Today there is a great moving of God for
His people to be on mission with Him. A common fear, even hesitation, is
concern for the necessary resources to accomplish each mission assignment. Each
church is facing a God-sized assignment because the assignment requires both
the presence and the resources of God to accomplish it. This requires a
significant new level of faith. Therefore, each believer and church that
desires to be on mission with God must know and act on the promises of God. He
has promised every resource necessary for His people to honor Him in their
total mission involvement with Him. Here are some of Gods promises on missions
and promised provisions to accomplish His will:
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory
by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go
therefore... and... I am with you always... (Matthew 28:18-20).
Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed
it; I will also do it (Isaiah 46:11b).
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want (Psalm 23:1b).
Every church must remember that what God purposes for them, He will do. He
will therefore supply all their needs. With all authority in heaven and on
earth, He has promised to go with us. As He does, every need and every
situation is adequately handled by Him. And, as our Shepherd, we will never
want or lack any good thing.
Behind every assignment in missions (at home and around the world) God
affirms to us what He said to His people through Jeremiah: For I know the
thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of
evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and
pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when
you search for Me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
With this in mind, there are several things that every church and on mission
Christian must doespecially if they are in any way fearful about adequate
resources to accomplish the mission activities God is assigning them:
l. Be convinced that God does have a plan and a purpose for you.
2. Come to Him, and go and pray for Him.
3. Seek Him with all your heart, in everything, for everything, with
confidence and with confident expectation.
4. Be anxious for nothing.
5. Pray with thanksgiving for what He is doing and will be doing, making
requests known to Him.
6. Receive His peace in everything, never lacking in anything.
7. Give God even the little you seem to have, and let Him do with itand
morein your obedience to Him. Remember the lad with a few loaves and fishes,
given to Jesus (Matthew 14:17; 15:34), and the widow who gave the little
she had to Elisha, the prophet (2 Kings 4).
8. Believe that you will always have enough for every obedience to God.
As many of you may know from my past while serving as a pastor and director
of missions, what I have just listed is how I walked with God all my life. Our
church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, started 38 new congregations, called
a pastor for eachmoving them to the field, and supplying their salaries;
started a theological college with teachers, courses and students; and started
a very successful student ministry. To do this, we added three to our staff as
a church. We did all this by faith in the faithfulness of God. He was always
faithful! I often said that He was never short and never late. My wife,
Marilynn, would always add, And rarely early. Your resources may look limited,
but not to God. His resources are limitless, and He enjoys freely giving to His
children who believe Him and ask with confident expectation.
The effective obedience to God in missions has a great effect on the church
family. They experience great joy, and great expectation and faith for their
own personal lives. Such faith also encourages many to respond to Gods call on
their life into missions. And it will have a great impact on the children of
the leaders as they see the adults and parents obeying God, and see Gods
The author of Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby is president of
Henry Blackaby Ministries. Visit www.henryblackaby.com for more information. Bible
references are from The New King James Version.
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