God's Able Campaign - July 2016 Update
Abundant Life Christian Ministries Members & Friends,
The God's Able Building Fund Campaign is moving closer towards purchasing our new church building and we thank all those who have been used by God to help Abundant Life thus far.
Our next milestone is to put the Church in a strong position to obtain the financing to make a purchase. We must have enough money in place and a consistent level of giving to demonstrate to financial institutions that Abundant Life is capable of handling such an endeavor, which we know with God, we are able. We have already accomplished much in ministry for a church approaching only six years in existence. So that should encourage us to continue to have faith in God to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or imagine. In the world of business, Abundant Life is categorized as a "faith-based" organization. In order to back our financing, institutions want to see this faith we claim to have at work. They want to see if this faith has produced something significant.
We need all members to first of all pray for our new building. (The prayer of faith accomplishes much.) Next, we need members to either join the God's Able Campaign by pledging and giving or fulfill their pledges as soon as possible.
As you pray and act in faith, here are five steps that can assist in helping us with this and other challenges in life:
1. Don't wonder "how" God will do it.
It may be difficult, but remove the "how" question from your mind. The reason is because when we start thinking about how the impossible can be done, we run the risk of limiting our thinking and talking ourselves out of faith. Don't even consider how, just let God do it any way He sees fit. He may provide it through a single or a series of divinely orchestrated events. He may simply reveal to you a plan to execute. You may even open your mailbox and find an unexpected check. We are not in the "how" department when it comes to the miraculous. That's God’s job. We are to focus on God's willingness and ability to do the impossible for those He loves.
When a thought comes that it can't be done, immediately recite a familiar verse or truth of God, such as "nothing is impossible with God" or "my God will supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in CHRIST JESUS". You can't stop a thought, but you can replace one. Replace thoughts of doubt and fear with thoughts of faith and hope from GOD's word. Allow the LORD to order your steps and guide you to the great places He has planned for you.
2. Remember what God has done in the past.
Each one of us can recall things the LORD has brought us through. Along with the Word, these are the things that can strengthen our faith. Before bringing the Israelites into the Promised Land, the LORD constantly reminded His people that He was the One who delivered them out of Egypt, even parting the Red Sea and defeating armies greater than them. If the LORD did it before, He can do it again. If you had faith in Him before, greater is your faith today.
3. Don't get discouraged by anything you see.
Sometimes when you really desire or need something seemingly impossible, you can experience things that look contradictory to what you are believing. For example. you need a job and the water heater dies or money is tight and your car breaks down. Don't let what you see rob you of your faith. Stay focused on God's willingness and ability to bring you through anything that comes against you. Persevere and stay with God to overcome any and all obstacles you encounter in life. Read and speak the word instead of dwelling on the new problem that just arrived.
Problems and circumstances can serve only to distract you and take your focus off of God, but it’s your choice. Remember when Peter was walking on water to JESUS. He was doing the impossible, but he was distracted when he started looking at the winds and the waves and took his eyes off of JESUS. CHRIST was the object of Peter's faith that enabled him to step out of the boat and as long as Peter kept his mind on CHRIST, he walked over what drowned others.
4. Start with what you have.
The best place to start is where you are and the best time is now. Don't put it off. Make good on your intentions by acting on them. The Book of James says faith without works (corresponding action) is dead (not faith at all). Even if what you have available at this moment is little, start with it. Every orchard started from a tiny seed. Don't despise humble beginnings and don't fail to accomplish your goal by failing to begin.
Remember, JESUS fed five thousand families, starting only with two fish and five loaves of bread. His disciples said it wasn’t enough, but JESUS knew that the power of God can multiply whatever we have in our hands to address any need.
5. Make steps of faith.
If you have been giving according to your means, make increases in your giving. We can become comfortable at a point, even with something that was once a challenge. An example is someone who has been giving $5 a week. After a period of time, they've mastered the $5 level of faith. Their next step could be to increase it to $10 a week. What you are fighting here is the fear that you will not have enough and the lie that the Lord won't provide. But if He provided the $5, will He not provide $5 more? We've all had unexpected expenses and deficits in income, but God has seen us through them all. If we give to His Kingdom, He will continue to provide for all our needs.
The pace of your increase is a personal decision between you and God. Some can make steps of faith and some leaps of faith, but the important thing is that we are all progressing in faith. If fear is keeping you at the level you're at, that is definitely the time to take a step and overcome what is holding you back from experiencing God’s best. You won't know what God can do through you, until you let Him.
We want to see this goal accomplished by God working through everyone in the church, not just a few. Imagine the many testimonies, including yours, of how God did what seemed impossible.
Scriptures to meditate on:
2 Corinthians 9:8-11
Jeremiah 32:27, 38-41
John 14:14, 15:7
Mark 9:23, 10:27