Ministry Letter

Ministry Letter

July 2016

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Dear Loved One,

As we celebrated another year of America’s independence, I found myself reflecting upon something the Lord asked me to do in November 1973. During this difficult time in our history, the climate of our nation was nothing short of hopeless.

Anarchy was at high tide on our nation’s college campuses; controversy and scandal surrounded our government and the credibility of many political leaders was crumbling. The struggle over policies relating to a far-away war in Vietnam wrenched our nation’s soul with dissension and confusion.

Yes, hopelessness prevailed like a heavy cloud over our land during this era. While the specifics may have changed, many of these situations likely sound very familiar in principle to you today.

The news is full of injustices occurring on college campuses, the drama surrounding our current Presidential election, scandals and alleged cover-ups in our government and a terrorism crisis that is taking innocent lives and inciting fear at home and across the globe.

In the midst of all of this, a feeling of hopelessness is likely one that many are struggling with. Which brings me back to what the Lord called me to do in November 1973, to lead my congregation in very intentional intercession.

At first, I thought this was only a local call, but I quickly discovered that during the same time period a movement was being born by the Spirit across our country.

Many churches and believers were coming together to pray, and God did something wonderful! In less than four years, America’s condition, which journalists were likening at the time to the potential self-destruction of the Civil War, had been considerably reversed. By 1976 the Washington Post was trumpeting, “A New Spirit has come to America!”

Loved One, you and I know what that “spirit” was, the Holy Spirit of God’s creative, redemptive power at work.

A message for this time and generation

God is speaking about America today, as well as to her. We are wise to listen. As believers, we have reason for hope, and cause to chart a course of faith-filled action!

Though seriously imperiled, the future of America is salvageable. Praying believers, filled with passion and living faith, are the key to this or any nation’s rescue. This isn’t mere nationalistic small talk or patriotic excitement; it is our Biblical assignment. Our prayers and influence hold the potential to determine our nation’s very destiny.

The Lord has brought miraculous turnarounds before, and I strongly believe the Church has a distinct opportunity at this very moment in history to rise in faith and impact our nation again!

So, what do you and I do now?

To start, we must believe and trust the promises of the eternal Scriptures. We must be caught in the grips of God’s promise, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land . . .” (2 Chronicles 7:14-15, NKJV)

Beyond merely referencing or quoting this scripture in a sentimental manner, we must treat this promise like the covenant with the Almighty that it truly is. If we do our part in prayer, He will do His part in redeeming grace.

We must also be intentional about blessing our enemies. Facing the distressing aspects of American society’s behavior and legislation has caused many to become “fueled by fury.” There have even been some that have sought to rowel up their congregations to anger.

Please hear this, dear friend, Jesus is calling us to be the answer to our nation, not to be angry with it.

In Matthew 5:44 Jesus specifically calls us to, “love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”

We can never pray effectively for either a person or a nation that we don’t love, and we can never pray successfully for a society if we are filled with anger toward it.

Standing firm, but in love

We are at a crisis point in our nation on a number of moral fronts. But here again, any self-righteous moralizing will only further isolate us from our society and build walls of resistance in our ministries.

Instead, may our hearts be broken and our spirits be moved to pray against the sinful devaluation of God’s creation. We must understand that the emptiness and apathy towards many issues in our nation is rooted in a loss of hope for tomorrow.

As hope is restored in our society, the value of life and family will be restored, as well.

Standing together, across doctrinal lines

For the Church to rise up and change the tide in America, we must pursue unity. The effectiveness of the Body of Christ is crippled when disunity is present. Mutual respect among all God’s redeemed family is absolutely essential for us to win a nation.

Such unity requires an end of suspicion, criticism, judgmentalism and all separatism based on any ethnic, cultural or other divisive factor. We must also set aside doctrinal hair-splitting.

Driving wedges between believers is a very effective ploy of the enemy to debilitate the Church.

Jesus’ prayer is ours to answer, “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17:21 NJKV)

Reshaping a society. Recreating a culture.

The early Church showed that the best way to take the moral high-ground in a corrupt culture was through leading by example, not by taking the role of an adversary.

