Dear friends, this has truly been an amazing week of fasting and praying. This community is so beautiful. I just can’t say it enough. We are even more united than ever. And I KNOW that sends the enemy running in fear.
I have to tell you I was bragging about you all Tuesday evening. I went to an evening service at a different church to check it out. This church meets on Tuesday and Saturday evenings because they share a building with another church. The pastor and congregation are believing this year will bring them their own church building.
We chatted a bit and I shared how our community doesn’t have four walls either, but we are still the church, the body of Christ. Our story of this ministry seemed to encourage him too, praise God!
As I prayed for our community fasting and praying Tuesday morning, the Holy Spirit brought me to this verse:
For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield. — Psalm 5:15
As I read this, the Lord reminded me of the Scripture He gave our community last February shortly after our 2014 Praying & Fasting (click here to read that post):
And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within. — Zech. 2:5
My friends, I believe Abba is reminding us again that He is the wall of fire around this community and our glory within. He is the walls surrounding us and the presence that brings this community together and continues to encourage and ignite our faith to persevere. Wow! What a precious reminder that He is keeping His promises.
The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. — 2 Peter 3:9, NLT
And what’s even more awe inspiring is we are covered with His favor! Our faithfulness (not perfection) has so pleased God that He’s covering us with His favor as well. Can I get a shouted out chorus of hallelujahs?
Father God, thank You, thank You, thank YOU for Your favor! Reveal Your glory within us. Let our pre-believers see You clearly in us throughout 2015 and be the wall of fire around us that burns away all unbelief and doubt, and sends the enemy running in fear. You are our great shield, our protection, our safety and our refuge. Today we praise and thank You for placing Your glory within us and Your favor upon us. And thank You, Lord Jesus, that You have the final word! Amen!