By Jorge Parrott
(Scripture references from New King James Version unless otherwise indicated)
The Lord is moving in remarkable ways through His people all over the world—we need to search out more good news than bad. We are so thankful for the divine connections with dear friends in many nations. We need to strengthen cherished relationships more and more to prepare for what is coming.
Faith and persistent action advance the kingdom and push back the darkness. The bride of Christ is being prepared for her Bridegroom. The Lord’s heartbeat is the sound of the drumbeat, a cadence marching into battle. The breath of the Holy Spirit is the wind that whispers to those with an ear to hear the call and respond by faith.
The Lord’s trumpet call awakens the sleepers. It illuminates our strategic instructions, revealing His passion into the lives He has chosen to carry out His plans for these times. The world is shaking but the kingdom cannot be shaken. Jesus shows us how to speak to the storms and say, “Peace, be still.” We are encouraged by Philippians 4:6-7:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
“and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
I love to boast in the Lord and testify of His good news taking place in remote regions far from the bad front page news we hear too often. What we do now with what we are given determines our outcome in eternity. Let’s look at the parable of the talents in Luke 19:11-13:
While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they assumed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately [as soon as He reached the city].
So He said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to obtain for himself a kingdom, and [then] to return.”
So he called ten of his servants, and gave them ten minas [one apiece, each equal to about a hundred days’ wages] and said to them, “Do business [with this] until I return” (AMP).
A New Season for New Birth
The Lord has placed within us a seed of destiny. He planned that we would give birth to something new and exciting. As we proclaim the purposes of the Lord and act on the faith of God, conception occurs. It is purified as the Holy Spirit leads. He has not forgotten nor abandoned us. The Lord trusts us with these trials. We may learn from them, discern the times, endure, and even thrive through persistent faith as we walk in the Lord’s joy. The time of fullness will come. Believe and bank on Him seeing it through to completion in our lives.
In Isaiah 66:8-11 we see that:
“Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children.
“Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the Lord.
‘Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?’ says your God.
“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her; rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her;
“That you may feed and be satisfied with the consolation of her bosom, that you may drink deeply and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.”
We are regularly amazed how the Lord raises up the humble to demonstrate Christ-like leadership in extremely challenging situations. These display kingdom characteristics that transform their spheres of influence and regions. Three of our pastors were recognized recently for their leadership in their regions. Samuel Sudarsanam in Andhra Pradesh, India was elected the regional director for the All India Christian Federation, which arose to fight anti-Christian violence and civil rights. It is one of the largest organizations in India.
In Pakistan, Yousaf Bhatti was recently honored with the Best Christian Welfare Worker Award on their national minority day. Veronica Freites in the Dominican Republic has been recognized by the government for training midwives in the medical profession in several hospitals. There are many more (literally thousands) we are connected with who labor for the kingdom’s advance around the world. These are modern-day faith heroes serving as apostolic leaders of many churches and lots of fruit. Please pray for these men and women leaders serving with us in sixty-eight nations.
Pray for these and stop in to meet them. If the Lord leads, sow into these dear servants. Go to http://cmm.world and click on “where needed most.” Call our Missions Director, Jorge Parrott, at 803-802-5544 ext. 391 to learn more. Sign up for our free online newsletter at http://cmm.world.