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God's Lightning Strikes

November 28, 2014
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I want to challenge every Christian leader to dig in and fully explore the “Great Awakening” period in the history of the United States of America.

A Leader’s Perspective – God’s Lightning Strikes

I want to challenge every Christian leader to dig in and fully explore the “Great Awakening” period in the history of the United States of America. It was a period when God’s Word penetrated the hearts and souls of Christians and non-Christians alike. Yes, there have been several occasions when our country has experienced a spiritual awakening. However, the period starting around 1733-1734 saw the Holy Spirit work in ways that only a sovereign, holy, and righteous God could manifest. When we reflect back and see how God literally brought thousands upon thousands of lost souls to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, we can only stand amazed. His work changed the fabric of our country during this time period. People started getting right with the Lord, impacting families, communities, and even whole regions of the country. The Bible talks a lot about the sovereign power of God and how he rules on high. God is in control.

Jeremiah 51:15 – He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.

Isaiah 41:4 – Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord, the first, and the last, I am he.

Isaiah 40:26 – Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

Psalm 103:14 – For he knoweth our frame;

Psalm 66:7 – his eyes behold the nations: 

Job 31:4 – Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?

God used men in the illustration below along with a confluence of other factors to impact our country for Jesus Christ.

  • Just left a period of Indian uprisings

  • A new generation of preachers was preaching a salvation message ripping to the heart of man

  • The British throne was putting tremendous pressure on the colonists

  • Disease and sickness were still at uncontrollable levels

  • Gifted leaders were willing to be used as instruments for His good pleasure during the “Great Awakening” period


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