Across the entire earth, this past Sunday, Easter was celebrated as one of the largest events on the Christian calendar. We celebrate what glorious victory our King has won for us!
There are lots people who only darken the church doorway on occasions such as this. They go to Easter services out of obligation to a loved one, out of tradition, or for the sake of the kids. Our culture has made Easter a big deal, (marketing in stores, on t.v., etc.), so church is at the forefront of people's minds more during Easter and Christmas than at any other time.
In many churches, it is a day when the salvation message is boldly proclaimed, and preachers and pastors go for broke. They attempt to reach people who are desperate for change and longing for relief from the burdens they have carried for too long. Countless numbers of people took the giant leap of faith to receive Jesus as their Savior last weekend. (Yay God!)
I watched it happen in my church. I saw many tears. I recognized the familiar elation and joy experienced by so many at the altars that day. Salvation is a miracle when stubborn human beings recognize their need for a Savior. It's a sign in itself, when people feel the presence of God for the first time. His unconditional love washing over them is almost too much to take. When shame and fear of judgment are cast aside and nothing is left but peace, it's crazy! It's a wonder!
For the last couple of days, I have been replaying our Sunday altar scene in my head, and wondering what about Monday? What about Tuesday? What happens to all those people after they say "Yes"? What about next week? I mean, salvation is miraculous, but it's not instant sunshine and roses. That one time commitment to Jesus doesn't suddenly make life easy. All the pieces don't fall in place immediately for most of us. There is a lengthy process to it. The habits and choices that created the mess in our life, or caused us to carry heavy burdens don't disappear in an instant. It took a long time to get in that position, and it will take some time to untangle the unhealthy knots we have gotten into.
If expectations of the newly saved are out of whack, perhaps it is because of the way the gospel message is presented in some churches. I don't think pastors intentionally make promises they can't deliver, but in their zeal to see transformation in people's lives, maybe they do present the precious gift of eternal life as a magic pill that will solve all their issues. "With 3 easy monthly payments of $19.99 you will have smooth sailing from here to eternity!" We long for people to say "Yes" to Jesus, and we try to remove the obstacles or roadblocks that are in the way.
A one time commitment to Christ isn't all their is! As my husband so eloquently teaches, salvation is two fold. Step one is conversion; the vertical relationship with Jesus begins when we commit our lives to Him. Then step two, is sanctification, this is working our salvation out daily, which of course, is the horizontal relationship we commit to within a body of believers. We need both steps to complete the salvation process.
But many preachers only give the first part! So people "get saved", then we wait a whole year to see them again, they have no foundation, no Christian friends, no accountability, and they pick up the same habits and patterns that they just laid down at the altar again!
And I just want to yell, "But wait, there's MORE!" There are things that happen in church life that don't happen any other place! The rough edges get smoothed off. Faith is stretched. Capacity is grown. Friends become family. Hope is restored. And growth is unlimited.
2 Corinthians 3:18 tells us, "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit." (NASB)
Our Christian life is supposed to go from glory to glory until eventually, we look, act, respond and love like Jesus himself! Somehow people have been made to think that the one time cleansing of the conversion experience is all there is. But wait, there's more!
You might have taken a shower this morning but that one shower won't be the last one you ever need. To stay healthy and in good condition, and to not offend others around us, bathing is something we must do frequently. In the same way, our commitment to Jesus at the time of conversion made us clean, but we have to come back to Him frequently, and connect with others on the same journey to work out our relationship with God in community.
Perhaps Philippians 2:12 explains it best, "So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ]." (Amp.)
Conversion is the start of a beautiful journey of freedom. But wait, there's more! We have the opportunity to grow in wisdom, so we will make better decisions. We get to grow in love, and perfect love casts out fear, which means we can become brave! We get to experience true, deep and lasting peace. The kind of peace that the world is longing for.
If you have a friend who has told you they "got saved" but they are continually struggling with life, encourage them about the 2 step process. They need the strength and security that intentional growing provides. If you go to C5, get them to come to Connect U with you. Maybe this describes what you have been wrestling with understanding. If so, get yourself connected to a healthy church full of people you can relate to, get committed and see how your life with expand in ways you didn't even know possible.
