As several Christian leaders from around our city gathered yesterday for the first official Charlotte714 Press Conference, I was amazed at the supernatural unity among those in attendance. Prior to our 11am start about 30 of us gathered together to pray, and I was nearly left speechless as pastors from different churches throughout our city cried out to God in solidarity for a great awakening in the Church.
It was a powerful time in the Lord, and words cannot possibly articulate what took place in those 20 minutes. I can’t imagine what would happen if moments like those began to replicate all around Charlotte!
As we began the Press Conference I was joined by several leaders on the platform, and as I spoke it felt an incredible force of power behind me. I’ve never felt that before when I’ve spoken, and as the time came to open the microphone for comments I realized what was happening. One leader after the other stepped to the microphone and began to deliver God’s powerful word.
With One Heart these men clearly proclaimed that Jesus is King in our city! The Holy Spirit was stirring in the hearts of His boys, and His boys were delivering His Truth! It was a brief glimpse of what could happen in our city when brother’s dwell together in Unity ( Psalm 133 ).
When David’s mighty men began slaying giants and possessing the land in 1 Chronicles 20, the very first verse in 1 Chronicles 21 begins with, “Then Satan stood up…” The devil hates unity, especially when that unity is dead-set on defeating the giants in the land and shining the Light of Jesus in the city.
When God’s boys begin to take the land the devil gets to work. So he stands up and begins to chop at the one of the core targets of unity, the leader. If the unity is centered around one particular leader, then Satan always wins. But if unity is centered around Christ and led by the Holy Spirit there is no power on heaven or earth that can stop it, not even Satan! This is the type of unity we experienced yesterday and are soon to experience throughout our city.
Let me show you how Satan “stood up” yesterday just four hours after our Press Conference. The Charlotte Observer did its dead-level best to discredit Charlotte714 because it is being “led” by the Benham Brothers, sons of Flip Benham, convicted criminal. I just love seeing victory right in front of our face! The very fact that the Observer took a swing like this only further encourages me that we are on the right track!
We love and honor our dad. He is a prophetic voice to our culture, and he walks alone, like many prophetic voices of scripture had to do. I thank God for his courage, but he is not leading this movement, and neither are we. It is not defined by him or by any other man, but by the Holy Spirit through a group of Kingdom leaders in our city.
We seek to define this movement by Jesus Christ and humbling ourselves as a city before Him in prayer. Therefore, if Satan chops at the leaders in this movement it will continue to gain momentum because he is his powerless against the Holy Spirit!
As the unity embers begin spark in Charlotte, let us be reminded of Paul’s words to the believers in Corinth, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:5
It was great to see some of you at The King's Kitchen this morning for our second Pastor/Leader meeting. The meetings are a great opportunity to ask questions and find out how you can be involved. Grab your pastor and invite them to the next meeting to be held on Friday, July 13th at Elevation Church at 1pm