Monday, January 31, 2011

Lessons From The Sun Stand Still Fast!


Our church-wide fast was absolutely fantastic! It was excellent for my waistline (20 lbs. later) & even better for my spiritual appetite. I'm expecting so many big things this year for my life, my family & our church family! Below are the lessons that I learned from studying Joshua's life during this fast & what I shared with our church this past weekend.

How To Get From Where You Are To Where God Wants You To Be
From twitter last week-  ricklgodwin: Knowledge is NOT power! IMPLEMENTATION of knowledge is power!
4 things that you need to KNOW & APPLY  from the life of Joshua if you are going to cross over into all that God has for your life.

1. You Need To Know & Apply The Power of a POSITIVE SPIRIT.  
“They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! ... But the people who live there are powerful... 30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” 31 But the men who had gone up... spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored.” Numbers 13:27-32
“24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. 36 So the men Moses had sent to explore the land... died of a plague before the LORD. 38 Of the men who went to explore the land, only Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh survived.” Numbers 14:36-38

2. You Need To Know & Apply The Power of PRAYER
 "7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp.11 The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent." Exodus 33:7,11
"12 On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel:  “Sun, stand still over Gibeon,  and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” 13 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped...” Joshua 10:12-13

3.  You Need To Know & Apply The Power of OBEDIENCE
“But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Joshua 22:5
“14 Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness... choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. 24 And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the LORD our God and obey him.” Joshua 24:14, 24

4.  You Need To Know & Apply The Power of a PROMISE.  
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
“You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.” Joshua 23:14

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

21 Day Sun Stand Still Fast has begun!

“God’s invisible work in you prepares you for his visible works through you.” (P 72) Sun Stand Still by Pastor Steven Furtick

I hope that you’re enjoying the beginning of our church-wide 21 day fast! Whether you are participating in the Daniel Fast, Social media/T.V. fast, sugar & sweets fast, water only fast, not listening to your kid’s whine fast… whatever it is, enjoy taking this time to grow closer to God! Our Sun Stand Still 21 Day fast is all about consecrating yourself & dedicating yourself to the sacred purposes of God! Forget about how hungry or uncomfortable you may be right now & make the decision to stay strong during this vital fast! Remember that today is the price of tomorrow. Today, right now, is the seed for tomorrow. You will reap a harvest of blessings & miracles if you stay strong & full of faith!

Get ready to see the Sun Stand Still in your life as you pray audacious prayers of faith! Join me here at my blog over the next few weeks for encouragement & check out www.awake21.org for a fantastic virtual conference with my favorite speakers Click here
& daily devotional Click Here for your fast! Allow God to do a great work in you over these next few weeks so that He can do a great work through you this year! Below are a list of confessions that I'd encourage you to memorize & make a part of your confession & you grow in your walk with Christ!

Twelve Audacious Faith Confessions

1. I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation.
Romans 8:1–2; Ephesians 1:7–8; 1 John 1:9
2. I act in audacious faith to change the world in my generation.
Joshua 10:12–14; John 14:12
3. I have no fear or anxiety; I trust in the Lord with all my heart.
Proverbs 3:5–6; Philippians 4:6–7; 1 Peter 5:7
4. I am able to fulfill the calling God has placed on my life.
Exodus 3:9–12; Psalm 57:2; Colossians 1:24–29
5. I am fully resourced to do everything God has called me to do.
Deuteronomy 8:18; Luke 6:38; Philippians 4:13
6. I have no insecurity, because I see myself the way God sees me.
Genesis 1:26–27; Psalm 139:13–16; Ephesians 5:25–27
7. I am a faithful spouse (if you’re single, you can slip futurein there) and a godly parent—our family is blessed.
Deuteronomy 6:6–9; Ephesians 5:22–25; Colossians 3:18–19; 1 Peter 3:1–7
8. I am completely whole—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Psalm 103:1–5; Matthew 8:16–17; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 2:24
9. I am increasing in influence and favor for the kingdom of God.
Genesis 45:4–8; 1 Samuel 2:26; Acts 2:37–47
10. I am enabled to walk in the sacrificial love of Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:16–17; 1 John 3:16; 4:9–12
11. I have the wisdom of the Lord concerning every decision I make.
2 Chronicles 1:7–12; Proverbs 2:6; Ecclesiastes 2:26; James 1:5
12. I am protected from all harm and evil in Jesus’ name.
Genesis 50:20; Psalm 3:1–3; 2 Thessalonians 3:2–3

Monday, January 3, 2011

Looking forward at Freedom Life! SUN STAND STILL 2011

The holiday season was awesome & now I'm glad it's over & I'm pumped for 2011! It's time to get back to building holy momentum toward everything that God desires to do in & through our church family! Our theme for this year is, "Sun Stand Still." It comes from a crazy passage in the Old Testament that says, "“So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies.” Joshua 10:13 This miracle occurred as a result of a daring prayer that was prayed by Joshua, the leader of the Israelites as they were taking the Promised Land. Senior Pastor of Elevation Church, Steven Furtick, picked up on this story & wrote an inspiring book called, "Sun Stand Still." (you can buy it in our bookstore this weekend or click here) This year we are praying big, audacious prayers to a big & powerful God! Many people are hoping for a great 2011. Hope is a desire. It's a powerful emotion. But faith is a demonstration.  Hope wants it to happen.  Faith causes it to happen and acts as if it’s already done.  The Bible teaches what faith is in Hebrews 11:6, it says, “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” This year, as a church, we are taking steps of faith & praying big, audacious prayers! we are believing to secure land for a new location for our church! We are believing for 500 people to follow Jesus! We are believing for $75,000 for our missions initiatives & for favor as we reach our community. We are believing to reach our community with the freedom & life that only Jesus has to offer!

Check out the top 10 things happening over the next few months here at Freedom Life & get ready for the Sun to Stand Still! For more information, check out our website at www.freedomlife.tv!

1. 21 Sun Stand Still Fast (Jan. 9-30) Daring to ask God for the impossible!
2. Life Training Weekend kicks off on January 30! Classes include: Fresh Start, Membership, Maturity, Ministry & Mission. Take your next step in growing in the house!
3. First Wednesday & MidWeek Community Night Kick-off! (Feb. 2) Don't miss our monthly all-church celebration & the relaunch of our MidWeek Community Night! There's something for everyone so don't miss it!
4. Bring A Friend Day, Love At Last Sight Challenge & Small Group kick-off begins on February 6th! Get connected!
5. Married Life Conference-(Feb. 11 & 12) Special guests- Jimmie & Sherri Bratcher
6. BridgeCommunity, our Downingtown Church Plant launches! (Final preview service on January 23rd 10AM., Launches weekly on February 20, 2011 at East Ward Elementary School)
7. Christian Men's Network Event at Freedom Life- Men's Conference, "Daring!" March 25-26, 2011. Special guests Paul & Brandon Cole.
8. Live Recording at Freedom Life! Don't miss our first ever live recording with the worship team at Freedom Life! 2 nights of incredible worship starting with our First Wed. on April 6th followed by a rock'in night planned for Friday, April 8.
9. Easter Sunday 2011 will be the biggest day in the history of our church! Stay tuned for promotions for this epic day!
10. Consumed Women's Conference at Freedom Life! (May 13-14) Special guest- Beth Greene (co-Pastor of The Living Room Church in Martinsburg, WV.)

There are many events that we have planned for the first part of 2011, but these events don't even begin to paint the picture for what God will do through our community initiatives, small groups, outreaches & everyday lives! Our church is alive & well & the best is yet to come!This year, we're believing for the Sun to Stand Still! Are you?