Our Story, His Glory
Apollos Consulting came out of a time in my life when Psalm 51:15 was my plea to the Lord; “Open my lips Lord, and I will declare your praises.” I felt as if I was in Isaiah’s description of going through rising waters and walking through flames (Isaiah 43:2). Through Isaiah, God promises we will not be overcome or consumed, but I was not quite sure how that was actually possible as my feelings were telling me otherwise. The act of praising felt beyond my ability, a hard reality for an optimist. But, God proves himself faithful every time. For “if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). I would come to know that this is the God we serve. He does not base his goodness on us, but on himself; his constant, unchanging, complete goodness (James 1:17).
The journey I was on was not a journey of my demise but of my restoration. I didn’t understand it yet, but God was working all things out for my good (Romans 8:28) in ways I could not have planned for myself (Ephesians 3:20). You see, I didn’t yet understand the lies I had believed and the life I was missing out on. I was a person who had thought I had reached my spiritual maturity, not even realizing I was only at the beginning. At the point I realized this was going to be a journey, God assured me he had prepared me for it. I had no idea the depths of that assurance. His preparation had begun years before. It included people I had not talked to in years and new people he would bring into my life. It included prior lessons learned and a host of new wisdom that I knew was not my own (Jeremiah 33:3). It included provisions that I could not have provided for myself and answers I didn’t even know I needed (Matthew 6:8). It included the intimate understanding that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39) and that no weapon formed against us can stand (Isaiah 54:17).
In the Spring of 2020, I was introduced to the story of Apollos. God showed me a man who was passionate about teaching, who was hungry for Truth, and who boldly proclaimed the Truth using Scripture (Acts 18:24-28). He had wisdom that was beyond himself. I connected with Apollos’ story because it was how I felt God growing me.
“Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God...these things God revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:6-10
I learned we grow in heavenly wisdom (James 3:13-17) by the Spirit’s power, through the Word of God, and in relationship with other believers. God then used the “pause” of COVID to strengthen me in standing on his truth, his hope, and his timing (1 Peter 5:10, Psalm 27:14 KJV). He made it clear I was learning lessons not just for myself, but to also help grow other believers and welcome new ones.
Fast forward to the Summer of 2021, and several confirmations from the Lord later, and Apollos Consulting was born. The mission? To empower people with the Truth that sets them free. If God had not taught me all the lessons prior, lessons of his faithfulness, his provision, his ability to equip, I would have been nervous. But, God had prepared me to take one step at a time. I could be satisfied with knowing he was the one leading. True to his Word, God provided the right next steps at the exact right times. He provided the right resources and even more amazingly, the exact right people to help me.
The story of Apollos Consulting is just beginning, but I know God’s plan for it and me has long been in the works (Ephesians 2:10). I am excited to see where God will lead and never before have I understood the truth of Galatians 6:14 as much as I do now, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” When you know beyond a doubt that God is the one leading, you can’t do anything but boast in him!
To God be all the Glory!
Kerrie Lantz, servant of Christ Jesus