Martin Luther struggled for years as a monk. He fasted, prayed, went on long pilgrimages, and confessed his sins often in the Catholic sacrament of reconciliation, but he had no inner peace.
One day, he prepared for a lecture at Wittenberg University. He read the first chapter of Romans and the Holy Spirit enlightened one verse to his heart.
For in it, the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)
This one verse sparked the Reformation through Martin Luther. He realized the key to salvation was not giving indulgences to the church or even charitable acts, but rather, faith in God.
We evangelicals now take this verse for granted, but in 1513, it was a profound truth inspired by the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle Peter made an interesting point in 2 Peter 1:12 −
For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. (NKJ)
The Holy Spirit has revealed various truths to the Body of Christ throughout history. Martin Luther had the revelation of salvation by faith. John Wesley had a different one. So did George Fox, Charles Finney, Charles Seymour, and countless others who proclaimed revelations to their generations.
These revelations became the “present truths” for their time periods and thereby advanced the kingdom of God. Many endured tremendous struggles and persecutions to pioneer their truths. Yet, we now accept the revelations without even an eye blink.
I believe the following scriptures are a “present truth” for Americans right now:
Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble, the Lord delivers him; the Lord protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; and do not give him up to the will of his enemies. The Lord sustains him on his sick bed; in his illness, You restore him to full health. (Psalm 41:1-3)
Excerpt from Giving to the Poor: What’s In It For Me by Larry Nevenhoven, © 2014, Amazon eBook)
The Lord has a myriad of ways for us to seek Him AND for us to be healed. One of them is giving to the poor.
My prayer today:
Lord, help us to walk in Your present truth to seek You for our healing and deliverances.
Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for new revelations on healing and deliverance for Americans NOW.