November 2015

Posted: November 27, 2015 in Excerpt from Newsletters
SdeS-GenSec

Rev. Dr. Senaka de Silva, General Secretary

A Window of Opportunity

“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” Revelation 3:8

Dear Friend

As we approach the end of yet another year and most of us are thinking of what God has in store for us in 2016 I appeal for us to be clearly focused on what the Spirit is saying. Numerous incidents in the past few months have repeatedly challenged us to see the opportunities God has placed before the church in Sri Lanka. If we are sensitive today we will realize this is an opportune moment divinely orchestrated.

Despite the circumstances in the past, spiritual renewal has revived our pastors and churches. They recognize the forces of darkness against the church and exercised their spiritual authority. They pressed on to fulfill the mandate of the church. However, the increasing obstacles or the regional spiritual atmosphere, for too long has made us to only blame the darkness. Sadly, some of us are still living in that same mentality. The light has already dawned on us and a new window of opportunity is before us. Let us be reminded that the purpose of our existence as a movement is for the sole purpose of being Christ’s witnesses and touch our communities with the A Window of Opportunity Power and Love of God. We may choose to do so in our own little way, but the time has come for us to accelerate all our efforts. Let us be careful to not let anything hinder us that would divert our attention elsewhere and toward other petty issues. There should be no barriers caused by us the church to reach the perishing world. We must support and be involved in every possible way to make Christ known. At times this may result in us having to do things that are uncomfortable. But let us commit to deal with such things, because the world that is perishing cannot wait.

 The words of Jesus to the church in Philadelphia were a call to action. It is a call to engage, to see, to move and take hold of the divine opportunities created for the church. However, some may choose to take those same words only as an encouragement and fold their hands with expectation for God to accomplish His purposes. Jesus also warned the church in the same passage to hold on tight to the things that the church has received. He warns of being complacent and losing out on what Christ has granted when He says ‘hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown’ (3:11). In the past we have stumbled over many things but today we cannot afford to. Instead when God opens the door we must be sensitive enough to seize the moment and do what He prompts us to do. Some of us have been sensitive to the voice of the Spirit and stepped out in faith to reach the lost. Some have employed innovative strategies as prompted by the Spirit. It is those who touch heaven that can change earth.

Let us also commit to pray and seek His face, be in His presence and receive divine guidance. With the goal of fulfilling the divine mandate before us we must also unite and build our relationship amongst the breatheran that alone will bring God’s favour and propel us towards achieving our objectives. We have a window of opportunity to join our hands, pray on our knees and commit to serve the communities in need as Jesus promises us to give us His favor, His anointing and His continual presence. 

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