What Drives Disciples; Peter

This is coming to you from the same driven personality who wrote last week’s blog, where I concluded with the question, “What drove Jesus to come to earth and die for the sins of humanity?”

My conclusion then was that Jesus was driven both by the Father's love for his creation and the necessity of God's redemptive plan. Jesus knew that without his sacrifice, there would be no hope. Everyone who does not have faith in Christ is already lost and condemned. (John 3:38) No one can gain eternal life without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Having accomplished that way to God the Father, Jesus also knew that truth had to be shared beyond his small band of followers. When he told his disciples -- and, through them, us -- to "go and make disciples of all nations . . ." (Matthew 28:19a), he gave them the foundation on which to build his church.

That first generation of disciples did a better job than any since. They reached their entire known world with the gospel message. What enabled them to do this? What drove those disciples?

I love the whole Bible, but those who know me well should have no doubt about my favorite Bible character. Some years ago, in the Sunday school class we attend we studied 2 Timothy. Our teacher liked to give study questions. At the end of this unit, one of his questions was, "What would you like to ask Paul when you see him in heaven?" My answer to that was, "Do you know the way to Peter's house?" Without doubt he is my favorite, and I plan to spend a lot of my time in eternity comparing notes with Simon Peter.

Peter was probably the most prominent of the disciples from the time of the resurrection until Paul came on the scene. As the most visible, and probably most vocal, follower of Christ, he had several run-ins with non-Christian authorities. During one of these encounters, Peter and John were arrested and jailed overnight. When brought before the Jewish leaders the next day, “they were commanded . . . not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus” (Acts 4:18).

The smart thing to do would have been to agree with the authorities and either stop preaching or at least tone things down. It might have been a good time to make a strategic withdrawal or to just get out of town. The book of Acts records that the rulers called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:18-20). With this, Peter was referring to what he had already told them, in what we read as Acts 4:12, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

What drove Peter? What made him take the lead on the day of Pentecost and share Christ with thousands of people? What made him stand up to these authorities? He believed that without Christ, there is no hope for salvation. Everyone who does not have faith in Christ is lost and condemned. No one can gain eternal life without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Knowing this, he also realized his responsibility -- his privilege -- to share this good news with those who did not yet know.

 Though Peter lived almost 2000 years ago, he was not the last person to be driven by that truth. Next week.

 

What Drives Disciples?

As I approach formal retirement, I can honestly say cross-cultural missions has dominated my life. I believe our God is a missionary God. I believe one of the primary purposes of the church is to ensure that all peoples, everywhere, have the opportunity to hear and understand the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ.

In some ways, I am a driven personality. I can almost hear my family and friends shouting a hearty Amen! to that. I see what needs to be done and I try to do it or get it done.

I don't mind the label, because I have that trait in common with others I admire. It’s not enough to just share that label with you. Most of you reading this don’t know me as a person, but I do want you to know what it is that drives me. Why am I in missions? Why am I a part of Mandate? Why am I even writing this blog entry?

As we move along this month, I'm going to compare this with the Jesus and some of his followers, ancient and modern, who were also driven people. Let's see what made them tick. In short, What Drives Disciples?

Jesus was often a frustrating person to those around him. When his friends asked a simple question, he rarely replied with a simple answer. Instead, he usually turned it out into a teaching opportunity. On the other hand, when his enemies asked questions, such as "Who are you?" "Where did you come from?" or "Why are you here?" he often turned the tables, answering their questions with some hard ones of his own.

At least once, though, he gave a very simple answer to that question.

The scene was set in Luke 19. Jesus had come into the city of Jericho and had singled out a tax collector named Zacchaeus. During the dinner that followed, Zacchaeus confessed faith and repentance. He then showed the reality of his faith by pledging to make restitution. Jesus commended his faith, then made the broader remark, “the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).

Think about how many times Jesus tried to tell his disciples why he was with them and what his life and death would mean. They were a hard-headed bunch and couldn’t seem to understand what he was saying. Even just before his crucifixion Jesus had said, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds" (John 12:23-4).

It wasn't until after the resurrection that they began putting it all together. Even then, they needed help. Within hours of his resurrection, Jesus still had to explain to two of his friends, "‘This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.’ Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them,‘This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem’" (Luke 24:44-47).

So, what drove Jesus to come to earth and die for the sins of humanity? Perhaps the best summation of that were his very familiar words of John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." He was driven both by the Father's love for His creation and the necessity of God's redemptive plan. Jesus knew that without his sacrifice, there would be no hope. Everyone who does not have faith in Christ is already lost and condemned. No one can gain eternal life without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Where is the Weight?

