This morning, I went to Bethlehem Baptist Church, and the guest speaker was David Pierce, author of the “Rock Priest” from Steiger International. He floored me, with his raw passion for God, and his fierce commitment to the Cross of Christ, humility before God and reaching the lost in the world. He ended his sermon with this video from David Wilkerson called “A Call to Anguish”. It has wrecked me. By the end, most of the congregation was weeping, and on their knees in deep repentance before God, sprawled on the floor around the altar, crying out to God for mercy and for His transforming forgiveness to change our cold, hard unbroken hearts.
If we watched this video once a week for the rest of our life (AND THEN RESPONDED TO GOD), MAYBE just MAYBE we would have a glimpse at the all-consuming power of God to change the world, one human heart at a time…. If you want to continue on with the “SAME OLD, SAME OLD” in your Christian walk, DO NOT PRESS PLAY and watch this 7-minute video. It has undone me and it will undo your own heart.
In the church (the Bride of Christ), we have lost our anguish. Anguish unites us to the agony in God’s heart, compelling us to pray and weep for the world, carrying God’s own burden and His own anguish in our own hearts.
I think this is KEY in the season we are in as the nation of New Zealand (and the rest of the world), in light of the disasters, as God is trying to break the heart of the Bride of Christ, so she will respond in brokenness, humility and repentance and return in wholeheartedness to her Bridegroom God.
Take 7 minutes to watch. And then let us all personally respond to Jesus Christ.
“All true passion is born out of anguish. All true passion for Christ comes out of a baptism of anguish. A true prayer life begins at the place of anguish.” (David Wilkerson)