Tag: Love

Valentine’s Day Hypocrite

Christmas aside, I believe we’re coming up on the most hypocritical day of the year.

Valentine’s Day.

A day when billions of dollars are spent on flowers, cards, candy, nice restaurants, movies, champagne, hotel rooms, etc…

All just to say “I love you”, and, “You’re very special to me.”

Am I advocating that everyone just forget the tradition and go about their evening with hotdogs and stale candy bars?

Nope. But I am saying that it’s hypocritical to act like you’re all lovey dovey on February 14th, when the rest of the year you’re a selfish jerk (or jerkette).

I learned something a good while ago, and here it is: flowers, candy, special notes, and the like will not automatically erase random acts of meanness.

Not sure what a hypocrite is?

Hypocrite is defined as a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings.

So a Valentine’s Day Hypocrite is a person who says all the nice things on the 14th but is selfish the rest of the year.

True love is best described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and John 15:13.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” (1 Corinthians 13:4 – 13:8 ESV)

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13 ESV)

I especially like the part that says, “Love never ends.” I take it to mean, “Love can’t be stopped.”

Regardless of the pressures, trials and struggles that every marriage faces at one time or another, those who choose to really love (and express that love by being kind to each other and putting their spouse above themselves) will have the sweetest, most rewarding life throughout the year.

And their love CAN’T be stopped!

Hypocrites always have to wonder if their box of candy will “doing the trick”.

Those who’ve decided to love all year long will find even a stale candy bar tastes great.

Love is more than a four letter word.


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Someone said to me the other day, “Love is the most overused word in the world.”

I started thinking about it, and had to agree she is right.

Sure, we all use the word “love”.

We love pizza, popcorn, and pretzels.

We love the Bears (well, some of us do), baseball, and baked goods.

We love television, movies, and video games.

But honestly, I’m not thinking of those things.

I’m referring to people who tell you how much they love you, when there’s nothing behind their words to show it.

Love is more than a four letter word.

True love will always have corresponding actions; proof the professed love is genuine.

For example, “I love you” means nothing to me if in the next breath you’re talking bad about me to whoever will listen.

Would you like a good picture of real love?

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV)

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 ESV)

God didn’t just leave us a voicemail, or write us a message in the clouds, “I love you.”

No, there was an old rugged cross on a hill called Golgotha, some 2000 years ago to show His message of love to all mankind.

God didn’t try to win our allegiance with words of affirmation and promises of love and favor.

He loved us.

And still does.

So if you love me, show me.

If you say you love your spouse, your kids, your church, or even your country, show it.

How?

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. ” (John 15:13 ESV)

In other words, true love is willing to pay the ultimate price if that’s what it takes.

So, if you say you love God, how will you show it?

Or are you simply using a four letter word?

Longtime Friends

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Have you ever considered the value of friendship? I’m not referring to Facebook friends, or people who are merely an acquaintance.

No, I’m talking about people who will walk with you through thick and thin, good times and bad times, whether you have a lot or little.

Friends.

My wife and I are so blessed. We have friends we’ve known for a long time; some for thirty and forty years. They’re scattered all over the country, with some even living on a different continent.

Florida, California, Washington, New York, just to name a few of the places our friends call home.

And, of course, we have great friends right here in central Iowa.

We were visiting some friends in the hospital the other day, and as we were walking back to our car I began to realize how special long time friends really are.

Why are they so special?

Because of all you’ve invested into each other’s lives.

Time, tears, and treasure. Maybe even a few trinkets along the way.

Laughter, love, and lessons learned. Last minute lunches just to catch up.

Phone calls, emails, post cards that say, “Wish you were here” (and you really mean it).

Prayers, problems, and even the deep pain of losing a loved one.

Friends grieve with you, rejoice with you, because friends love you.

Don’t ever take for granted, abuse or misuse, someone you know. Long time friends begin as casual acquaintances. Some never make it past being just someone you’ve met, but some do. Those who do may become someone whom God uses to invest much into your life, and you into theirs. And that’s beautiful.

One more thought while I’m at it. My wife and I have known each other for over forty two years. And besides being married, we’re also lovers, partners, and friends. Yes, friends. Longtime friends.

“There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”
(Proverbs 18:24 NLT)

God Gave Them Up?

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May I ask you a question or two? They’re kind of personal.

