How to Influence Nations and Win Generations

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Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek

Acts 1:8  but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

In 2006, (I was living in Florida at the time),  I had this conversation in intercession with the Lord.

“Use me, Father, to influence nations! Use me Lord to lead generations to come!

The Lord said:

“Come closer!”

Lord, I lift up America to you.  Open its eyes with salve to see You.

The Lord said:

“Come closer”

Lord, I lift up Florida to you!  May You cause us to be rooted and grounded in Your love.

The Lord said:

“Come closer”

“Lord, I life up Fort Pierce to you.  May this be a lightning rod for Your Spirit”

The Lord said:

“Come closer”

“Lord I lift up Myrtle Drive to you.  No longer will you give us thorns, but may there be myrtle trees.”

The Lord said:

“Come closer”

“Lord I lift up 5112 Myrtle Drive to you.  May there be peace resting upon this place.”

The Lord said:

“Come closer”

“Lord, I give you my heart, fully and completely, I am yours”

The Lord said:

“You are now closest to My Heart”

A nation is influenced and a generation is led beginning with your own heart change.  Your own heart change towards Him.   Your own ears hearing His heartbeat.  Your own eyes seeing His face.

That is what a witness is.  One who has seen and heard with their own eyes and ears.   One who can testify of His goodness in hardships.  One who can testify of His faithfulness to His word.  One who can speak the deeper things only revealed by an intimacy with Him.

Jacob was just a man who became the nation of Israel.

Joseph and each of his brothers became the twelve tribes of Israel.

First in Jerusalem.   The place where the Lord will set up His Kingdom.   The place where the Lord will set His Throne.   Your heart, is a type of Jerusalem.

And in all Judea.   The places of your community.   Your workplace. The places in your state.   These are those you come into contact with on a regular basis.

Then to the remotest parts of the earth.    Paul says “To the Jew first, then to the Greek.”  Here, “the Greek”  represents the remotest parts of the earth.    These are those we pray for, outside of our present sphere of influence.

You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation!   (1 Peter 2:9)

That’s right!

YOU!

How you lead YOU as a nation, will be how you influence nations and lead generations to come.

I am the first Christian in my family.  I remember getting the word

“You will lead your entire family in a new direction, changing the collision course it was on, and this will affect generations to come.”

Sounded awesome upon the hearing of it.  The Lord said to me “Don’t be afraid. I AM the Author and Finisher of your faith.”  Hebrews 12:2

He told me He knew my beginning and He knew my end. He knew all the parts in between. He created my story and He ordained my steps.  He created the comedy, the drama, the tragedy, the trauma.  He wrote my story.  I was excited.  He is my Author.

But there is a second part to that verse in Hebrews…”who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

There was a price to pay. Before I get to see it, there is the Cross, and my daily cross to bear.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

There is a reason Paul chose to use the words “not ashamed” when speaking about the gospel.   It means that after he saw his own guilt, he chose to lay it at the Cross.

There was therefore no shame to cover up.  He then was given authority to influence nations and lead generations.

Influencing Nations and Leading Generations comes only by way of the Cross.

We are not our Flesh!

wildflower-3Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.           2 Cor 5:16

Ps 43: 5  Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.

I wasn’t depressed or in despair, but I was struck by a truth I had known, yet forgotten.   David spoke to his flesh as if it was not he himself, but a disciple of the Lord that he was commissioned to raise up and train. 0

“Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me?  Hope in God!”

He speaks to his soul, or his flesh, as if it is a separate being near him, yet not him at all.

Paul says in 2 Cor 5:16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.

Paul judges no man according to the flesh.

1 Co 2:2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

Not even himself.

1 Co 4:3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.

If we judge ourselves or others according to the flesh, we will never escape the flesh or the accusations of it.

Why are you in despair, soul?  Follow me as I put my hope in God and praise Him this morning!

Ps 134: 1 Behold, bless the LORD, all servants of the LORD,
Who serve by night in the house of the LORD!

 

Behold

  • To perceive by the visual faculty; see: behold a tiny figure in the distance.
  • To perceive through use of the mental faculty; comprehend: “Behold the man of the future”
  • To look upon; gaze at

Romans 6:19 I am speaking in familiar human terms because of your natural limitations. For as you yielded your bodily members [and faculties] as servants to impurity and ever increasing lawlessness, so now yield your bodily members [and faculties] once for all as servants to righteousness (right being and doing) [which leads] to sanctification.

Romans 4:17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed-God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did

When we first chose to sin, we didn’t love it the very first time.   It was awkward, we were not skilled,  we had anxiety.

We didn’t pick up a cigarette the very first time and say “ahhhh, that went down smoooooothe.” We didn’t take a drink of alcohol the very first time and say “mmmm I’ll have another pitcher.” We didn’t lie the very first time, without our conscience being pricked, yet we allowed the members of our body to be used as servants of impurity and INCREASING lawlessness because we had a vision in mind.

We knew what image we wanted to walk in, therefore we worked at becoming skilled at sin.

In the same manner, we are to desire to look like the completed work our Creator sees when He sees us, when we were still a twinkle in His eyes, not looking after the flesh, but after His design, and  call into being what is not, as though it already was.

He didn’t see disease when He planned us.

Call your blood pressure to return to normal and serve (bless) the Lord!

Call your joints to become flexible and serve (bless) the Lord!

Call your eyes to see and your ears to hear and to serve (bless) the Lord!

Call your pancreas to produce insulin and serve (bless) the Lord!

He didn’t see depression when He planned us!

Call your mind to be focused and serve (bless) the Lord!

Call your emotions to be filled with joy and to serve (bless) the Lord!

Call your heart to be steadfast and to serve (bless) the Lord!

Call your thoughts to think on things lovely and to serve (bless) the Lord!

We are not our flesh.  We are not our soul.

Call the members of your body to serve the Lord in purity and INCREASING righteousness!

Call into being that which is not, as though it were, in order to serve (bless) the Lord, because we are created in His Image.

Just do it.

Phillipians 3: 10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]

Phillipians 3: 11That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].

Phillipians 3:12 Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.

Phillipians 3: 13 I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

Phillipians 3:14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.