So there are many things I could say about this city. One thing is it’s beautiful. The architecture. The seascape. Even the economy. It’s like everyone’s on the same playing field here. All these things from a earthly standpoint are things we desire. Healthcare to education, they are figuring it out and giving in to their people. This is one of the cleanest cities I have been in. Did you know that less then 5% waste makes it to the landfills. Wow!
So how does this play into the gospel you might ask? Well, how do you tell a people who think that life is great that they’re missing the most important part of their life. After being rejected preaching the gospel again and again, told that Jesus is rubbish, that Jesus can’t save us, your heart breaks. A people parish from a lack of knowledge. Their love, their joy is nothing but conditional. Behind the mask is a broken, hungry generation, looking for something real.
See, they have been so conditioned by society that they can have everything and if they don’t the government will help them. The government even helps them with religion by giving them the state-sponsored church. They regulate what can be taught to appease their own convictions while hiding the true gospel which is a rock of offensive toward a dead soulish nature.
Religion has a distinct sour taste to this culture. The idea of conforming to a Jesus is more then many want to bare. The question is what Jesus are they being asked to conform to. Society and culture have so abandoned the Jesus of the gospel to a deist personality that makes Jesus to be nothing more than a warmonger, a political chess piece moved by countries to control and manipulate people into submission.
How do you take an “evolved” country, an atheist country, and shape it into a move of God? Well, William Booth said it best when he said, “Many spend their time petitioning God to move not realizing that they are the the move of God!” We as the church have built religion on one platform. We shout it from the streets, “Repent, so that you might go to heaven!” But that’s not the gospel. The gospel was never about getting to heaven. It was about heaven getting into you. Spurgeon once wrote, ” It takes little faith to get to heaven, but it takes great faith to get heaven into you!”
The gospel was and is about heaven invading our soul and flesh. Repent for the Kingdom is here! It’s NOW!!! So how do you bring the gospel to a culture who thinks they have it all. You day by day pull the vail from their eyes. You walk in love, joy, and peace everyday in front of them. They truly lack peace. See peace isn’t “everyone is happy because everyone got what they wanted.” That’s not peace. That is circumstantial happiness. Peace is from the Hebrew word Shalom. This word means literally we destroy the authority in our lives connected to chaos and confusion. It means we replace one kingdom with heaven’s kingdom.
Revivals are not carted in on ministries. They rarely last. David once tried to bring the presence of God on a cart… it ended badly. The presence like the ark had to be varied by men into Jerusalem. The presence and revival is always carried by men and women. There are not great men of God in this world. There are only men and woman who have yielded to a great God. God is looking for the hungry and pure in heart.
In Stockholm there is a storm. This storm is a raging pillar of fire. See the government regulated church but God raised up another church. It’s called the free church. Men and women of God who are positioning themselves to become the move of God. They are the foundation of revival. This revival will not come from the select few screaming fire and proclaiming Jesus from the streets (things I love to do). No, this is going to be different.
Jesus came one day to pursue his disciples. Mathew said that he came first to Peter and Andrew as they were casting their nets and said “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men”! These are the fire starters. They are anointed to break the yokes and bonds of even the hardest of hearts. Next Jesus went to the boat of John and James. This is the beauty of this story. John and James where with their Father mending nets. They were the mender of nets, they became the pillar of the church. Peter and Andrew were the casters of nets. Revival must have both. They must have fire starters and the Fathers. John and James became the Fathers of the a movement. They were boasters of Jesus love. Peter and Andrew were the boasters their love for Jesus. One is not more correct then the other. But both are needed to destroy hell on earth.
So I see Fathers and Mothers rising up in Sweden. Ones who have not only experienced love but have become the love of God. They are mending the nets for a great harvest. Soon this gospel with be preached in the streets bringing great conviction all over Sweden. Many will repent in the street with many tears. But first the Fathers and mothers must arise to build the nets. And the fire starters must be the bellows blowing across the hearts of the land, positioning the church to become the move of God.
SWEDEN WILL BE SAVED!!!