I am the Lord. I will lead you to green pastures and still waters, you are mine and this church is mine, it is not yours, it is not your pastors, it is mine. And I will build this church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
My people became tired in the desert, they became hungry and thirsty. They wanted to go back to Egypt because they fixed their eyes on the problems around them and they were overwhelmed. I say to you, do not be overwhelmed! Fix your eyes upon me, the author and the finisher of your faith. Look and see, I have gone before you and I did not fail, although all the power of hell came against me I overcame them. I fixed my eyes on the prize ... the glory of my Father and the salvation of your souls.
Do not fear little flock; I will not leave you nor forsake you. You are mine. Look to me and find rest for your souls. Lay upon me anything that is too heavy for you to carry and I will give you rest. The only load I ask you to bear is to "believe in me. Believe also in my Father who sent me and trust in my Holy Spirit who empowers you to live as witnesses to me." Is anything too hard for the Lord? No, all things are possible for the one who trusts in the sovereign Lord.
I am the Lord. I will build this church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.