Blog – ChristNOW https://christnow.com My WordPress Blog Tue, 27 Jul 2021 14:23:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.8 The REAL War Unfolding in Our Nation Today and Its Implications for Every Jesus Follower https://christnow.com/the-real-war-unfolding-in-our-nation-today-and-its-implications-for-every-jesus-follower/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-real-war-unfolding-in-our-nation-today-and-its-implications-for-every-jesus-follower https://christnow.com/the-real-war-unfolding-in-our-nation-today-and-its-implications-for-every-jesus-follower/#respond Tue, 27 Jul 2021 02:00:07 +0000 https://christnow.com/?p=16517 It seems the language of warfare is on the paper’s front page, the news programming on cable TV, and in everybody’s Twitter feed.

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The REAL War Unfolding
in Our Nation Today
and Its Implications for Every Jesus Follower

The devil is real. He and I have crossed paths. More than once.

My very first encounter came one night in my freshman year of college, shortly after I found salvation in Christ. In my newly ignited faith, I was eager to start exploring hymns I had never sung before. So one evening, I slipped into a local church sanctuary near campus, sat down at the piano, and in the dim light of one lamp, I began working my way through a hymnal.

Suddenly, I was aware of a “darkness” surrounding me that was not physical—but seemed as real as though it were. A chill ran through my body. Goose bumps formed on my arms. My pulse raced. Something was “there” that felt malignant, evil, oppressive, ominous. It seemed to be hovering, drawing nearer, ready to attack. Ready to devour.

If only I knew then what I know now.

If only at that moment, I had known my Bible more thoroughly. Spiritual combat appears all through it. If only I had read some of the dozens of books I have now consumed on the topic of the “battle of the ages,” which finds its consummation in Jesus’ final, decisive engagement with the “Dark Powers” described in vivid, pictorial language in Revelation 19.

If only way back then, I already had sat under the teachings of biblical scholars, such Dr. David Schroeder (currently president of Pillar College in New Jersey), masterfully captured in his latest book, The Lion, the Church and the Warfare (Master Works/Equip Press).

If only I had known then what I know now about the issues surrounding what Christian leaders often term “engaging” in the battle of the ages. How that would have transformed my whole walk with Christ!

I would have dealt with that night quite differently. Instead, I bolted out of the building in a panic and was unable to sleep for the rest of the night!

For sure, knowing what I know now totally shapes how I interpret all of the conflicts arising in our nation today—and what I know to be the ONLY solution.

Here’s how YOU can start doing your own reconnaissance on the battle of the ages.

Fortunately, you can be more prepared to encounter the powers of darkness than I was. There are many resources to help you grasp what’s going on behind the scenes—far too many to mention here.

To help you, I have created many opportunities for Christians to gain from some of what I’ve discovered over decades of “reconnaissance” on the devil and his deadly schemes.

Here are just a couple of examples:

Check out this five-minute segment of The Christ Institute Video Series on how Christ reigns over the Dark Powers today here. Listen to my 30-minute discussion on “How Christ Reigns Over the Dark Powers” in my CHRIST TODAY podcast, episode 42.

But let me especially encourage you to dig into David Schroeder’s vital “battlefield manual,” designed to equip you to understand and deal with any moment like I experienced—or like what America is experiencing right now. It’s a great book.

I wrote the foreword to The Lion, the Church and the Warfare—so you can be sure I know how helpful it is. (Incidentally, the title is a takeoff of C. S. Lewis’s first volume of the famous Narnia series, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe—also about Christians engaged in spiritual warfare).

This 400-page volume is about a conflict of breathtaking cosmic proportions—unfolding at a magnitude no one really can fully grasp.

This book is about the sinister drama that embroils the entire human race—with huge implications for those of us in saving union with the Son of God, the Lion reigning on the Throne of heaven. That’s because the battle rages around him.

That is to say, this warfare—both its visible and invisible dimensions—is not about us. It is all about Christ.

I’ve been a witness to the cosmic conflict!

Since I had my first exposure to the enemy of our souls, I have witnessed many forms of this all-encompassing, life-and-death struggle across decades of worldwide travel into every stream of the Church.

At one end, I’ve seen its very personal manifestations (such as subtle demonic influences). But at another end, I’ve suffered its institutional expressions (such as at the hands of earthly regimes).

In some cases, these “principalities, powers, and rulers” in domains of darkness appear to hold sway territorially (like over a certain city or country). In other cases, they gain obvious footholds in the minds and morals of whole societies (inciting addiction to pornography, for example).

However, most surprising to many Christians are passages like 2 Corinthians 10 and 11 in which the Bible indicates that, more often than not, these deadly onslaughts take their toll inside our churches. This is where Satan erects his most strategic strongholds. They are found among God’s people, designed to diminish for us the glory of God’s Son, to rob us of the “purity of devotion” he deserves.

But here’s the good news: Books like David Schroeder’s make an invaluable contribution to believers by bringing together under one cover a distillation of solid biblical teaching and time-proven practical insights to empower Jesus followers to triumph in the fight. What he’s written is the best, most balanced volume on this critical subject I’ve ever read.


Here’s why this book strengthens me for the battle

To whet your appetite, here are just four of the key characteristics of The Lion, the Church and the Warfare that I’m grateful for.

The following four emphases are crucial to the victory for any of us who find the conflict descending upon us. If you take hold of these four dimensions, then you are on your way toward what Paul predicts in Romans 16—“crushing Satan under your feet.”

