I will be speaking at IMPACT ’16 Pre-Conference in Kansas city on September 15th. If you want to know “how the sausage gets made,” then this will be the place for you. I will be speaking about how to start your own podcast.
This conference is perfect for you if you:
- have ever wondered if your job is more than just a paycheck for you to supply the church with tithes
- feel like you aren’t walking in your full calling at work
- want to better support people in your church with their calling at their jobs
- want to network with like-minded people who view their jobs as a calling from God
I have been so incredibly positively impacted by this conference in the past and I think it will just as valuable to you.
I will be speaking at the Pre-Conference which will specifically teach you how to do some of the nitty-gritty behind starting and running online businesses like I do.
I will also be launching a new initiative that I think a lot of you will be very interested in.
I’d love for you to join me there. Sign up today, time is running out and space is limited!
Paul describes the Holy Spirit in one occasion as “The Restrainer.” He is speaking specifically about the end times when the Restrainer will be taken away to allow lawlessness to pervade society and give rise to the Antichrist (the lawless one).
7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.
2 Thessalonians 2:7
As with so many things in scripture, there will be a literal fulfillment to what Paul prophesied, but as he also says, the secret power of lawlessness was already at work then. As with the Antichrist, there will be one big bad guy at the end of the age, but there have been and will be many more to come before he is revealed. The Holy Spirit has been removed temporarily and in part from many societies throughout history.
What we are witnessing here in America this week is the secret power of lawlessness at work, where the Restrainer has been ever so slightly removed. It is no coincidence in the spiritual world what has happened this week. We watched as our FBI director claimed on TV that a presidential candidate clearly broke federal law, but wouldn’t be prosecuted because “it wasn’t her intent.” That was clearly not how the law was written or intended to be construed and the message was clear. This woman was untouchable. The law didn’t apply.
This same lawlessness has spilled over into our streets with needless bloodshed and despicable violence. Two black men killed at the hands of cops in two different places sparked outrage nationwide which resulted in five cops being slaughtered last night in Dallas as fed up black men take retribution into their own hands.
I cannot blame any black person in this nation for their outrage. Since Ferguson, it has been clear that black men and women want vindication for what they know has been going on behind the scenes, mostly unreported, for years. Their disappointment that systemic abuse of power wasn’t righted in one specific case continues to bleed into the streets, quite literally.
We cannot separate the lawlessness that happens in the halls of power from what takes place in the streets of our nation, and we must not mistake the origin of both, for they are the same. The secret power of lawlessness is at work in our nation, and the Restrainer is being removed.
We stand at a critical hour today. Will we run to the Holy Spirit and ask for His immediate return and reign over our nation, or will we ask that we have more time to fix things on our own in the way we see fit?
This is the hour for the church to pray. This is a divine moment for God’s people to respond and seek the One who restrains lawlessness. Will you pray? Will you mobilize your church? Your Sunday School? Your home group? Your coworkers?
The Lord showed me many years ago that this will continue to get worse if we don’t pray. I believe we can seek Him for a reversal of course through prayer, but as with Abram and Sodom, what will that number be? Will God relent for 10 believers praying? 100? 10,000?
I don’t know the answer, but I do know that if we mobilize to pray, we can change the destiny that America is currently headed toward.
Will you pray for America with your church tomorrow?
I voted today!
I saw that sticker on lots of people yesterday, and I could have worn one myself had anyone been handing them out when I voted. Full disclosure: I would only have taken one to give to my three year old.
Voting is an amazing right and responsibility and it is one of the things that makes this country of ours great. We have the opportunity to elect, for ourselves, people who will govern us. Remember that the alternative is to be forced to obey whomever is in charge. Although it may seem like that sometimes, especially if “our guy” doesn’t win, we really do have a great privilege in being able to choose for ourselves who will govern us.
That is to say I believe our votes count, but I want to challenge you with something that counts more. Voting is not enough. Voting for whomever we think “can win” is not enough. Voting for the lesser of two evils is not enough.
Prayer Changes Things
I want to challenge you to spend the next several weeks and months voting in another way. Vote on your knees. Or in a prayer chair. Or at church. Or with a group of people at your house. Cast a vote with the One who has complete control over our situation.
People often say “prayer changes things” in a kind of fatalistic way. Most people believe it changes only your inner self. They believe it brings you peace and allows you to see things more clearly. While this is true, if that is what you believe prayer is I think you would probably get more out of yoga or meditation.
Prayer is primarily communication directly with God. There really is a God, who really cares about us. He really cares about what we have to say and what we need. He really hears our prayers and He really acts on them. Prayer changes things because there is a very real God who hears and answers. Prayer changes things because God changes things.
The Power of God
God, and God alone, has the power to give our nation better than we deserve. Look at what we are seeing today. America is on the brink of choosing someone who has a long history of lying, cheating and stealing. Someone who would most definitely use the power of the government to better themselves, and I’m not picking sides when I say that.
These elections will be more about God showing America a reflection of where she stands than about electing someone to lead us forward. That is clearly on display already. We are getting exactly what we deserve because we are voting for it.
But we, as Christians, have greater sway. We have great authority in prayer, because we have a God who listens. Think about how Abram was offered the opportunity to intercede for and change God’s mind about His planned destruction of Sodom. Abram didn’t go to Sodom and campaign. He didn’t have a SuperPAC that ran lots of ads trying to convince Sodom to change their ways.
No, Abram knew a God who had total authority over the situation. Abram knew a God who would listen to him and act.
Cast Your Ballot With God
Will you spend the next several months praying over our nation? Will you ask God to give us better than what we deserve? We all know that what we truly deserve right now is not good. I don’t want to settle for that. I want the Lord to give us someone who will turn the nation back to Him.
When you vote, don’t think about coalitions or electability. Vote your conscience and pray that the Lord will give us someone who will lead the nation back to Him. God can sway a national election with the prayers of just a few. God can change the heart of even the worst elected official.
Will you vote this election season? Will you vote with your prayers? Please, for every ballot you cast, will you cast it 100 times more before God?
Please join me in seeking the Lord for our nation, because we desperately need it.
I’ve written a lot on my blog about how God speaks. I love it when He does. It is powerful, life-changing and exhilarating.
But what about those times when God doesn’t speak?
Maybe you’re someone who has never heard the voice of God. To be honest, I haven’t ran across too many of you. Most believers today have stories of when they were sure they heard God’s voice. Maybe you’re someone who hasn’t heard it in a while, and that’s causing you pain.
For me, the Lord has seemed to speak in waves. I don’t know that there has ever been a period when the Lord didn’t speak at all, but there have definitely been times when He doesn’t speak much. Like for the past three years for me.
It’s been a painful silence, and I don’t like it much. I appreciate the people who try to help by telling me that God is still working and that it’s not my fault, but honestly, those are mostly empty words. There is a deep longing, a painfulness of going from hearing God’s voice to not hearing it that no kind words can heal.
As a follower of Jesus, I know that God is still there. My identity hasn’t changed, but the pain is real, and nothing but God’s voice takes it away. For me, I know that the things God is trying to produce in me are not evident until long afterward, so during that time, there is little comfort to be had.
The Job Analogy
In a much, much, much smaller way it is like being Job. Nothing but a conversation with God, no matter how harsh it may be, can sooth our hearts.
How about you? Have you experienced the silence of God? How did you feel during that time? Could you see what God was doing during that silence, or was it only evident long afterward?
How did you deal with that period of silence and what was it like when you came out of it?