It’s amazing how God can change a person’s heart.
Six months ago I would have said, “Never again will I live in North Platte.” I should have known better, really.
So God called me back to my hometown, the one place I always swore I would avoid. He gave me a vision of His power and love being poured out on the people of this town, with a light radiating from the lives transformed by His Spirit. In the name of Jesus, North Platte will be a beacon of hope to a watching world.
I was like those cynical people that said, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” So God attacked my pride.
Yesterday as I was praying in the sanctuary of my church, I saw in my heart streams of people rushing in the doors. I saw them worshiping God, hungry for more of Him. I realized how much I want to see that, right here.
And so I am praying that through me or someone else, that God would shake North Platte with His love. I am praying for an awakening of His Spirit, and I am praying that my heart might be ready.
A few days ago a sudden storm ripped through our town, tearing down dead branches and knocking over dying trees. Only the vibrant remained.
The Holy Spirit has often been compared to a mighty wind. May He sweep away all that is dead and dying within me, within our church, and in our community. May the Breath of Life once again raise up the dry bones of fallen soldiers and fill their lungs with power. I want to see Jesus lifted high. I want to see brokenness made whole in the presence of God. I want to see hearts renewed. I want to see hope rise here…right here…in North Platte.
So Satan, bow down before the Lamb, for this city is no longer yours.
In the name of Jesus may the Church rise up and fight for a world that needs salvation. May we hit the streets with His mighty love. May we not be hidden away in neat corners, but out touching and transforming messy lives. May we feel the urgency of the times and stop at nothing to share the hope that we know. Lord, give us Your vision. Fill our hearts with Your passion. Lord, may we see Your hand move, and not later. I want to see it now.
Will you pray with me?