America is in a new place today...October 1, 2008. Everyone is keenly aware that financially everything is different and no one knows where we are headed exactly. No one person knows what goals and strategies they have set forth will remain or need to be changed.
Now....now....more than most times since September 11, 2001 we Christians have a platform to display the goodness of God. We proclaim that in all things we rejoice. We sing that our help comes from the Lord. Now we can be witnesses of the relevancy of our words. Now, with all the possible hardships and changes many will embrace that there is credibility to our words or write us off as "talkers."
Many years ago in a frightening personal tragedy I came to "know" the peace of God in the midst of chaos and crisis. As I learned to trust God no matter what was before me I came to embrace that "God does dwell in the praises of His people." Where He is present, supernatural power is poured on His children as they have capacity and self control to handle it.
When I could dwell in His presence in praise of who He is to me (no matter what was coming at me); and I could benefit from His empowerment a peace came around and in me that defied all understanding. Many who witnessed this wanted to know what made me tick. They have remained near and many are proteges in their spiritual walk.
An older Ghanaian bishop once told me that God looks for strong self control in a church, denomination and person to pour out His power. He used the analogy of an electrical outlet in a home does not have enough power flowing through it for the need of dials and monitoring of energy in and energy out. But at the power plant they have precise instruments to detect exactly what is coming in from the power source; and what is going out to the transformers, etc.
This is a time, I believe, that God will flow empowerment to His Church, His daughters and sons ... so there must be peace; house in order; mind clear; accountability; submission to the worthy head of authority. Praise....(His presence).....peace (order and alignment)....power. Continually this is going on in a saint's mind, mouth, spirit and life. Should lethargy hit the saint to slow down praise; no matter what...God's peace will lift. A merciful God must withdraw His power at this time because the ability to live with His supernatural empowerment could be destructive.
Shine Christians the Holy Glow of All That We are In Christ. He shows up beautifully when darkness falls on a place.