God was in the House this past Sunday at Cross Church. Wow, how the Lord moved in our midst. We unveiled the Cross Church Circle, which is our new intercessory prayer ministry that we are launching October 1.
Response was Phenomenal to the Cross Church Circle
Yes, response was phenomenal to the vision of the Cross Church Circle. I mean folks, it was God-sized! The Lord moved mightily upon the hearts of people as we preached from Isaiah 62. If you missed the sermon on Isaiah 62 from this past Sunday, September 1, please watch it here.
What happened with response thus far? As of this time, we have had 2,619 people sign up to participate for thirty minutes a week in the Cross Church Circle! This is supernatural! God is doing something in our church. When we start praying by the thousands for thirty minutes a week, by the monthly Prayer Guide, there is no telling what the Lord will do.
Please take time to sign up and be a part of the Cross Church Circle today. You can also sign up on Sunday in worship. I cannot wait to see what God will do when we kick this ministry off Tuesday, October 1.
For the Next Two Sundays
This coming Sunday, we will be preaching from Acts 17:16-34. I hope you will pray for the message. What a powerful passage of Scripture. The following week, we will be preaching from Acts 18:1-22. These two passages wrap up Paul’s second missionary journey. When we have worked through these two passages, we are going to take a break from Acts for a period of time. We will pray and seek the Lord accordingly.
Pray Now for Our Senior Pastor’s Prayer Gathering
In my message this past Sunday, I shared about an upcoming Prayer Gathering that we are calling for Senior Pastors of SBC churches. It will be on the evening of September 30 and morning of October 1. I need you to come alongside of us now, praying for this gathering. As of right now, we have 146 Senior Pastors from 24 states across our nation. God is up to something. Please pray now for this gathering. I hope many of you will gather that evening or morning in groups, praying for this significant gathering.
Bring someone with you to church this week,
Ronnie W. Floyd
There is nothing more powerful than a personal testimony. I am always cautious about sharing what God is doing in my life due to the fear of being misunderstood. With my peers, I am even more cautious.
By no means do I ever assume what God is doing in me needs to be done in others. God walks with us personally. His work in me may or may not have anything to do with what He is doing in you. At the same time, there are moments when what God is doing in the lives of others has profound impact on me.
The Work of God has been Building
For the past several months, the work of God and His Spirit in me have been building. I have sensed He has been taking me up to a place to meet with Him intimately. By faith, I just kept walking, following this journey I sensed I was on with God.
As fellow pastors, you know the enormous challenge we face daily of continuing in these kinds of journeys God has us on personally, while the demands of ministry continue to call upon us. In fact, many times they distract us from the very thing we believe God is doing in us.
But in these past few months, my focus was strong. I really felt God was moving me toward Him personally in every way. I had a growing anticipation that led me forward toward Him.
The Work of God Recently
Then the moment came through my daily time with God, that I sensed His deep call to a season of prayer and fasting. I notified Jeana and I began the journey with the Lord. This time, I had no idea how long God wanted me to walk with Him on this specific journey.
By faith, I recorded several things I believed God wanted me to pursue Him about. I needed His perspective. I needed to see what He sees about them. I needed to be in the Word with Him even more, talking with Him about these matters.
The journey continued for twenty-one days. Uniquely, Jeana was away all last week, staying with her Mom while she underwent a procedure for a pacemaker. This eliminated our normal Friday together. Therefore, on my day away from office responsibilities, I spent most of the day with the Lord in His Word. It was rewarding and powerful, but exhausting. God’s timing is always perfect. I needed this time. I needed confirmation about many things I was sensing God had declared to me in His Word, and clarity regarding the length of this fasting journey.
At one point, I was not sure the release was given. This journey was so rich with the Lord, quite honestly, there was a lot of me that did not want the time of fasting to cease. I was more than willing to continue to a forty day stretch, but late on Friday, God released me. So sometime after 8:00 p.m. on Friday, I broke the fast.
The Work of God Through Me
God’s Word was so strong in my life during this journey. The Holy Spirit awakened me to several things in His powerful Word. I have no idea how much any of this will ever become public. At times, God keeps His work in us private. Other times, when He has worked in us privately, He takes that work public. I leave all that up to Him alone.
Here is what I do know. The past three weeks, especially this past Sunday, God has been working strongly in our church. His hand has stayed on His church uniquely. One of the reasons I was compelled to draw aside with the Lord was over a prayer ministry I unveiled to our people on Sunday. It is called the Cross Church Circle. When I called for commitment from our people, the response was as strong as anything I have seen in several years. God was in the House at Cross Church this past Sunday.
Another matter weighing upon me strongly is our upcoming, “A Call to Prayer for Revival and Awakening: A Gathering for Senior Pastors.” As of today, we have 143 Senior Pastors attending from 23 different states in our nation. The response has been amazing and if flights were more reasonably priced, I believe this number would be staggering. Our goal all along has not been great numbers, but that God would show up in this prayer gathering and create a spiritual movement within us. I am praying that if He chooses to do so, God would use this gathering to become a catalyst for the next great move of God in our nation. This burden was upon me, and is still upon me, and moved me to walk up the mountain with God during those 21 days of fasting and prayer. Oh, how God so moved upon my heart about this through His powerful Word.
And there are other matters, much more personal for now and perhaps forever. It is all in God’s hand and I trust Him. He is more than worthy to be trusted. I share all of this with you to encourage you, and do so with complete humility.
My Testimony Today
My testimony to you today is this: God is up to something. He is preparing His men like us and His bride, the church. I really believe we are entering, and perhaps have already entered, a “kairotic” moment, a special moment, a season where God moves powerfully.
So what do we do as leaders of His church? We get before Him. We stay before Him. We live in the Word of God. We prepare ourselves. We let His Spirit do whatever He wants to do in us. We abandon ourselves, releasing ourselves to follow King Jesus wherever He leads us.
Wherever God wants us to go, let’s go. Let’s march together in Jesus’ name with the Word of God in our hearts and the Holy Spirit as our power.
Yours for the Great Commission,
Ronnie W. Floyd