In the bible passage below, what kind of God do you see? And is this what is known as “hate speech?”

A hateful God? A loving God? “Let’s burn ’em in hell” God, or “What else can I do?” God?

You decide.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

“Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” (Romans 1:18-32 ESV)

So, what’s your answer?

Does “God gave them up to…” mean they had no choice but to do what they did?

Have you considered how God tried to get Cain to release the murder he was harboring in his heart? He warned him, probably more than once. But Cain wouldn’t release it. So that’s what he became.

A murderer.

So is God the bad one? The bad one because he tries to get us to release the evil, the ugly, the unnatural, the cancerous, and the deadly things we hide and nurture in our hearts?

Or, is he is the good one doing everything he can to save our stinking necks?

Why would he do such a thing?

Because he knows our value.

He ought to. He paid a handsome price for us. His son.

“God gave them up…” doesn’t mean that God gave up on them. On us.

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8 ESV)

Now, tell me why you think God is hateful. Remind me why you say God can’t be trusted.

Tell me slowly, so I’ll catch it.

Tell me why you think the bible is full of hatred and bigotry. I used to believe such things until I started reading it. I found love pouring out of every page, for me.

And you.

Here’s something to consider... every breath we take will someday witness against us. God allows us to live as long as we live to give us all the time necessary to receive his goodness, and run into the saving arms of his son.

Please take one more breath, then read this last scripture.

“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” (Romans 2:4-5 ESV)

God is patient for us. His goodness is for us.

God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

God does give us up…but he doesn’t give up. As long as we’re alive, we can turn to him.

If I Was God For A Day

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What if one morning, while sitting at your breakfast table munching on a bowl of Cheerios, your doorbell rings. You rise, walk to the front door, and peak through the peephole to see who it is.

“It’s God!”, you gasp, as you pick yourself up from the floor.

Nervously, you open the door and ask him in. “Please, have a seat”, you offer, barely above a whisper.

As he sits, you find the closest chair and fall into it. You think to yourself, “What in the world could he want with me?”

As if he heard you he says, “I’ve decided to stay at your house today; gonna have myself a little vacation. While I’m here, I want you to do my job. You are now ‘God for the Day.’ “

Whoa!

I ask you, what would YOU do if you were God for the day? And what would I do?

Well, let’s see…

Alright. Here goes.

I’d make the Russian troops go back to where they belong. I’d force the terrorists to turn in their bombs, and stop trying to settle grievances by killing innocent children. I’d make Hollywood quit acting like the world’s savior, and I would help the Boy Scouts be prepared.

I’d find a home for every homeless person, and give a “welcome home, thanks for serving”, to every Vietnam Vet. I would remove the Ten Commandments from each and every public place and weave them into the fabric of each person’s heart.

I would encourage the single mother, and care for her children. I’d be a father to the fatherless, and a very present help in a time of trouble. I would lift up the fallen, rebuke the proud, punish the thief, and release those trapped in any and every kind of slavery. I would drop the hammer on deadbeat dads, and reconcile each heart with their children’s hearts.

I would end divorce, pornography, child abuse, domestic violence, and TV shows that portray fathers as boobs and idiots.

I’d bring back the true meaning of the rainbow, and once again reclaim the word “gay”.

I’d speak of Heaven as if it’s something to look forward to, and describe Hell’s flames as something to shun.

I would open up the floodgates of Heaven, inundating the faithful with showers of blessing.

The hungry I would fill. The proud? I don’t know them. I can’t reach them.

I would love the unlovely, the lovely, the perverted and the bible banger. I’d love them enough to tell them the truth. My goodness would draw them to repentance.

If I was God for the day.

I’d let the politicians know how to fix their problems. I’d show them how to have affordable healthcare, based on my 40 year study back when Moses was the leader. I would show Washington how to really be a liberal, without bankrupting the nation.

I’d stop all killing.

I would listen to everyone’s problems and concerns. I would be slow to anger.

I would make our schools safe, by personally walking each and every hallway; if I could get in the building, that is.

I would end the hostility one nation has against another.

I’d make nations beat their swords into plows, and spears into pruning hooks. I’d introduce the lion to the lamb, and they’d dwell together peacefully.

Rebellion, witchcraft, illegal drug usage, and gluttony I’d remove from the heart of man. Worry I would replace with faith, terror and fear would be forced to turn over their house keys to my peace.

