I just walked in the church after a night of praise and worship in Elk Grove – it’s about 1:30am and I’m tired. I make my way down the hall with my gear in hand and something stops me…. I hear voices behind this door – there’s a fight going on in there. Voices of my brothers and sisters praying and interceding, taking a stand against the attacks of the enemy – disease, broken families, broken marriages, broken hearts. In an instant, I got a rock in my throat and tears are streaming down my face. No idea why.. just happened. I’m halfway tempted to walk through that door and join in… but not tonight – tonight’s not my fight. Tonight I just stand there in awe for a moment listening proudly while my family in Christ takes back ground that was stolen, claiming victory that is already ours and praising the name of the One who bled for it.
No lightweight division here.. just a heavyweight bout goin down behind that door. Men and women of faith up far too late at night, pushing back, throwin haymakers and praising God so loud that I’m not sure that door is doing much good… and all I can think is, “We’re gonna need a bigger door” Then it hits me.. the reason I’m in tears – the reason I’m so moved by this gathering in faith is because God is moved by it. He’s here… there’s something new and different growing in this place and He’s here – The Holy Spirit is DRAWN to this. Not some comfortable Sunday morning service on a sunny spring day. No, a cold, rainy, stormy night and God’s people raise their voices and hearts in SPITE of it and fight in faith. I mean, if **I’m** moved by this – how much more is God moved and pleased by His people?! No lightweight division here.
I start thinking of everything I’ve lost in the past couple years – how much my life has changed and how much was stolen from me. I think about my pastors and the attacks on their loved ones. I think about the lives lost – the families hurt… and behind that door is a growing squad of Gods army who is pushing back harder than ever. There’s an enemy at the gates but there’s a HORDE of believers just on the other side, positioned for offense NOT defense and for every life the enemy steals – we’ll fight to win 10 more back. No lightweight division here.
I start thinking about what level of faith it must have taken for Paul and Silas to praise God in the midst of their storm….. well, there’s a storm outside tonight – but there’s faith behind that door. No lightweight division here… at Abundant Life Fellowship.