Seeking a “Right Now” Word
America has long prided herself on the separation of church and state. But any church leader who has a real relationship with God knows this is just not possible. Jesus is our example and Jesus cared about justice and fairness. In fact, the Jews struggled to believe He was the Messiah because they had created a figure in their minds that would ride in, weapons a blazing, to take down the political powers that had them in bondage. They missed the fact that Jesus came in and destroyed the spiritual powers that had them in bondage instead.
As preachers and teachers, we mustn’t put God in a box but instead really listen to Him and ask what is on His heart for His people because one word from God can change a person, a community and a nation.
Richard Allen was born a slave but heard a minister preach against slavery at 17 years old. He was so moved he wrote, “My dungeon shook, my chains flew off, and glory to God, I cried. My soul was filled.” You see, though the law said he as a slave, the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ told Him no matter what the physical circumstances dictated, spiritually he became a free man. And shortly after, his circumstances lined up with his faith. Allen was able to get $2000 to buy his freedom and began traveling the country preaching to both blacks and whites. Allen went on to found the mother church of the first independent black denomination in America. He transformed a community of believers. And eventually, a nation learned about freedom.
But it started with a preacher talking about a freedom that no man can take from us no matter what physical chains you may find yourself in.
“For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!’” (Romans 10:13-15).
So, if you have been entrusted to preach and teach the gospel, seek God’s “right now” word. God can speak to what is happening in the world around us and give us a biblical, prophetic perspective. The Church needs to understand her role in this age. Let God use you to deliver a ‘right now” word!
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