By Pastor Lendy Borden, Abundant Life Church
How many times have Christians prayed for a moved of God? If you’re like me, you’ve been believing for a long time for God to move in our community. We long to see people come to know Jesus, to get healed, to be set free from problems, marriages and families strengthened, etc. So what do we do? We ask God to “move in a mighty way across our land.”
The problem with this attitude is, God is not moving across our land and He’s not going to either. You see, God is in a season of rest at this time in history. Hebrews 4:1-11 gives us a detailed account of the rest that He is in. Specifically, verses 3 and 4 tell us,” and yet His work has been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere He has spoken about the seventh day in these words: ‘And on the seventh day God rested from all His work.”
God is still in this season of rest. In fact, we are instructed to enter His rest ourselves. Verse 11 says, “Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.” Why do we need to enter His rest ourselves? So we may receive from God what He has prepared for us. When Jesus came on the earth, He fulfilled prophecies. For example, Luke 4:18-19 tells us, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor; to heal the brokenhearted.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” In verse 21, Jesus tells us, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Again in John 19:30, while breathing His last on the cross, Jesus says,” it is finished.” What was it that He fulfilled? What did Jesus finish? Salvation and the deliverance form sin and sickness is what He accomplished for us while giving His life on the cross. By entering His rest, we are in a position to receive everything He has prepared for us. Salvation, healing, deliverance, prosperity, and all the rest of His blessings are ours to receive if we will only believe.
Now if all has been finished for this time in history, all blessings have been prepared, and God is in a season of rest, what’s taking so long for His Spirit to sweep through the land? God is waiting for a move of His people. We are the ones who have to respond to what God has already done.
In Hebrews 10:12-13 we see that “But when this priest ‘Jesus’ had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time He waits for His enemies to be made His footstool” The church, His body, is responsible to make His enemies His footstool. We are the ones who must walk in His spirit.
We are the ones to take the message of Jesus to the world. We are the ones who must take healing to the sick. We are the ones who must take authority over evil in this world. God is waiting for a move of His people.
When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, we reflect his glory in our lives (2 Corinthians 3:18.) In order to see great things happen in our community, we Christians must let His glory shine in our lives like never before. Too many of us keep His glory bottled up on he inside. We’re afraid we might offered someone, or infringe on the rights of others, or be rejected. If we truly want to be like Jesus, then we won’t worry about these excuses.
Jesus certainly didn’t. In order for us to see what we’ve never seen before, we must become what we’ve never been before. If you’ve held back your spiritual gifts and talents, take a bold step of faith and use them. A wise person once said that our gifts are like music trapped inside of us. The only way others will benefit is if we let the music come out. Don’t let life pass you by with your music locked inside.
We are going to see great miracles take place in our community. In order to see them sooner rather than later, we cannot just lie and wait; we must participate. Remember, it’s not a move of God; it’s a move of His people.