  1. It is HOPEFUL. Its chapters will convince you there’s every reason to be filled with eager anticipation about the glorious outcomes in this fight, both now and later. Right off the bat, in the preface, the author leaves no doubt about the victory awaiting us:
    The Commanding Officer, Jesus Christ, has enlisted His people, the Church, to be His infantry, the boots on the ground, provided them with His authority, and has already won the war through His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension.
  1. It is STRATEGIC. You’ll discover that the battle, and our crucial place in it, is part of a much grander eternal plan moving toward triumphant consummation–namely, to bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and earth (Ephesians 1:10)

Learn how Jesus is equipping his people to directly and effectively engage in the battle as he exercises divine authority through us.

The “End Game” of this plan (as David Schroeder titles his final chapter) is when Satan and all his minions are thoroughly destroyed so that the glory of Christ covers the earth as the waters cover the sea, never to be defied or diminished again.

  1. It is PRACTICAL. This book provides a treasury of helpful and proven suggestions for every reader, not only to enlighten us more fully to the scope of the cosmic conflict but also to enable us to fully and intelligently engage the enemy right where we live—and in doing so to contribute meaningfully to his ultimate downfall.

In fact, there’s a whole chapter describing the “boot camp” where, you may be surprised to learn, virtually every facet of Christian discipleship, seen from this “wartime” perspective, forms a solid, proactive assault on the devil “who’s like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5).

  1. Above all, it is CHRISTOLOGICAL. Finally, David Schroeder—out of his decades of ministry in the Church and in academic arenas throughout the world—is determined to make sure the reader understands how and why the combat, both in the heavenly realms and on the earth, is really all about Christ.

It is because of him. It is against him. It is won only through him and only for him.

He who right now leads believers across the globe in his ongoing victory parade (2 Corinthians 2:14) has already been assigned the supremacy in everything, including over all the hosts of evil (Colossians 1:18). He reigns today as our everlasting champion! Devils tremble and flee!

That’s why it’s so critical that all Jesus followers keep coming back to one great biblical doctrine—the ASCENSION of Christ. Schroeder writes:

central to God’s plan of redemption as was the resurrection of Christ, His ascension and enthronement in heaven are seen . . . to be the capstone of the victory as our Captain is placed well beyond the adversary’s access, from which He will orchestrate the final campaign.

Get ready to engage!

A number of Christian leaders believe our generation of Christians is being prepared to share in a massive acceleration of the gospel, both in America and among the nations, as a result of a broad-based “Christ Awakening” movement within the churches. They see this awakening as God’s masterstroke for defeating all of the enemy’s skirmishes across our nation right now.

If there’s any substance to this expectation—if the Holy Spirit truly is about to cause the whole Church to become wholly alive to the whole vision of the whole Christ—then we can be certain of this one thing:

Spiritual warfare, both local and cosmic, will unfold in full-throttled counterattacks against the advance of Jesus’ kingdom—assaults more ferocious than anything the Church may have yet known.

Before this battle accelerates any further, therefore, now is the hour for Christians to get ready to engage, for the glory of the supremacy of Christ.

Get this book. Thank God—literally—that he directed David Schroeder to write this guidebook for such a time as this.

Read it. Absorb it. Pray it. Get prepared for what is coming.

Then, stand at attention before our King, ready to fight and win for him. Be a part of the glorious siege of the gospel for the salvation of a generation.

NOTE: This blog originally posted on February 12, 2021. But its focus and content are more relevant now than when it was first published.

About the Author

Over the past 40 years, David Bryant has been defined by many as a “messenger of hope” and a “Christ proclaimer” to the Church throughout the world. Formerly a minister-at-large with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, president of Concerts of Prayer International (COPI), and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee, David now provides leadership to ChristNow.com and Proclaim Hope!, whose mission is to foster and serve Christ-awakening movements. Order his widely read books at DavidBryantBooks.com. Enjoy his regular CHRIST TODAY podcast.


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Meet Him Again

Start your day with a Christ-filled tweet!

Would you like to reshape how you see Jesus? How you enjoy him? How you live for him? How he ministers to others through you?

Believe it or not, one daily tweet that gives you a greater vision of Christ can deepen your entire relationship with him for the rest of that day!

Every day you can meet Jesus again—through the “Meet Him Again” Twitter resource from David Bryant and ChristNow.com.

Using just 280 characters for each daily tweet, David Bryant helps his Twitter followers gain fresh insights into the wonders of our Redeemer—snapshots of the glories of his supremacy that renew their walk with him.

Here’s one way it can do this for you

First, the moment you wake up in the morning, you’ll know that a brand-new tweet is waiting for you. Begin your day by reading it, maybe while you’re still sitting in bed. Then, reflect on it as you dress for the day. Finally, offer a brief prayer or praise in response to it as you head out the door.

But do more: Think back on that day’s tweet from time to time throughout the rest of the day—letting it soak into your heart. Invite the Holy Spirit to take you deeper into the realities it points you toward—beyond what a tweet’s 280 characters could ever capture.

As you fall asleep that night, rejoice one more time in how this insight has given you a little bit more of an encounter with the greatness of Jesus.

Over time, the “heavenly food” of the tweets will start to fill you up. Just think how much deeper your relationship with Christ could be a year from now after you’ve been spiritually nourished by the previous 365 tweets!

Join David Bryant on this exciting, unparalleled adventure with Twitter. Grow in a fresh vision of the greatness of God’s Son. Become more fully consumed by your love for him and who he is today!

We invite you to “Meet Him Again!” Sign up here today.

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“Can you give me samples of David’s tweets?”

