Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Saved in the City
by Erik Momsen
Pastors and church leaders think, plan and pray that people in the city will get saved, but I wonder if many visualize this happening. We have been seeing what I believe is the first part of a new harvest of men and then women. I start with men because it is God’s last word in the old covenant (or before the kingdom broke in).
"Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire," says the LORD Almighty. "Not a root or a branch will be left to them. But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. ... See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse." Malachi 4:1-6
- This passage is a promise of God’s Kingdom breaking in.
- We pray that arrogant hearts will burn like stubble with the fire of God.
- It starts with men - the most unlikely place. God will turn their heart to love and serve their children.
- The hearts of the children will also be turned to love and honour their fathers.
We are seeing men turning to God in a way I have never seen before. The Spirit of God is coming to our community. It started with men having a heart for their community. It continued with them praying for their community and gathering to worship and encourage each other. The fire broke out when these men started reaching out to their lost friends.
On any given Friday between seventy and eighty men gather at 6am to worship the Lord and minister to each other. These are not long standing saints of the church, but new followers of Jesus. Men who are still struggling with their sin and brokenness but doing so with the Lord.
RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE AND JOY
The fruit of this work of God is not religion but a new heart. I think of a number of men in whom the Lord has worked to changed their hearts. All of them have made mistakes and we can even say sinned. Some of them wasted a large part of their lives but now the righteousness, peace and joy of Jesus has gripped them.
"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Romans 14:17)
There is a new sense of right and wrong and a desire to do what is right. A new understanding that the ways of the Lord are right and result in a quite, peaceful and blessed life. They know they have tried things their own way and it only leads to heartache.
The ways of the Lord are peaceful and He places a peace in our hearts. Before we submit to Christ we are His enemies (Romans 5:10) and this state of restlessness spills over into all aspects of life. How can one be at peace with those around you if you are at war with the creator of the universe?
"Through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil. When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him." (Proverbs 16:6,7)
The world knows fun, entertainment and excitement but only the Lord gives true joy. This "feeling" is not based on things that will pass away but on eternal things. Joy is firstly a gift or an anointing from God.
"You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy." Psalm 45:7
Secondly, real joy comes from us knowing in heart and mind that we are saved. Everything else can be taken away but this is sure. This foundation gives us joy which produced strength of heart.
Psalm 51:12 - "Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."
Isaiah 12:3 - "With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation."
When men change and turn to the Lord so do their wives, children and communities. It is not because they are more important, but purely because of God’s order. The world lives under a curse because of sin but God is turning the hearts of the fathers. Many men have been saved by the prayers of their mothers and wives and we encourage you to continue to do this for the men in your lives.
"For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing." 1 Corinthians 7:14
Date Added: 2012-10-31
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