Why are they God’s secret weapon? The answer lies in what happens when a nation gorges on sin. Nothing can protect the sin sick soul from disgust, nausea, and the unholy hangover.
A convicted heart can reach the point where a slick church concert, outfitted with lights and fog, or a canned motivational spiel, can repulse them, just as much as the sin they are trying to escape.
A soul soaked in the sludge of our time, can yearn to collapse at a simple wooden altar, sob deep tears of remorse, and welcome the warm hand of a true pastor on their shoulder.
How can a small church be God’s secret weapon? I discovered how when I read something about the birth of Christ. Matthew Henry said, “If the Son of God must be brought into the world, one might justly expect that he should be received with all the ceremony possible, that crowns and scepters should immediately have been laid at his feet, and that the high and mighty princes of the world should have been his humble servants; such a Messiah as this the Jews expected, but we see none of all this; he came into the world, and the world knew him not; nay, he came to his own, and his own received him not.”
It was a token of their sin that the Jews believed such lavish pomp and circumstance would greet the birth of Jesus. Are we no less wicked when we assume revival will be born on gleaming campuses, amid varied enticements, extracted from the wisdom of fast food marketing?
We can miss the birth of an awakening just as much as they missed the birth of Christ. America has many forgotten Bethlehems. There are many hidden Mangers where revival can, and will be born.
Why the small church? Maybe because a special brokenness dwells there. Think of the couples who faithfully lead undersized churches. They have done all they know to do. They have been called fools for passing on the gimmicks that might have grown their crowd. They watched families leave them for the greener pastures of regional churches.
Sunday after Sunday, they sigh. and once again call up the courage to lead their people with integrity and patience. They pray and see no great change. However, God has shown me that when they least expect it the fire will fall. A supernatural signal will go out. And because they know no one but God did it they will leave their hand off of moving of the Holy Spirit.
Revival can come to any size church. There is nothing wrong with a big church that got big the right way, and for the right reason. And no church will stay small in revival.
Why is a small church God’s secret weapon? Because it is the last thing Satan expects. Even though he reads this, he will still be totally unprepared.
Right now a pastor is strangely restless about this Sunday. They feel a disturbance in the spirit realm. They may have just been awakened from sleep to get up, pray and make drastic changes. They are tossing out their prepared sermon and frantically writing something new. The same troubling is in the people. Something about this morning feels different—very different.
This is the Sunday after Easter and the attendance is supposed to be low. That’s why God thinks it’s perfect for the fire to fall. Ask me how I know.
This afternoon I felt a vicious attack of Satan—not just on me, it felt widespread. I dove into my prayer room to understand. The Holy Spirit explained that Satan can tell when he is about to suffer a great loss and it enraged him. He knows fire is coming to a church somewhere—this Sunday.
Then the Lord reminded me of the message He had me write called Small Churches God’s secret weapon. (You can use this link to read it) https://wp.me/p1vrzp-5rP
That was my first warning about what would happen this Sunday. The fuse may be something completely surprising. It may ignite at the first note of a song. A bold saint may march to the front and kneel and start praying. A complete stranger may walk in and ask of 5 minutes to address the people. The pastor might strike lightning in the pulpit and preach from a dimension the people will seize for revival.
No matter how it begins—look out! Weeping will come automatically. Repentance will appear without effort. Healings will stun the onlookers. The pure and righteous excitement of a true revival will capture the church.
Somewhere in America, the early symptoms of a divine takeover are already present. Today a church that thinks its small and perhaps unimportant, or even forgotten, is about to have heaven come down on them—a downpour of Glory.
This not just a warning, and a promise, it’s instructions. I am writing you instructions that are not mine…they are His. Do not do church as usual. Pastor God may order you to confess “we are the church where fire will fall this morning.” That simple declaration may be all it takes to touch off the explosion.
God is going to overrule the church schedule. There may be a total suspension of programs and extended meetings. Don’t try to bring in a guest unless you get a direct order. I leave you with these timeless instruction from R.A. Torrey:
“When any church can be brought to the place where they will recognize their need of the Holy Spirit, and take their eyes off from all men, and surrender absolutely to the Holy Spirit’s control, and give themselves to much prayer for His outpouring, and present themselves as His agents, having stored the Word of God in their heads and hearts, and then look to the Holy Spirit to give it power as it falls from their lips, a mighty revival in the power of the Holy Ghost is inevitable.”