You bet! Here are four tweets focused on truths about Jesus and LOVE:

  • MEET HIM AGAIN. For all eternity, LOVE has reigned supreme. Before anything was made—before there were any humans to forgive or reconcile or embrace—LOVE still existed. The Father LOVED his Son, and the Son LOVED his Father. Now YOU are wrapped in that love throughout this day.
  • MEET HIM AGAIN. In the Trinity, love is DYNAMIC, not static. The Father gives everything to BLESS the Son. The Son offers it all back to GLORIFY the Father. Their love is EXCHANGED and SUSTAINED by the Holy Spirit, who serves them both. Today YOU are bound to Jesus in that love.
  • MEET HIM AGAIN. The triune God never acts out of a NEED. He loves us in the fullness of the inherent, UNCONDITIONAL love of the Trinity. Today Christ is DRAWING you into the fullness of this triune love—undiluted and inexhaustible. Alive in Christ, you’re ALIVE in this LOVE.
  • MEET HIM AGAIN. Who ever loved us like JESUS loves us? Who ever GAVE UP as much as he? He LEFT the eternal, triune “Circle of Love” to become our only hope of salvation. “Rich as he was, he gave it all away for us—in one stroke, he became POOR, and we became RICH (2 Cor. 8).

Those are examples of what will land on your mobile device to help you begin each morning focused on the wonders of Jesus—to help you meet him, again and again, every single day. Start today!


About the Author

Over the past 40 years, David Bryant has been defined by many as a “messenger of hope” and a “Christ proclaimer” to the Church throughout the world. Formerly a minister-at-large with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, president of Concerts of Prayer International (COPI), and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee, David now provides leadership to ChristNow.com and Proclaim Hope!, whose mission is to foster and serve Christ-awakening movements. Order his widely read books at DavidBryantBooks.com. Enjoy his regular CHRIST TODAY podcast.


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FULLY ALIVE TO THE GLORY OF CHRIST

What makes “Great Awakenings”
extraordinary seasons of “Christ Awakenings”?

David Bryant

Death Valley is an expansive desert in California, known as the lowest, driest, and hottest location in all of North America. It is a barren, desolate place that holds the record for the highest recorded temperature in the Western Hemisphere—a mere 134 degrees Fahrenheit!

Death is obviously a fitting description. Not much survives in Death Valley, whether vegetation or any human life exposed to the elements. But that doesn’t necessarily mean life is not possible.

In 2005, a rare wet winter deposited six inches of rain into the cracks of the rock-hard valley floor. In the spring, this lifeless desert blossomed with abundant and gorgeous flowers that had not been seen in 11 years! Suddenly, dormant seeds, sitting underneath the soil for years and barely hanging on to life, were awakened when saturated with life-giving rain. The desert was alive, much like the promise of Isaiah 44:3-4:

For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.

This is a picture of a Christ Awakening—when God’s Spirit so totally saturates God’s people with God’s Word about God’s Son that they become wholly alive to the whole vision of the whole glory of Christ.

Many today are sensing that such an extraordinary season is just ahead of us—even in what may be one of our nation’s darkest hours. Some Christian leaders have formed a coalition called the Great Awakening Project or GAP. In addition, millions of others have been praying for God’s exceptional work of revival and spiritual revolution for many years now—for a Great Awakening.

So, when it comes about, what can we expect? Is there more to a “Great Awakening” than meets the eye? Let’s see.

Awakenings:
Looking back or looking forward?

Awakenings, interestingly enough, are experiences shared by saints in both the Old and New Testaments. There was a difference, however, in how the experiences played out in those two eras.

In the Old Testament, the reviving of Israel was usually characterized by A LOOK BACK, as the nation sought to return to previous high-water marks in Israel’s religious pilgrimage. Note how Elijah on Mount Carmel challenged Israel to return to days of spiritual faithfulness before Baal worship had taken over (1 Kings 18). Or recall how Hezekiah refurbished the timeworn temple and reinstituted the ancient Passover tradition, shaping the revival that emerged under his watch.

In the New Testament, however, Christ-focused renewal is characterized much more as A LOOK FORWARD. It is unleashed for fresh extensions of Christ’s reign among his people and into the world. Consider the prayer meeting of Acts 4—what they prayed, how God answered, and the aftermath in the succeeding stories of missionary advance. All of it was looking forward

In a Christ-dominated revival, the Holy Spirit increases vision for what’s ahead. He deepens our yearnings for greater approximations in our generation of the culmination of the Kingdom yet to be fulfilled.

In New Testament-style awakenings, Christians are aroused to a reality of Christ’s presence and power already theirs but currently overlooked and unengaged. They are summoned not only to recapture their first love for Christ (Revelation 2) but also to discover a passion for him that surpasses whatever they have known before (Ephesians 3). Reawakening us to greater dimensions of his glory, New Testament revival is ultimately about recovering and enlarging our hope in Christ.

That’s why, as Jonathan Edwards (pastor/scholar of the 1700s) observed, revival is arguably the most dramatic display of Jesus’ lordship in the present age. In no way depreciating God’s ordinary work with us on a daily basis, revival is an exceptional season of his extraordinary work among us.

In other words, God infuses his Church with fresh hope, passion, prayer, and mission by refocusing us on Christ for all he really is. In such a spiritual transformation, Christians are reintroduced to and re-captivated by the supremacy of Christ—all of this being the primary mandate of the Spirit of Christ in our lives. 

That’s why my favorite term for this phenomenon is a “Christ Awakening.”

A Christ Awakening is not some scheduled program on a church calendar. When God reenergizes a community of Jesus followers, he intends to unleash kingdom results that last many years. 

Scholars’ research verifies that following each of the four so-called “Great Awakenings” in American history (early 1700s, late 1700s, mid-1800s, early 1900s), decades of documented reformations took place both in churches and in society.

In other words, God gave his people “fresh winds” not simply to fire up enthusiasm for spiritual things but also to further extend the reign of his Son within communities and nations through his Church.

What happens when Christ’s reign
breaks in through “Great Awakenings”?

Here’s one story to demonstrate how revival can impact a whole nation for Christ’s kingdom.

