Week 6: Receive Jesus’ Kingdom: REVIVAL and TRANSFORMATION of Our Nation & Global Region
By Dr Graham McLennan, Orange, NSW
Spheres of Influence: Health & Religion – Christian Heritage
Intention: May All Australians Know Our Christian Heritage, Identity and Destiny in God.
Biblical Promise: Psalm 78:4, 7 (NIV) – “We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.”
Receive God’s Promises for Our Nation & Global Region:
Three key words for our nation today are: Our Christian Heritage (past), our Christian Identity (present) and our Destiny (our future in God). Christ in you the hope of Glory!
Sir Henry Parkes, Father of Federation, whose well known call for Australians to be “One people, One destiny” stated: “As we are a British people – are pre-eminently a Christian people as our laws, our whole system of jurisprudence, our Constitution… are based upon and interwoven with our Christian belief, and as we are immensely in the majority, we have a fair claim to be spoken of at all times with respect and deference.”
Similar words were expressed years before in the SMH 1854. John West, the editor and Congregational Minister stated: “The people of Australia are one people; they speak one language; their views are substantially the same; they worship one God; their moral standard is formed by one rule and beyond this life they hope for one destiny.
The derivation of the word culture comes from the Latin word “cultus” meaning worship. A nation’s culture is significantly derived from religion. We need to come to a realisation that a Christian culture is indeed, the best culture. It is our prayer that our identity and destiny as Australians can easily be seen in the infinite wisdom and providence of God in this great majestic land. “All the ends of the Earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.” Psalm 22: 27, 28
It was Karl Marx who stated “People without a heritage are easily persuaded,” With an emphasis no longer on assimilation but pluralism and multiculturalism, the words of Sir Henry Parks certainly ring true today.
Pray for REVIVAL and TRANSFORMATION:
• Pray and fast for our nation to be transformed by the renewal of our minds from a secular mindset.
• Pray for your listed friends know their heritage, identity and destiny in Jesus Christ!
Activate God’s Promises in Our Nation & Global Region:
Write a letter or use social media to communicate in the public forum what your Christian values mean to your life, family, business etc.