From the Pastor's Desk
Is it really possible for me to do great things for God? The Bible says, "People who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits" (Dan. 11:32). It doesn't say people who are super spiritual or who are strong in themselves will do great things. It says it will be people who know God.
When Daniel and his friends were being forced to assimilate to Babylon, they fasted and came out looking 10 times better than everyone else. When cast into the fiery furnace, they came out without even the smell of smoke on them. Daniel would face down lions, but come through unscathed. All of these events are rooted in the fact that he prayed three times a day (Dan. 6:10). He knew God.
Heb. 8:6 says we are beneficiaries of an even better covenant and better promises than Daniel had in the Old Testament. Jn. 14:12 promises we can do even greater works than Jesus did.
In Phil. 3:10, Paul said, "My determined purpose is that I may know him..." (AMP). Paul did not say that his determined purpose was to reach most of the known world with the gospel, to write half of the New Testament, or to perform miracles through Christ. Yet, he did all of those things. He sought to know God. Everything else came from that.
What might happen in my life and sphere of influence if I deeply know Him? It's the Dan. 11:32 way of doing great things for God. More than anything, He wants us to know Him and grow closer to Him. Great things can come from that.
-Pastors Mark and Jennifer