Divine Intersections: The Unlikely Influencers in the Move of God.
The great sin of our generation is APATHY!
CHRISTIANS don't care enough to jump in the fight. We are like the bystanders on the subway train in New York City who recently watched a woman get raped and did nothing to stop it.
What will it take to fulfill II Chronicles 7:14? When will we put more priority on gathering to pray than attending our favorite sporting events or wasting time on social media?
John Knox prayed, "Give me Scotland, or I die!" George Whitfield prayed, "Give me souls, or take my soul!"
Revival or We Die should be the motivation we need to get praying.
"Without a national awakening, America as we know it is doomed,"
according to Michael Brown from his book Revival or We Die.
Look at what happened at the well; a DIVINE INTERSECTION. (John 4:4-38)
Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman at a well, Jacob's well. Seems innocent, but it turns into a revival for an entire city. The woman does what she does every day. She fetches water for her household. She's bored. Something I hear from Christians is they are tired of church being the same old thang. If nothing new is happening in your spiritual life it's because you keep doing the same things expecting different results.
It's time for you to make a big change: FIND YOUR DIVINE INTERSECTION!
Social issues immediately flair up as soon as these two begin to interact. Jesus asks for water and she accuses him of attacking an innocent Samaritan woman. Hatred filled the air because the man asked for a drink of water. That would NEVER happen to us in our day and age. Racial issues, gender equality, profiling, and hatred so deep that murder is a real threat are just below the surface waiting to erupt in our culture just like it was between Jews and Samaritans.
Let's face it the Samaritan woman's mindset was a defensive, half-breed expectation looking to get rejected and condemned by a self-righteous Jew.
Jesus saw her, a deeply troubled lady with a broken heart desperate for more than water. He was not judging her but her story only allowed her to believe he was there to pile on more shame.
Jesus says He has a gift for her. She's never been given anything by a man without something more required in return. He introduces a life to her that is absolutely foreign to her. He's describing water, that goes deeper than Jacob's well that has offered her family water for generations. She's intrigued but defensive like a wounded animal.
The Samaritan woman has spent her life chasing love only to experience a dry, barren empty cycle of broken relationships. Jesus discerns her history. Rather than condemn her he awakens hope in her heart. He created a new thirst for living water, water that quenched her thirst for spiritual things and her heart's desire.
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit supersedes ancestry, race, gender, religion, food, and water. Holy Spirit provides the essentials for life, love, and for belonging.
WOW! She admits she was wrong. Repentance begins with acknowledging Jesus is right. She yields. She's filled. She drops her only possession, the empty water pot, runs home, and tells everybody she knows about how Jesus revealed the secrets in her heart.
SPIRIT & TRUTH
Jesus imparted liberation to her. She was stuck in dead powerless religion. It was all about places, traditions, and rituals. She tried filling it with men and man's religion but there was nothing to fill her empty soul.
Jesus promised her a new life. He prophecied to her about the coming age when she could worship wherever and whenever she wanted. He explained that worship is a matter of the heart, not traditions and rituals.
This divine intersection that happened at a well between a Samaritan and a Jew turned into a revival for the entire city. The unlikely influencer, the Samaritan woman who was infamous for her 5 discarded husbands was used by God to bring her community to Jesus, Messiah, and the promised Holy Spirit. An unimaginable, unbelievable group of people experienced revival and reformation because the Holy Spirit was imparted in the most unorthodox way.
WHAT IS YOUR DIVINE INTERSECTION?
WHERE IS GOD CALLING YOU TO RELEASE HIS PRESENCE?
COULD IT BE THAT A CITY, A STATE, A NATION IS WAITING FOR YOU TO SHOW UP?
Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!