Friday, April 08, 2011

Cause of the Christchurch Earthquake (8) - Endgame

God’s plan and purpose for Christchurch has not changed. The forces of evil are flexing their muscles in the city, because they hate God’s purpose for the city and want to prevent them from being fulfilled. They will throw a few more economic tantrums, but they cannot prevent the Holy Spirit from fulfilling his plans for Christchurch.

The founders of Christchurch made many mistakes, but they gained a strong sense of God’s purpose for the city. They aspired to build a society based on faith and obedience to God, where Christian civilisation could be preserved from the forces destroying their world.

The Canterbury Settlement… appears likely to further the efforts already made to extend the blessed influence of the Redeemer’s kingdom, not only throughout New Zealand, but also in the surrounding islands of the Pacific Ocean.
They believed that the city would leaven the whole mass of the earth with the light and glory of the gospel of the Kingdom.

This is God’s destiny for Christchurch. He wants Christchurch to be a model to the nations of a city living under his government and being a light to the nations. As evil spreads, he is preparing people who can be a light shining in the darkness. He wants to give Christchurch his kingdom, so it can be copied in other nations and continents, as they turn back to God. The Kingdom of God is central to God’s purpose for Christchurch.

We must be careful not to let the earthquake set our agendas. Reacting to events is always limiting. Reacting to enemy’s actions can be rally distracting. We should be actively led by the Spirit into all that God has planned for us. If we just respond to what the enemy is doing, we could miss our goal. All our plans should be checked against God’s agenda for his kingdom.

The Lord is saying to the people of Christchurch,
Do not be distracted by the earthquake.
Do not be impressed by the earthquake.
Compared to the power of my Holy Spirit,
the power of the earthquake is nothing.
Do not let the earthquake set your agenda.
My plans and my purpose for Christchurch have not changed.
My people should be shaped by my word and my Spirit
Commit yourself to obeying my will
and fulfilling my purposes
and you will see the Kingdom of God revealed.
Warning events are a sign that the spiritual climate is heating up. Herod responded to the wise men by killing all the baby boys living in Bethlehem. The enemy knew that Jesus was important, but did not understand how, so he lashed out wildly. The earthquake is a warning sign. It shows that the enemy is aware that God is up to something here, but does not understand what, so he is striking out with violence. He tried to destroy the central city and the large church buildings, because he assumed that is where God is working, but he is wrong.

God will use an Invisible Army to accomplish his purpose for Christchurch. Many have been called and equipping smaller groups of people all over the city. Most people do not see them, because they are looking in the wrong places. They are hidden to those without the eyes of the Spirit, but they will be ready when God decides to move. The earthquakes will make them stronger, so the enemy’s plans have backfired.

The enemy has always been afraid of what God is doing in Christchurch. In the early days, he used deception and manipulation to fight back, but now he is really scared, because he senses the time of fulfilment is close. We do not need to be afraid, but should press into God’s purposes, knowing that the time when the glory of the kingdom of god will fill the earth is near.

This complete series is at Causes of Christchurch Earthquake.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm from Christchurch.
Peace and Love from Christchurch.
Yes, there is no prophet.
But there is someone whose been religiously praying for more than a year for such unexpected disaster to happen this was after somebody from this city sold a ghost in two bottles on trade me. It extended to the point of praying that life should be taken away and the Press building should be broken down for writing : God did not save us in the quake - humans did.