Recent studies have predicted that by the year 2020 Islam will be the primary religion in Norway and all Scandinavian countries. If that is correct, we can expect to see it as the state religion in Norway within the next few years. That’s what has happened in every other country where Muslims developed a foothold.
It saddens me to see how little impact Christians have been making in
Europe. We’ve been all but powerless in effectively reaching the
lost—not only in European countries but in the United States. We pray
for God to expand our territory, to help the Body of Christ grow and
flourish, yet so few denominations are seeing that happen. Most are
shrinking, and some are dying out altogether.
What will it take for God to finally grab hold and bring about the
transformation that we need—the transformation we pray for? When will we
finally rise up and make a serious dent in Satan’s foothold on the
The answer is so simple it feels strange to have to say it: We must
trust in God for great miracles! We must rise together with contrite
hearts and bold faith, asking God to make us mighty warriors for the
kingdom. Like the young people who work with us—our Twelve Disciples—we
must open our hearts and lives to God and allow Him to instill His
passion for souls within us, to develop in our hearts a soul obsession.
To break us, to use us, to empower us for service!
When you look at our small band of young people, these twelve
unlikely heroes, these bruised and battered kids who own little more
than a few sets of clothes and a raging fire of passion in their hearts,
and you see how mightily God is using them on the front lines of
battle, you begin to get just a small glimpse of what God can do with
even the smallest ounce of faith. You see what it was that caused the
early church to explode in numbers, drawing thousands to the faith from
only a handful of disciples. You understand what it was that attracted
people to the message—the message of Jesus. And you see how much God can
accomplish with so very little.
“God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the
wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame
the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:27, NKJV).
Nicky Cruz, internationally known
evangelist and prolific author, turned to Jesus Christ from a life of
violence and crime after meeting David Wilkerson in New York City in
1958. The story of his dramatic conversion was told first in The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson and then later in his own best-selling book Run, Baby, Run.