Don't allow discouragement or doubt to creep in and rob you of what God has initiated in your life. Your conversion was a great start, but it's not all there is. But wait, there's more! Abundant life is actually available.
So the next time you feel like you are up against a wall, don't give up. Don't settle for good enough. Jesus paid for you to have freedom, deliverance, health, stability, hope, joy, love, and peace. But wait, there's more!
God rarely answers our prayers the way we expect or in our timing, but He always answers in His perfect way and in His impeccable timing.
In today's blog, I am sharing my piece of the story of the 2016 C5 Easter.
In the months building up to Easter, we have been distracted. Distracted by good things like revamping every ministry in the church, growing people, and experiencing many open doors for new ministry in our city. But we have also been distracted by money problems, delays in breakthrough and waiting for completion of a financial restructure.
As a leader, I know better than to blame distractions for my lack of planning, so let me just say, Easter came early and I wasn't ready, I wasn't free to spend a bunch of money on advertising. I wasn't able to buy little gifts for our guests. I wasn't creatively inspired. (It's funny how inspiration usually carries a price tag) - but again, those are not excuses, but they are reasons. Frustratingly stupid reasons.
One huge benefit to being where we are, is that it forces us to think differently. We began to think not about what we don't have, instead, we ask, "What is in our hand?" And through the refining process, we finally are discovering who we are as a church, where our strengths lie, and working into them instead of throwing money at our weaknesses. We have great people. We have revival fire. We have the Holy Spirit. We know how to worship and bring heaven into any situation. We have His Word. We have great BIG faith.
God met us right where we were. He does that, doesn't He? He meets our natural with His super, and that's how we see miracles happen. Supernatural breakthrough happens when we choose to stand in faith and trust God in our deficiency.
Good Friday was an especially sweet service. Good Friday is meant to be a somber, sobering reminder of all that Christ suffered as He became sin for us. The atmosphere in our church was pure sweetness instead of a forced sadness. It was sincere and authentic thanksgiving to God for sending HIs Son. Gratefulness to Jesus for His ultimate sacrifice.
On Saturday, we didn't know if people would even come to our Eggstravaganza event because we didn't do much advertising. But they came. Oh how they came! By the hundreds, they streamed in. The crowds weren't the miraculous part though. It was our volunteers. Such genuine compassion for the lost, such love for our community. It was a beautiful scene being played out across all of Seeliger Field. All while the Dream Center was quietly and discreetly providing food, clothing, and love to those who needed it most.
On Easter morning, we put our proverbial stake in the ground. We were given a permit to hold a Community Sunrise Service on the Nevada State Capital Grounds this year. Because we believe that God wants to impact our city and have every person come into relationship with Him, we were determined to meet there, to sow our seed into that ground, even if the staff were the only ones to come.
As we began gathering, a beautiful mule deer ran right through our gathering place! It was as if all of nature had been waiting for us to gather there, and the welcome mat had been rolled out for us.
And to our surprise, people came! People from our city we had never met before, people on vacation, our own faithful C5 God-seekers all gathered. We sang. We worshipped Jesus in front of the State Supreme Court, the Capitol building, in the open air. It was incredible. As Pastor began to close in prayer, the chimes of the bells at the Laxalt building began to ring, as if echoing our plea to make Jesus famous in our city.
As we all departed to head to the church, the sky suddenly opened and drizzled tiny drops of rain. I think God was simply watering the seeds that we had sown. Then as quickly as it came, it left. The sky cleared up again, the sun came out and the rest of the day was picture perfect.
Inside C5 Easter morning, there was an atmosphere of expectation and joy as we gathered for early morning prayer. We were simply there to celebrate Jesus. No pleading, no longing, just thanks.
As we began our worship service, people kept streaming in. Through the entire worship set, as I sang on stage, I watched. I watched people be welcomed. I watched people receive prayer. I watched men get more chairs. I watched brand new people that had never been to C5 before come forward to receive communion. I watched people as they cried and bowed there knees in gratitude. I watched men get more chairs still. By the end of the service, I watched so many accept Jesus for the first time. Easter 2016 went so far beyond my expectations.
