"Suicide bombers will be heading to targets when they themselves are hit by the nuclear blast of the glory of God and they will be felled like Paul on the Damascus Road. They will find themselves lovers instead of haters!".
I find that breathtaking. I really do! If we as a church begin abandoning our fatalistic mentality that we have been locked into for too long and begin awakening to the possibility that God has called and equipped His Church for a great mission to take the glorious Gospel to the ends of the earth in the power of His Spirit accompanied by signs and wonders, then maybe we will stop fearing the next calamity to befall our nation and get on our knees. How does a pessimistic society aid our prayer life other than the inevitable "Come Lord Jesus"? There's nothing wrong with that prayer but maybe God is replying, "He will but the heavens are retaining My Son until ...!".
I posted these two quotes of C H Spurgeon on my quotes blog (here and here) recently. Here they are again;
"We look for a day when the dwellers in all lands shall learn righteousness, shall trust in the Saviour, shall worship Thee alone O God and 'shall glorify Thy Name'. The modern nation has greatly dampened the zeal of the church for missions and the sooner it is shown to be unscriptural the better, for the cause of God. It neither consorts with prophecy, honours God nor inspires the church with ardour. Far hence it be driven".
C H Spurgeon - (1885) - Treasure of David Volume 4 - (p102).
"God is about to send times of surprising fertility to His Church ... brethren where we have seen one converted, we may yet see hundreds, where the Word of God has been powerful to scores, it shall be powerful to thousands and where hundreds in past years have seen it, nations shall be converted to Christ ... God the Holy Spirit is not stinted in His power".
C H Spurgeon - (1860) - "A Revival Sermon" - New Park Street Pulpit Volume 6 - (p82).
If I have come away from the Brighton conference with anything - it is with a renewed hope that the great mission that God is embarked on has stepped up a level and I feel so privilidged not only to be able to give financially as Terry Virgo taught us on the offering night, but to even be a part of this great plan. We - once lost - am now found! We - once aimless - have been sent on a mission!