Ok, now that it has officially been announced and I have nothing to lose I am going to let everyone know THE TRUTH. I know that many of you have suspected that there was more going on. In fact some of you have come right out and asked me. Some even confronted me, insisting that there had to me more to the story.
Well, here you go.
The real reason we are leaving is this GOD SAID SO.
I know that this may be hard to understand. I can’t say that I entirely understand it myself. Some have asked me “if you don’t know where you are going, how do you know that God is calling you to leave.” Well, I have only one answer, I just know. I really wish that I could explain it better than that, but I can’t. You see it is kinda like when God first called me to ministry. I can’t explain exactly how I knew that God was call me to ministry. However, I can still vividly remember the moment that it happened. I didn’t hear an audible voice. I didn’t see a vision. There was no burning bush. I do believe that God still speaks to people in an audible voice at times. I have talked with people that I trust and respect who have experienced this. I also believe that God speaks to people in visions. All I can say when God called me to ministry, is that I JUST KNEW.
Some have said that there must be more to the story. To you I say, I’m sorry to disappoint, but there truly isn’t. You may chose to believe me or not. Your choice does not change the truth. This is not due to any moral or ministry failure. We are not mad about anything and neither is Pastor Mike. I truly believe that God is calling me to something or somewhere else and that He told us that it is time to leave The Rock. I don’t know why He told us to leave. It is not my job to question this. My job is simply to listen for the voice of God and then to be obedient, perhaps even more so when the instructions are difficult.
Some have said that if I don’t know where God is calling me, then He can’t be calling me away. To you I will point to Genesis 12. This is where God called Abram. God told Abram in verse 1 to “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to a land I will show you.” God didn’t tell Abram where he was going. All Abram had were instructions from God to leave and a promise that God would show him the way. I know I keep coming back to this passage and some of you may be tired of hearing it, but this is where I am. After God gave Abram his instructions verse 4 says, “So Abram left.” Abram was obedient and, later, God did show him where to go and did bless him.
I truly believe there is coming a day when we will look back on this moment and it will make perfect sense. In that moment we will know exactly what God had planned and why he chose this moment for us to leave. Until then I simply have to trust God and keep moving forward.Matt Norman
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