Monday, November 19th, '18
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
a chain, for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of
violence" (Ezekiel 7:23)
Pastor Javier, Cecil Todd, my wife and myself
and a ministry team were privileged to share with the mayor of Monterrey
Mexico's right-hand man and pray over that city of perhaps seven million,
viewing the downtown district from his high office window. Before praying I
shared this text verse with the city's chief Secretario that Monterrey, like America's great cities, has its art and beauty and history and progress but also its crime
and violence, poverty and difficulties. But the prophet Ezekiel voiced a
three-word answer for the difficulties, "Make a chain!" Satan knows the power
of the chain and has been binding men with it hand-and-foot for the centuries.
The church too must utilize this age-old invention. So we joined hands in a
prayer-chain and poured out petitions for revival in Monterrey.
There is the chain of good deeds, one after
another in linked succession. One random kindness has some effect, but daily
doses of love forges lasting friendships. There is a linkage of love. Paul
chained ministries together, apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher
(Ephesians 4:11). The more the links, the more the wraps and the greater the
leverage. "Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put
ten thousand to flight" (Leviticus 26:8). Business knows the leverage of the
"chain store"; ask J.C. Penney, Skaggs or Sears back in the old days or
Wal-Mart, Lowes or Applebees in the present. The church world needs to wise up.
Instead of competing against each other we need to make a chain, top network
relationships. If any two shall agree together in prayer Christ adds His link
to the chain (Matthew 18:19,20). If the Baptists, Methodists and all the other
"ists" on the church "lists" would enlist their time and energies we could move
mountains. If the city's pastors ever drop personal agendas and make a chain,
woe to the devil!
It is the multitude of links that creates
power. One prayer is good, a thousand prayers are better. Additional links is
never "vain repetition". It wasn't until Elijah's seventh prayer that the sky
produced a cloud "the size of a man's hand".
Children need to see consistency. Education is
a chain that links third grade to fourth, Junior High to Senior High, college
and beyond. Talmage in his inimitable vocabulary preached, "Sporadic education,
paroxysmal discipline, and occasional fidelity amount to nothing. You can as
easily hold an anchor by one link as to hold a child to right by isolated and
intermittent faithfulness". Ah, fifty cent words, but gold nugget truth. The
chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Sporadic church attendance teaches
casual Christianity. Linking this Sunday to last and next makes a chain that
will keep a child faithful to God through adulthood. "Train up a child in the
way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs
22:6). The enemy hates that chain! The clinking, clanging iron links prophesy
his ruin. For John envisioned a mighty angel coming down from heaven with "a
great chain in his hand" with which he would bind the devil for a thousand
years before casting him headlong into the abyss (Revelation 20:1,2). The worst
of criminals need put on a chain gang! Every time the church links in unity the
fetters dig deeper into the adversary's wrists and ankles. That chain is the
answer for Monterrey; it is the answer for New York, Cincinnati and hometown USA.
Church links with school, feeding the homeless links with AA, battered women's
shelter links with employment services which links with a Big Brothers program
and so the linkage of love continues. Eventually hell is replaced by heaven. Or
at least that is my fanciful vision, not some campaign promise. At least we
could try it...make a chain!