At the close of the 20th century, a wonderful move of God came to the beleaguered nation of Uganda. Once known as the “jewel of Africa,” this beautiful land had become devastated physically and spiritually by multiple oppressive regimes headed by diabolical dictators. Economically, Africa’s breadbasket had become its worst “basket case.” Most distressing, tens of thousands of Christians were martyred for their faith, many by unspeakable tortures.

As a result, in the late 1990s, hundreds of thousands in the churches began to cry out to God for a spiritual awakening in their land. The believers grappled with the need for soul-searching repentance inside the Church. They confessed all the ways they were actually complicit in God’s judgments on Uganda as a whole. Broken in spirit, they pled for his mercy.

Finally, God answered their cries. Joyous confidence about Christ’s kingdom reignited their churches. Passion for the Promise-Giver once again filled thousands of congregations large and small.

But this was just the beginning of revival. At the same time, ungodly strongmen were unexpectedly expelled. Corrupt structures of oppression were decisively dismantled. Political and religious prisoners were set free, and persecution of the Church came to an end. A devoutly righteous Christian leader became Uganda’s president. As his first official act, he publicly rededicated the entire nation to Jesus Christ as its Lord!

Following that, to the amazement of all, significant economic recovery began. Far more importantly, a nationwide commitment to sexual abstinence turned back the plague of AIDS in this nation, once known for the largest epidemic in Africa. It rendered Uganda the country with the least threat of AIDS—all in just one decade! 

Furthermore, some of the largest churches in Africa can now be found there, with one in Kampala growing from a few hundred members to nearly 15,000 in five years. Fasting and prayer are a way of life for Ugandan Christians as they seek even deeper manifestations of Christ’s reign in their generation.

Not just survival. More than revival.
Rather, it is a matter of ARRIVAL!

My good friend, Steve Hawthorne, founder of Waymakers, suggests revival ought to be renamed ARRIVAL. What does he mean? In a Christ Awakening, it is as if Christ “shows up” in his Church afresh—in power—to begin to recapture us and reconquer us.

Isaiah 60 suggests that God’s glory was already breaking over Israel like a sunrise, exposing many dimensions of his kingdom’s purposes to them. What they needed to do was “rise and shine” and seize the day.

That’s why biblical texts frequently use the motif of encounter to describe spiritual renewal. We find this in Isaiah’s picture of a future when God will rend the heavens like a garment, visibly descending like a fire upon saints and nations alike (Isaiah 64).

The Puritans coined a great phrase to define the “arrival” experience. They called such seasons “the manifest presence of Christ.” Here is how they reasoned: 

First, they said, there is Christ’s essential presence. That is, Christ is present everywhere all the time. He is unavoidable. He’s there even when we ignore him or marginalize him in our daily lives. “Look, I am with you always until the end of this age” (Matthew 28).

Second, they also talked about Christ’s cultivated presence. Christians can choose to enrich their sense of fellowship with him as they abide in him day by day, faithfully obeying him. We can cultivate a deeper knowledge of the Lord through Bible study and prayer, for example. As we do, Christ shows himself to be much more present in our lives than we had realized. John 15 promises this where Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. If you abide in me, I will abide in you.”

However, the manifest presence of Christ is something else altogether. This was the Puritans’ term for those “exceptional seasons of God’s extraordinary work” when the Father reveals the spectacular supremacy and saving reign of his Son to a new generation of his people. Furthermore, he does so in such dramatic fashion that it almost seems as if Christ has been hiding from us until that moment—as if he had gone away on a journey. Then suddenly, he reinserts himself among us. He arrives, in other words.

That’s why I’ve renamed revival as a “Christ awakening movement.” Such an intervention among God’s people feels sort of like we have fallen asleep on Jesus and are suddenly waking up to all we have missed. Like greeting the sunrise, we come alive to God’s Son for ALL he is, doing so not only individually but also corporately, not only in a single moment but for a season. Ultimately, such a Christ-focused quickening becomes a movement with a wide-reaching impact on society as well as among the nations.

A Christ Awakening is like a coronation

One could almost say that revival is like a coronation. In other words, it leads believers to reaffirm their wholehearted devotion to the Lamb who sits on the throne (Rev. 5). It reconnects them to his marching orders as their King. It serves as a powerful sign of the sovereignty of Christ over all things—over each of us. 

Basically, the renewing reality of a Christ Awakening could be defined as a “Royal Revelation.” In other words, Jesus reveals himself so fully to his people as King of kings and Lord of lords that it makes us want to commit daily to what many Christians sing on a Sunday: 

Crown him with many crowns,

the Lamb upon his throne.

Hark! How the heavenly anthem

drowns all music but its own.

AWAKE, MY SOUL! And sing

of him who died for thee.

And HAIL HIM as thy matchless King

through all eternity.

The fact is that one cannot think rightly about revival at all if one does not think rightly about the ascended glory of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. He is the criterion by which we measure both revival’s legitimacy and its impact. The “Final Revival”—the Consummation—will culminate from fresh inbreakings of Christ’s sovereign dominion before every creature in heaven and earth.

But until that grand climax of the ages, our Redeemer intends to continue invading his Church, extending his lordship among us, regaining the praise he rightfully deserves, and enlarging his mission and saving reign through us among all earth’s peoples.

Jonathan Edwards was on target. He defined “revival” as the most exciting expression of Christ’s supremacy any Christian can experience until Jesus comes again. Such a “great awakening” is prior and primary. It is the prelude to all other manifestations of Christ’s reign for, in, and through his people in any generation.

The time has come!

Many—like the leaders who make up GAP (Great Awakening Project)—believe a gracious, mighty “Christ Awakening” is bearing down on top of us even now in answer to today’s unprecedented global prayer movement. May it be so!

Would you like to know more about why there’s such a rising expectation for many? Read my blog post “The Hope at Hand: The Answer to All Our Prayers Is Drawing Near.” You can find it HERE.