My church would quit fighting amongst themselves.

If I was God for the day.

Yes, things would definitely be different.

Until someone made me mad.

If someone wouldn’t follow my instructions, or look to me for wisdom. If people mocked me, ignored me, cussed me, blamed me for something I didn’t do, or gave someone else the credit I deserved. If the hungry rejected the bread I brought them, or complained of thirst while my living water was within arms reach.

Then, I’m afraid I’d lose it.

If the academia stood in their classrooms and read my obituary, I’d probably not be silent. To hear someone pronounce you dead; well, I just can’t tell you how it would make me feel. It would be almost as bad as people thinking you’ve never even existed!

It would probably send me over the edge. You know?

I’m liable to say something back at the person who just asked me to damn something. Something like, “Be damned, your own self.”

I’d be tempted to burn up someone with a lightning bolt…I just don’t handle rejection all that well.

And if I saw someone mistreat one of my little ones, or act as though life wasn’t important, I’d probably regret my actions, the next day.

When I was no longer God for the day.

No, there’s too much of the old me lurking about to allow me to be God, even for only a day. In fact, none of us would be very good at it. We are all much too caught up with our needs and desires to be trusted with all of God’s power.

Besides, God, even with all he knows and is capable of doing, can’t seem to do all of those things I said I’d do; if I was God for the day.

Nope, better count me out, as well as every other human being living on planet earth.

We have a hard enough time letting God be God.

So, what would YOU do if God made YOU God for the day? Would you change anything? Would you help others, or fix the Lottery so you’d win the $257 million prize?

Thanks for commenting…

Monsters, Inc.

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Just suppose it’s Monday morning. You get out of bed, eat breakfast, walk the dog, and finish getting ready for work.

Once inside your car, you back out of the garage, press the garage door closer, and head for the freeway.

All of a sudden, something strikes you as odd; actually, eerie. You haven’t seen a single person out and about. Not one.

No one walking their dog, no children waiting for the school bus, not a single vehicle on the road except yours. What’s going on?

You turn on the radio, hoping to catch something on the news that would explain things. Nothing but dead air.

Arriving at work, you get the pick of parking spaces; you’re the only one there!

No one in the building, no one standing outside in the designated smoking area. No one at all.

You try calling several local friends, but no answer.

Returning to your car, you head north. Ankeny. I should find someone in Ankeny, you mumble to yourself. But not a soul can be found.

Turning east and south, you discover the same thing in Altoona. No one. Not in a car, walking on the sidewalk; even HyVee is completely vacant.

Pleasant Hill shows no sign of life, either. Des Moines and West Des Moines, the same. You spend 3 hours driving the streets, looking for someone, anyone; but the city is deserted. Crazy, isn’t it.

Actually, this sort of thing is happening every year.

Except the city isn’t deserted; it is aborted.

In 2012, according to the Planned Parenthood Annual Report for 2012-2013, there were 327,166 babies murdered by PP. That equals the population of the four cities mentioned.

In one year.

I find the name “Planned Parenthood” to be a bit deceptive. Isn’t parenthood the state of being a father or a mother? Why would the abortion industry use the “parent” word, when it’s apparent they really don’t care for babies?

Maybe that’s a little harsh. I’m sorry. I’ll try it again.

I’m sure the people who operate PP care about babies. After all, they were babies once.

But it’s too bad people who have the wherewithal to operate a billion dollar business can’t tell the difference between a baby and a blob of tissue.

A baby in the womb can be seen with ultrasound. It’s heart beat can be heard. It’s a living, developing baby, safely wrapped inside its mother’s womb. Well, it is supposed to be.

In the Planned Parenthood Annual Report 2012-2013, You can read some very interesting things. Here is a link to that report:

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/AR-FY13_111213_vF_rev3_ISSUU.pdf

Here’s a wild statistic. Planned Parenthood receives 45% of their budget from tax payers.

“I thought the government gave them the money!” The government doesn’t have any money. They use OUR money. Our money goes to murder babies!

I know God loves the people who work at Planned Parenthood. He loves them as much as He loves His Son, Jesus! After all, He gave His Son to pay the price for their sin, the same as the rest of the world.

