To the GateWay family
God is good all the time, and all the time God is good! BUT, do we walk in the fullness of that revelation? Bible verses like Luke 12:32 which says “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (NKJV) WOW, have we really let that truth, permeate our thinking, allowing it to renew and transform our minds?
As many of you will know, we have recently returned from a mission trip to Brazil. I was so aware of the fact that many people were praying for the trip in specific ways and I want to thank you. The testimonies we have returned with are your testimonies too, nothing would have been achieved without such prayer covering and intercession, thank you.
It was incredible the favour we walked in and as I became more aware of that favour, I was aware that there was also an increase in my expectancy. It seemed like all of a sudden, there was an anticipation that each day brought with it a multitude of opportunities for God to manifest His presence, to us, through us and in us. The attitude of faith created an atmosphere which produced a landing ground for the miraculous.
There were so many ‘incidences’ that it would seem impossible to record them all. But one example was turning up to a research park, where there were opportunities to see manatees, turtles, iguanas, monkeys, crocodiles and even more. When we arrived, the place was closed, but armed with that expectancy we requested if it would be possible ‘anyway’ to enter! The security guard said only the bosses could authorize it. Looking back I am amazed at the boldness, yet Rebeca, the minibus driver and I went on a mini-excursion to find one of the bosses. A long story short, we found him, not only did he authorize that the team of 18 could come in, but he gave us a guided tour for over an hour before letting us ‘explore’ by ourselves! Wow, God’s intervention to rescue the day!
However on returning home, God has been really challenging me, that this is the level of expectation that we’re to walk in continually; that He desires that our faith becomes bold and vibrant. God wants us to be amazed, God wants us to be expectant, God wants us to live in the anticipation!
As a church I feel God has spoken really clearly that we are in a time of breakthrough both individually and collectively.
Isaiah 41:18-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
I will open rivers in desolate heights, And fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, And the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, The myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine And the box tree together, That they may see and know, And consider and understand together, That the hand of the LORD has done this, And the Holy One of Israel has created it.
Hold onto His words, as His truth for now into your life and situation and allow hope to arise, allow expectancy to arise, God will not forsake or disappoint you.
Pastors Marty and Rebeca
Gateway Elim Church is an Elim Pentecostal Church that seeks to reach and share the good news about Jesus Christ with the people of Yate and the surrounding area. Our desire is to see many people experience the joy of having a personal relationship with Jesus and living according to His Word (the Bible).
Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance Registered Charity: 251549