Archive for September, 2014
My vision for seeing a Great Awakening in America is to mobilize our Southern Baptist leaders and churches to reach the world for Jesus Christ.
I want nothing in my life to stand in the way of seeing this done. Since 1995, the message of spiritual awakening has burned in my soul deeply.
It’s not about me
Over this past eighteen months, I have sensed deeply that God is raising up a desperation within the people of God again, to believe Him for the next great move of God in our nation. This vision is much bigger than me in every way and I want nothing to stand in the way of anyone hearing the call and joining in this moment.
As Christ-followers experience moments of spiritual revival and the church experiences seasons of God’s refreshing Spirit and power, I believe God may choose to extend His grace by raising up regions, sections, or even the entire nation, to experience a God-consciousness that moves us into a season of seeing millions in our own nation come to Christ. History demonstrates that movements like this in the past become global in their reach and effectiveness.
May we live to see the day when this occurs, so that we can be a part of seeing every person and people group in this world hearing that Jesus Christ is the only Way, the only Truth, the only Life, and there is no way to God the Father and Heaven itself, except through Him.
We would like for everyone to join this prayer movement of Southern Baptists via a newly created domain where people will register their support and involvement: pray4awakening.com. If you have joined this movement already, you are still registered and do not need to sign up again.
However, from this point on, people will join this prayer movement by signing up at pray4awakening.com.
There are only three things we are asking people to pray for with us on pray4awakening.com.
- Great Awakening in America
- Reach the World for Christ
- Call to Columbus, June 16-17, 2015
While I have clarified the importance of the first two, the call to Columbus, Ohio, on June 16-17, 2015 is critical to the other two. This is where our SBC family will come together this year to celebrate what God is doing in our 46,000 churches and through their Great Commission mission and ministries that we accomplish together through our cooperate efforts as Southern Baptists. Prayerfully, this gathering will be so powerful that each of us by the thousands will be launched from Columbus to see the world reached for Christ.
Yours for the Great Commission,
Ronnie W. Floyd
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Have you ever forgotten something you just purchased? Ever been talking on the phone while collecting change from a cashier then walked out of the store leaving your purchase in the checkout line? Have you ever gone to a store to buy one item, bought three other things but forgot the reason you went to the store in the first place?
I think we’ve all done that. Many of us do it regularly.
Perhaps your experience is worse. Have you been personally forgotten? Were you the child whose father drove away never to return? Did your mother abandon your family for another man and his kids, and you felt she had completely forgotten you? The emotional scars of being forgotten are deep and take many years to heal.
God never forgets us
The Old Testament story of Joseph reminds us that though we may sometimes feel forgotten, God never forgets us.
The favored son of Jacob was named Joseph. He was the focus of his father’s attention. Jacob’s favoritism was such that his other sons became jealous of Joseph and sold him into slavery.
Joseph quickly attained a leadership position within the household of an influential Egyptian political official, but it was short lived. Joseph, an ethical man, was falsely accused of sexual assault by the official’s wife. Though innocent, he was thrown into prison.
While in prison, Joseph was able to help the chief cup-bearer to Pharaoh. This official was restored to his position in Pharaoh’s court, but forgot to recommend Joseph’s release as Joseph had requested. As a result, Joseph languished in prison two more years.
Forgotten by man, but not forgotten by God.
God is always aware of your circumstances
Finally, the chief cup-bearer remembered Joseph, and Pharaoh released him from prison. With God’s guidance and blessing, Joseph was elevated by Pharaoh to have authority over all the land of Egypt.
Eventually, Joseph was used by God to bless the very family who had betrayed him into slavery to begin with. His family was saved and reunited, as God provided for all of them. Noting Joseph’s reaction at every turn, Alex Himaya writes, “The life of Joseph offers proof that God doesn’t forget you. He’s always aware of your circumstances. And, like Joseph, you can choose positive action while you wait to see what God is doing in your life.”1
God is with you always and forever
It’s easy to feel forgotten by God, especially if we are dealing with the emotional turmoil or depression. When abandoned by friends, we sometimes equate that to being abandoned by God. But it isn’t true. God is with His children always and forever. As Romans 8 reminds us, “For I am persuaded that not even death for life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing, will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!”2
Therefore, be encouraged, Christian friend. Others may walk out of your life, but God is always with you. He never leaves you or forsakes you. Yes, He is with you always and forever.
Yours for the Great Commission,
Ronnie W. Floyd
1– Bible Studies for Life, Overcome, Alex Himaya
2– Romans 8:38, 39, HCSB