Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Time to Protest - A Time to Worship

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says, 1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; 3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; 7 A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; 8 A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.

Yesterday was a time to speak.  It was a time to hate and a time of war.  It was a time to break down; a time to pluck the horrors that have been planted.  Yesterday, across the nation in over 300 cities at different sites it was a time to say to this nation – no more – stop killing babies – stop chopping them up – stop selling them like they were not human – for it has made you, America – unhuman.  It has made you anti-human.  It has enslaved you, America, in a culture of death.

It was exhilarating and exciting to be a part of the protests yesterday and well done to all who prayed and or participated in these events.  May God be merciful and hear the prayers of the saints across this land.

Yesterday was a particular time.  But now is another time – just as specific, called and labelled by God Himself.  This is a holy day.  This is the Lord’s day – and this is the time to gather in the heavenlies with all of God’s people across this world and with the saints who have gone before us in heaven itself.  We do so by faith and in the work of covenant renewal.

It honestly doesn’t feel quite as exhilarating and exciting, maybe, to some, as the protests yesterday – or watching films later, of protest after protest across the nation.  But what we must understand, listening carefully to the Lord, is that we have been called even now to something far more potent, far more world changing.  We are now going to come before the Lord in concert, all across this land and world, and we are going to ask Him, because He told us to ask Him, to make this world look like and imitate heaven itself.  And He is in the business of answering that prayer.  That will have a profound impact on your heart and soul and life first – and then that will have a profound impact on the world around you – around us.  Come into the worship of God the Father in the name of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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