Monday, December 12, 2016

CALLED TO BE DIFFERENT by Gary Wilkerson

God has called us to be different from the world — markedly different.
“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
That difference is exactly what the world needs. As Paul says, “If all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you” (1 Corinthians 14:24-25).
Our first task is to stop the famine of God’s Word among us. An encounter with His Word will rid us of “business as usual” as Christians. It will confront us with our dryness, coldness and casualness toward Christ’s way. And it will send us to our knees in dependent prayer for God to bring change.
Prayer changes things! It changes our hearts, our families, our churches, and ultimately our world. I ask you to please join me in committing to do three things:
Pray for God’s Word to do a work in our hearts
Stand with integrity as a voice for His Word
Pray for Him to bring about changes only He can bring
I pray we’ll see God manifest Himself as He has done in so many revivals and movements that turned cultures around. He alone can stop the tide of evil being unleashed — and bring reverence again to a culture that has lost its way. He alone can revive the church, turn us toward repentance, and bring spiritual awakening to our society.
Let’s return to the Lord with all our hearts. Let’s seek His face and call on heaven to see a new and great work in our country.