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The #1 Obstacle to the Next Great Move of God in the Church and in America

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Unforgiveness is the #1 obstacle to the next great move of God in your life, your church and our nation. Almost every person has been affected by unforgiveness in some way or another. Either we have held a grudge or known a relationship hindered by someone who refused to forgive. Churches, friendships, and fellowship have been ruptured by wounds, unforgiveness, and bitterness.

For many years, I have pastored local churches, and am convinced that the #1 obstacle to the next great move of God in the church and in the nation is the sin of unforgiveness. Nothing has built a taller, deeper, and thicker wall in the hearts of people and in the churches of our land.

God Does Forgives Us

Human relationships fractured by unforgiveness are damaging, to be sure. What about our need for God’s forgiveness? Is God forgiving? Can anything be done if we have offended Him?

Thankfully, God has not left us in the dark. Yes, we have offended God, and yes, He will forgive.

The Bible is clear in both the Old and New Testaments that we have sinned against God. Jeremiah laments on behalf of his kinsmen in Israel, “Let us lie down in our shame; let our disgrace cover us. We have sinned against the LORD our God, both we and our fathers, from the time of our youth even to this day. We have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.”1 The Psalmist wrote even more broadly, “The LORD looks down from heaven on the human race to see if there is one who is wise, who seeks after God. All have turned away; all alike have become corrupt. There is no one who does good, not even one.”2

Yet, God forgives us. We are grateful!

How Can God Ever forgive?

We are not let off the hook in the New Testament. “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned.”3 Humanity has a problem, and that problem is the sin that separates us from God.

How can God ever forgive? Only through the sacrificial death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. As Peter and John told the religious leaders of their day, “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.”4

What about those who have already accepted Christ? Is there forgiveness for the many sins we commit between the time we are saved and the time we leave this earth? Does God forgive the forgiven? Thank God, the answer is yes.

The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 5 Those of us who have believed in Christ are forgiven at salvation and forgiven as we are made more and more like Christ. This is one reason we are encouraged to forgive others. We need to experience the ongoing forgiveness of God that restores our fellowship with Him.

Therefore, Forgive Others

Since God so freely and sacrificially forgives us, we should forgive others. Friends, never let anyone outside of your circle of love. Forgiveness is imperative in the life of a Christ follower. Therefore, walk in forgiveness toward others.

Refuse to Let Unforgiveness in the Church

I realize calling upon us to refuse to let unforgiveness in the church is a big request. But if we let unforgiveness abide in the church, we are telling God we do not want Him to intervene in His church. We need to call people to account to one another, even pastors to their people, and the people to the pastor, if any unforgiveness is prevailing.

Call Upon Our Nation to Forgive Each Other

It is very concerning to think how much unforgiveness is prevailing in America presently. It is just wrong. Anger is raging and criticism is never ceasing. We need our nation to live with forgiveness toward one another.

Now is the Time to Lead,

Ronnie W. Floyd

1 Jeremiah 3:25
2 Psalm 14:2-3
3 Romans 5:12
4 Acts 4:12
5 1 John 1:9

The Spiritual State of Our Nation in 2017

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There is not any one spiritual leader who has the inside track on the spiritual state of our nation in 2017. I am but one American pastor, but I would like to share from my eyes and heart the spiritual state of our nation in 2017.

Division Increases While Polarization Deepens

Division continues to increase in America while polarization deepens. Our nation is deeply polarized around differing worldviews, diverse political opinions, and by a proud, arrogant zeal to fight against one another. It is indisputable that threats against our national security still greatly exist, violence continues to erupt against one another endlessly, racial tensions are continually rising, and human life continues to be devalued daily. All the while, we are seeing human rights both idolized and deified.

Though Fear Grips, Faith Lives

America is a nation gripped with fear. Many in our nation fear the future, fear what America is becoming, and fear the outcomes of decisions being made today. While some fear where we may be going, others are equally fearful of what may happen if we do not take radical actions now. Simultaneously, faith lives in the hearts of many regarding our future because some decisions are addressing things that have been neglected for decades.

Church Responds Rather Than Leads

While all of these things and more are going on in America, the American church has become more responsive to our current situation rather than providing proactive leadership to America during this time. The church is not here to reflect the American culture, but to impact the American culture; even to the point of creating a unique path that is set forth by biblical authority, made clear with divine purpose, and focused on finishing our God-ordained assignment to make disciples of all the nations. As the church leads, we need to lead with love, not from the outside in, trying to impress the world, but from the inside out because it is who we genuinely are.

As I have recently stated, I believe people change the world.

Now What? We Must Rise to Action!

So, what is the actual spiritual state of our Union? The answer is both simple and similar.

We need to repent, come back to God, and put our trust in God alone. America needs a Great Spiritual Awakening.

We need to come together as a nation.

We need to refuse to be pulled apart by our carnal nature and egotistical pride. We need the church to refuse division within our family over tertiary matters so we can have the public integrity as one family to speak to and lead our nation in fundamental and central matters that are of far greater importance to the health of our nation.

We need to resolve that we will not walk in the same steps as this world; but the steps we take should be in the same footprints of our Sovereign God who orders our steps and loves us unconditionally.

We need to pray like it all depends on God, because in reality, I believe it does; but at the same time, find ways to work together like it all depends on us. By the way, thank God it does not depend on us.

Even while the prophet Jeremiah informed the people of God they would be in exile experiencing the judgment of God for seventy years in the godless nation of Babylon, God intervened to tell them through Jeremiah the words recorded in Jeremiah 29:11-13,

“For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

 God speaks; enough said.

Now is the Time to Lead,

Ronnie W. Floyd
Senior Pastor, Cross Church

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