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Sunday2Monday: The Fathers Mandate

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Hello Friends, welcome to Sunday2Monday.

The place where we say it again!
As my pastor says: Repetition brings revelation!

I don’t think I could be more proud of my pastor. His heart for our people never ceases to amaze me. He does not shrink back from say the hard truths, all the while wrapping it in the grace of God. This week he started out strong with saying “I’ve been looking at the state of the church in America.” This week 17 students were gun down in a Florida school. My pastor’s reaction was to look at the prism of how church people view these kinds of things. He stated, “the voice that speaks from Christian people has become a shrill voice and when tragedy strikes we raise that shrill voice even more.” We have become spiritually reactionary. The more shrill and reactionary we are the fewer people will listen to us. The voice we have has become one that states the obvious, one that makes statements, like parrots, of “Look at what has happened!” But we can not be a people who simply curse the darkness! No, we are the people of the light. We must become people who can see why a thing has happened and ask God for solutions. We need to be willing to become a part of the solution that we are asking God for.

There are 3 types of people

  1. Those who watch things happen.
  2. Those things happen too.
  3. Those who make things happen.

Which one are you?

When Jesus came He said to the people: Matt. 5: 13-16 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Israel had become this way. Israel had opted out of being salt and light kind of people, instead, they chose to be the voice that reacts but does not take responsibility. There was no confession or admission, no “sackcloth, and ashes” kind of response when Jesus arrives on the scene. Instead, they called themselves “the people of God” but did not carry His heart to the world. They had forgotten that they were to be a nation that was blessed to be a blessing. Much of Christianity has done the same. We have failed to see the lack of our obedience yesterday has had a profound effect on our today. We have become internally focused, self-centered, and a people who have lost their saltiness.

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Don’t fail to see that the lack of your obedience yesterday has had a profound effect on your today. – Tweet This!

We must stop and evaluate our lives asking, “am I a good for nothing Christian? If we find that we aren’t making a difference in this world, that we aren’t doing much, we aren’t being the “salt and light” kind of people God created us to be. Are we just busy pointing at the darkness and gasping? The purpose of the light is to be present when there is darkness. It’s time to wake up and get out of the salt shaker!

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How do I know if I am in the shaker? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I  hang out with people that do not know Jesus?
  • Do I engage in the culture I live in?

Some of us have been in the shaker so long we don’t even know any non-Christians anymore and we are so afraid the world is going to rub off on us we hid away from the culture we live in. Jesus said we are salt, its small but it has the power to affect everything it touches. Let your light shine to influence in every arena the Lord gives you. Salt that has lost its flavor is good for nothing.

How do I become salt and light again? Get generational vision.

If I lack generational vision then:

  • I don’t see how what I do today has a far-reaching impact well past my lifetime.
  • I don’t see people how God sees them.
  • I don’t go to church to be a blessing, I go to consume and get my needs met.

It’s time to become thermostats again not just temperature readers. Christ in You literally has the power to change the atmosphere where ever you go. We can not continue to be a nearsighted people who simply oscillates between crisis to tragedy. It’s time to move into a place of vision with a mandate and a mantle. Pastor Lynn said “A mandate is issued from God, He says ‘who will go for Me?’ but the mantle is chosen and taken up when we say ‘here I am, send me!” It time to rise up and become people with generational vision.

Malachi 4:5-6  See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. 6He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

Is there anyone who will care about America again? Let us begin to impart to a new generation the Father’s Mandate. If revival is to come, it will start with the children.

Meet me over at the Watering Hole on Wednesday as we unpack being salt and light.

Thanks for Listening,

Starla

 

 

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