However, killing babies is wrong, and calling it “pro-choice” doesn’t make the babies less dead. Calling the “pro-lifer’s” “anti-abortionists” makes them sound like people who don’t care, and are out to ruin women any way they can. But propaganda, political spin, and out right lies cannot ease the conscience of the baby’s mother. And it doesn’t make the “procedure” less murderous.

Back in Nazi Germany, where so many people were killed, or exterminated as was the case, the “doctors” who performed the experiments and caused the deaths of millions were brought to trial and sentenced to die for their unconscionable acts.

They were referred to as “monsters”.

Is there really any difference between the Nazi “doctors” and the “doctors” who perform abortion procedures?

I’d say “monster” fits them well!

I try and imagine what the babies would have been like. Each one known by God, and given gifts and a purpose, by God. Fearfully and wonderfully made, by God.

But brutally murdered as an “abortion procedure”, in the name of “choice”, which is best spelled M-O-N-E-Y.

Maybe Planned Parenthood should change the name of their business to “Murder, Inc.”

Or, better yet; “Monsters, Inc.”

Sexual Sin

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Sexual sin isn’t a new thing or an isolated incident that happens just now and then. It isn’t only a teen problem or an adult sin. It doesn’t automatically occur with one gender more than the other.

Sin? What’s that? Sin is an offense against God, His statutes and laws. In short, it’s doing the wrong thing. An offense against somebody is an offense against God. Living solely for one’s selfish pleasure, regardless of its effect on themselves or others, is an offense against God.

It is sin.

Sexual sin is no respecter of people’s upbringing, faith, lack of faith, social status, color, or even political ideology. It isn’t a liberal or conservative issue.

What Does God Hate?

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What does God hate? Does He hate tattoos, or Christmas trees, or little fat Santas?

Is He a hater of republicans, democrats, or both? Does He hate the United States of America, as some “prophets” have proclaimed?

Just who, or what, does God hate?

Maybe God hates Starbucks employees, because, oh, I forgot why.

I’ve heard He hates Proctor and Gamble products, but, again, I don’t remember why.

What Do We Really Expect?

20130502-141303.jpgWhy do we, as Jesus followers, act so surprised, and even mad, when the world doesn’t treat us like their own?

What do we really expect? What do we really want?

Have we forgotten something Jesus said?

“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me. They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin. Anyone who hates me also hates my Father.” (John 15:18-23 NLT)

No one likes to be hated. No one enjoys being rejected or persecuted.

But what can we really expect?

We can’t win their love or appreciation by acting like them; not and stay connected to the Spirit who sets us apart!

We cannot divide our allegiance between the two kingdoms. We belong to one or the other.

Friendship with the world is equal to war with God.

God so loved this world He gave His best for it. But He didn’t compromise with it. His love could change the world, but not if His love was compromised.

God’s love is for others first and foremost. The world’s love is for themselves, first and always!

God hates things because of their destructive, hellish affect on others. The world hates things that inconvenience, embarrass, or somehow affect their own lives.

So why are we surprised to find the world doesn’t really appreciate our input, much less our presence?

Tell you what I’m going to do…I’m going to love the world as God does. I’m going pray for them like Jesus does. I’m going to speak truth like The Spirit of truth does.

And I won’t be surprised when they don’t throw a party in my honor.

Citywide Revival

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It’s Time! Time to believe God for citywide revival. My city, your city, any and every city.

“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Below are some things the Lord showed me about initiating and sustaining a citywide revival. Understand, when I mention “revival” I’m not referring to a series of evangelistic meetings, special services, crusades, or anything like that. While God could use those things, I’m referring to an “awakening” of sorts. Like, when God brought revival to the city of Nineveh.

God longs to restore every man and woman, boy and girl, to their original position and purpose in Him. And He is able and willing to do that very thing; He just needs co-workers, laborers, who will join with Him for our cities.

Don’t read these “points” and feel this is all that’s necessary for citywide revival. These are only things the Lord revealed to me. May He help us hear and obey His voice.

1) Faith is necessary for citywide revival.

Gen 45:27
But when they told him all the words which Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.

As substance and evidence was given, verifying Joseph was still alive, the heart of Jacob was given new life. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Joseph’s words and carts were evidence of what Jacob hoped for.

Faith revives the heart. Faith can save a city and restore lost sons and daughters.

2) Humility is necessary for citywide revival.

Judg 15:19
So God split the hollow place that is in Lehi, and water came out, and he drank; and his spirit returned, and he revived. Therefore he called its name En Hakkore, which is in Lehi to this day.