This may have been the first time (for me) that Easter wasn't about the production. It wasn't about the advertising. It wasn't about the crowds. It wasn't about a new stage design. It wasn't about giving away anything. It was all about JESUS.
And since it was all about Jesus, His glory was all the production we needed. He spread the word and drew people to His house. He brought the crowds. He gave the gifts! He gave Himself. What more could we ever ask for?
So 2016 Easter at C5 will always be the perfectly imperfect celebration of Jesus in my opinion.
This morning when Carson City woke up to falling snow, I felt as though God was winking at me, saying, "See? You believed for a Miracle March, you trusted me with what you had, and I am faithful." Isn't He funny?
I'd love to hear how God revealed Himself to you this Easter.
I just hung up the phone with a friend of mine. She has been praying for her neighbor who is a police officer for some time. She has been looking for ways to share Jesus with him. She has brought him cookies. She has brought his trash can up from the street on garbage pick up days. She has said the occasional hello. But today, he came to her house and knocked on the door. He had one question.
"Will you pray for me?" He was asking for it. She was shocked and thrilled at the same time!
My friend, we are witnesses to the end of an era. The atmosphere has shifted. The winds of revival are blowing into our city. Will you be ready?
About 10 days ago, the Lord began speaking to me about sharing our faith here in my city, but I have a feeling that it's beginning to happen in cities all across America. I felt the Lord say that it would not be hard anymore. I heard Him say that people are going to begin ASKING FOR IT!
1 Peter 3:15 tells us, "Worship Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you about the hope you have. But be gentle and respect him." (WE)
People are beginning to ask! When they ask you, will you be ready with an answer?
For years, it has seemed that sharing your faith with people, witnessing, and seeing loved ones come to Christ has been very difficult. When I was a student in high school attending youth group, door to door evangelism was a big deal. We had to memorize questions and lots of scripture, and prove the reality of heaven and hell and it was like a high pressure pitch of the gospel. The process was intimidating and frightening. I'm sure the tactic worked for some, but for others, the confrontational style was enough to scare them off sharing their faith forever.
I'm so glad times have changed. Witnessing became more about friendship than salesmanship. But this tactic had its' flaws too. Many became lazy and complacent and made excuses for not sharing their faith at all.
The truth is, people living without Jesus are going to end up spending eternity in hell. That very fact should cause us to use any means necessary to win them to Christ.
But I'm telling you, the season has changed. Just this week alone, on Monday, a woman who does not attend our church came bursting through the doors of the Activity Center. When our staff asked who she was looking for, her only response was, "Jesus!" She was asking for it!
Wednesday morning, as we were working in the office, another person came, crying buckets of tears, just needing prayer. She was asking for it.
At our C5 Student Ministries this week, through a simple prayer, God's presence filled the room and one young lady "felt God" for the first time. She followed me into the hall to ask questions. Then she and 4 other students gave their lives to Christ that night. They were asking for it.
We need to be aware of the times and the seasons. If people are asking, we had better be ready with an answer. A sincere, authentic, heartfelt answer. An answer that shows love. An answer that inspires hope. An answer that displays JESUS.
Be mindful of people asking questions and recognize the opportunity that God is handing you. Let's not waste the momentum or be ignorant of the changing tide. God is drawing people to Himself. People know they need something. You know they need Someone. So, get your answers ready, because you never know when it will happen. Maybe at work, maybe at the mailbox, perhaps in the grocery store. It will happen.
Sometime soon, someone is going to be asking for it.
"Faith empowers us to see that the universe was created and beautifully coordinated by the power God's words! He spoke and the invisible realm gave birth to all that is seen." Hebrews 11:3 (Passion)
Did you really read that? He spoke and the invisible realm gave birth to all that is seen. He created the world with His words! Words create, words destroy. Words release power and destiny but they can also release damage and destruction.
