Lifestyle is, therefore, remarkably important with regard to the word that is to be proclaimed,
and probably nothing more betrays whether you are a true or false than this.
Our own lifestyle must therefore be a repudiation of that lie.
These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression, and out of the wounds of a frail world, new systems of justice and equality are being born. The shirtless and barefoot people of the land are rising up as never before. The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. We in the West must support these revolutions.
It is a sad fact that because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of Islam, economic disaster, our proneness to adjust to injustice, Western Christianity which initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch anti-revolutionaries. This has driven many to feel that only Islam has a revolutionary spirit. Therefore, Islam is a judgment against our failure to make Christianity real and follow through the wittness that we initiated, living as Disciples of Christ, the reality to live in Christ is the call. Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring His Kingdom come and eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism. With this powerful commitment we shall boldly challenge the status quo and unjust mores, and thereby speed the day when “every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.”
A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every Christian must now develop an overriding loyalty to Christ in order to demonstrate the best in their individual societies.
This call for whole heartiness that lifts from the self preservation reflected through individual pursuits of the church, concern beyond one’s family, church, denomination, tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all mankind. This is often misunderstood, this often misinterpreted concept, so readily dismissed by our programs and ministry of the church as a weak and cowardly force, has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of Christianity.
Eight Prophetic Directives for 2008
We are desperate for a word from God in a year of new beginnings. I received these encouraging insights while listening to a group of Christian leaders gathered in Orlando. 2007 was a difficult year, but I’m feeling more positive about 2008 after spending two days with 61 key leaders of our movement. They convened in Charisma’s offices this week for the Charismatic Leadership Summit, an informal and refreshingly honest dialogue designed to help the church respond proactively to current challenges.We didn’t solve the world’s problems by having this discussion. But a smaller miracle occurred when we knelt together on the first night and repented of the pride that has tainted the American church. The holy hush of that moment encouraged me more than any comment made from the podium.Here’s my feeble attempt to summarize what these leaders said, and what God was saying through them, during three sessions that focused on these questions:
(1) Where is the charismatic movement headed?(2) Is the charismatic movement healthy? and (3) Is the charismatic movement making a difference?
1. We must have personal revival. Marcus Lamb, founder of the Daystar Television Network, fought back tears as he lamented how far leaders have fallen in this day of Christian superstar scandals. “When was the last time we fasted?” he asked. “When was the last time we studied the Word just to hear from God?” Lamb believes “an alarm was sounded in 2007″ that is calling each of us back to the simplicity of devotion to Jesus.
2. We must embrace humility. This was the overarching theme of the Orlando event. Robert Morris, pastor of Gateway Church in suburban Dallas, said we must “go overboard in humility” by being genuine, touchable and accessible. Naomi Dowdy, who has pastored in Singapore for more than 30 years, noted that too many leaders today are enamored with their image or their frequent flyer status. “We think we are OK because our numbers are good. But prayer will break that seduction,” she advised.Missionary mobilizer David Shibley, who spends most of his time training pastors in Africa and Asia, said he believes God is raising up a new breed of charismatic leaders today who display “anointing without arrogance, boldness without brashness, and power without pride.” Steve Murrell, a missionary to the Philippines and leader of the Every Nation church-planting movement, said his main concern for the American church is a prideful spirit. His comment prompted the crowd to get on their knees in repentance.
3. We are experiencing gracious judgment. Many leaders alluded to recent theological and moral scandals involving charismatic ministers. Theologian and author R.T. Kendall, based in Nashville, Tenn., explained that there are five kinds of judgment in the Bible, some of which have no positive outcome. Gracious judgment, he said, involves correction but leads people to repentance and obedience. Joni Lamb of Daystar called 2007 “a year of sifting and shaking” and then held up a plumb line like the one described in the book of Amos. She said the Lord is measuring the church in this hour, and then asked: “Are we lining up to the Lord’s plumb line? Are we men and women of character in a world of compromise?”
The House of Prayer is the governmental center of the universe.
Whether you want to believe it or not prayer is the governing force in the whole universe. Prayer is mightier and stronger then every government, every leader and every society. Nothing can stand in the way of the praying Church. Islam, Communism, the Occult, Slavery all fall at the feet of a church that is partnership with God, in the place of prayer, contending for a breakthrough.The Lord has said that He will take what the world thinks as foolish to shame that which the world thinks is wise. Jesus Christ has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the tings which are mighty. The majority of you may think prayer is weak and foolish, only to be used once and a while. But I tell you this; PRAYER is the one thing that will bring an end to every social injustice in the world. The thing that everyone turns to last is the greatest weapon the poor and the oppressed of the earth have.The Lord is more aware of the suffering of men and women throughout the earth then we are. He hears every cry, every scream and every prayer. He also is the God, the one true God, who answers prayer.
Psalm 65 says, “O You who hear prayer, to You all flesh will come.” God hears prayer, and on a side note, ALL FLESH will come to Him. That means everyone every born, no matter if you believe in Him or not. You will come to Him one day. EVERYONE will realize the power and effectiveness of prayer before this thing is over. You can argue with me all you want but my response will be this – wait and see the Salvation of God. Just wait.Here is the answer to Human Trafficking and Social Injustice – the praying Church calling up the Lord of Hosts to break in with deliverance. The battle is too big and the mountain too high for us to fight on our own. But with God all things are possible and ANY THING I ask in His name will come to pass. So with the view of a great God who answers prayer, who longs to see justice, true justice established on the earth Human trafficking is nothing to Him. Continue reading ‘PRAYER: THE SEAT OF GOVERMENT’
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”lk 6:48
‘WHAT THEN DOES IT TAKE TO LIVE WHOLEHEARTED?
IF MY LIFE WERE A WEEK, A YEAR, 2 ? HOW THEN SHALL I LIVE?
“For God has chosen the weak things in the world, the foolish, the nothings.. That no flesh will Glory in His presence.”
1 Corinthians 1:27-29
I dreamed I was looking at North America from a perspective high in the sky , far enough removed that I could virtually see the entire continent. Just as you would see the weather map, a high pressure system was moving towards the United States from the north Pacific. My eye was riveted upon the massive front as it slowly approached the nation, because the clouds were gold and glorious. I knew I was seeing a manifestation of the glory of God, and I was awestruck that it was about to move upon America. Just as the cloud touched the northwest edge of the nation, a word appeared written across the face of the country; “Abortion.” Continue reading ‘“A DREAM COME TRUE”’