I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. - Ezekiel 22:30
This verse reminds me of the Promise Keepers movement around 1997. It was supposed to be the largest gathering of Christian men in United States history. It was designed to help men seek forgiveness for their shortcomings as husbands, fathers, and churchmen. There was a strong emphasis on eradicating racism and sectarianism throughout the church. When the founder of Promise Keepers, Bill McCartney, presented this challenge, men stood to their feet in applause and agreement. If you were in the crowd you would have seen the Lord answering the cries of our hearts for God to bring conviction and repentance.
The seven promises of Promise Keepers, when changed to impact both men and women, would go something like this:
With God’s help I promise to…
I feel the men of our church who are going through the Conquer Series are creating a Promise Keeper Statement and trusting the Lord to help us to be men full of integrity. To be the men, husbands, fathers, and churchmen God is calling us to be.
When God looked for a man in Jerusalem to “stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land,” he found none. Thankfully, this is not the case as we continue to have men go through the Conquer Series. We are currently in our 13th group. Praise the Lord for hungry men.
During the month of February, we have called a Churchwide Fast in order to break the chains that bind us from experiencing Spiritual Breakthrough. It is a Promise Keepers movement that is for the whole church – men, women, and children. Would you join me as we trust the Lord to move among our church and our families? Let’s believe together that the Lord will do immeasurably more than we know to ask or think.
Stop by the church and pick up a brochure about fasting in February if you were not able to get one on Sunday.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene