October 2015 Newsletter
“‘Now, therefore’, says the Lord, ‘Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with
weeping, and with mourning. So rend your heart, and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him…Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly…” -Joel 2:12-15
Sometimes we grow weary of hearing the sound of alarm. All the horrible news, bad reports, and secularization of our culture weigh us down, to the point where we don’t want to hear it anymore. We would rather ignore the warning signs and live as if everything were normal. Over time, some Christians get cynical. They’ve already “been there, done that”, so they relieve themselves from the responsibility of rending their hearts or gathering in prayer meetings. Others get scared. They don’t like the bad news because they’re afraid of persecution, financial lack, or hardship. Others just want to be comfortable. All this “doom and gloom” news is very inconvenient and has the potential to ruin their 401k plan
Whatever the reason, we must fight against the urge to shut our ears to the alarms around us. As Allen Hood, one of the senior leaders on the IHOPKC mission’s base, so eloquently put it, “the nature of an alarm is to wake us up. It’s supposed to be abrasive”. No one likes alarms. The feelings we get when they go off in the morning are annoyance and distress. We would rather stay warm and comfortable in bed. But if we didn’t respond to the alarm, we’d be late for work. As we all know, spiritual alarms have been going off in America for some time now. The legalization of homosexual marriage, the nuclear deal with Iran, and the general corruption in society are clear signs that we need an awakening. The question is, how do we respond? Joel 2 gives the answer. When a nation is in crises, God calls His people to gather together in solemn assemblies. He calls them to humble themselves, repent of compromise, and pray together for their region. Once again, the IHOPKC mission’s base has called a three day solemn assembly this month to cry out for our city and our nation. And once again Loretta & I must fight against the temptation to be comfortable. Yes, we have done this many times. But does that relieve us from the necessity of gathering together again? Does that relieve us from the call to repent of compromise and rend our hearts before the Lord? Of course not. We must stir our souls again and cry out for an awaking in our hearts and an awaking in America. I know as Christians continue to gather together and pray, God is answering.
Besides the solemn assembly this month, Loretta & I are adjusting to our new schedules quite well. By God’s grace, I am continuing to do well in school and am enjoying learning new things about physical therapy and the health professions field. Loretta loves being a part-time nanny. She is already a pro at feeding the baby, prepping meals, and house cleaning. I’m pretty sure her new employers think she’s Mary Poppins. We’re both excited to spend some extra time in the prayer room during the upcoming 3-day assembly. The leadership team at IHOPKC has agreed to shut down almost all other departments so that staff can participate in the solemn assembly as much as possible. I believe it will be a time of refreshing and awakening. As we continue to hear the alarms, let’s not get weary. God has a solution for the people who humbles themselves and pray.