Rock Weekly Update
“Life Comes in the Surrender”
Dear Rock Family,
- A week ago we lost an amazing man of God, a friend, a father, a husband, and the shepherd of Fuel Church – Pastor Dan Crosby. He went to be with Jesus on Monday, August 2. Please be in prayer for Fuel Church and the family. You are all invited to Pastor Dan’s celebration of life service at The Rock this Saturday (8/14) at 1:30pm or you are welcome to watch on-line at Fuel Church Website or The Rock Website.
- Last Saturday as I was preparing my heart in the prayer room, I began to prophecy over the next generation. It was an emotional time in His presence and then I heard in my spirit, “Write this down”. I then realized the Lord wanted these words declared publicly over our next generation. If you missed last Sunday, watch the video clip of what happened. This is not just a next generational declaration over The Rock, but over Colorado, and over our nation. I believe what happened on Sunday was like a stone when it hits perfectly still water and you begin to see a ‘ripple’ effect. One tiny stone will eventually have an effect on the entire pond! This is a great word to continue to declare over the next generation.
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Life Comes in the Surrender
In Matthew 16:24-25, Jesus gives us this understanding, “If anyone would come after me, they must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever would save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” This is a hard statement to swallow much less follow. But there is so much truth and freedom in these words! The issue for us is that we lose control of the outcomes. (although the misperception is that we think we have control, when we really never had it to begin with.) This willingness to let go and ‘lose control’ requires a faith and trust in what we can’t see, and possibly may never see, while living on this earth.
So, we often look to other more palatable Biblical statements like, “Come to me and I will give you rest” (Matt 11) or “Abide in me and I will abide in you” (Jn 15) or “Wait upon the Lord and He will renew your strength” (Is 40) or “Dwell in the shelter of the Most High and you will rest in His shadow.” (Ps 91). These are amazing Scriptures, but the concern is that we often misunderstand what it means to “come” or “abide” or dwell”. This was never intended to be a ‘single-foot dip in the water’. We can’t call that dwelling or coming or abiding. The ‘single-foot dip’ may be considered a “Taste and see that the Lord is good” type of activity, but it goes on to say, “But the one who takes refuge (goes ALL-IN) in the Lord will be blessed.” (Ps 34:8) It can’t stop with a ‘taste’ or we will miss the fullness of His grace and His love. Faith activates God’s grace in our lives (Eph 2:8 & Rom 4:16). And although God’s love is poured out for us, our ability to remain in His love requires a surrender of our ways and obedience to His ways – a surrender of our own ways and mindsets! In John 15:10 Jesus says, “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love.” The sustainable Love of God which gives LIFE requires an intentional surrender to our own ways (denying of self) and a determination to walk in God’s ways…to follow Jesus. (Matt 16:24-25)
Regardless of where you are in your walk, I want to encourage you to take a deeper dive into living a life fully surrendered to Jesus. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal areas in your heart and mind where you may still be conforming to worldly patterns or ideals and to reveal areas in your daily life where you may be holding onto worldly possessions. You may be surprised what He reveals. 🙂 Remember this – It is ok to have possessions, but not ok for possessions to have you.
“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God (the will of God) will live forever.” 1 Jn 2:15-17
IMPORTANT SERVICE & WEEKLY INFORMATION:
YOUTH ~BASE CAMP (6th – 12th Grade) – WEDNESDAY NIGHT (8/11) – 7:00pm
Join us in the Student Auditorium! Contact Pastor Kristi at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
1st Thursday of the Month (9/2) Hot Meals & Saturday Morning (8/14) Food Bank Distribution
Email Lindy@therock.org if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.
SUNDAY MORNING (8/15) PRE-SERVICE PRAYER 8:15-9:15am – *In-Person & On-line*
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We love you!
Pastors Mike & Kristi and your Rock Staff family
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