24 Mar Being Revolutionary
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The numbers keep growing. The pictures keep flowing.
As we enter the fifth year of the crisis – it is not getting better. This week new numbers came out estimating the number of Syrians living in “besieged” areas is almost three times the number originally estimated by the UN. These are individuals who are at the “end of the line,” living within Syria, trapped and in many cases beyond the reach of humanitarian aide.
The good and the bad grow side by side in this conflict. More and more are choosing to follow Jesus; more groups are starting; more are being trained to reach their own people – going or staying in the hard places as God’s revolutionaries.
At the same time, more people are burned alive, reports of crucifixions, additional people taken captive & tortured; more children without parents, on the run – never knowing a day of peace. What will it take to stop the horror?
What we do know is that God must intervene for the breakthroughs needed. Each week, as the headlines blare despair, it creates greater urgency and new questions about what can be done in prayer and practical responses.
“Islam is a prayer movement. It will take a prayer movement to woo a prayer movement.”
The words of Owen Campbell are one of the things God used to convince us to begin The Syrian Circle last fall. Think about it. Central to our faith is prayer. Jesus told us to pray continually about everything, and even instructed us on how to pray – that His Kingdom would come and His will be done, on earth like it is in Heaven.
Central to Islamic faith is:
• Worship & prayer in the context of the community of the mosque
• Call to prayer (devotion 5 times a day)
• Friday prayers
Our battle is not against evil armies or flesh and blood. Our weapons as believers are powerful enough to demolish the spiritual strongholds that keep this war going. It’s time to go deeper. It’s time to go farther. It’s time to sacrifice more. It’s time to start a revolution of truth and love in direct assault of evil.
As Brother Andrew says, “We have to live a life that is more revolutionary than that of the revolutionaries.” What will that look like in my life and in yours? The significance of how we each choose to respond grows.
II Corinthians 10.3-4; 3-6
3 – 4 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. NASV
3 – 6 The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. Message Bible
• Holy Spirit, you are my teacher. I invite you to teach me more about the weapons of warfare in the spiritual dimension. Help me use the ones I’m comfortable with and the ones that are new to me in this battle for the Syrian nightmare.
• Lord, we ask that many Circlers will gain a compelling vision as they find a personal answer to this week’s question: Lord, what does it look like for my life to be more revolutionary than the revolutionaries? Show us, we pray.
• For what you are doing right now Lord through the Syrian conflict, will you help MBB’s and other Arabic speakers to be equipped and deployed/re-deployed for a season to the refugee sites, as well as within Syria itself – for Your love and truth to be known and received.
• We ask, Jesus that as we intercede for the Syrians, you will prompt us each with a name of someone else we can bring into this expanding circle of concern and prayer. I ask you for a name and the help to follow through with that person or family or church.
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