God’s powerful presence with us during the Forge Forward Tour renewed many hearts and lives with encouragement to press on, inviting both God’s transformation and also His leading in how to join the work He is doing to advance His kingdom! Our staff team was also very refreshed by reuniting with alumni, friends, family and ministry partners. Your prayers were felt so significantly that we are filled with an inexpressible joy and wonder for the Kingdom impact to come. After a week of touched and changed lives, obedient faith steps, and spiritual renewal towards God’s purposes, the desire in our hearts remains the same…Forge us, O God, and help us forge forward with you!
“I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me…one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14)
We too, like Paul, have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus! Some believe that point (belief in Jesus and given eternal life with Him) is the only and final step. But quite the contrary, when our life is taken hold of by Jesus Christ, the journey of beholding Him has only just begun! Here’s the question: Are we rallying everything inside of us in order to behold Jesus and that which He has called us to? Are you pressing on? What in your life is holding you back? Make the following your prayer this week:
Thank you, Jesus, for taking hold of me.
Transform me and make me into your image;
help me to forge forward with you and your loving plan to reach the world.
As I offer this prayer to you, please free me from looking behind;
burn away the dross in my life.
May all that I am bring you glory.
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