SINGAPORE, 21 NOVEMBER 2008 — HOW DID BARACK Obama overcome a nation’s history, racial divides and social beliefs to become the first African American president of the United States of America?
The answer to that question was given by Dr AR Bernard in his illuminating message this morning. The answer is “Providence” — when God interrupts the natural, sequential order of life to cause something to happen that would not ordinarily happen in the natural sequence of life.
The key to Obama’s victory was not his wisdom, his charisma or even his excellent campaign. Rather, it was the finger of God intervening in human affairs and time to create the perfect set of conditions to usher him into the White House.
Dr Bernard taught that this set of conditions is not within the control of man, but is a Kairos moment, a moment in history when there is a collective sense of deeply meaningful change in the air. The Kairos moment, together with Metanoia (a radical change in mind and consciousness causing people to do what they previously would never have considered or done, such as vote for a non-white person) was what led to Obama’s win.
“And if it can happen for a nation,” Dr Bernard emphasized, “it can happen for a family, a business or an individual’s life too.” If we can learn to be sensitized to the moving of God and recognize it around us, we too can experience a Kairos moment in our life.
Dr Bernard also revealed the key to carrying the Cultural Mandate in the world successfully. In the same way we put on warm layers when we go out in the cold, the key to being in the world and not of it is insulation, which prevents the environment from having an effect on our body. In the same way, strong spiritual disciplines serve to keep philosophies that are against God’s ways out of our lives, and keep our spiritual principles — which preserve our holiness — in.
With insulation comes penetration, which takes place when we have all the qualifying factors for our environment which enable us to enter a position where we can stealthily begin to live out the supernatural in our life and have an impact on those around us.
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Truly, eyes were opened and revelations received as Dr Bernard brought our knowledge of the Cultural Mandate and God’s moving in our day and age to the next level. Stay tuned for the Grand Finale on Sunday night to hear more from this man, whom God is using mightily in the world today!