Wednesday, 7 December 2011
The power of Christmas
But recently the Lord has been changing my heart. I still believe that we are living in the last days, and I also believe that we are seeing a free fall in moral and spiritual decay in our country. But something else is happening as well--something wonderful and glorious. Out of the ashes of the old Christianity that I grew up with has come a new and vibrant shoot. Just yesterday I was talking to a colleague of mine in southern Ontario who planted a church on Oct 1. He has a special needs child just as I do, with issues that are even more challenging than those I face. And he has faced great discouragement and difficulty in ministry. But a new day has dawned! And the response to this new church has been nothing short of miraculous. And he's not the only friend and/or colleague who is seeing this revival. I know of other churches and pastors who are seeing young men and women being moved by the Spirit of God back to the Word, back to a place of sacrifice, and back to a real purpose for living. In other words, the gospel still has the power to save, even here in Canada!!
I fear that we Christians have become deceived by the Devil. We feel that people don't really want the gospel any more. So we mostly just tune out attempting to share the Good News with our neighbours, classmates, co-workers, and family. Or we are ashamed of our church because we don't sense a passion for God in our hearts any more and we fail to invite people to come with us to a service. Even the Christmas season no longer moves us the way it once did.
But then something happens to shatter our thinking. God starts moving--and the power of the gospel; the power of the Christmas message takes root in the hearts to those we thought we totally closed to the good news. And we are reminded again that it is "'Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit', says the LORD of hosts." (Zech 4:6) The power of Christmas is the power of the gospel--the POWER OF GOD. The hope of salvation from the penalty and power of sin is that the gospel is available to all who would believe. And many men and women are being moved to salvation! And God is currently raising up for Himself a generation of young men and women who are abandoning everything for His sake. I see it. I feel it. And I want to spread the word that God is not done with us! Let's join Him in His work!