Or you might try the latest CHRIST TODAY Podcast series titled “Unshakable Hope in God’s Son—for America and for YOU!” In the series, I introduce you to seven “confidence builders” that will reinforce your trust in God’s promises—for individual believers as well as for a whole nation. Download it for free HERE.


About the Author

Over the past 40 years, David Bryant has been defined by many as a “messenger of hope” and a “Christ proclaimer” to the Church throughout the world. Formerly a minister-at-large with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, president of Concerts of Prayer International (COPI), and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee, David now provides leadership to ChristNow.com and Proclaim Hope!, whose mission is to foster and serve Christ-awakening movements. Order his widely read books at DavidBryantBooks.com. Enjoy his regular CHRIST TODAY podcast.


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Join in This Prayer for the Outpouring of Christ Upon America

An Introductory Word from Steve Hall

For the past 35 years, I have been earnestly praying like what you are about to read here. It’s a prayer for the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ to be poured out upon the Church in America—a prayer for revival—a prayer for a nationwide “Christ Awakening.” Many believers have joined me in this—increasingly so as we experience more and more desperate conditions in our churches and our country as well as among the nations.

I’m profoundly impacted when I try to imagine the answers to this prayer. I imagine Christ’s limitless love, power, healing, freedom, righteousness, mercy, and grace—all that He is today—being poured upon every aspect of my life, family, church, neighborhood, city, state, and nation.

Imagine ALL of who Jesus is being poured out on believers and unbelievers as well as upon all the challenges we are facing across America in this hour. Remarkable. Unprecedented. Revolutionary. Everything is beginning to move in a Christward direction.

A host of Jesus followers are currently praying with this same vision. We are joined with the Spirit and the Bride as they are praying in Revelation 22:20, “Come, Lord Jesus.” As Isaiah 64 puts it, we’re praying that our Lord Jesus “would rend the heavens and come down” upon us all—right now. We are praying for the fullest possible manifestation of the reign of Christ upon this generation.

I’ve written this “starter” prayer to the Father so you can join with us. You’ll see I use a group of “R” words that seem to work together well to capture much of the key agenda believers across the land are praying about and hungering for today.

Feel free to use this tool however the Spirit directs you. Pray it often by yourself. Pray it with others, perhaps in a small group or at a Sunday worship service. This is our desire:

Oh, may our Lord Jesus Christ
rend the heavens and come down upon us
in whole new ways
in saving, transforming, life-giving power—
ASAP!

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“COME, LORD JESUS”

(Rev. 22:20)

A Prayer for the Outpouring of
Christ Upon America

Dear Father,

We REJOICE, believing unconditionally that the Lord Jesus Christ is the fullness of the Godhead and of ALL Scripture. He is the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of all heaven and earth. He is Lord of ALL! In Him is all LIFE, LIGHT, and HOPE. All hail King Jesus!

We REPENT that we have failed to continually exalt Christ’s unlimited supremacy and to reckon that every part of our lives and of those around us exists under His authority and loving purposes. We have failed to make Him our supreme love. We have become unresponsive to the vast hope we have in Jesus. We have lived lives that are incompatible with who He is and what His kingdom is all about. Please create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us. Please bring us back to Christ for ALL He is.

We RESIST all the ways the powers of darkness have been keeping believers from seeing the glorious wonders of Christ and all He offers—and hinders them from living victoriously in His strength and power. Please cover us with the blood of Jesus as You deliver us from the evil one. Help us to put on Your full armor and to stand firmly against all the devil’s schemes that are hostile to the reign of Jesus and the followers of Jesus.

We REQUEST an outpouring of Christ upon us and upon EVERY BELIEVER across our nation. REVEAL His fullness to us so we will become fully awakened to Him. REVIVE our love for Him, our devotion to Him, and our witness of His gospel to the world. Oh, how we need to be intimately following the Good Shepherd—only in Him will we never want. Consume us in Him as our preeminent “Hope of glory.”

We also REQUEST an outpouring of Jesus Christ’s risen, reigning, revolutionary life upon our WHOLE NATION—upon all men, women, young people, and children of all ethnicities among all citizens and immigrants—confronting all the spiritual challenges America faces today. RELEASE the whole reign of the whole Jesus upon ALL our people. May He be their Way and their Truth and their Life! REFORM (transform) them by the renewing of their minds. REDEEM them out of the kingdom of darkness into Christ’s glorious light. May His righteousness exalt our nation!

We RECOMMIT ourselves to living in the fullness of the life of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and to urging other believers to live for and pray for a sweeping Christ Awakening throughout our nation. Please put an unquenchable flame for Christ in all of us—no holding back, no turning back—consumed in Him and poured out for Him.

For His kingdom and power and glory, now and forever, we pray:

COME, LORD JESUS!

Amen.

 


About the Author

Steve Hall is an ordained pastor and represents International Renewal Ministries in Washington State and the Philippines. His consuming passion for more than 40 years has been to know Christ all he possibly can and to help other Christian leaders grow in their awe and love of Him by constantly encouraging them to live in Christ’s supremacy and to unite in seeking Him. Steve wrote a daily devotional book called I Want to Know More of Christ. It is based upon 365 names or attributes of Christ to help readers worship and love Christ more and surrender themselves completely to Him. If you want to talk about Christ’s greatness, please contact Steve anytime at stevehall_irm@msn.com.

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How Does God Answer My Prayers?
In THREE WAYS—and Always for Jesus’ Glory

Do you know that biblical praying is most of all a “spectator sport“? What do I mean?  

Well, have you ever kept a prayer journal? Many Jesus followers do.

A prayer journal is where you write the prayers you offer each day, entering them in the left-hand column. Then, when the answers come, you record the date and how God answered in the right-hand column.

