it causes the promise that you are in faith believing God for to come into existence. So, I ask, what promise are you in faith believing God for? The writer of Hebrews said, “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). Everything God has done; He did by FAITH. He created the earth by FAITH. He gave His son Jesus to be our redeemer, by FAITH. He is the God of FAITH. So, he expects the same from us His sons and daughters. Without faith it’s impossible to please Him – BUT – with FAITH we please Him. Faith requires COURAGE because most of the time faith contradicts the way that it looks and feels.
Faith takes Courage!
Today is your day of victory and break through so stand up in COURAGE and claim your rights. Claim the promises that belong to you as a son or daughter of our faith-honoring Father. Then, everything that He has promised will come true in your life.
My prayer for you today is that you will conquer and overcome every fear tactic of the enemy’s by standing in faith, being bold, and taking COURAGE in God’s Word. Be FEARLESS and see every promise that God has made become yours.
Pointing People to Jesus,
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”