For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

Matthew 25:14-30

The Greek word used for talents, rather than equating to a monetary value, literally translates to “weight”. Viewing this common parable through this lens changes the perspective considerably. What holds the most “weight” in our lives? Whatever we value most, we often put the most time and money into. God has given certain things “weight” in our hearts and lives. He has fashioned us with unique propensities towards enjoying different things. These interests usually in some way tie into how He intends to use us for His kingdom.

What has weight in your life? What are you passionate about? What do you sow your time and money into? A business? Children? A career? Friends? The parable shows two opposing responses to how we can respond to these things in our lives. We can invest or we can bury. In the parable, it was the talents that were buried, but I'd like to suggest that often times in this day and age it's our talents- what we place weight in- that can bury US. We can sink so much finances or time into one of these things that holds weight in our heart that we end up losing ourselves. We lose out on the opportunity to multiply those things we love. Ironically, just as in the parable, we often think that we are protecting or nurturing these things by pouring into them so much and keeping such a tight hold on them.

When we do as the other two in the parable model and RELEASE these things we hold dearest to be used by the Kingdom of God, in that release we actually GAIN more. What does this look like practically? If you have a business, to what degree are you using your business as a vehicle through which to love, minister, and share the gospel? If you have children, to what extent have you dedicated them back to the Lord, sowing into them seeds of the gospel? If you place weight on your career, to what extent have you given your talents to the Lord and asked Him how He can use them in your workplace or in the marketplace? If your friends hold the most weight in your life, to what degree are those friendships connections that build up and draw each other near to the Lord?

Our challenge this week is to look at what has your time, energy, and money. Examine what has emotional weight in your heart. Then take these things to the Lord, asking how you can use them more for His Kingdom. For to the one who has, more will be given.

Gift of Grace

Many countries around the world, including some the Mandate ministers in, are primarily dominated by Buddhist or Hindu beliefs. In traveling through these nations, the thing that stands out is the gift of grace. We have to honor as believers to let others in on the gift just waiting to be received in their lives that is unique to Christianity.

In nations with alters filled with sacrifices, it is a reminder of the price many feel they have to pay to have their desires and prayers answered. In order to have their requests honored, they offer a price to appease the spirits. In reality, the price has already been paid, and requests are able to be made to God plainly, as “paid up”, justified sons and daughters. And you get to be a part of delivering this good news.

In other countries there may not be alters with offerings, but the concept survives. The idea that desires must be earned by achievement or bought by money. You don't have to live in a Buddhist, Animist, or Hindu nation to get the privilege of telling lost neighbors about the grace of God. Maybe your neighbor has their self worth tangled up in performance in his or her career. You get to be the messenger of grace to that person. Maybe someone you know is riddled with anxiety about finances, thinking that in order to be healed he or she must be able to buy all the treatments. You can pray for their healing with them for free, and those prayers can be more powerful and life-changing than handing them thousands of dollars.

Karma is a prevalent concept with a similar message that suggests that past actions, words, or even thoughts can predetermine or “earn” what will happen in the future. Imagine living with that pressure. Every mistake you made in the past still waiting to catch up with you. Now imagine the freedom that washes the soul when the realization happens that God and God alone holds the future. That we don't have to “earn” our future or determine what comes of us. God's redemption of our past and the plans He has to prosper us and not the harm us (Jeremiah 29:11) is available totally free. A clean slate is available for the first time. Seeing from the lens of performance and then having the grace of a fresh start truly captures what it means to be saved out of darkness and into marvelous light. Again, this is a gift of good news you can carry regardless of where in the world you are. You could be the one who goes into a prison and shares the gift of grace and forgiveness with a prisoner. You could be the one who tells someone weighted down by guilt from their past that through salvation and repentance that they have a fresh start.

One of the biggest honors we have as Christians as well as one of the most important mandates we have is to make known the gospel and along with it change the lens of performance and perfection for the lens of grace. Pray about this week how you can be part of this transformation. Pray also for those people and nations that do not know the grace of God that it would be shared with them.

How Hungry Are You?

Bill Johnson once said, “In the natural world, when we cease to eat, we become hungry. In our spiritual world, it's only when we begin to eat that we become hungry”. Our bodies are built naturally so that a lack of something we need creates a felt response in our bodies. Our spirits, however, are not designed in this same way. We may feel some vague lack, but what we begin feeling more than anything is a spiritual numbness.

