Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria.

The second month as the pastor of Faith Family, I did something really brave. So brave, in fact, that I scared myself! We had gone the first six weeks without anybody giving their life to Christ in our services, and I knew something needed to change. So I prayed and fasted.

During that time, God spoke to me and said, “There are 5,000 people in this city who will give their life to me. This church is going to be a source of hope for many, but you need to see it, Jim. You need to believe for it.”

I thought, “5,000?! We haven’t even had 5!”

He got a little stronger with me: “Stop doubting. On Sunday, tell the people that this is how I see them.”

I did, the whole time thinking, “They think I’ve lost my mind!”

But you know what? I did lose my mind and gained the mind of Christ instead. And it was the best thing I could’ve done.

What God said did come to pass. Today, we have seen not 5,000 come to Christ in our services but 35,000 and continually growing.

Why do I say that? Because I truly believe God is speaking to us all in this season that He wants to prove Himself to us. Just like He has to me, just like He has to our church, just like He has to so many of you already.

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

God wants to prove Himself to us, but we all have a part to play. This Scripture tells us what it is.

First, we can’t conform to the pattern of the world. We can’t let peer pressure determine what we do and why we do it. Second, we have to renew our mind. We can’t let our feelings run our lives. If we will do these two things, the Bible says that God will prove Himself to us, and we will see His good, perfect and pleasing will in our lives.

The temptation to be less than what we’re called to be is ever-present. The enemy will put distractions, condemnation, insecurity – whatever he can think of – in our way to keep us from seeing God’s proven work in our lives. But aren’t you thankful there’s a better way?

Friends, I truly believe God is going to do something incredible in your lives and families this coming school year. But it won’t just happen. We have to make a decision. We have to say with firm resolution, “I am not going to be conformed to the way others are thinking. I am going to renew my mind because I know God’s will for me is good, perfect and pleasing!”

We can live confident because we serve a God who is always faithful.

Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. Visit myffc.com.

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