There's no way to manufacture a move of God. Yes, we follow God's heart and the Spirit's leading to plan, pray and prepare in faith that God will move though all we do, but only He can make the move.
At times, we may be tempted to "hype" things up to give the appearance that God is moving, (nothing wrong with passion and excitement) but how do we know it's God? We see these 3 things:
1. Tears. When God moves in a church, there are outward signs of what is occurring in the hearts and lives of those we're pouring into. One of the most obvious is a tearful response to the truth that is given in its many forms. Have the Kleenex handy!
2. Talent. When God is moving, or about to move in a church, He breaks the ground with new spiritual talent. God understands His church needs leaders and workers to hold the Kingdom harvest that He is about to unleash.
So watch and listen closely for others God is "planting" among you, even if they sound or look different than what you wanted or expected.
3. Time. The fire and passion that accompanies a "God Vision" brings the sacrifice of time to the equation. There's generally not the option (nor should it be) to pay and staff all the work that needs to be done in a growing church.
Enthusiasm creates buy in to the point others are willing to serve and give of their time sacrificially because they see the manifestation of their labor not just the desired outcome.
Artie Davis wears a lot of hats and leads a lot of people. He's Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He heads the Comb Network and the Sticks Conference. He speaks and writes about leadership, ministry, church-planting, and cultural diversity in the church. You can find his blog at ArtieDavis.com or catch him on Twitter @artiedavis.
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