Some people aren’t afraid of anything!

Some people aren’t afraid of anything! Take 92-year-old Jane Bockstruck from Concord, New Hampshire, for example. A few days ago, with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren all watching (no doubt in almost disbelief) this little lady leaped out of a plane at 13,000 feet and plummeted to the earth in a 120-mph free fall. Her jump instructor and tandem partner, Paul Peckham Jr, was so impressed that he cut out his thirty year old parachutist silver wings and presented them to her. I’m afraid it’d take more than some sewn silver wings to get me to jump from a plane! But then, some people aren’t afraid of anything.

You can’t say that about the devil. For there is one human act that he fears above all others. Which explains the stupor that lulled the disciples to sleep in Gethsemane when they could have been, should have been on their faces with Christ in prayer. “There is nothing that Satan fears so much as that the people of God shall clear the way by removing every hindrance, so that the Lord can pour out His Spirit upon a languishing church” (1SM 124). Keep reading: “If Satan had his way, there would never be another awakening, great or small, to the end of time.” Afraid that we will pray and afraid that God will respond, he pours his dark energies into distracting us. What now? “A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work” (p 121, emphasis supplied).

As we move deeper into the heart of this new series, “The Temple,” and come to grips with the realization that we are living in God’s final strategic chapter of salvation history—as we ponder the reality of the judgment that is transpiring in his throne room even as these words are written and read—I am sensing more deeply the urgent need I and we have to be immersed in earnest prayer before God as never before. Can our tepid business-as-usual praying possibly be sufficient for so critical a time in history? Can we assuage our consciences with hours before the television or a good book and a handful of minutes on our knees before the throne? Should the midweek hour of prayer be the most deserted time in churches across this land? Are we daring God to try to save his church, when his church is passionless and powerless in her prayings? Do we really believe that Christ will return for a generation that is too busy for him? And even if we “force” God to raise up another generation in order to complete his mission, do we really think that our own souls will be saved while prayerless and powerless?

At some point the rubber must meet the road in “The Temple.” This is that point. And how you and I respond will tell the story one day. For that reason I need you to know that I am pleading with God to grant to you and me a heart burdened for him in prayer. I don’t know what else to do. “A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer” (ibid).

Comments

Pastor Nelson, I have been a member of the Pioneer Memorial Church for 26 years since I was 15 years old when I first heard you preach in the Fall of 1983. I felt in my heart the God was and still is using you in wonderful way. I have not always been faithful as I should but my mother sacrifice and sent me to SDA elementary school and some academy which gave me a good foundations in the church and a complete understanding of Jesus' love for me. I am still a work in progress but I hope that now that I am older that God will be able to use me to do His work. I do not go to church every Sabbath because I have a son who is disable and does not live with me that I visit but I am blessed that I still able to listen to you as I drive to Grand Rapids and go to the website and listen if I miss anything. I hope that the church continues to pray for not only those who do not know Jesus' love for them but for the adults who may have strayed away from the Truth of Jesus' love and forgiveness of their sins. I will continue to listen and pray. I was wondering if it would possible for you or one of the associate pastors to baptize my son who is 16 years old. He does not have capability to make a decision on his own to follow Jesus because developmental delayed he is like a toddler. It would mean the world to me if this was possible, I would like to know what I would need to do or if it is even necessary for him to be baptized. I will continue to pray for ministry of PMC to the world that it will continue to touch the minds and hearts of other to the love of God. PS. I enjoyed your blog though this is the first time I have read it. I will try read it more often.

Hello, I was all geared up to watch/listen to the next episode of THE TEMPLE series, but the HOPE CHANNEL placed the first episode of the Issachar Factor series to be on instead. Even though I loved this series, I'm here to tell you, Pastor Dwight, your TEMPLE series has been such a comfort and benefit to me. You have answered soooo many questions that changed my ENTIRE thinking about the judgement. NOW, I thank our Lord and Savior we have the judgement and no longer fear it as I once did. Why, have "we", as in our fellow members, been telling our sweet impressionable children all this time in threatening tones what will happen to them at "THEIR time of judgement"!! Hopefully, the message will change to be POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING for our young people and will be one factor in keeping them in the church. Please, please write an article for the "Review" to further impress others this good news that might reach even more individuals. Perhaps I've heard this before, but not in such a positive way. Thank you ever so much!! God Bless your continued ministry!! Karen Livesay Lighthall

Thank-you for the reminder and guilty as charged. I see the enormous need for prayer in myself and family, the devil is definitly working his heart out more than ever. But God "is" in control and we just have but to come to Him in prayer for that power, why is that so hard? We are watching your Temple series for our prayer meetings here in Cashmere, WA and thank you so much for making them available for all to see. We see our need and the Holy Spirit working through your ministry. Thanks again, Mike

God is great praise him!

Add new comment