IT’S AUGUST AGAIN
Is. 42:9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
I don’t want to get spooky or anything but August has been a pretty good month in my life. It started in August of 1973, what a month! That is the month Parris and I were born again on the lakefront of New Orleans. Two weeks later we were married, and one week after that we were relocated to California and enrolled in a missionary training center called God’s Army. It was August again in 1977 that we took over the reins of our street ministry/future church in the city of New Orleans. And of course who could forget that famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) August of 1994 when God came down and rearranged our church and our lives as we experienced the beginning of an incredible season of outpouring. Our lives could never be the same after that historic August of 1994. Our church has changed, our friends have changed, our ministry has changed, our marriage has changed, and we have changed.
What is the common denominator in all of the “Augusts” in my life? Of course it is the touch of God.
For some reason, the Lord has chosen to visit my life again and again in the month of August. It has been marked by decision and change. The first change came in 1973 as I was tired of living my worldly, sinful lifestyle. I was tired of the emptiness, the guilt, and the listlessness that had characterized my life. It was in that time of longing for change that the Lord visited me with His gift of salvation. Not only were my sins forgiven, I had found my reason to live. In 1977 I was at another crossroad, decision making time in my life. I was finished with Bible school and I needed direction from the Lord. That’s when the unexpected opportunity to return to my home in New Orleans for a “short season” opened up for me. Little did I realize that 35 years later I would still be at it preaching Christ in NOLA. In August of 1994 I was listless and drifting once again. I needed change, direction, renewal; I needed God to move in my world. That’s when the heavens opened over my life and over our church. He was making all things new again.
and now, here we are again, it’s August, and we need a move of God. Don’t get me wrong, I love our church and what the Lord is doing here but I know there is more. Our hearts are calling out and there is an expectancy for something new. We have seen so much over the years; so many converts, churches planted, missionaries sent out but we, or better yet, He, is not done. Something great is about to happen. New Orleans will experience an unprecedented move of God characterized by signs, wonders, miracles and best of all, harvest. So here we are, it’s August again, something strangely familiar is in the air.