“And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever” (Joshua 4:21-24, ESV).
These days there is a lot of discussion about our history. Some of American history isn’t pretty, to be sure. The question then becomes, “How do we remember it?” On the one hand, while it may or may not be appropriate to erect statues to certain historic characters, one thing is sure: if you don’t at least remember history as it was, you may be doomed to repeat it. On the other hand, sometimes, history provides us with a road map back home.
Because of the “New normal,” a term I shudder to utter, as a pastor, I have found we are doing church differently than ever before. Reinhard Bonnke, internationally known evangelist and missionary to Africa once said (my paraphrase), “In lieu of the Holy Spirit’s presence, churches must spend more on coffee and donuts.” Don’t get me wrong, I like coffee and donuts, but these days we don’t even have that – the point is clear. Since 2020 easily lends itself to clearer focus, we’ve found we must seek God like never before, apart from all other attractions, for His grace and power in our church, our congregation and on behalf of our nation.
For the past few Sundays and Wednesday evenings, out of desperate times of prayer, we’ve discovered a freshness in our services. The Holy Spirit’s presence has been manifesting His miracles and power that is transforming lives. Just today, I received a testimony from a woman who had asked my wife and I to pray for a friend with brain cancer, who was living his final day. That was a few days ago. She informed us that his situation has turned around and he is being released to go home.
This is what the world, so desperate to find its footing, needs – a move of the Holy Spirit, and His presence is available to every believer. And so, for the next few weeks, I want to provide a road map back; a “trail of breadcrumbs” as it were, back to a time when the lame walked and the blind could see. We will look in on some of our founding fathers in the faith and see just what it was they did that attracted the attention of Almighty God.
One of the most important steps to a move of God is prayer. We need it now, more than ever! When we seek the Lord, He has promised we would find Him. “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:12-13, ESV).
More next week!
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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