There are a lot of things that need to be restored in America. The list can go on and on. As Christians, it can sometimes seem to great a task and cause us to lose hope. I want you to know that there is always hope and there is always a way. The Lord will see us through, but we need to start now. One of the most difficult things I feel to get people to understand is that we need to have long range plans. No longer can our plans be for a year or two. We need to understand it might actually take a generation or two to get things back on track. It is going to take that kind of focus and determination by the people of God.
The only way that this is going to work is if we take it one bite at a time. That is the only way to eat an elephant this big. The Lord will do His part and momentum will build, causing our goals to be met with the spirit of acceleration. Often times we look at the first century Church and feel that things moved along so quickly. That is not really the case. I can give you a time frame of the book of Acts that might help you to see that it actually took longer than maybe you are aware of. From about the first chapter to the ninth chapter is about ten years. The Church does not even leave Jerusalem until Philip and the persecution in chapter eight. They were making progress, but they were still in the first phase of Jesus’ plan.
Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
It probably seemed to some like they would never get to the other parts of the plan. So when Philip goes to Samaria, they finally get out of the city. This is important to know that it probably was about 5 years in the making. We see that in chapter nine, Paul is going after all those who have scattered and are spreading this new message; the Gospel of the Kingdom. Here is where the book accelerates and time flies. From Chapter nine to chapter fifteen is actually seventeen years. From the time of Paul’s conversion to his second trip to Jerusalem is seventeen years as he states in Galatians chapter one. What is my point? It takes time to turn the world upside down. The Church has been sucked into a mentality that it is going to take one major event for this all to happen. Something so monumental that the whole world will shift in a night. Many thought that 9/11 was that moment as many sought out churches to go to and pray as fear gripped their heart. However, fear is not a good motivator, for when the fear is gone, people will go back to their old ways.
So how are we going to take back cultural for are glorious King? I would like to offer several keys to this task.
1. God is not going to do it by Himself. This is the first thing that needs to get in the hearts and minds of every believer. Praying without doing is not a Godly prayer or lifestyle. We must pray and then go and do what He has asked us to do. We see this in the life of the apostles and in their prayers.
Acts 4:29 “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,
Acts 4:30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
Notice their first part of their prayer was focused on them. Grant us boldness of speech. They did not ask the Lord to do things so they could tell the world what God was doing, but what God was doing was going to be directly tied to what they were speaking. You might say, I don’t see God doing anything. I would answer you, what are you speaking that He needs to show up and demonstrate? Our prayers have to properly focus on our doing and His providing, not on His doing and us providing an explanation. He confirms the words we speak.
Mark 16:20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord kept working with them and confirming the message by the attesting signs and miracles that closely accompanied [it]. Amen (so be it). Amplified
Too many times we are so self-conscious, we never get off the couch and do. Many think they are God conscious, but I would argue they are not. They are always praying for God to change them, which is a sign that they are too focused on themselves. Something wonderful happens when you are used by God to bring a miracle to someone. You change quicker that way then when you wait for that magic moment. Go and make a demand upon the anointing, and the Lord will back it up.
2. The Kingdom is an “On The Job” training company. So many people are waiting until they hit that magic place where they are mature enough to go and pray for the sick, or talk to someone about the Gospel. The Kingdom does not work like that. They did not set up training classrooms and everyone received their four-year degree. They learned as they went and you will have to as well. In the Kingdom, training is best accomplished on the job and along the journey. So, if you are waiting at home, wait no more. The task is too great to have resources sitting on the sidelines and in the closet. Jesus told us to pray in the closet, He did not say to live there. Yes, there is less risk, but there is also less accomplished. So if you need permission, let me give it to you here. Go and preach the Gospel and demonstrate His goodness.
3. We need to understand our role in every aspect of culture. It does not matter what segment of life you find yourself working in. You are there for a reason. You are there to be light and salt to everyone. We are there to bring light, which exposes darkness and displays Him who is the light of the world. Let your light rise and shine.
Is. 60:1 Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
Is. 60:2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
Is. 60:3 The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
This Scripture is for you and me. The glory of the Lord will rise over us. Don’t worry about the darkness for the Lord is sending His light: On you. We are the salt of the earth. Salt preserves and gives flavor to the food. The world has tried to season itself with sin, but it is making them sick. True flavor is only found in the salt of the Kingdom. Remember, if we lose our flavor and take on the world’s, we are good for nothing.
Matt. 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
Matt. 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Matt. 5:15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Matt. 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
So if you are in business, the arts, entertainment, education or family, you need to understand your role of bringing the culture into each of these areas. We will talk more in Part 2. For now I will leave yo with this. The Lord’s glory will fill the earth, just as prophesied. The only question is this, who will be the one who He uses on the earth? It could be you if you want it to be.