Will we ever gain significant momentum in believing God is with us...actively with us? Well, we surely do make plans and even strides at growth in this marvelous arena.
When we actively believe God is actively among us, that faith gives us pushability power. We gain the strength to push back against dark discouragement. We are freed to break into wonder in the very center of "grave" settings.
Trent Taylor and I were discussing an idea I have for Sunday morning's sermon regarding the opportunity of God's children to actively believe there was a Promised Land. Trent pointed out that he heard recently a point that of the 1.5 million which fled Egypt only two believed God's promise. Only 2.
Where two or three are gathered....He will still work.
When it seems to you the congregation doesn't get something, be confident that God can and will still work. When you notice the numbers increasing with indifferent commitment, be confident that God can and will still work. When you sense that what you once believed to be solid hope is unravelling, think again. This is just another opportunity to gain confidence that God can and will work.
One of the moods I really love about being a Christian is potential is not found in what the masses believe. It can be found in just a slim few. Don't be discouraged about anything. God has always valiantly used those who didn't believe in themselves (cowardly/shy Moses) or others didn't believe in (boy David) or those who, at first sight, were assumed to be villainous (Saul of Tarsus) or those just plain dead (Jesus).
God is not stumped except in one place....where He just can't find believers. Moses became a believer as did Saul. David already was one and so was Jesus. Faith....it matters....but it doesn't operate off of a recent poll or trend.