Thoughts from Lead with Faith leadership member, Jeremy Swonger
The thought occurred to me that many Americans have a real fear over a virus because of the lack of Faith in God. I have not been the most spiritual person throughout my life. I understand the fear related to death when you don’t believe in something greater. If this life on Earth is all there is, and ever will be for my mind and spirit, then a threat, whether it is a virus or other, would be terrifying.
We know there is a declining population attending church; a decline in people who believe in God. Lack of belief leaves a void in those lives, which may lead to asking questions like, “Why am I here? Why don’t I ever feel fulfilled?”
Society today has a mantra, “Do what feels good, you only live once”. The problem with this message is that it creates an internal struggle. One part of a person seeks to suppress the exploration of discovering the answers to the previous questions. The other part looks to find ways to justify living as one pleases. I am here to tell you, you do have a purpose and can discover why you are here. You can be fulfilled on your life journey. Most importantly, you are not alone on your journey here on Earth and you have a Creator Who loves you infinitely and forgives.
Once God is recognized as your Father, Jesus Christ as Savior of your soul, and Holy Spirit is invited to enter in to your life – you will never again be alone. Humble surrender is the prerequisite to taking these steps. Pride or self-reliance or both, have to be set aside to fully be able to relinquish our lives to the Lord. This act may seem difficult because we do not want to appear weak to others. Or, we may not want to admit to ourselves that we need help. Once one is able to relinquish control, the weight lightens and our outlook and life becomes more positive, as aligned with God’s.
This is the grace and love of God being grafted within you – reconciling questions of “Why?” with answers of purpose.
This virus can be a wake-up call, a break from the everyday life we are allowing to consume us. Now is a great time to share with others why God is important in your life. Your story of how Jesus can remove fear and fill you with His love, encourages others. Now is an opportunity to own the “lostness” of coworkers, neighbors, friends or family by sharing the Gospel, the Word of our Lord.
Psalm 34:4 “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Over thirty residents of Whitley County gathered together this morning for their inaugural City Movement prayer gathering, hosted by Lead with Faith Whitley County. Six months in the making, this day arrived sooner than anticipated – and on a snow day.
Mid 2019, Columbia City resident Jeremy Swonger, attended a prayer gathering in Fort Wayne, led by Parkview Health CEO Mike Packnett. Attendance to Allen County’s monthly prayer meeting has been increasing since the gathering’s inception in 2018. During Jeremy’s first prayer gathering visit, he was moved to ask the question, “How can we do this in Whitley County?
meeting across the county in various locations, the Whitley County chapter of National Day of Prayer, various churches, folks burdened for their neighbors, and via prayer walks at the heart of Whitley County – the courthouse. We believe today’s gathering is the culmination of years of prayer, and trust collectively joining forces on a monthly basis will provide direction on living out, and being led by, faith in our day to day lives and interactions with those we cross paths with every day in Whitley County.
Now connected to the intercessors of Whitley County, Jeremy and Mike hosted a luncheon for the Ministerial Association of Whitley County, to share the vision of saturating Whitley County with the Gospel. Over fifty individuals joined for this gathering in January 2020. Jeremy initially hoped to kick-off monthly prayer gatherings in April 2020. However, the enthusiasm and momentum built during the luncheon inspired the Lead with Faith Whitley County leadership team to trust for what seemed like an outstanding goal.
We witnessed Whitley County residence led by faith, demonstrated through the power of unified prayer
For a moment, imagine if you will, the Gospel transforming your life, the lives of those you love, your neighbors, community and county. Be encouraged to sit with this thought for a moment. What might be your next opportunity to be led by faith? Do you see it? Be encouraged to take that step, however big or small, and trust something outstanding is about to happen in your life and for the Kingdom. Perhaps your next step is joining us next month?
If so, we hope you will consider joining us March 12th for our second gathering. CLICK HERE to register for next month's event. Also, if you would like to receive details regarding upcoming events, feel free to contact us for email updates and/or follow us on Facebook. We look forward to uniting with you. God bless!