A time for giants. A time for excellence. A time for big plans

Tonight my goal is clear:  Build giants of faith and power in Santa Rosa and then unleash them on the city. 

Here are the guts of what I will preach tonight.

 

This can still be the greatest time of your life.  Despite all the bad news and the threatening conditions you can do things that you never thought were possible. This is no hollow boast, it is a spiritual law!  When evil does its worst, God will do His best.  Here is proof:

-When Pharaoh raged Moses appeared.

-When Goliath roared David came forth.

-When the world seemed hopelessly locked in the grip of Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel leveled him with prophetic authority.

-Ruth and Boaz, the greatest love story of the Old Testament came in the moral swamp of the time of the Judges.

-Isaac obtained a hundredfold harvest in the midst of a grinding drought.

-When the New Testament Church seemed doomed, their chief persecutor, Saul of Tarsus became Paul the Apostle.

God wants you to sit down now and forge a battle plan of excellence in a time that mocks excellence.  Take these two simple steps:  1. Own an inner victory.  2. Make big plans.

Now read the following verses carefully because they form the backbone of my blog.

Isaiah 60:1-5, “Arise, shine; for your light has come!  And the glory of the LORD is raised upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”

Claim this verse as the basis of your future.  Grumpy theologians will tell you that this promise belongs only to Israel.  You can dispel that notion by asking one simple question: Is the Glory of God on the Church of Jesus?

But this prophecy dispels an even more dangerous lie; the lie that we cannot do amazing things now.  In gross darkness the glory will rise.  No end time event should take your mind off of rising glory.

Now look at Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” These words give us the 3 steps we must take.

Step one:  Inner victory.  (Trust in the Lord) Inner victory is based on trust.  Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

The military has a word for inner victory:  Morale.  It is an unshakable confidence that they have the best general, the best weapons, the best strategy and the best training.

Christian morale is the highest morale possible.  It comes from Heaven.  Our General is Jesus Christ.  Our weapons are mighty through God. Holy Spirit coaching is the best training in the universe! The plan of God cannot be defeated!

The best news of the universe is that the one who loves you the most is also the one who has the most power.

Step two: Make no small plans but big ones based on the voice of God.  (In all your ways acknowledge Him)   As you survey the landscape around you it is hard to imagine abundance and breakthrough in a time of such anger and shortages.  It is very tempting to make small plans and devise doable goals that are shrouded in fear.  Such plans do not acknowledge God.

Even in the natural men see that big plans make all of the difference.  Daniel Burham died over a hundred years ago and yet Chicago is still following his design for laying out the city.

He said “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.

Do not be deceived into a small life!  The threat of failure is overblown.  When you look back on your life, you will not regret the things you did as much as the things you did not do.

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