When we moved to Australia at the end of April, our family of five had six suitcases in our possession with no idea where we would live, what we would drive, where the kids would go to school and virtually NO PLAN for how we would get our first Lift Church members.
But, we had a word from God and an idea of our next step.
Almost seven months later, I find myself in the same boat with different circumstances.
A word from God and an idea of my next step.
Outside the timeframe of about a week, I’m not sure what steps God will have me take to fulfill the dreams and visions he has given me. His word lights our feet on the path like a lantern, not a floodlight. God’s word is ever-present, yet daily bread. We must come to him every morning to receive it and partake. Thinking we can meet with him once and have the answers for our next few months is like eating breakfast one morning and expecting it to fill us for a few weeks. No, we must go back for nourishment every few hours if we want to be healthy.
A lamp at my feet. Although looking out beyond means darkness and uncertainty, there is great comfort in simply looking at my feet to see what God has placed before me. The safety of the glow of his word keeps me in boundaries and shows me the next step. I am hungry for his presence like never before. If I step outside his light for even a day, I feel cold and empty. I must get back on the path to remain in alignment with my guide.
I can’t even really explain how we graduated from the living room to have a service in a rented church building; God has done it. I am literally IN AWE at what has transpired in every circumstance where God has provided for our needs in relationship, connections, friends, and answers to “starting church questions!”
Our goal is to grow this core team to around 25 committed families before we spend the majority of our raised money on equipment, a building, advertising, etc. to “LAUNCH” a weekly service to the public. Right now, we are building through word of mouth and divine appointments; this keeps our costs low as this core team develops. Our first in home meeting was on August 12 with 17 people.
I am so excited to say that Saturday night, November 17, we had 36 people at our first service with FIVE visiting families! Our simple set up had acoustic worship with two guitarists and a couple of vocalists. And, God’s presence was tangible! We had our kids separated into two venues and they all LOVED IT.
It was beautiful to see our original “living room team” using their gifts to serve others in kids, hospitality, and worship. Everyone talked like they can’t wait to come back and they are already inviting other friends. I’m reminded of the word God gave us that inspired the name of our church, Lift. John 12:32 says, “And when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself.” The word at our feet guiding us daily is that we are to focus on Jesus, lifting up HIS NAME, and that by his spirit, people will be drawn.
What word are you standing on this week? God is faithful to speak to us when we seek Him. He promises to guide us step by step into the destiny he has for us. We may not have all the answers. Sometimes his word is practical and feels unspiritual. Other times, it seems so dim we feel like we can’t take the next step at all. Maybe we aren’t supposed to. Or, maybe we have stepped off his lighted path.
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. (Ephesians 1:18 NLT)