My husband and I have just returned from a ministry trip to Kangaroo Island – an island off the coast of South Australia.
Kangaroo Island may seem like the ‘ends of the earth’ to many of my readers, yet it is not a distant outpost in God’s Kingdom; it is central to His purposes. And so is the community, town city or region where you live—or the one you are praying about, or seeking to influence.
One of the remarkable things about God is that He is intensely territorial.
Take the Gospels, for example.
Jesus was very deliberate in His ministry, visiting towns, villages, cities, and regions on an intentional circuit. He travelled systematically from place to place, on His mission from the Father.
We are talking about a regional visitation.
And wherever Jesus moved, there was healing, there was life, there was deliverance and the message of God’s Kingdom was preached.
- Jesus attended a wedding in Cana, and water was turned into wine (John 2)
- Jesus went into Nain – and a widow’s son was raised from death (Luke 7)
- Jesus travelled by boat to the Gadarenes, and a man was freed from demonic possession
- On the road out of Jericho, a blind man was healed (Mark 10)
- By a well in Samaria, a woman who had lived a life of pain and shame, met Jesus, came to faith and turned evangelist (John 4)
Jesus saw Towns as Individuals
It is interesting that Jesus personified towns and cities—in other words, He spoke to them as though they were individuals with a unique will, and a unique response to God—one that had consequences.
If it concerns God how our region, town or city is responding to Him, it should concern us as Christians, and as churches.
Jesus’ instructions to the disciples in Acts 1:8 were, ‘You will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea, Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the earth.’
Jesus was outlining a Divine conquest of territory and nations.
Why is God so concerned about PLACES?
Because places are where people live and gather. Nations, regions, cities and towns are part of God’s strategy for salvation.
The Apostle Paul expounded on this in Acts 17:26-27:
‘From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.’ (Acts 17:26-27)
You are not where you live by accident. You are not here today by chance, and you are not living in the locality you are in by coincidence. God appointed the place where you live and work ahead of time.
And right here, in the words of Paul, is the key… you are here so that you may find Him. So that others around you can find Him.
Your locality is part of God’s great plan of salvation. And He is intensely interested in what happens there.
Expect a Regional Move of God
‘Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…’ (Acts 3:19)
Whilst we know that God is always here, and we are always working with Him to lead people to Jesus, there are clearly times and seasons, when God moves on a region in a significant way.
We see it in the Gospels. And we can also see it in the book of Acts.
- In Acts 2, Spirit drew people from all over Jerusalem.
- In Acts 8, the Gospel was proclaimed in Samaria, with healing and miracles and it says, ‘There was great joy in the city!’
- In Acts 19, we read of how Paul based in Ephesus for two years and
- ‘all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.’ (v10)
- ‘God did extraordinary miracles through Paul’ (v 11) and
- ‘the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.’ (v 20)
Regional moves of God. We also see them in church history—specific towns, cities, regions impacted by moves of God, sweeping multitudes into faith in Jesus.
If we are going to get into the heart, mind and intent of Father God, then it is time to start caring about places—and the people within their borders.
It is time to intercede, to be expectant, to position ourselves in faith and declare that the King and His Kingdom are here.
It is time to anticipate a regional visitation.
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