Posted by: everynation | February 26, 2008

Living in Tents: The Sticking Point

jeffbullock.jpgby Jeff Bullock

If answering the question about loving God’s will is the Starting Point, then God’s answer to that question is the Sticking Point.

In the context of cross-cultural, living in a “foreign” land context, our gut feeling told us “we better have a word from God where He wants us to be.” It really is the first and only question that really matters.

Being convinced where God wanted us kept us sane, our emotions in perspective and gave us confidence to hold firm to the sovereignty of God, since He calls us He makes provision for us. I felt God had spoken to me to move to Ukraine, but until Ana (my wife) had a word from God we committed not to move. It was important that we both heard from God separately to have maximum unity. A few months later God spoke to her and we began to prepare for the first move across the Atlantic.

Once we knew God wanted us to move we knew that success was imminent. We knew God would supply every provision, joy would be our possession and peace would lead us into unknown territory. What was absent and unknown was the fight, the struggle.

Goliath is waiting. The enemy will not lie down because you came in the name of Jesus or because you had some powerful encounter with God. You better have an encounter with God and know for certain God has called you. That encounter will save your life or else you will run away. Too often we fail because we should step into the swinging blades rather than back and away.

The encounter with God will make you, in the words of Tom Petty, “stand my ground and I won’t back down.” What it will not do is minimize the fight. It is a deception to think, “God has called me, everyone will applaud because I’ve arrived and favor will be mine.” God will do miracles for sure. As sure as He will do miracles He will allow the enemy to raise his ugly, nappy head. Believe me the enemy is not afraid of you. He will be forced out not simply invited to leave. He will have to be driven out. He will not just open his gates and let you in. The gates of the enemy will not prevail but in order for us to prevail, it will take a determination and an “I will never quite, never give up” posture. What determines whether you stand or run will be how you answer this question… “Is this where God has called me to be?

Let’s take the romance out of missions but keep the joy an excitment of the call!

Jeff Bullock is the author of “The Pub” and is currently planting a church in Budapest, Hungary.


  1. You could not have said it better Jeff. The article has encouraged me and will many. My wife and i are serving in nepal. Keep On Keeping On.

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