Psalm 16: 6 The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!
God planted VOConn in 1992 with a purpose, and throughout the years He has given us many promises, personally and collectively as a church.
2 Cor. 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
His promises are “Yes” and God doesn’t lie or change his mind when He promised something. He will fulfill what He has promised. Our “Amen” is not only our audible response, but we believe it, we are confident in it, and in obedience we align ourselves with the word given to us.
The land He has given us is the Eastside of Bridgeport. When was the last time you heard anyone mention our community and the words pleasant and wonderful in one sentence? The city is not the same today as it was in 1992, but we are still dealing with the same footholds, and strongholds in our city.
The land has been given to us, it is our inheritance, and for some reason the enemy is not giving up easily the territory which belongs to us. Is it perhaps the way we see the community God has called us to reach? Do we see problems instead of the potential, do we see the impossible instead of possibilities, do we see the potential of the people, or have we given up on them?
In 1 Kings 21 is the story of Naboth who owned a vineyard next to king Ahab’s palace. The king wanted it for himself, and was willing to promise Naboth a better vineyard, or even money. But Naboth declined and told the king, “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers.”
Naboth was not willing to sell his vineyard, not even for a better one, or a lump sum of money. How many would be willing? And for some reason the communities, and the city we live in are coveted by the enemy. It is our responsibility to look with different eyes, and see our location as a pleasant land, a wonderful inheritance. Our address is not a coincident, and if we are not willing to stand our ground, and fight for it, who will?