Over the past two months, I have been asking the Lord for a clear way to communicate the vision for 2019. After the A+ we have for our Legacy offering this year, I know that God wants us to possess a higher level of influence in our city. Townsville City Church has been called to be a significant voice in THIS community. I am reminded of the great promise Psalm 133 - In unity, God commands blessing (increased capacity). A single word that encapsulates this could be "multiplication," "expansion," or "increase," but (in our current church-inese) these seem to be reflective of the church (even though they can be applied individually and corporately); "dominion" just sounds too aggressive.
I am drawn to the image of salvation being like adding spiritual children to God's family. God wants a more prominent family! I am consistently seeing visions of conception, gestation, labor, and birth in my dreams and prayer times. For some reason, we have not been able to multiply for God in the past 5 years - it seems that we have become spiritually barren. HOWEVER, we have been given a word of a new wineskin (5 out of 7 times), a new season (3 times), and increased influence (5 times).
- I believe that God is strengthening our structure for growth -
Then I started to think about the root that brings the fruit. What is it that we need to cultivate to produce the increased capacity that God desires numerically, emotionally, and spiritually. Becoming a parent is daunting for everyone, but our experience leads me to believe that it takes more commitment from the woman than the man. After all, men don't have the reward or responsibility of having an additional organism gestating inside them. But needless to say, both must have the COURAGE to move forward. COURAGE is the foundation for increased capacity. COURAGE is the root for the fruit.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. 8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
- COURAGE is not something we do, it's an integral part of our character. -
Essentially, direction for 2019 will require COURAGE for us to go beyond where we have been. COURAGE to try where we have failed before. COURAGE to take the limits off our faith. COURAGE to testify. COURAGE to every part to minister. COURAGE to believe for better things. COURAGE to ask for help. Dreams require COURAGE - the bigger the dream, the more courageous we must be.
- What "God Dream" do you have for your life? -
This week, I have been captured by the prophetic word spoken by Isaiah 54 & 55. It presents itself as a prophetic word for our 2019. I encourage you to meditate on this word and seek God to implement it in our lives.