This week over thirty people serving with or alongside Foursquare Missions International in SE Asia gathered together in Bangkok for three days of seeking God’s face and encouraging one another. Personally, I loved the time around the table sharing stories, listening to the goodness of God in others’ lives as we ate yummy Thai food. God is moving in an incredible way through the lives of those serving in this region…
Yet we never want to stay in the same place, stagnant or stuck in a former place of glory.
We always want to move forward into the next place God has for us.
This is where the prophetic helps play a critical role. We need to hear God’s voice calling us out of comfortable place into new unchartered territory. Or when the path seems to be collapsing around us, we need the prophetic to grab onto and pull us out of the raging rivers of life into solid ground. (See I Corinthians 14 for more clarity on the role of the prophetic in the church.)
In our meetings, we paused consistently to allow God to speak through one or another of us in the prophetic. One word that resonated with many of us in the middle of our conference came to drive us forward into more mission.
The word came one evening as worshipped together.
The word was that God wanted to expand our path. It went on to paint a picture of a bridge spanning the width of a canyon but without all the planks yet in place. Every step we made forward, God put the plank in place just ahead of our foot stepping down. We needed to step out in faith and see God meet us as he created the path for us to cross into new arenas of ministry or spheres of effectiveness with him.
For me, this word resonated deep in my heart as planting a church in Bangkok seems like one faith journey after another, and yet each step of the way, God has been laying the planks of the bridge in place. We can boldy continue forward knowing that God has the path laid out for us. He is a light unto our path and a lamp unto our feet, Psalms 119:105.
Where is God desiring to expand your path or lead you forward if you are willing to step out, or where are you tentative to step out with God?