We all know Proverbs 18:21 by heart, when it tells us, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue," (NKJV) Yada, yada, yada, what does that really mean anyway? We have a hard time grasping things that are not tangible, things we cannot see, smell, taste, touch, and hear. But so much about God stretches beyond our senses. It spills into the realm of faith.
As Christians, we believe that every word in scripture is true. God's word is infallible. It is inerrant and incomprehensible. That's where faith comes in. Faith has the ability to carry us beyond logic, past our human reasoning, into realms of the unknown.
I remember one of the most popular television shows when I was growing up was Bewitched. It was so popular it ran for 8 seasons and even had a movie remake in 2005. With one twitch of her nose, Samantha, the main character could unleash havoc or cause things to disappear and appear. People have always been enamored with magic, they so badly want to see and understand things in the unseen realm. Magic has always been a tool the enemy uses to counterfeit the reality of God's unseen world.
When God wants to change things all He has to do is speak, and it's the same for us. We are made in the very image of God. Ephesians 2:6 reminds us, "For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus." (NLT) We are seated with Christ in heavenly places. The words we speak have come with authority. Our words release very real change in atmospheres. Our words usher the heavenly realm into our earthly atmosphere. Words release power.
There have been many times when things that are visible have demonstrated what is happening in the invisible. Jesus was Himself the visible image, (the perfect representation) of the Invisible God. (Colossians 1:15) At the time of the flood, when God was finished with earth's punishment and God declared the promise, a rainbow marked the manifestation of the promise. When Jesus died on the cross, He spoke the words, "It is finished." At that moment, the ground shook, rocks were sent tumbling, thunder crashed and lighting cracked the sky. In the temple, the veil of separation between God and man, heaven and earth, was literally torn in two. It happened the moment Jesus gave the cue with His words.
Could it be that all the angels are on standby because we refuse to give the cue? Is it possible that our lack of declaring His promises, our lack of prophetic proclamations, our lack of literal verbal prayer and victorious praise is literally holding back heaven?
Lately I've started shifting the way I think about what comes out of my mouth. Ive been thinking about the aspect of release. The dictionary defines release this way, "allow or enable to escape from confinement; set free." When we set our words free from the confinement of our mind, something invisible happens. Something powerful gets released.
When we pray, when we worship, we are releasing the sound of heaven into the earth. It is the sound that all the angels have been waiting for. Alignment. Unity. Agreement. The Cue.
So instead of offering someone a word of encouragement, I release life into their situation. Instead of silently offering up my supplications before God, I boldly declare the goodness of God over my situation. Instead of worrying about the enemy hearing my prayer, I release prayer in tongues that sends him running! After all, tongues is the language of heaven.
I don't want to send mixed signals anymore. It it time for clarity. It is time for me to give heaven the cue.
I will never forget the first time I heard it. I was sitting with my son, listening to Banning Liebsher (of Jesus Culture) talk. He began remarking on the kindness of God. He seemed to be awestruck by how kind our Father is. Not good, not loving, not His faithfulness, or how he was amazed by God's works of healing, just His kindness. It seemed so odd! There I was, with my nearly grown kid, listening to another kid, (yes, Banning is a kid to me), and I was trying to remember if there was ever a time I thought of God as kind.
The question stuck. Is God kind? And if He is, why did I hold Him at such a distance that I remarked on His greatness, yet overlooked His kindness?
Perhaps I had always treated God's grace as a legal transaction. One of those if-and-then propositions. "If we confess our sins, then he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9 (ESV) If I confessed, then He owed me forgiveness, like putting money into a Coke machine. If I put the money in, it owed me a Coke in return. Could I have really been that callused?
After all, I was the one lost in sin. I was the guilty one. He owed me nothing. I was the one who owed a debt that I could never repay. I was broken. Lost. Marred by the same dirt that gets on all of us. Just as guilty the the man serving time on death row for murder. I deserved death.
But the He found me. In His kindness He found me.
"But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life." Titus 3:4-7 (NIV)
Did you see that? He not only provides us with forgiveness, and new life, but we become heirs! True sons and daughters of God!
Maybe I received Christ at such a young age that I never fully comprehended the measure to which He went to win me back from death. The older I get, the more I realize that I am not entitled to any of His kindness. From the best of the best, to the worst of the worst, we all deserve death.
