It is so easy to think that you are launching somewhere, or into something new, because you have something to offer that is not there. That is kind of true ..
You do need to know that who you are becoming or what you are bringing into an atmosphere matters deeply. Your voice in the kingdom dynamic is needful and necessary. However i think it is important to also be aware that you are coming on the prayers and faithfulness of many gone before you.
We sat in our neighbourhood, in a small group full of people who will be launching with us. I invited some neighbours who faithfully serve in the local Catholic Church here in our village. They love Jesus and have become dear friends. In the room that night i was just so aware of the years of prayers my friend has prayed for our community. For my neighbours. The tears that she has shed for the brokenness and pain she sees in and around us. She has faithfully served in her church to reach her community with the love of Jesus.
We are certainly not coming in as the ‘answer’ and it would be arrogant of us to think otherwise. There is actually a real balance to walk of humility that you come on the years of other people’s sowing… and also a confidence though that it really is your time and your moment to add something of strength into what is already happening in the kingdom here.
You really do need to believe in that you are the right person, in the right place, at the right time.
One of the positives is that you as you are launching will bring a FRESH perspective. Fresh eyes, fresh expectation and fresh hope.
When people hear us speak well of our city and of what God is already doing here they are shocked. And for many of them it has felt hard, and the battle unrelenting. Sometimes the years you have sown do not always show the fruit.
So we consider it our responsibility to challenge people about the way they speak over the city. We began to encourage people to declare blessing over this city. That she will flourish as the righteous within her prosper.
Hezekiah 8:3Thus says the Lord: I shall return to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the [faithful] City of Truth, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the Holy Mountain.
Gods Church is called to impact a city where the Church is strong –
Zion is to be not only a church – but a whole city where there is felt presence of God
We can love this city for all its natural reasons
CAN YOU BELIEVE WE GET TO LIVE HERE??? Keep saying that!!
4-5A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies:
“Old men and old women will come back to Jerusalem, sit on benches on the streets and spin tales, move around safely with their canes—a good city to grow old in. And boys and girls will fill the public parks, laughing and playing—a good city to grow up in.”
A city to grow old in
A city to grow up in
Seriously it is – don’t grow familiar with that and ENJOY this city and your family in it
Whatever you are LAUNCHING into the atmosphere of .. speak well of her. Do not come in speaking so negative that you think you are the only answer. Be aware of what else is in your environment that you are to celebrate and honour!! See your launch as lending your strength, not saving the world!!!
Jesus does that!!