Saturday, February 21, 2015

An Abortion Free Zone

Then the LORD answered me and said, 
"Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.”
Habakkuk 2:2-3 NASB
             In preparation to speak on Sanctity of Life Sunday, I did some research into the current statistics of abortion in my county.  I found that we averaged eighty-something abortions per year with the latest actual number being ninety-six.  As I dialogued with the Lord over these statistics, my heart said, “Ninety-six abortions are ninety-six too many. This number should be zero…” Then I found myself asking, “Why can’t this number be zero?”   Immediately, faith arose in my heart as God dropped into my spirit the words “Abortion Free Zone.” I saw in my mind’s eye the signs that are posted outside of schools which read “Drug Free Zone”; except now, they read “Abortion Free Zone.”  Yes! My county could be an “Abortion Free Zone”.  And then faith said, “My County will be an ‘Abortion Free Zone’.” 

            God dropped this vision of an abortion free county into my spirit, but he also dropped into my spirit the faith for this vision to pass to others—not just others in my county, but also others for their counties. What I am talking about is not a change in legislation.  In fact, I think our focus has been there—almost thinking that a legislative change has to take place first before we will see the end of abortion. What I felt and saw in my spirit and my mind’s eye, though, was a heart change—a shift in the hearts and minds of the people of my county.  It was a shift in the spiritual atmosphere that I believe will start with the birth of faith for an “Abortion Free Zone” in the hearts and minds of God’s people.  Several passages of scripture have come to mind in this process.

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God.  Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.  Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” [Mark 11:22-24 NASB]

And He said to them, "… for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” [Matthew 17:20 NASB]

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts. What are you, O Great Mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’ “[Zechariah 4:6-7 NASB]

            I say to you with these passages of scripture in mind,   
“What is this mountain of abortion before God’s people? With faith in God, it is nothing! 
It will become a plain!”

            I believe, it has often been hard for us to grasp a vision for the end of abortion for our nation as a whole; but getting a vision for our own county and for our own locale is a catchable vision.  So, let God grip your heart with faith for your county and for your locale.  If we all caught a vision for our own counties, guess what? We would as individual parts make up the whole.

            Take a moment now, and let God stir faith in your spirit as you read and meditate on the scriptures previously referenced and the list of scriptures below.  Ask Him to birth this vision in your heart.  Ask Him to show you how to partner with Him and the power of His might to see your county become an “Abortion Free Zone”.
Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. [Jeremiah 32:17 NKJV]

But Jesus looked at [them] and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." [Matthew 19:26 NKJV]

 But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men [it is] impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." [Mark 10:27 NKJV]

"For with God nothing will be impossible." [Luke 1:37 NKJV]

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, [Ephesians 3:20 NKJV]

If you are reading this blog, and you have had an abortion, please know there is forgiveness and healing for you in Jesus. Most local pregnancy centers offer post-abortion counseling. There is also a link to talk to a pastor on the website
Don't suffer with emotional pain. Jesus loves you and cares.

If you are reading this blog and considering an abortion, think again. Those who have been there will tell you there is another choice--a choice without regrets. 
There is always a way to choose life--through the help of your local pregnancy center, church, or adoption agency. You are not alone. There are people who care and can help.