Is there hope for America? The answer is yes! The Lord spoke to me about a Great Awakening back in 2007 and we are nearer now than we were before. God is not done with America! I discuss this on a recent episode of Chosen Generation with Pastor Greg Young. Click the headline to go to the page with the broadcast link.
I'm all for unity, but when we let Muslims and Mormons on our pulpit in the name of inclusion have we gone too far? In a recent radio episode of Chosen Generation, I discussed this mixture and how it's affecting Christianity with Pastor Greg Young. Click the headline to acess a link to the show.
When apostolic believers gather for a late night breakfast after a long day of church-building, there are a few threads that tend to get woven through almost every conversation: warfare, work and, if there's a prophet in the mix, perhaps casting out devils.
But seriously, even though one can't separate warfare from the apostolic—if we had a Christianese thesaurus these two words would surely be synonymous—apostolic living is not only about fighting principalities and powers over territories. (Really!)
So you don't have to be a skilled warrior to cross over to the apostolic. Your local apostolic church will equip you to submit yourself to God and resist the devil. You just have to possess a determination to be all you can be in Christ.
Doubtless, the warfare will come just as sure as Jesus will come for a glorious Church without spot or wrinkle. But it's not always the sharpest sword that wins the fight. The victor is just as often the one that can endure the longest. The apostolic grace is an enduring grace and apostolic living is a life of endurance. Jesus said he who endures to the end would be saved (Matt. 10:22).
Some will argue that by calling out sin we are breeding strife and disunity, but the exact opposite is true. We're reuniting people with Christ's Word.
Unity. It's an issue the Lord has put heavy on my heart—because it's heavy on His heart. Last week I suggested that the real reason we don't see revival is not because we haven't petitioned heaven enough and not because God doesn't want to send revival.
As I said last week, I believe one of the reasons we don't see revival in America is because the discord, disharmony and strife—the lack of unity—is hindering a move of God. I see so many trying to build their own kingdoms instead of working to build the kingdom of God. I see so many trying to attract people to their church instead of trying to attract people to Jesus. My brethren, this ought not be so.
That said, unity doesn't mean we compromise with sin in the church to avoid stirring the waters. Unity doesn't mean we ignore deeper issues that will ultimately bring destruction to the people's lives. Unity doesn't mean preaching a gospel of inclusion. Unity is not letting preachers from faiths that are out of line with the gospel of salvation in your pulpit to share a message. We cannot compromise the gospel at any cost.
Year after year I hear the same prayers rising to heaven from many denominations, flows and camps across the body of Christ: "God, pour out your Spirit. Send revival." Yet, that fervent prayer seems to be ineffective. What gives?
Year after year I hear the same prayers rising to heaven from many denominations, flows and camps across the body of Christ: "God, pour out your Spirit. Send revival."
Yet, that fervent prayer seems to be ineffective. Those prayers seem to go unanswered. What gives? Doesn't God want to send revival? Doesn't God want to see the church wake up and rise up? Doesn't God want to see the flood of souls come into the kingdom that results from an awakening?
Why won't God answer our intercessory prayers? Doesn't James 5:16 (AMP) say, "The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]?"
Are our prayers not heartfelt enough? The prayers for revival I hear sound heartfelt to me. Do we lack persistence? Not so that I can tell. Do we lack righteousness? Not in Christ. Does God lack the power to bring revival to our nation? Of course not! So what gives?
Not a single woman was listed among David's mighty men but that doesn't mean God doesn't use women mightily in warfare. Of course, in modern times we aren't wrestling against flesh and blood like the Joshua generation, Israel's many judges or David's mighty men. But the battle is just as real in the spirit realm.
Deborah the judge and prophetess offers a strong example spiritual warriors can draw from in modern battle—and so do Jael and Rahab. Whether you are spiritually mature enough to lead the spiritual warfare campaign or are just entering into the truth of spiritual warfare, you can glean lessons from the brave actions of women in the Old Testament.
First let me stress this point: As a believer in Christ, you have spiritual authority. If you are a disciple of Christ, Jesus promises you this: "I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you" (Luke 10:19). Jesus also said, "In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover" (Mark 16:17).
God is love. He loves everyone. He loved us when we were Hies enemies. And He loves His enemies. We need to get a greater revelation of His love for us so that we can walk in that confidence and pour out his love to others. Listen in to this hopeful broadcast with Jennifer and Pastor Greg Young on Chosen Generation Radio. Click the headline to access the page with the audio link.