As I prepare to leave in a couple of days I wanted to say thank you to everyone that has prayed for me, encouraged me and supported me. All of these things are important to the success of the work that we are doing. Many of you have partnered with me and with Galilea in the ways mentioned as well as coming to work with us on projects. Because of your generosity and obedience, I have already passed the 35% mark for my funding goals for the year. I am able to leave without thinking about resources for the time being and I knowing that God is faithful to provide every need. Again I want to say thank you.
I also wanted to take the opportunity to encourage you all. I know that each of you carries a dream and a desire in your heart. God has put a seed of something in you that you desire to accomplish with your life and you do not know how you possibly could. You do not have the time, resources, knowledge or 1,000 other things that you think you need before you can launch out. I pray that you come to see the God that destroys our excuses. He makes a way for us where there is no way. He opens doors that we thought were sealed permanently. Most of all, He lift us above our failures to fulfill His purposes.
You say that sounds nice but..................................... My circumstances are special. I cannot right now because................................... I to can tell you many reasons for why I could not possibly go right now. I could point to circumstances that make it impossible. I am also sure that it will be more convenient later. I am going now anyway. God did not tell me to go in the future. He even called me to go at some of the craziest times in my life. He has called me to go when I had no funds, when I had cancer, when I had a host of physical problems, He called me to go.
I believe that God prefers to have us do crazy things for Him when it is most impractical, inconvenient and even impossible. When we do these things in His time and when it looks crazy to everyone, only God can get credit and glory for the success. He can be seen best when He works in spite of our inabilities and shortcomings. He uses our abilities but He glories in our weakness.
You ask how can I do these things. I believe the answer is found in Matt 6. Jesus told His disciples that the Father knew all of their needs but not to worry about them. Seek His Kingdom and righteousness and all of these other things would fall into place also. He is not saying just to look for His kingdom but to pursue it, hunt it down, run after it, turn our backs on all else for the sake of attaining it. When we do that He will bless all the things that He leads us to. When we loose ourselves looking for His Kingdom, we find our true identity. We find our purpose and we find our provision.
Today, begin to ask the Father to help you see the Kingdom at work in everyone and everything around you. Ask Him to show you how to walk in obedience to Him and pursue His kingdom. Let Him reveal the things in your life that block or inhibit you from chasing after His Kingdom. When you allow Him to show you how to follow and pursue the Kingdom, all of the other things in your life will line up with His purpose and call for you. You will have no excuses but lots of opportunities. You can do it! In the Kingdom there is success and victory. Pursue!