Monday, January 2, 2012

Stand


This past year has had its ups and downs.  We have seen people come together to pray on December 1st and have seen evil rise up to challenge us shortly after.

On December 23rd, Fort Wayne, Indiana endured its 27th homicide.  The story about the brutal death of a 9 year old girl, Aliahna, has spread around the world putting Fort Wayne on the global map, but not in the way we had anticipated.  As a close friend and woman of God once told me, “Fort Wayne is not the city it presumes to be.”  As the 4th listed “City of Churches” on Wikipedia, we practically have a “church on every corner”, as many residents have professed.  However, what good is the message if it is never heard outside the four walls of the church?  What good are the words we speak if there are never actions behind them?  God’s word says “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22, NKJV)  We have been deceived by the deceiver, the devil that “It is okay to go to church and pray, but it is not okay to live what you know to be true.  You may offend someone!”  This is a lie from the father of all lies!  Paul proclaimed, proudly, in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” (NKJV)

On February 14th, at 7:14am, Fort Wayne will host its second 7:14, as God has laid it on my heart to do so.  You may ask the significance of February 14th… 2/14 equals 2nd Chronicles (the 14th book of the Bible) @ 7:14am (chapter 7, verse 14).  We are humbling ourselves and repenting for being hearers of the word only and not living what we believed.  We are asking God to intervene. 
In Bible study last week, we looked up the word ‘intervene’.  The Encarta definition is: “Become involved in situation:  to involve yourself deliberately in a situation, especially in a conflict or dispute, in order to influence what is happening and, most often, to prevent undesirable consequences”.
On February 14th, we will be doing what 2 Chronicles 7:14 instructs us to do, which is to humble ourselves, pray, turn from our wicked ways (repentence) and seek God’s face!  This is a public request to ask God to intervene in every way possible in our city, our state, our country and our world. 
I ask that anyone and everyone that will, join us in this public declaration that we MUST have God intervene if we are to be healed and walk in His purpose and peace!  This also serves notice to the evil that would try to claim our city.  We will not lie down and surrender.  We will stand, according to Eph. 6:13 which states, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Thank you for your sacrifice and service for the Kingdom!  I pray that God reveals Himself in a mighty way as you continue to seek Him and His righteousness!
Mary Runion

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