Answering the Challenge Through Vision and Faith

BY TOM ALBRECHT

Christ's Church of the Rockies has a mission and a challenge. As each day goes by, we must choose whether or not we will contend for more of what God’s mission is for our ministry or just maintain the status quo. In Joshua, chapter one, we are all given a directive for the conquest of our promise land. In verse three, a most unusual strategy is given, starting first with stepping into the territory God has promised: “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.” (NKJV)

With Joshua, there was great adversity that would have to be overcome. The boundaries of the land were extensive and there were inhabitants of the land that would have to be relocated so that Israel could occupy the land. It was understandable that the residence would be resistant to the Israel’s occupation. 

There would be a battle to claim the land God promised "no man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you, I will be with you, I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous." 

Later in the passage, the word of the Lord encourages Israel's leader to “be of good courage; do not be afraid nor discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."  As with Joshua, we also have a battle to fight to enter into the fullness of all that God has promised and His destiny for our lives.

Here are two principles from the Word of God we follow at CCR and the Front Porch Outreach to help accomplish the destiny of the Lord for our lives … follow these for helping reach God’s destiny for your life, as well!

First we must have VISION … vision of the place or assignment God has given to each of us. We have a vision for the ministry of CCR, but it is the result of the individual believers that are a part of CCR that makes it a reality. The vision for the assignment God has purposed for each believer is a direct result of seeing the heart of God. 

I believe all vision is birthed in the prayer closet. We pray for God’s wisdom and insight to get through the challenges we’ll meet on the way to fulfilling the vision. We pray that we’ll see the greatness of God's provision become a reality.

When CCR was birthed, the core team prayed: "God give us a ministry to our city that would be missed if we were not there."

 

God answered that prayer by giving us a vision to reach beyond the four walls of our body, and touch those the farthest out. "Without a prophetic vision the people perish but happy are they who keep his ways" (Proverbs 29:18). There’s great joy in knowing we are doing what God put in our hearts for our city. 

Second, with the vision of God and his heart for ministry, comes the challenge of FAITH.  Vision is not about us, it’s about establishing the mission of the kingdom as Jesus demonstrated. He came to the poor, bound, sick, diseased, blind, deaf, mute, lame, and the lepers. 

He commanded His church to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, open the prison doors to those who are bound, to proclaim liberty to the captives, heal the sick, open blind eyes, unstop the deaf ears, let the mute speak, and the lame walk and the lepers cleansed. 

All of these things are impossible unless we have faith – we must believe in the power of God. The good news is "this is the time of the Lord's favor." God is for us not against us. He came to save the world not to condemn it. Faith then is about accessing the power of the Holy Spirit to follow the example Jesus demonstrated. Jesus said in Mark 9:23, "if you can believe all things are possible to him who believes."

Why is it God calls us do to things that are beyond our natural ability?  I believe He wants to give us a vision so big only He can accomplish it. "We have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us." (2 Corinthians 4:7)

I believe He wants to give us a revelation of how big He is, and then armed with the bigness of God in our heart and mind we will stand with the great champions of faith listed in Hebrews 11: "By faith they worked righteousness, by faith we obtain the promises, by faith subdued kingdoms of darkness, and by faith offered an alternative to the prevailing culture.”