“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
- 2 Corinthians 6:2
I woke up today with these words burning in my heart: now is the time of salvation. Now is the time… When Jesus told us to pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10), the verb tense literally means, “Let Your kingdom come here and now.” This world needs a generation that is utterly convinced that God wants to use them here and now. A generation that proclaims, “If God is for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31). A generation that truly believes that, “The eyes of the Lord search to and fro throughout the whole earth seeking to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are fully devoted to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
I believe with all my heart that God is continually searching throughout the earth looking for great faith. His eyes roam the nations saying, “Where is there a man or woman who will have the faith to see what’s in My heart come to pass?” I firmly believe what D.L. Moody used to say when he would announce, “The world is yet to see what God will do through a man who is wholly consecrated to God… and with God’s help, I aim to be that man.” The world is yet to see what God can and will do… I often wonder what things we could see in the earth if we simply stirred up our faith to believe for it—things that previously were considered impossible. I want to see a generation that has such audacious faith that when people say, “What you’re believing for has never been done in a single city, nation, or in history for that matter,” our response would be, “Well, perhaps God hasn’t found someone on the earth with enough audacious faith to believe Him for it yet. Maybe God hasn’t found someone with enough grit and faithfulness to see it come to pass yet… and with His help, I aim to be that someone.”
Is your God too small? What do you really believe God can do? Do we really believe that, “The kingdom is the Lord’s, and He rules over the nations” (Psalm 22:28). God’s hands are not tied. He is not uncertain as to whether or not He can shake whatever nation He desires. The only place where God has chosen to limit Himself is by the response of His people. He will not do what He has given us the responsibility to do, which is to preach the gospel of the kingdom to the ends of the earth and to see His kingdom established throughout the nations.
I remember one day I was driving into Nashville and I was looking at the skyline and praying, “Lord, I pray against all of the strongholds the enemy has in this city. I pray against the principalities, powers, and spiritual forces of wickedness (as Ephesians 6:12 says) that rule in this city.” And as I was praying, the sun was setting and there was a single, massive thunderhead storm cloud that was just hovering right over the city. And there were no other clouds in the sky. Just this one cloud that reached up into the sky right above the city. And I was reminded of Isaiah 6:1 that says, “I saw the Lord, sitting on a throne, high and lifted up.” And I imagined the Lord sitting on His throne, exalted high above our city. And I was reminded of all the passages like Psalm 22 and Isaiah 37:16 that say, “Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.” And in that moment, I stopped praying like the Enemy was the one with the authority in our city and I began to pray according to the truth that God reigns, God rules, and God has all power over our city.
The truth is that at the Cross, God won the decisive battle… our job is just the cleanup. I think of the day Jesus died on the Cross like VE Day from World War II. When VE day was announced (or Victory in Europe Day), for all intents and purposes it signaled the Allied victory of World War II. The war was essentially over, even though Japan was yet to surrender. I imagine us like the troops that were sent in to establish the victory over the remaining Axis troops that were still fighting and were yet to surrender around the world. The victory has been won. It’s not in question. Our job is simply to help establish Christ’s victory and drive out the enemy by establishing His kingdom throughout the earth.
I believe God burns to do in the earth what people think is impossible. I believe that God delights in the impossible. I believe He is simply waiting on a generation that believes impossible is in the DNA of the believer and that we were born to see impossibilities bow to the name of Jesus.
I’d love to hear what you’re believing for… comment what you’re believing for God to do in your school, city, nation, or in the earth below. I’d love to pray with you.