By Joy Walter

There is a song by Lindy Conant that I like to consider the theme song of Awakening Fires. The title is “Take Courage” and the lyrics embody so much of who we are and what we are called to do. For over a year now, this song has aroused a passion in me to keep pressing on.

“I can feel the drum of Your heartbeat, calling us to be Your hands and feet. We’re rising up with courage in our hearts to carry out Your love to the hardest and the dark.” Since the beginning of this ministry, our mandate from the Lord has been to bring His presence to the hard places. Doing so takes courage. Setting up tents and worshipping with our families in the roughest neighborhoods of our city takes courage. Moving our families and establishing permanent residency in these places takes even more courage. However, this has never made me feel extremely courageous. What has required courage on my part is to press on. To keep loving, to keep giving even when it’s hard. Courage to overcome the instinct of self-preservation and selfishness. We’re called to be the hands and feet of Jesus everywhere He calls us. That might be tough inner-city neighborhoods, or it might be another’s heart. The hardest and dark might even be our own hearts.

“Take courage, the harvest is ripe. Lift up your voice, because Jesus is alive…Jesus is alive!” When that truth resounds in our heart, we have all the courage we need. The harvest is ripe, and Jesus is alive! We win! His resurrection proved that!

“…Silence will be broken with our lives as we live out the love of Jesus Christ. What our eyes have seen our hearts cannot ignore. We’ll lead this generation to the glory of the Lord.” When God reveals to us the injustices around us, we cannot sit idly by waiting for someone else to fulfill the Great Commission. He is calling us to rise courageously and allow our lives to channel His love.

Although I love every line of this song, the bridge is my favorite. “There’s a ‘yes’ in our hearts and it carries through eternity. Simple obedience changes history.” Simple obedience. It’s not complicated. Changing history simply requires full obedience to every leading of the Holy Spirit. “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.” John 5:19 May our heart be so in tune with the Father’s that we see as He sees and do as He does. This simple obedience will change the world.

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