In other words, once you’ve put your requests before the throne of heaven in the name of the King of heaven, for all practical purposes, it is out of your hands. The Father must make the next move. Of course, we might continue to remind him—to persevere in a specific prayer. But essentially, we have to assume the role of a spectator, watching and waiting and learning as the Triune God goes into action—and then coming back to him with thanksgiving and praise.

But does every prayer we offer finally get answered? If it is true to Scripture, if it is based on God’s promises to us and sealed in our Savior, and if it is made above all to exalt Jesus’ name, spread his fame, extend his reign, increase his gain, and ratify his claim—then, absolutely YES!—God will answer your petition.

ALL such prayers WILL be answered. They will be answered in at least two and often three different ways.

Let me show you how. These insights can turn your prayer life into an adventure in your walk with Christ today. Enjoy one of my latest, 35-minute CHRIST TODAY Podcast episodes:

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About the Author

Over the past 40 years, David Bryant has been defined by many as a “messenger of hope” and a “Christ proclaimer” to the Church throughout the world. Formerly a minister-at-large with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, president of Concerts of Prayer International (COPI), and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee, David now provides leadership to ChristNow.com and Proclaim Hope!, whose mission is to foster and serve Christ-awakening movements. Order his widely read books at DavidBryantBooks.com. Enjoy his regular CHRIST TODAY podcast.


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Let’s Create a “Christward Culture”!
It’s the Ultimate Hope of America.
It’s the Mission of ChristNow.com.

David Bryant

This past week, David French, the bold and thoroughly evangelical social/political commentator and TIME magazine columnist, took a fresh look at crises rising inside the Church in America.

In his essay titled “Character Is Destiny,” I noted especially the words at the end of his opening paragraph, in which he wrote about the Southern Baptists, the largest Protestant denomination in the US:

Their divisions reflect the divisions in the broader Evangelical church. Their culture reflects the culture of the church. And the culture of the church continues to shape the culture of this nation. 

Cultures reshaping cultures

Now let’s imagine those three sentences reversed. Let’s imagine that French reports the opposite instead—so that later this summer his column might read:

By reawakening to the greatness and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and by giving him his rightful place in their life together, the Southern Baptists (as the largest Protestant denomination in the US) have set in motion a whole new trajectory for the entire evangelical movement. 

In doing so, this radical recalculation has begun to significantly change the overall culture inside much of the Body of Christ. In turn, this is starting to transform the culture—spiritually, morally, socially, politically—of the entire nation.

Increasingly, it appears, everything—inside the Church and therefore in the life of our country as a whole—is moving consistently, more and more, in a Christward direction.

THAT, in fact, is the outcome I’ve held fast to all these years as I’ve called for and taught about and resourced an emerging “nationwide Christ Awakening movement.”

THAT kind of spiritual revolution, fervently focused on the person and reign of God’s dear Son, is really the only true hope America has left to it today—whether such a reformation begins with Baptists or Pentecostals or any other group of believers. 

THAT is the vision that has driven me all these years—especially as we founded ChristNow.com. Our whole existence is to empower such a movement to arise and spread.

As if it were already done

Even now, I can clearly envision such a movement unfolding—one that is thoroughly grounded in Scripture, in a biblical Christology, and in the promises of God fulfilled in Christ Jesus.

To be candid with you, as I’ve openly confessed over the decades, in my spirit I can actually “see” this nationwide Christ Awakening movement AS IF it were already here.

Such a mighty, Christ-exalting reshaping of the Church’s culture is as real to me at this very moment as the keyboard on which I’m typing. I believe this certainty is a gift from the Holy Spirit to keep me focused and pressing forward in all my efforts to foster such a phenomenon.

That is why this month, in the face of financial threats to continued existence of ChristNow.com, I’ve been praying daily regarding the future of our ministry using this simple, threefold prayer—lifting it to heaven with all my heart and soul. Others are praying too. 

Never die.
(A prayer for ChristNow to keep on going and growing)

Full supply.
(A prayer for financial underwriting to ensure that we can
complete ChristNow’s mission for the cause of Christ)

Open wide.
(A prayer to uncover every possible opportunity
to take Christ Now’s digital ministry
into every cell of the Body of Christ)

I’m praying this as if our future depends on it—because it does.

But even more importantly, I’m praying this because I believe that to some degree our mission impinges on the future of America. Let me explain.

Christ is destiny

About two-thirds of the way through his analysis, French suggests that the hope for the renewal of the Southern Baptists—or any church fellowship, for that matter—is to recognize that in the end, “character is destiny.” French writes:

And to compound the challenges facing the SBC, it’s in the midst of a long-term membership decline. It’s lost 2.3 million members since 2006, including more than 435,000 last year alone [emphasis added]. Watching the drama unfold, three words come to mind for me: Character is destiny.

I fully agree, except, for the moment, I would substitute “character” with the word “CHRIST.”

Why? Bottom line, for now and for eternity, it is Christ who defines our destiny. He is our only destiny—individually and as the people of God. Who we are, where we’re headed, how we get there, and what we accomplish of any value along the way—ALL of it is encompassed in him. 

Therefore, how we respond to Christ, one way or another, determines destiny—not just for unbelievers, but even more so for every believer as well as for the Body of Christ in any specific generation. 

Of course, this does relate to character—because what we do with Christ truly shapes the character of a believer or a company of Jesus followers or a whole denomination. In that sense, then, we could say:

Christ is and forms our destiny. Becoming
Christlike in character is part of our destiny.

To say it another way: Both Christ and Christlike character shape the destiny of any nation—including America—in which the Body of Christ resides. As Christians manifest his praise, share his gospel, serve his kingdom, and become more like him, we profoundly shape the culture inside our congregations and then among our fellow citizens. 

