The medical, governmental, and economic crises we are walking through in this nation most certainly needs prayer. The intercession of the saints is critical if we are to have any sway with heaven. But without qualified leadership to lead us out of this wilderness, we will keep circling this mountain of fear and unbelief for years to come.
Ultimately, this is not just about defeating a virus, overturning injustice, or getting the nation back to work. If we’re to learn anything from this shutdown, we must consider what heaven is trying to teach us as the Church. We are being forced to consider how strong we really are and how great our faith really is. That which we claim to walk in is now on full display for the world to see. Are the airwaves being filled with believers proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom or filled with fear-based commentaries on how bad things are getting? Are we responding with hope anchored in faith or reacting to news reports predicting our downfall?
While there’s still time, we need to examine our hearts and clear up our vision. This time of being shut in affords us the opportunity to build our faith, empty out the mental clutter, and consider our future. Regardless of our various roles and responsibilities, every believer is called to have influence and impact. If we really want the Church to “rise up” and “be the Church,” here’s our chance! Did we really think this would be easy or that our opportunity would be handed to us on a silver platter? Throughout biblical history, the greatest times of national breakthrough came when God’s people were put to the test – thrown in the fire – left in the wilderness – handed over to their enemies! THIS present danger could actually be heaven’s invitation to our breakthrough moment. How will we steward it?
The reality is, even if the crowds get fired up about going in and taking down the giants, where are the leaders to champion our cause? Where are the fearless Joshua’s and Caleb’s who see only molehills when others see mountains? Where are those with faith that can move those mountains, defy diseases, confront corruption, and displace our enemies? Where are the God-appointed, heaven-anointed leaders to call people into formation and give the rallying cry for victory?
I believe one of the principalities behind the coronavirus is Rebellion Against Authority. Prophetic voices have already recognized the word correlation between “corona” and “crown.” I believe part of the enemy’s strategy is to attack those who have been commissioned from the throne to lead God’s people in this coming season of reformation. Our opposition is on a conquest for control and it’s going to require heaven-appointed leaders to bring us out and take us into our promised time of transformation.
It’s interesting to me that God is using our President to model effective leadership at a time when many church leaders are struggling to find a voice. I’ve been watching him in recent days as he holds his daily press conferences and it is apparent that his perspective is broadening and his mantle of authority increasing. There is no denying his concern for the American people or his determination to do what is best for the sake of the nation. I believe he is fulfilling his God-given mandate from Romans 13:1-5, which is to do good for the people and punish those who do wrong. Trump’s boldness in confronting those behind injustice, greed, and corruption should provoke many church leaders who are still bound up in the fear of man and hesitant to raise the bar. Even in the face of great opposition, the President is charging forward in his quest to bring healing to the people, stability to the nation, and justice for those victimized.
Lest I be misunderstood, I do see many church leaders who have been bold in their faith and unrelenting in advocating religious freedom and conservative causes. Even so, we are still divided and weak when it comes to having a united voice and strategic mission as the Body of Christ in this nation. We not only need qualified leaders in the church, we need apostolic-minded leaders in the government, marketplace, media, and every other mountain of culture.
President Trump was a builder in his previous business; he is now an architect for this nation, realigning our infrastructure back to the Constitution’s original intent and God’s original purpose. He is demonstrating a gift of BUILDING which is our destiny and our future as a nation! We need these kinds of apostolic leaders in every other sphere of our culture if we are to keep and occupy that which we are currently trying to guard.
I am praying that once we open our doors again, a realignment will have taken place. Those who carry the vision of Joseph, Daniel, and Nehemiah need to emerge in this time of national upheaval to call the people back as a “…holy nation, a people for [God’s] own possession, that [we] may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called [us] out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)
Watch this message where I draw from my book, Moving from Sword to Scepter and talk about Chapter 3, “The Rising Ekklesia and Kingdom Authority – What Is God’s Government?” Take a few minutes to watch, and be sure to order the book to learn more about God’s design for government, legitimate authority, and how to prepare for our future.