|God has a plan for your life “What is the purpose of life?” or “Why am I here?”
God is our loving Heavenly Father and we are His children. He loves us and wants us to be successful in this life and to return to live in His presence.
We are in the world but we are not of the world!
Our God always makes a way where there is no way! In other words you have to know God is setting you up for intense breakthrough, promotion and POSSESSION… praise God!
God's plan is called the plan of salvation, the plan of redemption, the plan of happiness.
Before you began your life on Earth, you lived with your Heavenly Father as one of His spirit children. Although it was a joyful existence, God knew that you could not continue to progress unless you left Him for a time.
He allowed you to come to Earth, where you would gain a physical body and would have experiences that would help you to learn and grow, fulfilling the purpose of the plan of salvation.
Knowing that we would commit sin in mortality, our loving Heavenly Father provided a Savior, Jesus Christ, who by His sacrifice would make it possible for all people who would comply with His gospel teachings to be forgiven through repentance and return to live with Him. Having a divine nature as a child of God, we can with the assistance and power of the Holy Spirit, progress to become one day even as He is.
Why Would Heavenly Father Stop His Blessings!Of course, we do pray and ask God to give us “Blessings” but in our churches, we don’t give this any weight.
When ever we go to Church, do we fall to our knees? Do we fast and pray? Do we remove our shoes while's praying, atleast in Church? [Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. ' (Acts 7:33)] Do we continue to serve God with humble hearts and wait on the Holy Spirit to lead us at the right time?
Of course not.
Instead, we create sectors, various groups, or we make life miserable for others. We hold meetings and talk to ourselves 99% of the time and give God 1% with formal prayers which again include us talking and God listening. No time is spent listening to God. He never says anything anyway. Does He?
And do we continue to serve with humble hearts? These days struggling churches look more like a sinking ship with everyone trying to scramble off and swim to a different ship. Most church growth ladies and gentlemen, come to Church not to honour God but for his/hers personal gains.
We don’t see a church with success and go home and pray. If we thought prayer or God mattered, we’d do it. We’d study Him instead of just geting lost. Our actions speak louder than our words which give hollow emphasis to prayer. We haven’t prayed all night -ever, but we spend thousands to attend the Church conference/parties etc. It’s big business these days.
King Solomon worried about a great many things, and he tried a great many things. He settled on what he felt was the most important things. (He WAS the wisest man in history) Many priests I know or met, wish desperately they could focus solely on the following:
Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man. -Ecc 12:13
When did this suddenly become not enough? When did our focus start becoming my life or my success? When did the Church’s focus become programming with excellence, strategic planning, building programs, writing vision statements, setting goals, making 10 year plans, music styles, marketing campaigns, public relations, political issues, and more and more and more…
Do we even know how we’re doing in the “fearing God and keeping His commandments” categories? Have we made a ten year plan for that? Do we think for one second that God will NOT bless us even if all we did was fear Him, keep His commands, and teach others to do the same??
Are we that dull? That faithless?
Nothing grows a church like a changed life, and no vision statement ever written can compete with the one that is lived out in the lives of God’s people. Besides, no one wants to join a church where there is no joy, and true joy does not come from our success and accolades. Real, lasting joy is the result of a sinner saved by grace who experiences the presence of God through the Holy Spirit.
Even Heaven rejoices when one sinner repents. No word on whether Heaven cares about the particular words used in the vision statement.
So the Secret of Success for Church Growth, in my opinion, is rather simple.
Preach the Word
Live the Faith
The rest is becoming a sinful exercise if we aren’t very, very careful.