In desperate need of such a “Christward culture”

At the end of the day, what the Church in America as a whole is in desperate need of—what a God-given Christ Awakening movement promises to unleash within us—is a way of life that we might call a “Christ culture.” 

Or maybe better still: “A Christward culture.

A “Christward culture” is one in which everything we exhibit as believers in worship, preaching, teaching, discipling, ministry to the poor, serving one another with our spiritual gifts, raising a family, by our involvement in the community or the marketplace or the political arena, plus all our efforts in evangelism and missions—everything we do and say as believers—should be measured by one overriding standard: 

How well our efforts
move us and others around us
toward the glorious person, the saving power,
and the redeeming reign of the Lord Jesus Christ—
as well as toward new ways of
discovering and entering into
more and more of ALL he is and all he gives.

Like Paul tells us in Colossians 3:

Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God . . . And, whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

You could almost call that approach “fanatical”! That is, we’re becoming fanatically wrapped up in Jesus! Paul is calling us to be “Christward” with all our heart and mind and soul and strength.

This should come as no surprise to his followers, however. After all, such fanaticism will mark the consummation of the age and all ages to come. We read, for example, in Ephesians 1:10: “And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.” In other words, the entire creation will forever move “Christward.” Fervency is also our destiny!

This is precisely why ChristNow.com exists.

It is for this mission—to help shape a Christward culture among his people—that God has raised up CHRIST NOW.

By using every tool, every platform, every delivery system available to us in the digital space, our team’s goal is to penetrate every cell in the Body of Christ with fresh vision and passion ignited by the wonders of the greatness and glory of God’s Son today.

In other words, we’re seeking to help nurture a Christward culture in every believer and every church in America—and nothing less.

By the way, the potential for doing so is unlimited—not only for achieving this grand goal but for doing so sooner than later. 

Specifically, we’re prepared to accelerate our mission by posting an invitation to join our Christ Awakening movement—to begin exploring with us a Christward culture—on every single Facebook page of an estimated thirty million Christian Facebook followers in America before the end of 2021. 

The fact is this: If WE don’t do it, probably no one else will.

That’s because there is simply no other ministry in the digital world that has taken this on as their exclusive calling—none that offers the themes, the varieties, and the impact of all the resources and social media found at ChristNow.com—all given to God’s people everywhere for free.

Pray for us. Our very survival, financially speaking, is at stake this summer.

But please, don’t let your prayers be simply for us to survive. Call upon the Father to cause us to THRIVE—that we might fulfill our destiny in Christ.

This challenge also means that your online donations of any size will make a huge difference this month. So, please pray about that too. You can donate here.

A Christward culture: one biblical snapshot

Let me end by paraphrasing and combining Habakkuk 2:14 with 2 Corinthians 4:6. It’s a snapshot of what a Christward culture could look like if it were prevailing among us right now:

For America shall be covered
with the knowledge of the glory of God
like the waters cover the seas—
when the God who brought light out of darkness
shines into the hearts of his people
in powerful new ways
to saturate us with a vision of what his glory is all about
by reintroducing us to Jesus Christ
as if we were meeting him face-to-face.

Just try to imagine THAT!


To read more of David’s vision for a nationwide Christ Awakening movement in America, read his message to 300 pastors in New York City:

The Hope at Hand:
The Ultimate Answer to All of Our Prayers
Is Drawing Near

Access it here.


About the Author

Over the past 40 years, David Bryant has been defined by many as a “messenger of hope” and a “Christ proclaimer” to the Church throughout the world. Formerly a minister-at-large with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, president of Concerts of Prayer International (COPI), and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee, David now provides leadership to ChristNow.com and Proclaim Hope!, whose mission is to foster and serve Christ-awakening movements. Order his widely read books at DavidBryantBooks.com. Enjoy his regular CHRIST TODAY podcast.


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Here’s a free, simple, but exciting tool to help you express your love and devotion to the Lord Jesus during

Ten Days of Praise!

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
(Revelation 5)

One day soon, one way or another, all Jesus followers will find themselves included in the awesome scene described in Revelation 5, proclaiming the praises of the Lamb of God!

Why not get started now! Here is a powerful tool, probably unlike anything you’ve ever used before, designed to help you express your passion for God’s Son in new ways for the next ten days.

Created by my dear friend Steve Hawthorne, founder of Waymakers, this booklet will take you on an adventure in worship that will transform each day for you in unexpected ways while deepening your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ for the rest of your life.

And it is free to you!

Why not at least take a look! Thousands have been blessed by it already. You might want to share it with your friends at church or in your Bible study group or post the link on your Facebook page so others can enjoy their own Ten Days of Praise!

Access it here.
David Bryant

P.S. Originally, the tool was designed for use during the ten days between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday. But, as you’ll discover, its themes should be our focus all year through.

P.P.S.  After these ten days, continue the joy of praising the Savior by visiting the CHRIST NOW worship page hereIt is bursting with great worship videos focused exclusively on the wonders of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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About the Author

Over the past 40 years, David Bryant has been defined by many as a “messenger of hope” and a “Christ proclaimer” to the Church throughout the world. Formerly a minister-at-large with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, president of Concerts of Prayer International (COPI), and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee, David now provides leadership to ChristNow.com and Proclaim Hope!, whose mission is to foster and serve Christ-awakening movements. Order his widely read books at DavidBryantBooks.com. Enjoy his regular CHRIST TODAY podcast.


