Romans 5:18 “Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life! One man said no to God and put many people in the wrong; one man said yes to God and put many in the right.”
We recently had a prayer walk through our neighborhoods this past weekend. I’m not sure how many churches actually participated but the two or three post that I saw on Facebook were inspiring. Pastor Tim Jackson in Hickory Hill talked with a mother–who just watched her son die in her arms a few days earlier– ran across a busy street for prayer. I would have loved every church in a Memphis to pray but I don’t think they all believe in the power of prayer.
I watched the news report on my phone app for WREG 3 and after the story of us praying one man responded, “When it’s all said and done there’s still going to be violence in Memphis.” I started to respond to this person and ask him, “What are you doing to stop the violence other than sitting back speaking death over the city?!”
Through one man came death for everybody and through another man came life. The one man that brought death was Adam who turned away from God through disobedience and brought sin into the world. Jesus came to the world as the Son of God to redeem what Adam messed up. Each world changing moment began with one man. Every time something significant happened in this world it began with the action of one person.
- One man said, “No to God and brought death to everyone.” There is something that is called the “Butterfly effect.” A butterfly can flap his wings in one part of the world and set off a typhoon in the other part of the world. One small action can have monumental implications. Sometimes it’s not what we do that brings death it’s what we say “no” to. What is God calling you to do that you keep saying “no” to?
- One man said, “yes” to God and brought life. When we say, “yes” to God he is able to shake up the world with one person’s “yes!” President Obama ran a successful campaign using the slogan, “yes we can!” We need our own personal slogan, “yes I can” do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
- One person can make a world of difference. I don’t know who that one guy was that said, “When it’s all said and done there will still be violence in Memphis.” But I wish he knew that the power of life and death is in the tongue. Whatever you speak is what you are going to have. My friend Prophet Campbell said, “You have to believe what you pray so you can have what you speak.”
You have the power to stop violence in Memphis. You have the power to end poverty in Memphis and Africa. The one small thing you stand up and do for God today will set up a revolution around the world!
Help us to have faith to move mountains. Give us the courage to stand up and speak truth to power. Give us the perseverance to keep trying when negative people say it’s not working. Touch the one person who has enough faith to stand up and do what you’ve put in their spirit to do. Thank you for listening to my prayer even when I feel like I’m the only one left standing. Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world.
In Jesus (the Holy one) I pray,