Monday, September 5, 2011

Our Day

It's not a surprise to see a slim crowd at church on a Labor Day Sunday.  It was a shame but not a surprise.  Even with empty seats, we still know things are happening in the Spirit at church.  We're in a new day, and the new day is our day.

I shared in the message, Our Day, when we moved to Northport and I wrote my first article for the St. Mark UMC newsletter, I entitled it, Nice & Easy.  I believed the best way to move forward in a new set of circumstances was to proceed nice & easy (it does it every time).  Consequently, my last article as the associate minister moving on to a leave of absence from pastoral ministry, also, emphasized the need to move into a new set of foreign circumstances with the mantra, nice & easy does it every time.  That description of two transition periods not that far apart are NOT descriptive of our current reality.

The current reality is now shaped by many displays of the Kingdom in the lives of many people at and around Hewett Memorial UMC.  Yesterday, it was necessary to reference these two verses of scripture that were given to me by the Holy Spirit in our first Tuesday night prayer service in August.

And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?  Will he keep putting them off?  -- Luke 18: 7
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.  -- Matthew 5: 6

I preached two weeks ago using these verses as touch stones to declare to the congregation that we've entered into a Day of Filling.  I reiterated the import of these verses/this spiritual disclosure, again, yesterday while adding another verse that is in the form of an intercessory prayer:

Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord.  Renew them in our day, in our time make them know; in wrath remember mercy.
-- Habakkuk 3: 2

The heart of these messages is to declare that those who are hungering and thirsting and crying out for divine justice in these days will by filled and satisfied by the glorious grace of God.  For those for whom we are passionately crying for before the throne of mercy, our prayers are heard, and we've entered days of miraculous intervention, conversions, turn abouts, reconciliations and healings.  Alleluia!

This is truly exciting, and, for many of us in mainline tribes, unprecedented.  Again, Alleluia to the Lamb!

What will this mean?  Sunday, I shared from a journal entry I made a year ago:  There are angels in this church when no one is here.  They are preparing the environment for more and for what is about to come.  Alleluia.  The treasure and the gatherers of the treasure.  They are under assignment to gather the lost & sick & broken and to bring the treasure to Hewett so that it (the treasure of people) will be recognized & claimed by Daddy as His.  That is what they've longed for.  Alleluia.  The gathering has begun.  Alleluia.  The treasure will be appraised and valued.  It will not be lost but counted & taken up as the prize of war.  The war has turned.  The enemy could not keep it up.  It is time for liberation and a new reign of the God of the great Kingdom.  The lost are without number, but they will be brought in.  There will be room, and there will be much given in return.  Alleluia.  -- 10/5/10

The passive assertion of Sinatra from years ago will not meet the needs or the wants of the Holy Spirit in these days on Sand Mountain, Alabama.  Habakkuk's prayer for there to be the renewal of God's glorious deeds of power and love in our day is to be prayed again - not nicely and easily, but aggressively and with passion.  The hungry and thirsty for the righteousness of God to be displayed in love & power will be those who witness the treasure being gathered and valued as the King's passion, lives saved, delivered, healed and reconciled.  

What a wonderful time to be alive!  Alleluia!

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