As believers, we need to live according to the standards of the Bible, regardless of what culture declares as “the norm.” Philippians 2:15 encourages us to, “become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” (NKJV)

However, as we strive to live in purity, we must be careful to not shoot at society, but instead shine in it.

Another dynamic way the living Church can capture the moment and seek to save America is to be active in the social needs and crises in our communities. Winning the trust of those we want to reach for Christ begins with showing them His love, which can only be done through serving.

Jesus set the ultimate example of revealing how good works create a platform for sharing the Gospel.

Believers have a role in preserving liberty!

We must not become one-sided in our mindset or approach, as we seek to affect change in our nation. Over the years, I have lamented the preoccupation some American Christians have had of seeking to change our country through a political agenda alone.

Without first laying a foundation in prayer, love and good works, their worthy goals often have a clanging sound to them. That being said, the preservation of America’s liberty, and the redemption of our society does necessitate taking certain action.

Our participation in the political privileges of our free society is actually the responsible exercise of our role as disciples of Jesus.

Demonstrate. Declare. Dispense.

I bring this up lastly not to diminish its importance in any way, but rather to accentuate it. I also hope to make clear that the Gospel will be more readily received and believed if we have done the other things I have shared above first.

Sharing the Gospel has to do with the power of the Spirit of God being manifest in you. It has to do with something of substance being in your life, so that wherever you walk, Jesus’ footprints are left behind as the marks you’ve made in your circle of influence.

As living evidences of the Resurrected Savior, who demonstrate Him, let us be people who declare His truth and dispense His power, as the Holy Spirit fills us for the task. I don’t need to belabor this point, because I have confidence that you know this needs to be done.

Our primary mission is to evangelize lost souls. Ultimately, that is how America will be saved!

Above all, let us thank God that His hand is moved by the prayers of His people! God doesn’t need the anger of an enraged group of saints who feel their standards have been violated. Rather, He desires to see the compassion and fiery intercession of those who see how hell has intruded upon our land.

Focus on the right enemy, and come before your Father in Heaven with faith!

Joining with you in prayer,

Pastor Jack

P.S. Loved One, God gave us a critical mission to evangelize lost souls. As we fulfill this mission, America will be saved! Take a look at the information below to find out how to equip yourself to take the steps we must take to bring hope back to America!


Take the first step that can save America. To receive your copy of
God - Government - Prayer,

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To receive God - Government - Prayer and the Ten Steps Toward Saving America book and CD album,

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To thank you for your gift of $25.00 or more in support of Jack Hayford Ministries, we want to send you Pastor Jack's enlightening 3-CD message set, God - Government - Prayer.

God - Government - Prayer - The news seems grim and our nation appears to be more divided than ever before. To many, our situation looks hopeless. But, with God, there is always hope! In this three-message series, Pastor Jack Hayford reveals the encouraging part that God plays in government and the critical role believers are to play in ensuring that blessing can come and His will be done.

Messages include Clear Thinking About God and Government, An Urgent Call; Pray for Spiritual Leaders!; How to Live and Pray in a Violent World


In appreciation for your gift of $75.00 or more in support of Jack Hayford Ministries, we want to send you the Ten Steps Toward Saving America Collection, which includes Pastor Jack's classic book, "Ten Steps Towards Saving America," his powerful companion series of messages on 4-CDs and his "God - Government - Prayer" series described to the left.

Ten Steps Toward Saving America Collection - The ten steps presented by Pastor Jack Hayford proclaims a pathway to hope: America's future can be its best ever. If the people of God will rise to be His living and proclaiming Church, which God intends it to be, America can be turned around for good and receive renewed blessing as a nation.

The Ten Steps Toward Saving America companion CD messages include: Ten Steps Toward Saving America, Pt. 1; Ten Steps Toward Saving America, Pt. 2; Being Rebuilt - Becoming Rebuilders and Equipped for Rebuilding

 

Take the first step that can save America. To receive your copy of
God - Government - Prayer,

Click here to give $25 or more

To receive God - Government - Prayer and the Ten Steps Toward Saving America book and CD album,

Click here to give $75 or more