2017 – A year to RESET!
I was told that one second was added to the World Clock at the end of 2016 in order to reset it for 2017. A “one-second” adjustment was needed to reset a completely New Year. Oftentimes, our perspective or vision is in need of one small reset. We can become familiar with the people that God has placed around us, overlooking the divine appointments and encounters that “could” be taking place throughout our time of connection. As the example of the tiny reset of the clock, if we don’t receive those internal “resets” familiarity can accumulate over time putting our passion and love for people behind schedule.
2017 can be a significant year of breakthrough where our witness and impact with the people assigned to us can function at an optimum, maximum level expanding the Kingdom and advancing the Gospel. Wherever lives are being transformed by the love of Jesus, there is the leading edge of the Kingdom!
Acts 1:8 the Living Bible translation reads, “But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about me with great effect, to the people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, about my death and resurrection.”
We ask the Lord to send down more of the Holy Spirit, but in actuality God wants us to live our lives in such a way that the Spirit is released through us in a greater demonstration.
We’re asking God to send down what He wants to send out. It’s not about more of God coming down from Heaven; it’s about more of God coming out of His people and being visibly manifested in our cities, nation and the nations of the earth.
If you were to receive a reset today–right now–how differently would you view the city that you have been called to? The nation? The nation that God has laid upon your heart?
Lord, would you reset any place of familiarity and stagnation that is within our hearts? Reset our love, passion, and mission for those you placed all around us. May 2017 be the year of divine reset!
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In 2017, Foursquare Missions International will be resetting their focus for the great nation of North Africa!
North Africa is as dry spiritually as its large swathes of inhospitable desert. In this region, there are just a handful of believers. Islam dominates, conversion is widely illegal, and missionary activity requires courage and caution. Yet, even in the face of persecution and political instability, there are ministry cases through which Foursquare leaders believe God can bring a long-awaited harvest. Sam Johnson appeals for prayer for this unreached, overlooked part of the world for which he leads efforts as Foursquare Mission International’s (FMI) area missionary for MENACA—the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.
FMI’s North Africa region comprises Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia—collectively the area known as Maghreb, Arabic for “sunset”—and Egypt. 91.2 million people. It is 99.6 percent Muslim, 0.3 percent Christian and 0.1 percent evangelical. A one-time stronghold of the faith, it was home to church fathers such as Athanasius, Augustine, Cyprian, and Tertullian. A very small indigenous evangelical church persists. ISIS seeks to extend its draconian influence.
Opportunities for the gospel exist through “business as missions” initiatives, plus discipleship of refugees. Send workers from Central and South America, culturally closer and likely to face less suspicion and hostility than less-welcome “Westerners.” FMI is working to establish a new Foursquare presence in one North African country in 2017. Pray for new believers to safely maintain Jesus-centered relationships with their families, who typically reject and may harm those who turn from Islam.
Would you consider partnering and joining with FMI in reaching North Africa? Find out more by visiting: http://www.foursquare.org/missions