Night-Whisper | CHANGE
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” NKJV
Dear to many Christians, and especially my good 12-stepping friends, I nevertheless wonder if that well known ‘Serenity Prayer,’ attributed to that great influencer and nation shaper, Reinhold Niebuhr, has in fact unwittingly forced many present day ‘professors’ and Christians into cowardly compromise rather than a Godly contentment with their lot in life? I am certain it was not Niebuhr’s intention to do so, indeed, his life epitomizes the prayer’s second supplication! Even so, I do believe that it has happened. Just to remind you, here is Niebuhr’s ‘Serenity Prayer’ in full:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.”
Personally I think this prayer is beautiful. So, what is the problem?
The present Laodicean church, that Biblically dumbed down self-righteous, naval gazing hedonistic entity which is both abhorrent to God and thoroughly useless to humanity, has easily and happily compromised itself to this cowardly ‘serenity’ with even some of its conservative branches justifying their lack of fight and disengagement from the proclamation of world changing truth, with a depressing and unbiblical view of remnant retreat, all born out of a defeatist eschatology, that even now circles its arrow lit and burning wagons and waits for Sovereign revival. Let us not kid ourselves, this is nothing but lazy, lethargic, selfish cowardice and an embraced Biblical ignorance which has led to this sorry state of affairs. It is nothing but the spirit of Hezekiah manifest in ‘boomer’ bombastic-ness. (2 Kings 20:19)
I believe that there is a need for the a new iconoclasm of all the idols of this terrible and great Christian compromise. Those redundant attitudes of retreat, all clothed in the false courage of resignation and serenity in the face of such rising evil, is of course simply self-centeredness wrapped up in the body warmer of cowardice, or lethargy dressed in a lounge suit and smoking a clove cigarette through a long quellazaire while Zion burns, all need hammering down.
It is unfortunate that non-Christian authors Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, in their 2007 book: ‘Influencer: The Power to Change Anything’ are the ones that have to unwittingly bring a hammer to these Christian idols. Their major premise is simple: ‘Unwavering perseverance in rooting out root-cause behavior will result in influencing permanent change but the greatest danger of all, is to settle on some kind of acceptable serenity.’ Without God, this has achieved some remarkable social successes.
Now then, even though only God has the power to change a human heart, humanity and especially redeemed and Holy Spirit empowered humanity, have an invitation, an obligation, a duty and a command, to strive in a persistent perseverance to achieve victory over darkness in all its manifestations of conquest and subjugation. Listen now, for what I am about to say and suggest has nothing to do with the false spiritual eugenics of coupling social sciences and human will to Divine power, but rather, they are some challenges to get back to the Scriptures and address our own selfishness. So then, I say to you this night that until God directly says to you: “Settle for seventy years and build and prosper,” then your false serenity and waiting on God is not true spirituality at all, but is rather a satanic deception on a vast and seductive scale. My friends, as this icy darkness hems in the people of God, now is the time for one prayer and one breakout prayer only: “Lord, give me courage to change the things I can!” Amen and let it be so.
I believe we are quickly moving into the time of the end. However, in this time I do not look for a defeated, down and out church, but rather the rising of the real church which is both victorious and glorious, putting down its roots into the rich soil of God’s word and expanding its tent pegs outward as its ranks of true believers daily grows. I am hopeful and expectant to see a glorious church in the terrible times to come.
Look now, if God is in you, then you are an unstoppable influencer, a nation shaper, a change bringer, a giant slayer, a darkness snuffer! Your ignorance, selfishness and idolatry has stopped you from being so thus far and this has to stop! It is time to repent of these sins; it is time to stop being a coward; Yes, it is time to choose courage and get to start being the salt and light that you truly are. Begin tonight then by asking God to help you identify and remove those root forms of false belief which have bound you in chains for oh so very long. Christian, it is time both to change and to bring change. It is time to smash in pieces your selfish and defeatist idol of serenity.
Listen: So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 NKJV)
Pray: We repent of our cowardice and our complicit selfishness O Lord our God. Now then our Father, whilst we rightly grieve our lost days, lost opportunities, lost ground, lost families, lost communities and lost nations, yes, even whilst the great plains of Your goodness have been filled with the mountainous garbage heaps of everything that is anti-God, teach us to say to these mountains: MOVE! Oh God, under your instruction let us truly to be able to say at last, “Nothing was impossible for us!” Indeed then O Lord our God, give us courage not only to change the things we can, but the ability to even change the things we cannot change ourselves! Amen and let it be so.