Have you ever had a day which you felt like you were constantly flying in and out of the door? Rushing from a meeting to pick up the kids then rushing to the store then stopping by a friend's house on the way home to make dinner, by the time you flop down to eat you're so hungry and exhausted that you only then realize you never ate lunch that day. It's as if those smells and tastes of food awaken a dormant beast that you managed to distract only so long. You may not have particularly felt or noticed the hunger, but there it is in ravenous amounts after the first bite. In the paradox Bill introduces, it reminds me of these moments. Here are a few good truths that will leave you saying, “How hungry am I?”

The word of God is our daily bread. Most Christians know this and would agree. How hungry are you? In our busy world, it's easier and easier to forget our daily readings. Even when we make time, we often don't get the long stints soaking in the word that we wish we had. Or do we even wish we had them? Has it ever gotten so bad it's become one more thing on the “to do” list? This week I want to challenge you. No matter how little time you have, I want you to open the word and read. Pray for a hunger to start. The more you read, the more you will hunger! It's not like our natural hunger in which our time spent away grows a steady longing. This is a desire that is grown during consumption!

I would take it one step further than Bill and propose that missions is like this too. When we taste that first “bite” of sharing the gospel with someone who needs it, the hunger begins. If you don't long anymore for missions, it may be because you haven't tasted enough recently! I don't mean that you need to fly across the world- though that certainly would be a feast! Simply share right where you are, but share with someone who is out of your daily routine. Share beyond your comfort zone. Drive an extra few minutes to a new side of town. Walk to work instead of driving and see who you bump into. Take that little step. In doing so, you'll be taking a bite of the great commission. And- you won't hear this anywhere else- the great commission is like potato chips. Once you take one bite, you won't be able to stop at just one.

Where to Sow

This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and to Jerusalem:

Break up your unplowed ground

and do not sow among thorns.”

Jeremiah 4:3

Walking in a restricted nation, my eyes caught a small, green leafy plant pressing up out of the thick stone floor. What a beautiful picture, I thought, of the church in areas like this. Despite the opposition, the gospel still grows. This verse from Jeremiah is a cry to the modern church as much as it was cry to Israel back when it was written. We are called to break up unplowed ground. What does unplowed ground look like, spiritually?

Merriam- Webster defines “plow” as “to turn, break up, or work with a plow”, “to spend or invest in substantial amounts —used with into”, or “to move forcefully into or through something”. When we think in terms of the world, the places that are “unplowed” are those that have not been turned to the gospel, those that have not broken their ties with other gods, those that have not been invested in spiritually in substantial amounts, and those who have not had God move into or through their countries. These qualifiers serve as honing devices for our prayers and efforts.

On a smaller scale, we all have unplowed ground in our own personal lives. These are the areas that we have not let the Holy Spirit break into, the ones we have not substantially “sold out” to God, or the areas that God is not the force moving us. Take a moment to pray and think about what unplowed ground you currently notice in your own life. Ask God to begin to break up the soil and work in and through these places.

The second the Jeremiah 4:3 instructs us to do is to not sow among the thorns. In the Parable of the Sower, thorns are an analogy for worries of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth. A more broad way to view thorns are those things that take away nourishment from what God is growing in our lives and hurt us in the process. God wants all of our lives to be “usable soil”, so the things that are taking up our time, energy, and resources that are hurting rather than blessing are the things we need to avoid sowing.

On a global scale, sowing among the thorns is dedicating our efforts where there's the most reward in it for us. For example, giving our time where it is compensated the best as opposed to where God needs it the most. Another example of sowing among the thorns is allowing comfort to dictate our missions efforts. There are many places the gospel needs to reach that are very difficult places. If we let the worries of the world or impossibilities “choke out” the dreams the Lord has for these places, they may never be reached.

This week, think about- both personally and corporately- how you can better fulfill the call to break up unplowed ground and not plant among the thorns! Before you know it, you will see spiritual sprouts even breaking up stones of impossibility.

Holding the Ropes

The greatest missionary was almost stopped before he got started! Acts 9:23-24 tells the story of Saul who had just come to Christ and was sharing his new faith in 1st century Damascus. Knowing his enemies wanted to shut him up, his friends took him to the city wall one night, put him into a basket, and lowered him by rope to safety outside the city walls. From there he was able to make his way back to Jerusalem, then eventually on to Antioch, Asia, and Europe. We also know him as Paul the apostle.

 Paul’s friends are unknown to us. They most likely didn’t seek honor or publicity for their brave deed. As the years went by, though, they saw the value of holding the ropes for Paul. I’m sure God noticed!

