The book of Ecclesiastics has a passage in it. Chapter 3 Verse 2
"A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest".
It talks in the context about phases. Timing. Everything has it's time.
Jesus talked about the necessity of death for birth to come.
"I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels--a plentiful harvest of new lives". John 12:24
I know the context, but the meaning is true beyond what Jesus was talking about, His death and Resurrection.
Pastor Phil Ressler once said something that stunned me. It was immediately true, but it had significance beyond my thinking. He said that the Church he was serving wouldn't always be there, that he wouldn't always be the Pastor, that the USA wouldn't always be a nation. That kingdoms and nations rise and fall. And so do institutions. He was preaching on the impermanence of our temporal existence.
Contrast that to our belief in the past. A nostalgia trap that all of us fall into. I fall into it all the time. Good old days. Back in the day. Remember when. It's not unusual as we get older. We live in the past. It's not bad, and there is a reason, we can measure where we are in comparison to where we came from. Age (of which I am becoming very acquainted) has a way of amplifying the past. Yet even age demonstrates a passing of years that eventually leads to death. So far almost 100% of us will die.
Where this becomes problematic is when we begin to worship the past. Long for the past. Mourn for the past. You can't go back, you can only prepare for the days to come. Unfortunately for many people the days to come will be hard because of the past... there will be change and all change is felt as a loss, even if there is gain.
There are things, institutions, situations, that are going to die. They will be mourned. Father will say, "forget what lies behind, press on toward the high calling to which I have called you".
Moves of God, Denominations, Churches, New Ideas, Revivals, Outpourings have charms and wonder that causes those so involved to long for those good days. If I rehearsed them here many of you might say, "YES" I remember those days. I have old quartet records. I have the full Maranatha Scripture Songs set. I was part of the tail end of the Jesus Movement. I remember the PTL early days. I Loved the outpouring of Laughter that came. Toronto, Pensacola and Lakeland were wonderful. I remember the moving communion services we used to have. Lots of memories... but they are ghosts of the past. My past. Maybe some of yours. Living there is meaningless.
The prime duty of the People of God is to figure out what God is doing and cooperate with him. I have his word on this. Behold (He said) I do a new thing.
I have been excited to be part of the New Apostolic Reformation. Apostles Prophets and full five fold. Deliverance. The Prophetic. It's wonderful... but that will someday be past.... history.
Father's intention is to not allow this generation to be lost. And right now it is being lost. MOST young people and in particular most politically liberal young people NEVER EVER darken a church door and won't. I don't care what you do or don't do. They are not coming. If they are liberal in their social and political viewpoints and if they are between the ages of 18-34 they are never going to be reached for the Kingdom using what was.