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Thursday, January 19

He chose to be unafraid

Have you ever had one of those amazing thoughts of something you want to do?  Your heart beat wildly for a few minutes or even a few days and you thought to yourself, “I’m going to do this!”

But then the reasons you can’t start coming. They suit up, start marching and aim their weapons of discouragement right at your heart.  So, in the end the amazing thought becomes a fleeting thought.

And you think to yourself, “Yeah, it was a dumb idea.”  Then as quickly as the stir of passion started, it fades.

Too many of us live in the depressing grey shades of a thousand faded passions that might have been.

Because we’re afraid.

We’d rather stay safe and under the radar – then go big and possibly flop big.

But every now and then someone rare comes along.  They would rather die than say, “I wish I would have…”  Instead, they grit their teeth, lift their raw souls to God, and scream above all the naysayers, “I will!  By God I will!”

That’s my pastor.

Never have I seen someone so willing to FEARLESSLY make known the mystery of the gospel than this 31 year old preacher man, named Pastor Steven Furtick.  He walks, talks, eats, sleeps, and breathes Ephesians 6:19, “Pray that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.”

So, my Pastor had a crazy thought fly into his brain last summer to do an old school revival for 12 nights at the beginning of 2012.  One where it wouldn’t be about a church and a preacher but one that would be about THE CHURCH with many preachers.  One that would be all about getting the hope of Jesus to the masses.

It was a good idea.  But it was a crazy idea. What about the expense?  What if it burned the staff out?  Would people really show up for all 12 nights?  So many questions begging the idea to just fade away.

But Pastor Steven didn’t let it fade.  He didn’t let it die.  He ignited it.  Not because he didn’t feel the pull of fear- but rather because he pressed into God and chose to be unafraid.

This crazy thought turned into an amazing reality-  Code Orange Revival.  Twelve straight nights.  Twelve amazing messages.  Twelve passionate preachers.  One awe-inspiring purpose- to fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.

My husband and I have had the privilege to attend much of this revival live and in person.  And though I’m a woman of many words, I can’t possibly begin to describe what God is doing.

There is an igniting of souls happening extending all across the globe.  People are coming to know Jesus.  People are getting baptized. People are finding hope again.

And people are seeing what can happen when one person dares to say, “I’m going to say yes to God’s wild invitation.  I’m going to do this!”

And then does.

So, I thought maybe you’d want to see it for yourself.  Click here.