// Through every loss or victory, my soul will rise to only bring You glory. //
You Deserve It All: Josh Baldwin
Being different isn’t always a bad thing.
I’m so excited to bring you this series today!! Have you ever thought about, “why me?” Maybe even thought, “no one else has ever been here before!” I have thought those things on numerous occasions. That’s ok! We just can’t stay there. This series we are going to explore history for some people who’ve been in the same boat called, faith, and see how they overcame or lacked thereof. In this series entitled:
What does it take to stand out? Is it a name? An ability to get people to like you? Maybe it’s all about the money? Sometimes those factors do play a part, but for these generals of faith. Well, they were just ordinary people who said “yes” to His calling.
In this 4 week series, we will cover the lives of Evan Roberts, Kathryn Kuhlman, John G. Lake, and William Seymour. You may be thinking that this is the season of love. What do these “generals” of faith have anything to do with love?
To love your fellow man is the greatest sacrifice you’ll ever make.
“Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV
What does that mean to love your neighbor? Have you ever thought I’d die for a stranger? No? It’s not our way of thinking. You may know someone who is willing to give it all away in an instant. These Generals didn’t always have that. Like I said they were like you and me. They had to come to that understanding.
Our series will be based out of information taken from God’s Generals Why They Succeeded and Why Some Failed by Roberts Liardon. I came across this book from a mentor and read it cover to cover the quickest I’ve ever read a book. It gripped my heart. Back in 2015, it was a pivotal moment to read and be encouraged by these leaders. Let’s begin.
The first pick should come as no surprise to those who know me personally, Evan Roberts. This man of faith set a standard in his community that speaks volumes. While some of our Generals are based from America, we actually have to jump across the pond to Wales. Even more so we have to jump back in time to 1878. The year a baby boy was born, that would later change the way we see devotion and influence.
As Evan grew up, he was raised in the faith. Learning about Jesus, the word of God, and the value of prayer. Evan was different in the sense that he didn’t take part in all the “reindeer games.” Meaning he didn’t fit in with the other boys his age. He didn’t care much for sports, or other things kids his age did. It may have been related to the fact he had to work in the mines related to his father’s mine accident.
However, Evan took up another family trait. That being a love for the word of God. Memorizing. Quoting. It was said he was never seen without his Bible. Pause. So as you can tell just by the short paraphrasing of Evan’s life. He was set apart. This was by circumstance, but also by choice. In this time a level of respect for family is honored, but he still was a kid and more so a boy. He could have chosen to rebel. He could have run away. Evan was set in a foundation where Jesus was His cornerstone.
“Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.”
Isaiah 28:16 NKJV
“having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,”
Ephesians 2:20 NKJV
No matter where you start your walk with Christ. This has to be a key point. Whether you are a kid or learning about him in your 90s’ if Jesus isn’t your center point the life you build will crumble. He has to be in every aspect, in the money, the marriage, the children, the careers, the schooling, the name it, He claims it type of thing.
This young man was raised by Godly standards and what was reproduced was a man after God’s heart. Evan to me is a physical representation of living out a modern-day Psalms 27:8 life. Living the life Evan did wasn’t easy. He was ridiculed, mocked, shunned, etc. Evan did not take the popular road. Actually for the choice of work Evan was in, being the mines, was crud in itself. The animals used were trained to obey commands by vulgarity. Course jokes were normal. A “guy” thing.
It wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine. Evan too had struggles in faith. While the pressure of what Evan’s heart was telling him and the opinion of a man weighed heavily on Evan. It became a struggle to see HOPE. Thus Evan fell into a depression. BUT GOD! Evan remained close to His word. Every time Evan was pulled up from despair into His glorious light!
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
I Peter 2:9 NKJV
When Evan began speaking in meetings the presence fell. He allowed God to be God. To do only what He can do. These meeting sparked a fire in the community. Born in Wales, a Welsh revival consumed the community. While only last from 1904-1905, it changed the world.
Remember those crude men from earlier. The mine workers? Well, being true and genuine drew these men to repentance. Schools, workdays, a community shut down to follow this man named Jesus. Jesus was the cornerstone of this community now. The animals had to be released and new animals brought it to be trained to do labor work because the old animals were trained with crude language. When the men no longer used that language the animals could not respond.
Imagine that today. In our workplaces, a choice word is probably used and sometimes that may even come from you. I know I’ve slipped. Imagine the conviction of Christ to fall upon your entire community to where no one said a crude word.
I know you’re probably thinking that’ll happen when pigs fly. BUT what if you followed Evan’s example and your choice to be the difference changed a workplace atmosphere? Because it still was a choice for Evan. It was an every day “yes” to the Lord to pursue Jesus. Because ultimately Jesus was and is our example.
I encourage you to get and read this book. While I would love to go deeper with every general I simply can not. To honor your time and provoke you to search out more.
Setting yourself apart doesn’t mean you’ll always be alone, you just raise a standard for the atmosphere you want to live in. In the midst of Evan’s struggle, he cried out to the Lord, “Bend me! Bend Me!” Just like that, the revolution began because at that moment Evan had a revelation of Christ’s love in which there are no words.
Another point to reading the rest of the story is what I don’t have time to talk about. Evan didn’t stay the course. He actually fell off and fell hard. The cornerstone was replaced by opinions of man more so a woman. Everything he believed became a memory. Just like Psalms 27, Evan did make a turnaround. Because He is faithful to redeem.
A short note, to be so young and have an impact of this magnitude spoke to me. God’s not waiting for you to get it right, He just wants your “yes.” Everything else will be worked out. His provision is new every day and we can not limit that.
Join us next week as we learn from the lady in white. To trust Him again. I’m so encouraged by this series because maybe just maybe, He’s calling you to rise to be a general yourself. Why not you? Why not now? Why not?
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Hello friends, I’m Marco. I’m an RN, & founder of Four Winds, a ministerial blog.
I have a heart for this generation to know who they are & whose they are. I also contend for revival to cover college campuses. As well as preach the word until every nation has heard. Sharing Jesus with all, & showing the love that was once shown me.