Saturday, 23 April 2011

All Things Work Together

Outside the Fossway with Matt Staples
Apologies to my regular readers for the lack of activity on the blog for the last few weeks. Many of you will already know that Living Word Church in York has, for over a year, been trying to gain planning permission from York City Council to turn a disused pub in the city into a building to house our church activities, including new offices and seminar rooms. Much of my time and energy has been spent on trying to see this great project come to fruition, and especially in the last ten days or so, when we finally had our breakthrough.

While the local community in the area surrounding the Fossway Pub have been hugely supportive of the project, there was opposition from some quarters, not least the planning department of the council who seemingly did everything they could to throw up delays and obstacles, misinform the public about our intentions and generally discourage us from going ahead. However, all they actually managed to accomplish was to galvanise us in our determination to push ahead with the project, believing that God had spoken to us about this building, and told us it was to be our new home.

As the battle seemed to intensify we started to discover that we had a far greater support than we realised (2 Kings 6:16) and things quickly began to turn in our favour. Other church leaders from across the city stood with us shoulder to shoulder and spoke boldly against the voices who opposed God's people. Even the local popular press began to take notice and in the end the opposition simply melted away.

On the morning of the day of decision day God gave me this verse to encourage me to trust Him. In Proverbs 21:31 It says "The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory comes from the Lord."

Whatever situation you are facing today, God is on your side and He will fight the battle for you, for the battle belongs to Him.

We still have some way to go, and will hopefully complete the purchase in the next few weeks, so watch this space for more details.

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