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“The Most Hopeful Sign Of Our Times!” https://christnow.com/christ-today-the-most-hopeful-sign-of-our-times/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=christ-today-the-most-hopeful-sign-of-our-times https://christnow.com/christ-today-the-most-hopeful-sign-of-our-times/#respond Fri, 04 Jun 2021 02:00:14 +0000 https://christnow.com/?p=18541 There’s Distinctive Praying All Across Our Nation: “It’s the Most Hopeful Sign Of Our Times! The evangelical historian Dr. J. Edwin Orr earned three Ph.Ds in the study of Christ Awakenings of the past. After nearly sixty years of research, one of his major conclusions came down to this: Whenever God is ready to do something new with his people, […]

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There’s Distinctive Praying All Across Our Nation:
“It’s the Most Hopeful Sign Of Our Times!

The evangelical historian Dr. J. Edwin Orr earned three Ph.Ds in the study of Christ Awakenings of the past. After nearly sixty years of research, one of his major conclusions came down to this:

Whenever God is ready to do something new with his people, he always begins by setting them to prayer.

Today, nationally and internationally, we are witnessing a prayer movement among God’s people unprecedented in history—in terms of the millions involved, in terms of its focus on a Christ Awakening and the global advance of his Kingdom, and in terms of its unity and intensity.

Truly, it IS distinctive! Just as prayer is a gift of God (as Dr. Orr observed), even so, this prayer movement is an extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit. Surely, God is not stirring up his people to pray large prayers for the spreading of the reign and fame of his Son without intending to answer the very prayers he has ignited!

This is the most hopeful sign of our times! In this CHRIST TODAY Podcast episode, I want to tell you all about it.

Listen and be inspired!

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About the Author

Over the past 40 years, David Bryant has been defined by many as a “messenger of hope” and a “Christ proclaimer” to the Church throughout the world. Formerly a minister-at-large with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, president of Concerts of Prayer International (COPI), and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee, David now provides leadership to ChristNow.com and Proclaim Hope!, whose mission is to foster and serve Christ-awakening movements. Order his widely read books at DavidBryantBooks.com. Enjoy his regular CHRIST TODAY podcast.


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Our Disturbing Paralysis: When And How Christ’s Reign Frees Us!

So many Christians today are overwhelmed and overloaded as they try to live for the glory of Christ. The immensity and complexity and urgency of the challenges that come at us from all around us end up paralyzing us emotionally and spiritually.

At times it seems as if we’re on the verge of collapse—both individually and together as God’s people.

We find ourselves weary in the work of Christ because we have become overextended, overcommitted, overloaded. We know there’s a desperate need for a fresh encounter with our risen, reigning, renewing Redeemer. We need to be set free by him and for him—by his power and by his presence. The Spirit must bring us into a genuine “Christ Awakening.”

However, the real culprits in our failure to live victoriously in Christ may actually be coming from places we have not suspected—the very handicaps from which a Christ Awakening liberates us, namely:

  • Our predisposition toward the status quo
  • Our predisposition toward idolatry
  • Our predisposition to ignore Satanic strongholds

Thankfully, God loves his people—he loves YOU—too much to leave us in this condition.

More than that, God loves his Son too much to leave us in this condition—where we are seriously crippled in our ability to know him and grow in him for all he is. The Father intends to set us free for JESUS’ SAKE most of all!

The current series of the CHRIST TODAY Podcast is titled
“UNSHAKABLE HOPE in God’s Son—for AMERICA and for YOU!

In this episode, I share with you some thoughts on the fourth “confidence builder.” There are seven of them, designed to fortify your hope in Christ.

Discover how your current struggles with spiritual paralysis should actually cause your confidence in God’s promises—fulfilled through your reigning Savior—to become stronger and bolder than ever. Join me!

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About the Author

Over the past 40 years, David Bryant has been defined by many as a “messenger of hope” and a “Christ proclaimer” to the Church throughout the world. Formerly a minister-at-large with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, president of Concerts of Prayer International (COPI), and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee, David now provides leadership to ChristNow.com and Proclaim Hope!, whose mission is to foster and serve Christ-awakening movements. Order his widely read books at DavidBryantBooks.com. Enjoy his regular CHRIST TODAY podcast.


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What Makes Your Hope In Christ So POTENT

Henri Nouwen, priest, professor, author, and minister to the disabled, teaches in his book With Open Hands that there are three requirements of those who hope in Christ

  1. We must constantly assume that with Jesus, there is always something new about to happen.
  1. We must remain ever vigilant to Jesus as he continues to take us where we’ve never gone before.
  1. We must willingly dare to take on any “risks” related to whatever Jesus does with us and wherever he takes us.

In other words, because they revolve around his Son, God’s marvelous purposes and promises—for each of us individually as well as for creation as a whole—are nothing short of POTENT.

They are life-renewing, life-reforming, life-redirecting. No doubts about that!

That’s why we must never give way to feelings that might lead us to believe the conditions of the world—or of our particular set of circumstances—are beyond the power of the reigning Son of God to overcome in triumph.

If the hope we cling to seems momentarily beyond fulfillment, the remedy for us is to contemplate more closely the authority and gracious activity of the Savior.

Because Jesus is decisive in the culmination of all of God’s plans, we must focus on him as decisive in the outcomes of all of our plans, as well.

As Paul reminded Titus, our grand, glorious, and blessed hope is this:

the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness
and to purify for himself a people that are his very own,
eager to do what is good. (2:13-14)

In this week’s CHRIST TODAY Podcast, episode 236, I share with you just how potent our hope in the Lord Jesus Christ really is and the unparalleled role he plays in the day-to-day fulfillment of every good purpose the Father intends for your life and mine. Join me!

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About the Author

Over the past 40 years, David Bryant has been defined by many as a “messenger of hope” and a “Christ proclaimer” to the Church throughout the world. Formerly a minister-at-large with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, president of Concerts of Prayer International (COPI), and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee, David now provides leadership to ChristNow.com and Proclaim Hope!, whose mission is to foster and serve Christ-awakening movements. Order his widely read books at DavidBryantBooks.com. Enjoy his regular CHRIST TODAY podcast.


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