"So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding." Ephesians 1:6-8 (NLT)
The attribute of kindness is not just something Jesus displayed on the cross, it has always been a part of His nature, and will always be a part of His nature. One of God's names is Elohim Chaseddi; the God of kindness. It was the love of the Father that sent Christ to the cross. It is the love of the Father that continually, faithfully, consistently draws us unto Him.
"Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?" Romans 2:4 (NLT)
Even now, as we strive to emulate the love of the Father, it is not the crooked finger of condemnation that draws people into repentance. It is the open arms of kindness that draw people unto Him. It is His kindness openly displayed on the cross, and continually displayed through God's people demonstrating kindness and compassion, (not sugar coating the sin), but loving people out of their lostness, out of their shame, and into the loving light of Jesus. Kindness that does not give up on people when they fail. The kindness of a gentle reminder that they are loved, even though.
I am on journey to know God better, so I hope this helps you a little bit as you too, strive to know Him. God is love. Love is kind. It's really not that complicated.
How has He shown you kindness lately?
Are you on the brink of revival? Whether you are a leader and believing for corporate revival or you are a Christian who longs to return to your first love experience, to have your love for God rekindled, or you have loved ones that need Jesus, revival is at the forefront of your mind.
When I think revival, it isn't a tent meeting that I picture. It's not a church with a big banner and newspaper ads announcing a special evangelist with revival meeting dates posted. When I think revival, it's never about a place, it's always about a people. I think sold out, radical followers of Jesus, the kind of believers who think that with God all things are possible, right here, right now. The kind of people who shine a light so attractive, that those who are lost and hurting can't look away. The kind of people who have such a relationship with God that they know His heart, they know Him, they have talked with Him as though face-to-face. They captivate onlookers' attention because of the love of Jesus emanating from them.
These people. The ones who allow Jesus to be the boss, not just in their hearts, but also in their home. Those who succeed at work because they elevate everyone they come into contact with. These people who pray so effectively, that their city begins to be transformed right before their eyes.
I've been on the brink of revival awhile now. I've read lots of stories of past monumental, nation sweeping revivals, but stepping into my own has been a process.
I think all human beings have that thing in us that clings to a bit of control. The more sophisticated we get, the more control we think we have. But revival can't work like that. We can't control the environment of miracles, because miracles don't happen within the realm of human control. To fully step into revival we must learn what children know, LET IT GO. (cue Disney song...)
To allow God full control, either personally or corporately, means that we relinquish our need to control to Him. That is hard enough, but here's what no one tells you. All hell will break out against you when you are on the brink of revival. People who need control will push back. Those who seek to stop revival will make noise. They will interrupt. They may even prophesy against the move of God you are seeking. It looks like chaos. When that Familiar feeling of fear rises up, we are tempted to take back control. After all, we think, "God doesn't work in chaos'.
Oh, but doesn't he?
In the greatest act of creation ever known, God created something wonderful out of chaos. Hebrews 11:3 says, "By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible." (Amp.) The old testament prophets displayed the raw power of God best amidst great chaos. (Read about Elijah and the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18.) Even Jesus, when He showed his disciples how to calm the storms and walk on water, it was out of chaos. (Matthew 8:27 "The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (NIV)
Our natural knee-jerk reaction is to grasp for the safety of control. But really, God can be trusted with the control, can't He? While it's true that God is not the God of confusion, as we read in 1 Corinthians 14:33 "For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints." (NKJV) He is the God of peace - even in the midst of chaos!
Isaiah 26:3 reminds us, "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!" (NLT) Peace. The shalom of heaven that calls chaos back into order. The shalom of heaven that declares Christ's ultimate authority over every situation. Peace is a beautiful thing, and in the changing tide of life, as we step past the brink, into the unknown of revival, as we make the handoff of control from ourselves to God, we must learn to stay in that place of peace.
With revival, there really are no rules. Only relationship.
And maybe that's the real point anyway.
