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Brick Upon Brick, Stone Upon Stone

Loughborough Church - Brick upon brick, stone upon stoneLuke 1:37 “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Don’t you just love verses like this? Or maybe you hate reading them. Because love it or hate it, they challenge you to walk into a different space with God. What seems impossible to man is not impossible for God.

Jesus also said:

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

Mark 9:23 (NKJV)

You often hear us talk about the “faith space”, what is the faith space? It is stepping into a space with God when He calls you to do something that is outside of your ability.

It’s the “faith space” why because if it is going to be done it needs God to show up.

God loves it when we choose to enter into that place, when we realise we are not able, but with God it can be done, when we exercise faith in Him. It is trusting in our Almighty God.

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”

Hebrews 11:6 (NASB)

Faith is not a passive thing; it is shown by our willingness to act, to enter into that space with a living God.

But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”

James2:18

When God asks us to do something, it will always require us to enter into that faith space with Him, where our trust is in Him. It is faith in action.

I love the account of Nehemiah rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem, now here is a man who entered into the faith space.

I wonder what it was like for Nehemiah, faced with an overwhelming task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, they had stood like it for decades, broken down, heaps of burnt out stones. Gates off their hinges at best, others just burnt for firewood. There were gaping holes everywhere. The City was in a bit of a mess to say the least.

Yet he knew that God had placed in him the vision to rebuild the walls the walls of the city.

He had signs of favour from the king of Persia, letters to support the need.

You know what I love about this account, He didn’t scour the land for skilled craftsmen, and He didn’t go looking for “Bob the Builder” or look to shop in the nation’s top city building company. He went to the people that were there, and presented the vision. It is interesting how faith in God is contagious. The people caught the vision, suddenly the people who had lived there for years; saw through eyes of faith what could be done.

There are suddenlys with God, they are not suddenlys to God because God always knew, they are just sunddenlys to us.

The people began to get hold of the vision, and committed themselves to the task, working as families and groups they managed to complete the task in 52 days!

It was not without opposition and they had to keep focused on what God had told them to do. But together they accomplished what God had put before them.

We are exploring what God is saying to us about the building on Belton Road. This is not an easy task, if this is what God is asking us to do, it will require us all to be in this together; all of us doing what we can. I believe that God’s people are the most powerful force on earth when they are united in the purposes of God.

Whether it is this building or another, there is one thing for sure; we will have to step into the faith space with God.

Remember Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”