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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

#77 Argentina and Australia

C. Peter Wagner: In his book Taking Our Cities for God, John Dawson gives some specific examples of remitting the sins of

In Cordoba, Argentina, in 1978, for example, Dawson and some 
fellow Youth With a Mission workers were frustrated at the indifference of the people to their message.

Through prayer and fasting they discerned that one of the principalities ruling the city was pride. So they confessed their own pride and humbled themselves by kneeling to pray on the sidewalks of some of Cordoba's busy downtown areas.

With that a harvest of souls began! Dawson says,..

    "The people were so receptive that they would wait 
     patiently in line for us personally to autograph our 
     gospel tracts."

Dawson also tells of attending a prayer meeting of some 15,000 in Sydney, Australia, in 1979. He speaks of the social psychology of Australia as frequently characterized by a sense of rejection and injustice.

Then he tells of a spiritual release that came over the people there..

    "when one leader led the crowd to extend forgiveness toward
     Britain for the injustice suffered by their forefathers in the                          establishment of Australia as a penal settlement."

This is a case of remitting the sins of a nation, and Dawson is able to report great blessing coming to the churches of Australia subsequent to the event.

But once again in remitting the sins of nations, Dawson agrees with Nehemiah and Daniel, that..

    "we must identify with the sins of the city." He says, "You 
     may be a righteous person who is not involved in any 
     direct way with the vices present in your city."

But he feels we must move beyond that. "We can all identify with the roots of any given sin." (p 185 in Taking Our Cities for God)

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#77  Argentina and Australia
By C. Peter Wagner
(pg. 132) Regal Books

  Father, help us identify the specific sins of
our cities, so we can stand (or kneel) in prayer
for their release of the curses. Draw Your
intercessors together, to partition Your Divine
intervention in what's happening.
   Increase our faith to believe that our prayers
are effective and well able to bring down the
strongholds we discover. May our desire be to
see Your Holy Spirit take control over our areas. 
I ask this in the Might Name of Jesus, Who made 
the way back to You from the cross! Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: Is. 5:21 "Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight."

Today’s quote: John Newton

"I asked the Lord that I may grow
 in faith and love and every grace,
Might more of his salvation know,
and seek more earnestly his face.

'Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
and He I trust has answered prayer,
But it has been in such a way
as almost drove me to despair.

I thought that in some favored hours,
at once he'd answer my request,
And by His love's transforming power,
Subdue my sins and give me rest.

Instead of that He made me feel
the hidden evils of my heart,
And bade the angry powers of hell
assault my soul in every part.

Nay, more, with His hand He seemed
intent to aggravate my woe,
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
blasted my gourds, and laid me low.

"Lord, why this?" I trembling cried,
"Wilt Thou pursue this worm to death?"
"This is the way," the Lord replied,
"I answer prayer for grace and faith."

"These inward trials I employ
from sin and self to set thee free,
And cross thy schemes of earthly joy
that thou might find thy all in Me."

(Taken from David Roper's book, 
p. 87 Psalm 23

Our thoughts today: Our level of contentment varies with who and where we are, and what we're use to. Ps. 51:17 tells us what pleases God the most.

- Will we call on God in "our day of trouble?" (Ps. 50:15)

- Is your desire to have a clean heart and a right spirit? Check out Ps. 51:10 and make it your prayer. God loves it when we use His Word to pray our concerns.

Today's popular post: Part 1- How CAN We Forgive? (7 of 21 ways) Jean Oathout
shares some interesting thoughts with us today about hearing from God.

"It happens that we may know where
another person is coming from, and..."

9th- Thursday’s post:  #78 The Challenge of Japan
C. Peter Wagner
11th- Saturday's post:  The Gift of Tears
Cindy Hess Kasper
12th- Sunday evening's post:  Don't Forget You're Leaving
James H. Cagle
14th- Tuesday's post:  #79  The Demonization of a Nation
C. Peter Wagner

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