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the fight of faith

Let me just get on with this… I’m in one of THOSE moods.  Back in the day when I had hair and was pastoring small SBC churches in Texas, I had a knack for soul winning.  I had been well trained even before I went to seminary because nickels, noses, and souls dominate most agendas in the evangelical church.  When I was just a “layperson” (sounds lame doesn’t it) I would knock on doors for a couple of hours every Wednesday night and sometimes on Sunday afternoon.  My pockets would be full of The Four Spiritual Laws or the Roman Road tracts and I could whip out one of those bad boys if you cracked the door a half-inch.  I have no idea how many people accepted Jesus, got baptized, or joined the church because of my efforts?  I would have to say I probably made hundreds of presentations, if not nearer to a thousand.  That was my job.  Honestly, it was on my heart to do it and people got excited when God was moving.  Good preacher boys were taught that it was part of our responsibility to fulfill the Great Commission.  Although the names and numbers are no longer clear to me, here is what IS certain:  NOT EVERYONE SAID, “YES” TO JESUS EVERYTIME.  NOT EVERYONE GOT SAVED.  NOT EVERYONE JOINED THE CHURCH.

Some nights I sucked.  Some nights people wouldn’t even come to the door.  Other nights I would get cussed at or ridiculed, even threatened to be escorted from the property.  But, I don’t remember ever thinking, ‘God, you owe me an explanation’ on why I (we) didn’t win souls every time I (we) knocked on a door.  In fact, there was always a good feeling in my spirit about doing the thing that most churchgoers just don’t have the guts or a famed “call” to even make a reasonable attempt.  I knew He was with me, even though my knees were shaking.  It’s not a “play it safe” way to roll in evangelical systems, just acceptably admired in that culture.  God still cares about souls and push-back is a part of the deal.  Rejection was to be expected and rejection happened, but I’d knock on the next door anyway.  Many a night I drove home thinking, “What the heck is wrong with me?  Why do I keep doing this?  Is it really worth it?”  And, when someone got saved… man-alive did WE ever CELEBRATE and cheer in great joy!  When nothing happened, God was still given praise and we’d gear up and rededicate ourselves to press into faith and hope, only to trust for more good things to come on the next attempts!  You just kept going no matter what!

So, my Tribe pushes the envelope of FAITH in a different way.  We ask for the miraculous, signs and wonders; and again I notice that not everyone has the stomach for this kind of “spirit”-uality.  Why?  Because… ultimately, WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL IN THIS ARENA!  There are no formulas and it can get messy.  Not to get too far out there with all the crazies, the damn devil does get pissed when we start messing around with the status quo.  So, we boldly declare that God is able, anyway.  We believe that God is willing.  We hope and trust that God sees the need.  Unashamedly, we ask, pray, worship, anoint, consume and risk it all; believing that God WILL move mightily and show HIS POWER on behalf of our friends, family, community and tribe.  We see this as our cultural norm and responsibility.  So, we joyfully take whatever we get from the Lord and push past all the resistance we get in the spirit-realm!  It doesn’t touch our resolve to bring the “fruitfulness of the garden to the barrenness of the earth”!  That is what we signed up for!  Not a prearranged agreement with sterile expressions.  We said we want KINGDOM… the real deal… the rumor that we’ve always known!

The soul-winner knocks again, and again, and again, and again.   We admire them for their efforts; or at least the evangelical church does.  So why is it so unusual or strange for us to keep knocking on the door of health and healing?  Would it be the fear of man, disappointment, or our aversion to looking foolish before the LORD?  That sort of sounds like pride doesn’t it?  Fear that God’s name or reputation will be diminished?  That is total nonsense!  The devil will roar and devils of intimidation desire to label us all with their religious euphemisms and silly tags, but turn a deaf ear!  The blood of Christ still saves!  His blood washes us clean of the guilt and stain of sin!  His blood makes us whole!  How do we know this?  We’re looking at you… LIVING PROOF!

Beloved, we chose to get into this fight.  You said, we said, “We want Kingdom!”  So, let’s rumble!  Fear not and press in.  Push-back is only a reminder that damage was done.  Know that mighty things have moved and shifted in the Spirit and natural realm because of Monday night.   Seed was planted for a future harvest of supernatural faith.  Only God knows the real truth and expanse of it all!  Let’s continue to agree together that WE  WALK  BY  FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT!  That is the part of all this that He calls righteous and good.

So, So, So proud of You All

-MDP-

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  1. April 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    AMEN. ready for the fight and not backing down. thank you for leading in this. I believe!

  2. Ms. Patti
    April 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Agreeing with Alli! Fighting and not backing down either! I BELIEVE!

  3. Marisa
    April 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Ditto.

  4. April 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you for this encouragement Papa Mike. I’ll admit that I left Monday night with a lot of “why” questions and feeling disappointed. I desperately wanted somebody, anybody to jump up and shout “I’ve been healed!!” I refuse to get caught in the trap of doubting God’s goodness because He cannot be anything but good. But I do get caught in the trap of thinking that I am owed something when I think I have done things the “right” way. There is so much about Kingdom living that I just don’t understand. It is the most frustrating and humbling experience ever! Yet at the same time, I have never encountered abundant life, true healing or lasting joy outside of it.

  5. Laura
    April 26, 2012 at 5:34 am

    This is exactly what I needed…. I’m totally with Jessica… I didn’t understand why my expectations weren’t met… at least not in a way I can see. But I’d rather fight this fight than sit on the sidelines. Thanks Papa…

  6. April 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Amen Papa Mike, AMEN! Thank you for posting this and for leading us into deeper faith. I love you! xoxo

  7. Micah
    April 26, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Boxing gloves still on… let’s keep fighting!

  8. Amy Paquette
    April 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

    My brother flew in from Texas for this night and my husband and I were worshiping and interceding from Texas as it was going on. We believed, and still do, for big things to come out of last Monday night. There was a shifting in the spirit realm. I felt it in Texas as we were praying and I got updates from Laura about the night. When I talked with her Tuesday morning about the whole outcome and the battle to not be discouraged, I had 2 thoughts: don’t despise small beginnings, and Heidi Baker prayed for something like 180 people to be healed before she saw her first healing. Now, the percentage of deaf who hear in their meetings is 99.9%. I believe God is growing and honoring the Kingdom pursuit if your community. Persevere with joy!!! The promise is yours!!!!

    • April 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Awesome reminder Amy! Thank you! -MDP_

  9. Colleen
    April 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Love this!!!!

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