|By Alfian Palar|
|Do you want to do something extraordinary for God? As a believer, the promise to do great exploits for God is already yours!The Word of God declares, “the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Dan. 11:32). Historically, some of the greatest “exploits” and accomplishments have come about as the result of an extraordinary dream by an ordinary person. This is true, for example, in Church history, where some of the most magnificent revivals have occurred because someone had a desire to make an eternal difference.Many great revivalists of the past, like Charles G. Finney, George Whitfield, Aimee Semple McPherson, Jonathan Edwards, Andrew Murray, were ordinary people who did extraordinary things for God.George Whitfield was perhaps the most traveled Gospel preacher in his day, and many regard him as the greatest evangelist of all time. From the moment he preached his first sermon at age 22 following his ordination until the end of his life, he never ceased to win souls. He ministered in the 1700s open-air meetings with no microphone to amplify his voice, yet it is said that he could be heard a mile away! And the crowds at his meetings were reported to be the greatest ever assembled at that time to hear the preaching of the Gospel – as many as 100,000 people in one gathering!Whitfield, who often was called “The Awakener” and “The Fire Bringer,” was nonetheless a compassionate man of prayer. While Jonathan Edwards was calling men to repentance in New England and John Wesley was reaching the lost in England, Whitfield was ministering on both sides of the Atlantic. He made 13 trans-Atlantic voyages by ship between England and America during his nearly 35 years of ministry, ministering face-to-face to more than 10 million people. His diligence and commitment significantly helped turn two nations back to God.
Another giant of the faith was Charles G. Finney. This nineteenth-century preacher presented an uncompromising Gospel, and everywhere he went lost souls were swept into the Kingdom of God in mass as the convicting power of the Holy Spirit drew men to the Savior.
Finney was committed to winning souls to Christ and to making a difference in the lives of men for eternity. Dr. Billy Graham once said, “Few men have had such a profound impact on their generation as Charles Grandison Finney. Through his Spirit-filled evangelistic ministry, uncounted thousands came to know Christ, resulting in one of the greatest periods of revival in the history of America.”
George Whitfield and Charles G. Finney were just ordinary men who were used by God to make an extraordinary difference. Because of these men and other great heroes of the faith, millions of precious souls have been rescued from sin and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
You can make a difference too! As a partner in ministry, you can have an impact on nations as you affect the eternal destiny of millions! Perhaps you’re saying, “Me? Make a difference? What can I do? I can’t go to the nations!”
My friends, there has never been a greater hour in the history of the church! Today, we have more tools and greater resources as our disposal to preach the Gospel than ever before. Simultaneously, millions of people all over the globe can hear the message of the cross and witness God’s miracle working-power through television. God has called us to do great things together for Him, and your support, in prayer and finances, as my dear friend and partner in ministry is making a difference in lives around the world every day.
Today, because of your faithfulness, sick bodies will be healed and lost souls around the globe will hear the message of Jesus’ love and find hope as they surrender their hearts and lives to the Savior. Your generous support will help thousands of children who were once orphaned and abandoned experience the love of Jesus in a tangible way today as they are cared for.
Perhaps, you can’t physically go to the world, but you can go with me by sowing your seed and supporting the work of the Gospel. And as we partner together and you faithfully sow your seed, I will go to the nations and preach the Gospel, for “the harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few” (Luke 10:2).
Jesus has done all He can do to see the lost saved. Now it’s up to you and me!
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