04 September 2016

FROM REV TOM’S DESK

 What do you do if people around you spontaneously start repenting of their sins and extraordinary things start happening in the community in which you live?  What do you do, if you see the local economy bloom compared to what it was before, crime disappear so that a police force is no longer necessary, domestic abuse against both spouses or children cease and all chemical dependencies on such things as alcohol or drugs cease happening?  What do you do if prayer is celebrated in all the local schools and the local council is made up of committed followers of Jesus Christ?  You’d probably think that you were dreaming and that it couldn’t possibly be wouldn’t you, but the truth is, this very sort of thing has been happening with increased frequency over the last few decades and across the world.

 

This is what transformation is all about.   It’s hard to believe for us all  because we’re so locked into our earthly worldviews, but one thing we must never forget, especially those of us who are Christian, is the  almighty power of God to do whatever He wants whenever He wants and wherever He wants.  When He does those things which are supernatural to us but natural to Him, we can be so surprised, but on the other hand, we must rejoice in the experience.

 

George Otis Jnr put what transformation of a local community looks like this, with the following definition I used in last week’s message;

“…a neighbourhood, city or nation whose values and institutions have been overrun by the grace and presence of God, a place where divine fire has not merely been summoned, it has fallen, a society in which natural evolutionary change has been disrupted by invasive supernatural power, a culture that has been impacted comprehensively and undeniably by the Kingdom of God, a location where Kingdom values are celebrated publicly and passed on to future generations.”

 

You know folks, it can happen anywhere, so my question is, why not here?!