 It’s a truth that missionaries cannot work alone. Yes, they might go out in teams, they might interact with national workers and churches, but that’s not what I’m talking about here.

 They need people to figuratively hold the ropes for them so they can concentrate on going where God sends them and doing the work for which they have been called.

 As surely as God calls some to go, he calls others to support them prayerfully, financially, and in encouragement.

 I’m looking today for some people to hold the ropes.

 Beginning next Monday, Mandate’s four-person leadership team is leaving the U.S. for a two-week visit with our national ministry partners in Vietnam and Laos. We want to encourage our front-line workers. We want to personally see the results of their ministries. We want to come back with photos and stories to share so that we can encourage more people to join them in their works.

 We are going into spiritual battle. We have prepared ourselves as best we can. We have our tickets, our visas, accommodations booked, packed suitcases. Now we’re looking for people like you who will join together in praying with and for us as we go.

 PRAY for our travel. We’ll leave our individual homes in the U.S. on September 17 and arrive in Da Nang, Vietnam the next day. So PRAY for safety and comfort through our travels.

 We’ll spend days visiting ministry sites in Vietnam. So PRAY that we’ll have good communication with our hosts and Vietnamese people in general.

 I’m hoping to share my testimony with one specific communist official I’ve met before. So PRAY he will be receptive to me and, especially, the gospel.

 Lord willing, I’ll come back to this page next Friday (or when I have a safe and secure internet connection) with updated prayer requests for the second part of our trip – Laos, and the following week with news for our journey home.

 We can’t do this without the help of God’s people. That’s you.

 Will you join together to hold the ropes for Mandate?

Praying the Goal

It’s kind of insulting. The book of James records Elijah was a person just like us. Poor Elijah. I like to think of God’s prophets as heroes. The truth is, he was just a man, like me. On the other side, if we’re that similar, and God used him so powerfully and specifically, how would He like to use me?

Over the past several months, I’ve been asking God to heal some people, while also asking Him to bring others to salvation. For the most part, all of these people are personal friends, so I have a deep interest in the outcome of my prayers.

I’m goal-oriented. In prayer, this means I understand and pray towards a specific end. If healing, I pray the person will be healed. That’s it. When I’m praying for my specific unsaved friends to come to depend on Christ for salvation, I pray only for that end.

I am also a planner and strategist. I love starting with a goal, then planning how to get from where I am to where I want to be. I do this goal-setting and strategizing with something as simple as entering and training for a marathon race. I follow the same pattern when planning the Sunday School class I teach, and in developing multi-year strategic plans for Mandate.

Praying for my friends, I began to see that I was drifting from goals to strategizing. Instead of just praying for salvation, I began praying a plan which would lead to salvation. Maybe my friends would meet someone, or hear a radio broadcast, or randomly pick up a Bible which would fall open to John 3:16. You get the picture.

I began doing the same thing in praying for healing. God, work through the doctors, or lead them to alternative healers, or just do a total mind-blowing miracle.

Then I realized Who I was talking to in prayer. I had gone from praying for specific goals to dictating methods. Who am I to be telling God how to work?! His mind is much better than mine.  He knows the end from the beginning. And, in the end, I don’t really care how my friends find Christ or how others are healed. I just want those results.

Back to Elijah, whose story you can find in 1 Kings. As James records, Elijah simply prayed for a drought on Israel, and it happened. He simply prayed for rain to end that drought, and it happened. He did not pray the means, he prayed for a specific end. His requests are similar to many others throughout the Bible, including the well-known Lord’s Prayer.

My morning prayer times have changed. When I ask God to do something, I realize I can pray for the result, but have to leave the process to Him. I have to trust that He knows what He’s doing. I do believe I should pray for one specific end to each request, and I have to continue praying in that direction until God answers in some way or tells me to stop.

This new insight is interesting. I now spend more time praying for specific needs and am able to include more people in my prayers because I’m not following the rabbit trails of how I think God might answer, but leaving that totally in His capable hands, and I’ve now seen Him answer in specific ways that I would not have imagined.

God is doing the work. I am just praying the goal.

What goals are you praying towards?

The Generation to Come

If you were to dream without limits, what would your ministry look like? Which specific things would you want to accomplish for the kingdom of God? Which countries would you bring the gospel to? What kinds of things would you do for God's people? Many times our wildest dreams seem far too big to accomplish. I encourage you this week to think bigger. Specifically, I encourage you to think multi-generationally.

The wonders God did in partnership with Moses were some of the most famous of the Bible. In fact, Deuteronomy 34:10-12 reads,

Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.”

