Posted by: whereintheworldismike | May 25, 2013

Sanctifying Prayer that Transforms

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This is a photo from the Asian Access Annual Spring Conference in Karuizawa, Japan. It shows three friends from Evergreen Church (SGV) in southern California (one of the largest Asian-American churches in N America) who came this year along with others to help our missionaries and Japanese partners experience transforming prayer and then equip us all to pray for others this way both in English and Japanese. The people in disaster-stricken Tohoku particularly need a compassionate touch from the Lord to help them with their losses and directionlessness.

I believe sanctification is the largely forgotten doctrine of the N American Church. It has resulted in many divorces, moral failures and other problems in the Church that has made it an anemic force for health and blessing to the culture at large. American Christians, we are not being transformed into spiritual maturity which cannot exist without emotional maturity (Emotionally Healthy Spirituality – Pete Scazzero). We are not being set free of the lies we believe that emasculate our walk and bleed our testimonies to anemia.

Christ came to preach good news to the poor; proclaim freedom to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind; release the oppressed; and proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Since Christ rose from the dead and continues to reveal himself in dreams to people all over the world, we can conclude that he is still alive and actively fulfilling this mission on earth. Let’s embrace both the logos –the general complete foundational Word of God which provides safe boundaries for all doctrine and experiential knowledge of God, and the rhema–the particular, often personal Word of God to an individual, group, or age that is always congruent with the logos. 

As we are transformed by God’s grace, we will shine more and more brightly as we hold onto and hold out (Phil 2:12-16) the Word of God, the Lord of life.


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