Hello Wave Collective,
Here we are at the threshold of the Christmas season again! I love that we’re essentially counting down to Jesus’ birthday – the day that irrevocably changed the world forever. Selah
We just had a great month at Wave, firstly with our ‘Man Up’ conference which was out of the ball park, then onto Thanksgiving, where at all of our campuses collectively, with the help of 500 volunteers, fed 5,000 people in our communities. Also, at one of our recent Sisters Nights, we held a Community Baby Shower for at risk pregnant moms in our local community and our women were so generous! A large church can have bigger influence and I love seeing the domino effect that can bring by way of blessing the local community.
Last month, I spoke on the Domino Effect with regards to ‘Gossip’ and this time I want to continue the subject on the Domino Effect with the thought “The Power of your Story”.
- The power of your Story
Jesus had met the Samaritan woman and amazed her at his knowledge of her life, and as he unfolded her life’s story to her, she became a believer. She then went and told her testimony and many of the people in that town believed in Jesus because of her actions.
John 4:39-42 NIV
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony “He told me everything I ever did”. So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know this man really is the Savior of the world.”
- The power of your tongue
What power our tongues have! We have the ability to bring life and death into situations – even into our own future. We must guard our tongues at all times.
Prov 18:21 NIV
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
James 3:1-3, 5-7, 8 NIV
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue is also a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
…but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
- The power of a faith atmosphere
Jesus is asked by a ruler of the synagogue to come and pray for his daughter who had passed away. He needed to send the crowd of professional mourners away so faith could be activated.
Matt 9:23-26 NIV
When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, he said “Go away – the girl is not dead but asleep”. But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. News of this spread through all that region.
- The Power of Perspective
Would you rather view your circumstances with God’s perspective – or yours? Jesus used words of faith to bring Lazarus back to life…
John 11:11-14 NIV
…he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” His disciples replied “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
- The Power of your interpretation of the circumstances
We all now the story of the Shunamite woman and how God blessed her with a son. However, her son dies and she goes immediately to the Prophet.
2 Kings 4:26 NIV
Run to meet her and ask her, “Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?” “Everything is all right,” she said.
What a woman of faith the Shunamite woman was. She had summed up her situation through eyes of faith – knowing that the God who gave her a son, would bring him to her again.
6. The Power of what God says in spite of reality
Jonah walked around Ninevah (it took three days to walk around it) and spoke the word of the Lord, then the whole city – including the King, acknowledged God. In the natural, it seemed impossible, but with God, all things are possible. The obedience of one man had a domino effect throughout the whole city. It doesn’t matter what it looks like from the natural point of view, it’s what God says that counts!
Josh 6:1-2 NIV
Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king, and its fighting men.
Believe God for the domino effect to flow through you, with healings, family salvations, city salvations and an overflow of blessings. Have a great season – God has good things in store for you!!
Steve and Sharon