Proverbs 14:34 declares that, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."
I have spent the last several weeks on the road preaching in various settings in America. Due to the coronavirus, my international travel, along with that of many others, has been halted. The result has been what feels like a forced experience that has caused a deeper burden for America (my own nation). This burden seems to only increase as so many things are playing out during this season of our history.
I have been blessed by the Lord to be actively involved in ministry now for several years, 34 to be exact. During this time, I have been fortunate to experience many levels of God's glory, love, holiness and burden.
I have also been extremely blessed to be a part of a genuine outpouring, (The Brownsville Revival) in Pensacola, Florida that could have only been birthed by the Spirit of God. The fruit of this revival continues to amaze me.
I take none of my past history for granted, and I am fully aware of the fact that Jesus used every experience for His purposes by allowing me to be more and more forged into His eternal destiny for my life!
However, in recent months as I have traveled and ministered in America, something much deeper has been taken place in my spirit. It is as if a supernatural and divine pressure has come upon me, which in turn has brought me into a sense of urgency and desperation for Jesus like I have never known before.
On one level my heart remains broken over the condition of a dying world, as well as for an apathetic, sinful church age. Despite the reality and continuance of this brokenness, there is something divine that is prompting me as never before to walk in, believe for and do the supernatural works of Jesus in this generation and in my nation.
This is by no means a call to be a popular, desired preacher as we have more of them than we need, to say the least. This pressing that I am experiencing is a mandate from God to expend myself as never before in order to bring Jesus glory during this season of history. I am deeply aware of my own inabilities and realize that in the face of what our nation is dealing with, I must have Jesus, period!
In recent months we have witnessed great levels of unrest, chaos and uncertainty. Even though this season has been tragic and should cause all of us to pray, it is nothing compared to the shaking that God can and will do in the days ahead.
I am convinced as never before that everything will now begin to rapidly change in the world and church as the Lord stirs His people to become His expression of holiness, mercy, grace, authority and deliverance in the earth in these trying hours. A remnant people will arise with a passion for the Lord and His purposes like we have not witnessed in generations.
We do not have time to continue to focus on ourselves and our temporal comfort. As God's people, we must burn with a love for Jesus and eternal things as the Scriptures command us to do. The days of professional ministry and learned Christian behavior patterns are coming to a close as Jesus becomes the center of everything, as this is mandatory.
Before I close, let me exhort and challenge you to be careful about what and who you align your heart, life and ministry within this hour. There are many false sounds and hollow (though loud) expressions among ministry today. Sadly, we live in an hour where people get so excited about demonstrative expressions that often times we lay truth and purity aside for the sake of another feel-good experience that often only produces more of the same.
Despite the willingness by ministry to overlook blatant sin and disobedience in this hour, Jesus still demands that we live a life that brings Him glory. He has never and will never condone disobedience because an individual or individuals have a calling or gifting in their lives.
Also, America desperately needs real, dedicated followers of Jesus who are willing to pay the price in prayer and purity of heart and life to see His glory revealed in this hour.
Please know that I post this in love and conviction as I greatly desire to see an army of radical laborers arise in this hour and become willing by life or by death to honor our great Lord and King! May we never exchange purity of heart for carnal opportunity that only glorifies man and man-made ministry expressions that are void of pure holy fire. This hour demands authenticity!
Keith Collins is the founder of Generation Impact Ministries and Impact Global Fellowship. He is actively involved in itinerant ministry, teaching and writing. In recent years, Keith served as the president of the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry and as the director of FIRE School of Ministry, which were both born out of the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, Florida. His recent book, Samuels Arising: Waking Up to God's Prophetic Call, is now available on Amazon, and his podcast, titled Maintain the Flame, can be heard on iTunes and at cpnshows.com. You can contact Keith via his websites at keith-collins.org or impactgf.org.
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