“From then on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.’” Matthew 4:17 (NLT)
Though we have been actively, fervently and intentionally praying for revival in Athens over these past ten years, we are going to begin focusing elsewhere as well. We are not going to stop praying for revival, because it is absolutely necessary. But it is HERE! We do not simply want a visitation by God! We long for habitation. We desire sustained, systemic change, transformation… REFORMATION!
Both Jesus and John the Baptizer said the kingdom of God is here, yet it is coming (Matthew 4:17, 10:17, Mark 1:15, Luke 9:2, 10:9). Revival is here, but it is coming. Over the past decade we have seen God do mighty things. Change is happening. Former porn shops are closing and being occupied by the church! Southern Video on Broad Street recently was occupied by Phoenix Community. Fantasy World and Chelsea’s on Baxter Street have been closed and cleaned up. In fact, Chelsea’s is in the process of becoming a center of freedom and worship. Be praying and watching what God does. And this is just a sampling!!!
Revival is about people being revived. By definition revival is restoration or awakening to life. But Reformation is about things being reformed. It involves the systems that are changed to sustain the impact of revival.
Culture is made up of seven mountains, or spheres. And for sustained impact we must advance the kingdom of God in each of these. The seven mountains include family, media, economy, arts & entertainment, education, government and religion. I will unpack these in the days ahead and focus prayer into each of them!
Please be praying that God would stir up, organize and begin intentional prayer and Godly invasion into these seven mountains. Pray for a new level of kingdom unity within the Church, specifically in our city. Pray for pastors (starting with your own) to see this city is their congregation and that every sphere (mountain) of this city is just waiting for the Kingdom of God to advance in it. Ask the Lord to begin stirring you in regards to what mountain He was called you to invade!!!