Lehi means jaw-bone. God split the hollow place (tooth socket) of the jaw-bone and a fountain erupted, reviving Samson. Samson therefore called the place “Fountain”.

“God fills the hungry with good things, but the ones who are full, or satisfied, go away empty. To the hungry, even bitter things are sweet. But those who are full loathe the honeycomb.” Luke 1:53 and Proverbs 27:7

“God resists the proud, the filled, the satisfied; but gives His grace, His ability to the humble.” “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” James 4; Isaiah 57

God uses the lowest, the emptiest, to pour forth His Fountain of Revival.

3) Carrying the burden for the city is necessary for citywide revival.

1 Kings 17:22
Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived.

The owner of the house’s son died. She said to Elijah, “Did you come to show me how sinful I am? Is that why my son was killed?” Elijah said, “Give me your son.”

Revival comes when we begin to bear the burdens of those in authority over us; those who are in control. Instead of just showing people their sin, begin to bear their concerns, those things that have them at their wits end.

Elijah took the burden, carried it to his private quarters, and interceded on its behalf. Reminds me of 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people…” Also, 1 Timothy 2:1-4, where Paul exhorts us to pray for everyone in authority…because He wants everyone to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.

God heard the words of Elijah and brought revival.

4) Connecting with past revivals is important for a new, citywide revival.

2 Kings 13:21
So it was, as they were burying a man, that suddenly they spied a band of raiders; and they put the man in the tomb of Elisha; and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.

Past revivals may appear dead and gone, but the God of revival is not. Reading books, testimonies, and sermons of key “players” of past revivals can help stir the heart and challenge the mind to believe for more of the same. “Rubbing shoulders” with people who have been where God is leading us is a key to receiving the “revival impartation”.

God takes dead bones and creates a revived army.

5) Recognizing God’s favor and timing is necessary for citywide revival.

Ezra 9:8,9
And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage. For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage; but He extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.

Open doors, open opportunities can seem so rare; so hard to come by. To the point we may miss an opportunity because we didn’t recognize the timing. “Trust in the Lord all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding…” Proverbs 3. God is working behind the scenes when we don’t see anything happening. It may appear, for a season, that God hasn’t heard our prayers, doesn’t care about us or our city, and just wants to be left alone. But we must pay close attention to the voice of God so we’ll hear Him say, “The set time has come…”

I’m certain those in captivity were amazed when things began to change in their land. God raised up leaders for a whole new movement. It was important for them to move while the door was open.

Doors do not stay open forever, so be prepared to move when they open.

6) Opposition is common to every citywide revival.

Expect it, but don’t let it divert your focus and energies.

Neh 4:2-3
And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish — stones that are burned?” Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.”

Ps 138:6-7
Though the Lord is on high, yet He regards the lowly; but the proud He knows from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.

Opposition comes in many forms. Words, physical, emotional, and spiritual attacks are some of the devices the adversary uses. Stirring up brother against brother is another.

Don’t believe everything you hear, read, feel, or experience. Take it to the Lord and get His advice and direction. He is the One Who covers you, and Who will stretch out His hand toward your enemy.

Opposition cannot stop the move of God, if those moving with God don’t stop.

7) Patience is necessary for any citywide revival.

God doesn’t always move at “man’s speed.” But He’s never late.

Hos 6:2-3
After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight. Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.

It’s important for us, and our cities, to not let up, give in, or allow our focus to be redirected. Every past move of God has ended because the people quit moving with God. Why? Mainly because people grew tired of waiting or working. The things of God don’t
necessarily “fall on us” like a bottle of pop from a pop machine. Following His plans, His steps, and His voice, are all important; but those things are not the magic coin we drop in the “God’s Promises Slot.”

Even Mary had to wait nine months for the new move of God to be birthed.

“By faith AND patience you obtain the promise of citywide revival.”

Let us believe God for our cities. As Abraham, David, Isaiah, Paul, Jesus and others have done.

For the set time has come, to rebuild ‘Jerusalem’; Jerusalem – your city.

You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favor her, yes, the set time, has come. For Your servants take pleasure in her stones, and show favor to her dust. So the nations shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth Your glory. For the Lord shall build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory. He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer. Ps 102:13-17
[all scriptures NKJV]

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