Tomorrow morning, I will preach the most controversial and counter-cultural message I have every preached in my life. I will be preaching a message entitled, When the Church and the LGBTQ Community Collide.
In an effort to clear my mind and prepare my heart, here are a few of the emotions I'm feeling and a few of God's promises over my life that I hope will be a source of comfort.
FEARFUL YET HOPEFUL
Fearful that I will be misunderstood, but hopeful that those who are seeking God will find Him. (1 Chronicles 28:9)
ANXIOUS YET CALM
Anxious to preach the message and get it over with, but calm knowing that in God's time, He makes all things beautiful. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
CONCERNED YET CONFIDENT
Concerned about whether or not the message will be well received, but confident that God's Word will not return void. (Isaiah 55:11)
POWERLESS YET POWERFUL
Powerless to change a hardened heart, but powerful knowing that in my weakness that God's strength is made perfect. (2 Corinthians 2:19)
EMPTY BUT EXPECTANT
Empty of energy (it's 3am!), but expectant that God is going to do exceedingly and abundantly above what I can hope or imagine! (Ephesians 3:20)
I praise you for your strength. I praise you for your power. I praise you for your goodness. I praise you for your grace. I praise you for your wisdom. I praise you for your love. Be to me and be for me who you have always been. You have always been enough. I love you, and I, once again, entrust my life into your strong, loving, and faithful hands. In Jesus name, Amen.