First off, we just wanted to tell all of our family and friends how appreciative we are of them and their willingness to pray for our family as we move forward to plant a church in Tallahassee, FL. We are greatly humbled that we are loved by so many…
Based off my last post, announcing church planting, we listed a few items specifically to pray for. One of those items was for the sale of our home. Over the past few weeks I have prayed earnestly and in detail to God.
“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Phil 4:6
For those of you that know me, I am a planner, possibly to calculated. So in the arena of stepping out on faith to plant a church I am having to adjust in many ways who I am. Much of the future and answers are still yet to be determined (guess it is always that way, but we are just not mindful of it). Because of this there is plenty of room for anxiety, but we know that God has called us, and because of that He will meet all of our needs in Himself. Notice I said in His person, not in my circumstance. God is faithful and sufficient. As I think of Paul writing later in Phil. 4, he had learned what it meant to be content in all things. I would like to think that I am doing the same and what God is revealing mostly to me is that He, and He alone is my only need…period. If I add anything else to my list of needs, then Christ is not sufficient…BUT He is.
I say this to point to His Word and the my practice. I am not sufficient in myself and I rely to much on outcomes and circumstance…God knows this about me and guess what…He knows it about you as well. So He tells me in His word to bring my request to Him. Not because He is not aware, but that I may place them at His feet and trust Him.
Back to praying. I prayed a few things specifically on the sale of our home: 1.) right timing, 2.) right buyers, 3.) that our home would sell in such a way that God would receive credit and be recognized, and lastly 4.) it would happen fast. Yes, you read that right, I prayed with my natural desire…as if God did not already know.
GOD IS FAITHFUL!!!
Now before we get to the outcome I want to put a warning out here.
God is NOT faithful because He answered my prayer the way I wanted.
God is NOT faithful because of a desired outcome.
God’s faithfulness has NOTHING to do with me.
God’s faithfulness is found within HIMSELF. He is the very nature of faithfulness. I get to experience faithfulness from God, not because of myself, nor because I deserve it, but because of who He is and what He has done. God is faithful because He is God. So, wether our home sales like we prayed or God has other plans, He is still faithful.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…” Eph. 3:20
So, why did I pray specifically? Simple, GOD CAN! I did so because I do not serve a small God and I will not try and reduce Him to such. I also did so because I believe that what I am praying for is not based on myself, but based upon desire to bring God glory…the aligning of my heart and actions that He may be lifted up.
I know that my God can do ALL things!
One more thing on my prayer… as with all my prayers, I prayed that His will be done. I also know this about myself and my walk with God, that often times my will and His will are not the same. His will always trumps mine. I am always to take the submissive role to His will. Why might you ask?
He is God and I am not…
I gave my life away to Christ…
He is the potter and I am the clay…
His kingdom, not mine…
His glory, not mine…
He knows the future, while I don’t know the next moment…
I believe with my life that He can be trusted…
So, God can AND God can choose not to if that be His will. God can choose to sell our house as we prayed and God can choose to sell it differently. Understand…His will is perfect.
So…. the outcome.
We placed our home on the MLS last Thursday and in less than 48hrs we have received a contract on our home to the detail of what we hoped and prayed for!!!
PRAISE GOD!!! GOD is Faithful!!!
Continue to pray…
- a smooth closing on the house
- transition from Ocala
- schools for the kids
- finding a new home in Tally
- church plant partners
- the people that will join the work that God has called us to
- those that we will reach with the Gospel
- timing…in all things