As I write this, I am about a week and a half from attending a massive prayer gathering on the national mall of Washington D.C.
I am also still in my 1st trimester. To say this one has been rough is an understatement.
And while, every time I look at the news, I see more and more disunity and violence, it makes me wonder; what is the antidote for the toxicity of our nation? And, what can I do to help?
A few weeks ago I started a blog about worship, and that is one of the main things we are heading to D.C. to do. We are going to set up 50 tents, one for each state in our country on the national mall, and worship Jesus night and day for 3 days straight.
You might wonder, why? What is the point of that?
What could singing some worship songs do for our nation?
Let me explain: over these last few days and weeks, we have seen such disunity spewing forth from our country that it can make you’re head spin. And social media has not been helpful. Whether it’s another violent protest, disapproval of our President, or athletes bowing during our national anthem, everyone has an opinion, and, if you’re not careful, you can get drawn in to the vulgar name calling and hatred. Hatred is exactly what is trying to be birthed out of this.
And, I find, that the more we try to “talk” about this (As in, trying to prove our point), the more disunity it brings. Is there any way out of this? How can our nation, moreover, the body of Christ unify completely, with one mind and heart, under the banner of Jesus?
The answer: through worship. Think about it. It is the one time during our church services where you, your family, the elderly couple across the room, and the liberal you might be sitting next to can all take the same breath, and belt out the same words, to the same Person, with the same intent, all at the same time. It’s a corporate move of God’s heart, and that, I believe will be the way to unify the Church again.
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!
For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe.
Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.
Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It’s no wonder God has orchestrated a massive worship and prayer gathering right smack in the middle of a very politically turbulent time in America. He knows that worship is the best uniter of hearts, and it certainly softens them, if anything else.
Here’s a truth regarding worship: as I sing to the Lord, He actually dwells in my praises (Ps.22:3).
When His presence shows up, my heart must be changed. My mind, will, and emotions yet again become conformed to His word, as He uses it to ever so carefully slice through the thoughts and intentions of my heart, whatever good or bad. And I love Him more for it.
What’s more, through that experience, I learn to love those around me more. Take these scriptures, for example:
1 John 4:11-12,17,19-21
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
We love each other because he loved us first.
If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?
And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.
But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.
“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you,
leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.
If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.
If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.
Worship provides us with the greatest setting for letting our own hearts soften, see where we might be wrong, and be willing to listen to God for His answers of peace.
I AM NOT SOCIALLY INNOCENT
I am guilty in many settings of looking at a news report from a social media setting, letting it get me riled up (regardless of if the source was credible or true), and deciding to comment “back” against those who I’ve thought were nay sayers. Even fellow Christians.
And, it got me exactly where I thought it might go: nowhere. Every time.
You’d think I would have learned from the first few times, but no, I keep finding new tantalizing reports of someone or something I must defend, and before I know it my emotions are completely tied up in a useless debate, I’m worn out, and I have not convinced anyone of anything, nor have I brought their hearts closer to the Father.
Tricked again by the accuser! But, to be honest, I let myself get tricked. It is his nature to lure you into something useless, making you think it’s really worth your time to give up kingdom interests for the sake of “showing them. ”
And, we don’t like to say that’s why we’re commenting the way we are, but that appears to be the truth written all over our timelines.
I’m not saying it’s wrong to have a heart for justice, or to stand up for what you believe in. I just believe that, especially as Christians, we need to pick those battles wisely, carefully, and with the full intent of being salt and light to the world; even our Christian world.
WE BELONG TO A DIFFERENT KINGDOM
Instead of worrying about who I will or won’t offend, it is refreshing to know that, because I belong to a kingdom from another place, everything I do and believe are dictated by that kingdom’s rules and laws.
If I take issue with something here on earth, I can go to my handbook (the bible), and find my answers there. (2 peter 1:3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
If someone takes offense, I can point them back to the handbook, and then they are free to take their issue there, and bring it to the One who made the handbook.
But, back to my point: worship creates an atmosphere of the presence of God, and where the presence of God is, there everything about His kingdom lives. His peace. Is joy. His love.
What can’t stand in His presence: sin. Fear. Violence. Lust. Hatred.
That is why it is so important, so crucial for us as a nation to come together as women and mothers, as families, as Jesus’s own body, and carry His very presence into our nation’s capital.
Whatever you think or feel about our current President or his cabinet, I think we can all agree as Christians that our nation needs prayer. I long to see the healing balm Jesus holds in His hands for us to be poured out on our land.
I desire to see my children, and your children live in a country where they can preach the gospel and not get fined, jailed, or worse, even though we are blessed if we are. I want to place my family and I right in the middle of the greatest revival, the greatest outpouring of God’s spirit to hit this nation, this world than we have ever heard of.
And we hold the keys. Isn’t that chilling to know that God, who holds all time and space, has chosen to yoke Himself to our yes to partnership with Him.
And how do we partner with Him? Pray. Worship. Together and corporately.
I would like to ask you all to pray for me as I go to this event. Pray for my health as I travel and am there. Pray that He would use me to draw hearts to Himself. Pray for revival for our nation. And, especially, would you do something and say something to show your love, not just for your friends, but especially for those who don’t like you, or have a different view than you?
All these events will be live streamed on their respective Facebook pages, and I urge you to tune in to join along in the prayer.
You can find them:
Awaken the Dawn – http://www.awakenthedawn.org/
The Call – https://www.thecall.com/
Thank you so much! Let’s make history with Jesus together!