Are you a Cheerleader or Naysayer in life?

Welcome my friend! Let’s grab our cuppa’s & get comfy.

Today I’m having a gf double choc brownie & a mug of caramel flavoured coffee. What’s yours?

Now we’re comfy let’s begin…

Have you noticed that in life there are often two poles of opinion within society, at one end we have the Cheerleaders & on the other end the Naysayers.

And these poles are often highlighted when something different happens within the community in which we live.

Let’s take a closer look at what these poles incorporate…

Cheerleading

The broad definition of cheerleading is; an enthusiastic and vocal supporter of someone or something.

When I was growing up here in Australia we didn’t have what is known as Cheerleading squads at sporting events like the USA, this was only introduced here when professional football hit our shores.

The cheering mainly came from the team’s support group on the sidelines. Often Mums, Dads & the team’s hometown supporters.

But none the less there was always encouragement pouring out from the sidelines in a controlled & gracious manner.

There was never booing or nastiness in these events that I ever witnessed when I accompanied my Dad to his Soccer matches or when watching sporting events on TV at the time.

In fact what stood out to me was the honourable behaviour called good Sportman ship.

Where the men on each team would shake the hands of the opposing team members before & after the match.

If there was a discrepancy within the game it was taken to the Captain of the team & he would then approach the Referee for his decision which would be respected by both teams.

Somewhere along the line this drastically changed & I noticed a rise in the Naysayers on the sidelines, in the crowds & within the teams themselves.

Naysaying

The definition of a Naysayer is; a person who criticises, objects to, or opposes something.

Sadly, I have noticed this hasn’t just occurred on the sportsfield but throughout society in general.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a well balanced discourse in society, in fact I have been in many a discourse on inequality, injustice & upholding the ethics that are the very foundation of our society.

However, what I’ve noticed is that naysaying today isn’t necessarily around human rights but anything & everything.

Is it God, man or something else?

Sadly, I’ve also noticed that even in the wider Christian community these poles exist.

A recent example has been in the events of a small town called Wilmore, Kentucky where in a regular chapel service something very different happened.

Instantly, we had a polarisation of opinions on one side we had the Cheerleaders; enthusiastic & encouraging, on the other we had the Naysayers; criticising, objecting & opposing.

Some are calling this a revival, while other’s are calling it just an emotional seeking experience by Gen Z.

But let’s stand back & take a good look at this objectively…shall we?

First let’s see what God’s Word has to say;

John said to Him (Jesus), “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name,

and we tried to hinder him because he was not of our group.”

But Jesus said, “Do not restrain or hinder or forbid him:

for no one who does a mighty work in My name will soon afterward be able to speak evil of Me.

For he who is not against us is for us.

Mark 9: 39-40

John learnt a valuable lesson that day & wrote the following advice many years later;

‘Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God,

for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

By this you know the Spirit of God:

every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.’

1 John 4:1

And we need to ask ourselves the following question;

Why did young people flock to this happening?

Whatever pole you may be camping in at the moment I think one encouraging aspect that stands out to us all, is that many many young people flocked to join in a continuing prayer & worship service to God in Jesus name that lasted 24×7 for two weeks.

In fact an estimated 50,000 young people attended the service over that period! And have taken a renewed fervor for the Lord back to their towns & colleges that in turn have experienced a resurregence in prayer & worship.

What can we take from this?

Young people are seeking God,

wanting to hear the Gospel

& are willing to travel to do so…

That is incredibly exciting! For let us not forget the following scripture;

‘And it shall come to pass afterward,

I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;

your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

your old men will dream dreams,

your young men will see visions.’

Joel 2:28

As believers, we all pray for revival in our families, communities & across our lands.

But are we actually ready or will we even recognise it when it arrives?

A sobering question, don’t you think?

Until next time,

Jennifer 

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  1. Hey Jennifer. I saw a segment about this revival on CBN News this past weekend. I was encouraged as I watched. I feel that I am a cheerleader. I want to see the best and encourage others when given the opportunity. I pray that more Christians embrace the love of Christ and share that love as we lift one another up. Thank you for sharing this thought-provoking post. Have a wonderful weekend, and God bless you and yours.

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    1. Hi Horace,
      Thank you, so lovely having you drop by my friend, I pray alongside you in your prayer above;
      “I pray that more Christians embrace the love of Christ and share that love as we lift one another up.” Amen!
      Blessings to you & yours too…

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  2. Hi Jennifer, I have been reading and listening to many that I trust on the Asbury revival. This has definitely become a topic of debate among Christians. I have begun researching revivals from past centuries to see what I might learn. We certainly need a sweeping revival across our nation and world. Thank you sweet friend ❤️

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    1. That we do Pam!
      I love that you are learning about past revivals.
      I think it’s exciting that young people are seeking the Lord, the newest generation of brothers & sisters in the Lord…how wonderful!
      Blessings sweet friend 💝

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  3. Have you seen the movie Jesus Revolution? I find it fascinating that it came out around the same time as the revival. May the Holy Spirit continue to impress people, young and old, to seek a deeper relationship with God!

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  4. Jennifer, the Asbury Revival is quite amazing, and a reminder that God is busy despite all of the “naysaying”. I am definitely a cheerleader, and really get ruffled around naysaying and negativity!

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  5. I agree, as Christians we have to cheer one another on. Of course there is a time to stand against false teaching etc. and there will be things we disagree on, but there should be support and encouragement instead of divisions wherever possible.
    And, while I don’t know all the detail of what has been happening at Asbury, it is encouraging that so many people were drawn there to seek Jesus.

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    1. I like your following statement Lesley;
      ‘as Christians we have to cheer one another on. Of course there is a time to stand against false teaching etc. and there will be things we disagree on, but there should be support and encouragement instead of divisions wherever possible.’ Amen!

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