BELIZE JOURNAL PT.2 on resolving conflicts. As the expected revival approaches, we must work on resolving conflicts in the Body of Christ that may otherwise hinder God’s move.
“Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy. Without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God, and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many” (Heb. 12:14-15).
Even when grace abounds during revival, people can miss it. This happens when relationships are broken in the body of Christ. When the Lord moves, we want His whole Body to move with Him. But resistance from broken parts of the Body can stop revivals. Though many may be saved, bitter roots may grow up to defile many. So we must seek to dissolve these bitter roots. We must repent for our part of the problem, and forgive others for their part. Then we can be an example to new believers of restoring people instead of alienating them. And of resolving conflicts instead of aggravating them.
When we uproot bitterness, religious strongholds fall. Ministries that thrive on opposing or criticizing other ministries collapse. The ministry of reconciliation multiplies. That’s what we need not only in our churches but in our families, schools, businesses and government. That’s what it means to heal the land. We need closure to heal old wounds. Once healed, we can move on with God.
We can engage in new relationships and new works. Only take care that they come from God. When God moves, don’t be tied down to anything that’s good but not God. The good often works against the best. So tie up your loose ends and clear up your schedules for God’s best.
…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Heb. 12:1).
Young people, having accumulated less commitments, are usually freer to run with God. Accordingly, Jacob Biswell prophesied that a holy army of millenials will arise with holy zeal. They will do new works with such power that previous generations won’t be able to stop them. Rather let us support and help to guide them with the wisdom we’ve been given. For God longs to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers. If we don’t let Him turn our hearts, He will strike the land with a curse.
Revival has too often ended with elders fighting the new thing that God was doing with youth. Or with youth failing to learn from the wisdom gained by elders from past moves of God. Revivals that honor the elders will acquire long life (see Eph. 6:2-3). Likewise, elders must share “the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord…so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children” (Ps. 78:4,6). God has designed us to go from glory to glory, one generation to the next, until Jesus’ glorious return. So let’s keep praying and cooperating with God, and He will keep moving with us!
DailyInsight: We will experience revival to the extent that we make time and room in our hearts for Him (see Acts 2:42-47).
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