Wow, I can't get over the huge positive response I've received from my first email. God is stirring the hearts of His people in our County!
What I have to share will help you become so much more successful in your home, your church and your career. This will make you a fine tuned instrument in God's hands.
Well, I promised I would tell you about the complete work of intercession, which is the foundation of a mighty move of God. So hear it is:
According to 2 Corinthians 5:18, ALL of us who have been redeemed by Christ have been given the ministry of reconciliation. "And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him."(NLT)
This work of turning enemies of God into friends of God can be summed up in one word and two activities
1. The word is INTERCESSION. Its very definition reveals two distinct parts: To mediate; to attempt to reconcile differences between two groups. The task of the mediator is to be in the middle, to be the one in communication between the two parties for the purpose of bringing peace between them.
2. The two activities of intercession are:
1) talking to God about lost people.
2) talking to lost people about God.
Moses is a great example. Moses would go before God and plead on behalf of the people and also go to the people and plead on behalf of God. These two tasks can be summarized in two words - PRAY and PROCLAIM. One without the other will not get the job done.
Here is our challenge today. It is much easier to talk to God about people than to talk to people about God. It is much more comfortable attending prayer meetings, worship services and small groups than to go into the harvest fields and witness to the lost. Although there is more prayer, at the same time, there is little personal proclamation to the lost.
This may be due to an non-biblical idea that sounds something like this, "if we pray they will come." What Jesus actually taught His followers was to pray and then to go.
To neglect one task over the other is like stockpiling gunpowder but never adding the flame. But when correct praying meets the correct presentation of Christ Jesus, there is a supernatural explosion.
This naturally leads to a decision. Neither of these tasks come natural to our flesh. This is why we must die daily and pick up the cross of intercession as did our Lord. For this reason, we must devote ourselves to building the complete set of skills of the intercessor and become a fully trained and finely tuned instrument in the hands of God, able to effectively win the lost to Christ.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? In my next email I will be answering this question and offering the first practical step for you to easily engage in the fullness of your God-given calling of INTERCESSION.
BY Mike Byrum
Pastor Mike assists in directing IMPACT under the supervision of the Pastors Alliance for County Transformation