Yet even Moses only saw the Promised Land. He never crossed over. His whole life's work was devoted to the transitioning and preparing of God's people to be able to inherit territory of enormous significance. Yet this land was not going to be a place in which he walked. This isn't discouraging news for us. In fact, it's exciting news. Imagine God using you for something so immense that your lifetime could literally not contain the fullness of it. In fact, that's more often how God operates. We are part of a continuous story that many have taken part in before us, that we have a major role in, and that will continue on after us to the next generation.

Rather than framing your goals for fulfilling your calling based on your lifetime, I encourage you to take a step back and pray for spiritual eyes to see what God is doing multi-generationally. Treasure your role in not only what you will see, but your role in what is yet to come. Pray for God's plans to come to pass that are larger than your scope of view, longer-term than your lifetime, and much bigger than your understanding.

Throughout scripture a pattern emerges of a two-fold focus. Moses, Elijah, even Jesus, and many more both were simultaneously focused on the tasks God put right before them to be done as well as the training up of the next generation who would continue those works. This week take a look at how you are doing each of these. Which things has God set before you to be done for Him now? Also, what part are you taking in preparing things for the generation that will take up the work behind you?

Valley of Dry Bones

If you've ever seen the cross-section of a bone, you know that a living bone is full of spongey marrow. There is a lot to be gleaned from scripture on how to turn our dry bones (like those in Ezekiel) into living bones with marrow. Dry bones lack MARROW. Marrow is defined by Google as "a soft fatty substance in the cavities of bones, in which blood cells are produced (often taken as typifying strength and vitality)". God wants to breathe some spiritual lifeblood into these “dry bones” situations. How do we get back our strength and feelings of enthusiasm when we're standing in a proverbial valley of dry bones?

"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Proverbs 17:22 (NIV)

Marrow is JOY. It's so natural to look for joy from our circumstances, but when we find joy, laughter, smiles, excitement even in the most serious of times, that changes our circumstances! Joy doesn't depend on your experience. Your experience depends on joy.

"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

Digging deep enough into anatomy tells us that diving bones and marrow isn't as simple as the inside and outside of bones. They are cellularly fused together. Yet the word of God is PRECISE enough to divide them. Seeking God for that kind of precision and discernment in His word- the kind that isn't dicernable through human wisdom- brings a particular vitality to what has seemed lifeless or unresponsive.

"This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life." Ezekiel 37:5

Marrow requires not only hearing God for your life, but it is a call to action or a call to response based on His word. You have heard His words. Now what is your response? SPEAKING the words you have received and ACTING in line with God's direction in His word brings our spirits to life. It's not something that will "just happen" to you, but something God will do WITH you as declare and act in obedience. The things God chooses to do with your life may make no sense or seem like too much of a long shot. Believe for it anyway. If God's word says it, you do it.

"Light in a messenger's eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones." Proverbs 15:30

Marrow is GOOD NEWS. Are you longing for good news? The whole work of Jesus is called the gospel. The good news. THAT'S WHAT GOD DOES. He has good news for you NOW. He has good news for someone you are connected to! Ask God for new ways to be part of sharing His good news!

"You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bones shall flourish like the grass; and the hand of the LORD shall be known to his servants, and he shall show his indignation against his enemies." Isaiah 66:14 (ESV)

You shall see. Despite feeling beaten down. Despite looking at dry bones. God says "you shall see" over your situation that it will flourish as you respond.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones." Proverbs 3:5-8

When God brings the marrow of His life-giving words into your life, and it partners will your belief in His power to do all His word says, it will NOT look like human wisdom. No human wisdom says mountains can be moved or seas can be parted or sick can be healed or dead can be raised. You cannot lean on your understanding of this situation. You HAVE to lean on the God that says dry bones can live. That leaning is what brings the marrow back into the bones!

"he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken" Psalm 34:20

Rest in the comfort that you are PROTECTED. But not only does God protect His own- it says not one bone will be broken. In Ezekiel these bones represented an impossible, miraculous demonstration of life and power. One thing we can expect as Christians is for God to do impossible, miraculous, demonstrations of His power for His glory. He will not let one of His commands or promises be broken. What He commands, He fulfills.

Now is the time to speak boldly!

"When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long." Psalm 32:3

The kingdom of God is longing for you to speak! Speaking your testimony, sharing the gospel, praying into people and situations in your life are all ways we speak. Silent resignation wastes away bones, but God-aligned declaration brings the marrow of life back into them. Listen now to what the Lord is saying over your dry bones...then speak out accordingly. Watch how His resurrecting power brings new life to what is spiritually dead all around you.