Turning a City Back to God: Mobile, Alabama


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There is nothing more motivating and encouraging than to see an entire city of people turn their hearts to God and believe for God to turn their city around. This is exactly what is taking place in the city of Mobile, Alabama. Through an event called, ‘Port of One’ an entire city wide mobilization is happening as people were gathered to worship on April 1, 2017 at the Saenger Theatre. As Port of One calls an entire city to seek the heart of God, they described it with these powerful words: “We are calling all believers all along the Gulf Coast to assemble together for one powerful night of worship; igniting our community with one love, preparing our hearts and our city to be transformed. We will be one family, one city, together who believe.” When we see one Church, one Lord, and one Spirit coming together, this is the spirit of the commanded blessing. Lines of people crowded the sidewalk waiting to get in to this awesome gathering. As the Church gathered together in Mobile, to pray for their city, Hunter Thompson and Kalley Heiligenthal, from Bethel Music, led the worship. The entire event was funded by Fred Rettig, a local businessman who owns Rettig Auto Body in Daphne, Alabama. This is what the Business Mountain is all about; understanding that God desires to bless you with creative business ideas and applications for the sole purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God. Not only are we seeing local business owners standing up for God in Mobile, but also the Mayor of Mobile, Sandy Stimpson. Stimpson understands the principle of casting vision as he not only wrote a Proclamation of Faith over his city, but also passionately reads these encouraging words. He begins by reminding us how past kings have done the same. “In days of old, kings and those in authority wrote Proclamations of Faith also known as decrees to unite the people and to provide focus and clarity and purpose, by acknowledging their Creator…” As he reminds us of the words from 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, he shares, “Our city has long had a faithful remnant of intercessors praying for our city’s leadership and for God’s intervention to forgive our sins and heal our land.” Mayor Stimpson continues this Proclamation of Faith highlighting where the city of Mobile puts their focus on; “We desire to have true God-ordained unity, prosperity and growth in our community, with our full most hope being to have thy will be done for His Kingdom’s ultimate purpose…” We can feel hope and inspiration arise as Mayor Stimpson continues to declare the victory that is upon Mobile. “…Now is the time in Mobile for unity to overcome division, for neighborly love to overcome envy and selfish ambition, for compassion to overcome condemnation, for humility to overcome pride, for prosperity to overcome poverty, for good health to overcome sickness, for joy to overcome sadness, for peace and harmony to overcome wrongdoing and misconduct, for faith to overcome fear, and for prayer to overcome worry.” But, this isn’t just about reading a Proclamation of Faith and filing it away, Mayor Stimpson describes how he was approached with the “Action” side of this; A Canopy of Prayer. “Whereby we would walk all the streets in the city of Mobile, praying for the city and all of our citizens; I was immediately captured.” At first, the idea was to have this event take affect over the course of an entire month. But, in faith, Mayor Stimpson knew it could be done within one single day. ‘There are enough God-fearing people in this city that can carve out just a few moments to walk their street, or their neighbor’s street, and sign up and say, ‘I will walk the streets of Mobile, praying for God’s divine intervention’’. , You can sign up to register and be a part of this awesome Canopy of Prayer on April 29, 2017 as the streets of Mobile, Alabama are covered in prayer. It is so vitally important to remember that prayer changes everything. Just as we are seeing the Church in the city of Mobile mobilize and come together under the unity of Jesus Christ, we can see that we can do this in all our cities. You can do this in your city; right now. The Church is not a building, but a people. For too long, we have looked to a building to do something that only the people can do. The city of Mobile did not just arrive at the reality that we are now seeing. There has been a journey and a travailing in prayer for what is being birthed in their city. Nearly 20 years ago, the Spirit of God was breaking forth in nations throughout the world. While this was taking place, business owners and leaders in the community of Mobile, Alabama, gathered together to write a Proclamation of Faith for their city. “It was prayed over and placed in a high place in the Mobile skyline.” It didn’t take long for God to respond to their actions of faith. “Later that same year, the first ships from the new Austal Facility, began rolling off the assembly line.” It was only a matter of a few years when the city of Mobile, Alabama, would once again be recognized. “Three years later, the national media declared Mobile a ‘city of refuge’ to those escaping the wrath that Hurricane Katrina had dealt to the New Orleans area; and today, the Port of Mobile is listed as one of the top ten ports in the United States.” It is these same breakthroughs that are taking place in Mobile, Alabama because those in the Church understood the power of prayer and believing that God heard their prayers. It is so important to recognize how God has called us to reach and impact all seven areas of influence in our cities: Government, Family, Arts & Entertainment, Education, Media, Church, and Business. For so long, we as the Church, have focused solely on “doing church”. We gather on Sunday morning and neglect the other 6 ½ days of the week. God has still called us, as the Church, to advance the Kingdom of God during these days as well. We must have a presence in our cities and not become critical about what is taking place in our cities. We are seeing action taking place through a Canopy of Prayer in Mobile, Alabama, and we can see the reality happening in cities across America. See the full story of this exciting night of worship that took place in Mobile, as well as the Canopy of Prayer, Mayor Stimpson reading the Proclamation of Faith, the full story behind the Canopy of Prayer, and so much more. Greg and John shared in this segment. Also shared in this segment: prayer, repentance, humility, prayer walk, spiritual warfare, Mobile Alabama, US Air Force, Airbus, Austal, Boeing, Brookley Field, 7 Mountains, 7 Spheres of Influence, commercial airliners, economy, and hope. Find out more on the VFN TORCH at VFNtv.com

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