Posted by: pastortomvabeach | October 14, 2014

Thought for the Week October 19, 2014

How do you change the wind? Dr. Daniel Henderson says, “The role of the church with regard to society, is not to see which way the wind is blowing, not even to change the politicians, it is to change the wind.” So what does that mean?

On the day of Pentecost, 40 days after Jesus ascended into heaven, Luke records that Jesus’ followers were all together in one place when, suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting…divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them…they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:2-4)

A wind from heaven blew into the room and Jesus’ followers were filled with the power of that supernatural wind the very breath of the Spirit of God. That day the power of that infilling enabled them to bring 3,000 souls into fellowship with Jesus Christ. The evidence of that power continued until it was said of these people that they turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6).

History records the result of the Spirit’s power in and through believers in Christ. As the church spread over the world, God’s people were responsible for cultural changes that impacted almost every area of human existence – civil liberties, medicine, the arts, economics, sexuality, education, and morality. If Jesus had never been born many of the advances that have changed the world for good would never have happened. For a detailed account of how the church changed the world for good read What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? by D. James Kennedy.

This Holy Spirit wind continues to be the underlying motivation for nations and peoples around the world who respond to human suffering and disaster, who give their resources to help the poor and destitute, and who put themselves in harms way to save the enslaved and beaten down. Without Christian influence who would offer freedom and prosperity to those who have none?

Truly the wind of the Holy Spirit moving through Jesus’ followers has made a huge difference in the world. But we live in an age where the wind is changing. Cultural, educational, and political forces are aligning to question the validity of Christ’s message and elevate every culture, ideology, truth, and moral position as equal in value to society and mankind. This has resulted in a severe deterioration in morality not only in the U.S. but around the world. If you put a finger to the sky you can sense the wind blowing towards atheism, false religion, and despicable immorality until those in powerful places are calling evil good and good evil as mentioned in Isaiah’s prophecy, Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20).

Friends, the wind is blowing contrary to God’s truth and leading men, women, and children farther and farther away from His presence and saving power. I believe that we, the people of God who follow Jesus Christ, must accept, at least, part of the blame for where the world is going. As Henderson says, our role is to change the wind, and instead we have allowed the wind to blow us off course.

The biggest reason for this is that our Sunday behavior is not being lived out in our everyday lives! May I ask you, how can Pentecostal Christians, full of the Holy Spirit, exhibit things like racial prejudice, drunkenness, marital disharmony, unethical work practices, and a general lifestyle focused on the here and now rather than the city whose builder and maker is God? The world sees that our lives are no different than theirs and wonders why they should darken the doors of a church.

If we are to change the wind, we must call on God to change us. Followers of Christ are “new creations” who are created to be salt and light, to shine as bright lights in a dark world, and to prove the good and acceptable and perfect will of God through our lives. Living like that attracts attention and motivates people to ask us for a reason of the hope within us so we get to tell them about Jesus.

So let me ask you, what are you doing to change the wind? May I suggest for starters, we need to pray? We need God to change us so we are difference makers in this deteriorating world. Several people from our church met on Monday to begin to call out to God to bring just such a revival in us, in our church, and in our world. We will meet again of Friday, October 17, from 7-8 p.m. for the same purpose. What are you doing during that hour that is more important than changing the wind of history? Brian McCorskey said something Sunday that frames this thought wonderfully, “We make eternity nothing and nothing eternity.” Will you turn that around and begin to focus on things that are eternal rather than passing away? Come to pray!

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