I hope that you are your family are doing well this week as you figure out a new way of daily living in this season of "STAY HOME STAY HEALTHY." I would love to hear about what the Lord is teaching you, the new things that you are doing or maybe the testimonies of how God has used you to serve others. I realize that this may be a very difficult time for some of us, but it can really help to shed light on the positive things that we are thankful for as we draw near to the Lord and one another (in whatever way that we can). In saying this I am literally reminded of a powerful passage that always helps me to not only have perspective but refocus my practice;
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The Apostle Paul taught believers to release anxiety through prayer "with thanksgiving!" Being thankful releases a supernatural peace because it appropriates a spiritual perspective. The peace of God is not the absence of pain, problems or difficulties - it is the presence of something (or someone) greater, more powerful and more important even in the tension of difficult things. This perspective renews the mind, empowers perspective and places Jesus on the throne of our soul as we navigate what's in front of us.
Remember that ships don’t sink because of the water around them, they sink because of the water that gets in them! We need the peace of God in our hearts in the midst of the storm so we must continue to learn thankfulness. Many question the goodness of God because of the presence of pain or difficulty. However, the goodness of God is reflected not just in what He takes away or protects us from but what He adds to us and how He walks with us in it all and through it all.
Over the last week I have been reminded of a specific verse and I wanted to share it with you so that you might be encouraged especially as you pray; Psalm 121:1-2
- "I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."
Looking up speaks of having a higher perspective than what we are facing. We recognize that we need God and that He will help us in our time of need. We also recognize His power (maker of Heaven and Earth) over all things and that literally nothing is too big for Him. This passage helps us pray big prayers because we have a big God. Amen?!!
There are so many things that I want to say right now but in an effort to be concise I will bullet point some important things that I would like you to be aware of;
1. PRAYER AT NWC
- I am asking 1000 people to join me every week for 1 hour of prayer. This hour will be prayed by you on your own in any way that you would like. I am asking for your commitment. We are calling this prayer initiative #reachup1000 and I believe it is the beginning of something new among us. Well over 300 people have indicated that they would join in prayer - will you join me as we pray against the virus and FOR REVIVAL in our land? If so, please CLICK HERE
and click the button in the middle of the page that says "I prayed 1 hour" every that you pray for an hour. These hours will accumulate over the weeks to come as we seek God together and see the testimonies of the Lord right before our eyes.
2. NWC VIDEO CHANNEL
- Make sure to check out and subscribe to our new Youtube video channel by clicking HERE
. All of the teachings from Ignite Gatherings, Weekend Services and our videos for NWC Kids will be posted here throughout the week.
3. IGNITE GATHERING FOCUS
- For the next 3-4 weeks I will be teaching on various aspects of prayer during our Ignite Gatherings. As you will see below, we are continuing to host our online Ignite Gatherings every Wednesday at 7pm and the focus will be prayer. Make sure to tune in through Livestream or Facebook Live.
4. NWC OUTREACH
- We are missional people which means that we are all wondering what we can do to serve others during this time. Currently, we don't have much organized to serve our community in a big scale way because of the STAY HOME STAY HEALTHY requirements that are affecting all of us. We are already praying and thinking about how this season will affect the rest of the year and what God is calling us to do together. Right now, let me encourage you to reach out to your neighbors, your family members, your co-workers and whoever God puts on your heart. Just because we can't organize large serving opportunities right now doesn't mean that we can't serve more people all over this region. We can all Reach Up and Reach Out in new ways and I believe this will pave the way of a new level of activation in our outreach to others.
This is all I have for now, but please feel free to email or call me anytime. I am praying alongside you and look forward to being together soon. Much love my friends.