God has always sought a relationship with us and it's only in our surrender of control that He has our full attention. As we build our relationship with Abba Father, we find that He is utterly trustworthy. And no matter how much chaos is happening in the transition, we can know the heart of God and His immense love for us. We can rest in the knowledge that our sins are forgiven and that Jesus is advocating on our behalf, even now. Perhaps the icing on the cake is that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things. (Which implies it's okay to not know it all, we have a lot to learn from Him and He likes it that way.)
Is the brink of revival in your view? Take it from me, don't mind the chaos, let go of control, rest in the shalom of heaven, and do what He says. That has been my lesson today.
As our worship team was waiting on God, asking Him what He wanted to do in our midst on Sunday, my friend Kimberley said, "I heard the word, backdraft". You may wonder, how would a backdraft effect a church service? I know I did, so I did some research.
In a poorly ventilated space, a fire can burn until the atmosphere becomes depleted of oxygen. When the available oxygen has been consumed by the fire the concentrations of hot gases and aerosolized fuels become very high, because there isn't enough oxygen to burn, and not enough ventilation to escape. the gasses and fuel just become stuck.
According to iaaifireinvestigator, "Although there may not be any visible fire anymore, this condition is very dangerous because all the reaction needs is more oxygen and it will start again." If oxygen is introduced into this kind of environment, it can suddenly ignite. How interesting.
This caused me to speculate a bit. To the naked eye, a spiritual environment that once knew revival can appear quite dead. Stagnant. Stuck even. Maybe a lot of time has passed since that place had seen the fire of revival. In the physical, it looks as if the fire has completely gone out. Could it be that this is the time that the environment becomes the most dangerous? One gust of wind from the Holy Spirit and suddenly, the place is engulfed in flames!
The Holy Spirit is often described throughout the Bible as wind. In the book of Acts, it was the wind of the Holy Spirit that changed everything! It brought empowerment. It brought signs and wonders. It cause hearts to turn to the Father. It brought redemption for the masses.
"Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting." Acts 2:2 (NIV)
The word wind in this passage is translated pneó, which means to blow or breath. The wind of the Holy Spirit, unseen, yet the effects are totally transformative and undeniable. It is the breath of the Holy Spirit that brings revival fires back to life, personally and corporately.
There are statistics about the city I live in, that less than 5% of the population attend any kind of church. My state, Nevada is one of the least churched states in America. By all accounts, it looks spiritually dead to the natural eye. Yet I have read accounts a revival in my city from a hundred years ago.
A preacher named Earnest E. Yokum, fresh from Azusa Street, rode into town and began preaching the gospel. There were many reports of people being miraculously healed, in every echelon of society. People came under such conviction of the Holy Spirit that they emptied their homes of alcohol and tobacco products and a pile was beginning to form on a Carson City street. A local liquor and tobacco store owner emptied out his entire store and added it to the now gigantic pile. More was added to the pile in the form of pornography. They were delivered and wanted to be free of all their vices. The preacher gathered the townsfolk around the pile as he doused it with gasoline. Then with great dramatic flair, he lit a match and tossed it onto the pile. A literal revival fire was burning on a downtown city street.
Historians will tell you that Nevada was built by greed, structured around pleasure. But I know that I serve a redeeming God. He longs to restore and rebuild all things into alignment with His purposes. It helps me to know that the spiritual history of my city is rich and although spiritual fervor appears to be completely depleted, my faith must go beyond what my eyes can see. I believe that God's purpose for my state is not for greed, but to establish economic freedom and abundance for it's people and to be an example to the nation.
With one breath of God upon my city and upon my church, we could experience a backdraft that would be uncontrollable! Like an explosion, the whole place could suddenly ignite and nothing in it's environment would be untouched.
Instead of agonizing over every problem I see in my city, I can shift my attention to what is unseen and pray for a mighty breath of God to blow on the embers of people's hearts. Instead of praying for a spark, I am now praying for a backdraft!
What God did before, He can do again. No matter what you see going on in your city, the unseen Spirit of God is able to breathe fresh power into your situation. I pray that today, our God, who is an all consuming fire, will send forth His Spirit to blow upon the fires of your heart and upon your city!