“Too bad you missed that prayer meeting – it was so exciting!
I always get a puzzled look from others when I share about the Times Square Church Worldwide prayer meeting. Prayer meeting? Exciting? The large gathering of multicultural believers, the online fellowships around the world and most importantly, the presence of God make this prayer meeting so exciting.
So encouraging and stirring in fact, I am presenting my notes from Pastor Carter’s message preached during Tuesday’s prayer meeting, 6/20/17:
Thoughts on Faith and Prayer – Who is God Looking For Now?
We are living in a time of immense pain, perhaps unrivaled since the civil war…What type of people is God looking for now? The kind of people who can push back this pain…In Biblical history when the enemy came in to destroy, God sought for a person or people who would stand in the public place and declare who He is.
Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world…”
In the time of Judges…people rose up but then fell to laziness, complacency, fell into darkness…God raised up a voice – Gideon. He didn’t believe or see that he was a ‘mighty man of resources’ because he looked to himself, not the power of God that could be his…we are like that – not knowing the strength we have in God…when God sends you to do something, His word is all you need to get it done – whatever He’s spoken to your heart…
You don’t need a diploma, resume, credentials…just belief in what God will do!
God sent Gideon to be a light on a hill – and God will give us His torch, smash the jars and cause our light to shine. All we are to do is declare the victory that is in God, not us! They made a public declaration of who God is and how our victory is in Him…God brought confusion upon the enemies and they turned on themselves…He used a people whose hearts wanted to honor Him…
What does God need from people today? What kind of people is He looking for??
Gideon mustered a large army…~ 32,000…God said “reduce it”…first, tell all the fearful to GO HOME. Twenty thousand men went home while 10,000 remained. Fear says, “God is not able.” God said, ‘those who are afraid to go public – send them home. They are not a light on a hill’.
The worst thing that God can ever tell us: “I have a battle to win – go home!”
That doesn’t mean we don’t struggle with fear…we are not called to an absence of fear but to overcome fear.
God continued to decrease Gideon’s army…took them by the water…water always represents the Holy Spirit. Then sent them to a hill – He wanted a people who would venture out, willing to go public. And He looks today for a people to speak on His behalf to the addicted, the afflicted, the marginalized, radicalized, the broken…This is where the victory is…The devil has done all he can to silence the church. By God’s grace we’re going to say what God gives us to say…
We are the light that God has set upon this present hill…we must proclaim, ‘It is the power of God that you need in your life – the power of God will heal your home…the power of God to break your addictions…to give you a sound mind…it is the power of God that brings clarity, a future for your children…It is the power of God alone alone that brings healing to a nation…brings unity to every race, every culture, every people…
The church will rise and be counted…like Gideon’s tiny army against a huge army…we must stand and declare to a lost generation that there IS salvation, there IS a Savior, there is a heaven and a hell…and a bridge called ‘the cross’ between the two…
The church is going to rediscover her identity in these last days, by the grace of Almighty God!
I am willing to stand and be counted among the ‘foolish’…oh, to the Midianites it must have looked like an insane battle plan…300 people against 135,000…what a site! You had to know God was in that!…
And I know that God is with us when we choose to openly declare His name and talk about His victory…with the compassion of God in the center of our being, we call the lost from every place to His wonderful plan of free salvation and the promise of power to live a new life….
Who wants to go? Who wants to go to the top of the hill?
Whether you are afflicted, addicted, filled with sorrow, whatever your circumstance – you too are invited to come to that hill called Calvary, invited to receive the strength of God, have your sins forgiven, receive divine purpose in your life…you too are called to hold up your torch and say, ‘follow me as I follow Christ! I know where victory is! I know where love is, where healing is…it’s all at the cross of Christ!’
My prayer is, Pastor Carter declared,
“Wherever You call me to go, whatever You call me to do…may I have the privilge of being an ambassador of Your power…Let me not boast of myself but boast of You, Your cross Your victory…let me be a light in this dark generation…”
Oh Lord, let that be the cry of my heart too!
What about you?
or find the message later in sermon queue for Worldwide prayer, http://www.tscnyc.org
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