Pastor Mark is covering serious business. Father, it’s past time Your Body of believers woke up. You have sent warnings, and they have been ignored. We, as a church, must work now to regain the 7 mountains of influence: 1) government, 2) education, 3) media, 4) arts and entertainment, 5) family, 6) religion, 7) business.
Some are looking at the whole picture and feeling overwhelmed like, it’s impossible; our nation is too far gone. Evil has gained too much ground. We can never win our nation back from evil. Give up, sit back, live my life good, and wait on God.
But God never told anyone to just sit. He always requires a response from us. Look at Jonah and Nineveh: God forced Jonah to do what he did not want to do, because God wanted Nineveh saved: once he warned them, they repented and God saved them. Whether we like our assignment or not, if God gave it, we must do it.
It is necessary for the body of Christ to wake up and begin to repent for our nation; it needs to open eyes to see where each individual can gain access to their mountain of influence; then they can enter in and bring the Light of God back to fight evil that is gaining the influence. Some are doing it now. One church for instance is making good movies like the movie Courageous. My nine year old loves that movie! It’s about fatherhood and family.
Every single one of us has a responsibility to pray and to ask God for our own assignment. Which mountain of influence can we affect? What gifts has God given us that will lead us to know our mountain to climb? We each have a purpose and an assignment. We are called to step out remembering God is with us. God told Joshua to be courageous as he began his new responsibilities:
Joshua 1:5-9 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.
6 Be strong (confident) and of good courage, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
7 Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.
9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:8 This is the only place in the early English versions where the word “success” is found. The secret of success is given in verses 5 through 9. Joshua accepted Moses’ place of leadership without misgivings. God’s will for him was his will, and he did not hesitate. To go “all out” for God was already habitual with him; it is the unfailing prerequisite of eternal success
Almighty God has the same message for you and me. if God has a new assignment for us or wants a paradigm shift in how we see our current job, then remember, God is always with us. He will never forsake us! We just keep in the Word, schedule an appointment to meet with God every single day and be faithful to keep it.
Psalm 1:1-3 (AMP)
1 Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.
2 But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.
3 And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].
This new year is unlike any other new year. We are called to come forth out of our routine, to step out in unfamiliar territory, to follow where the Holy Spirit leads us. Be not afraid! Prayer is a two-way conversation; we listen well!