Friday, April 7, 2017

Lord, Send Revival

Soooo...about the revival that is quietly and steadily spreading in my hometown and elsewhere...a few observations of what I've consistently seen, and they definitely fit the Biblical pattern, as well as the historical pattern behind every TRUE revival in the world, dating all the ways back to Ezra!

1. The reading and believing of the Bible. The Word of God must have the preeminence. As we've been reading the Word, going back to the Word, the Holy Spirit uses the Word to bring conviction. Which leads to...

2. Repentance. "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, then I will hear from Heaven, and forgive them, and heal their land." Repentance begins individually, then corporately, and like Daniel in chapter 9, we find ourselves taking on the role of intercessor, as kings and priests unto our God, confessing not only our own individual sins that the Holy Spirit convicts us of, but national sins. Abortion. Pride. Indifference. Willful stubbornness. Elitism. Love of place and rank. Disunity, rivalry and jealousy amongst born again Believers, washed in the Blood of Jesus. Indolence...not loving His Word. Prayerlessness. Powerlessness and trying to live the Christian life in our own strength. Unbelief. Cynicism. Bitterness. Snobbery. And...ANTI-SEMITISM. Which leads to the next point...

3. There has NEVER been a genuine revival that was not preceded by a return to the love of Biblical prophecy, and in that, the love of the Jewish people and support of and prayer for national Israel. Genesis 12:3 is crucial.

I'm so convinced of our loving Heavenly Father's veracity and utter faithfulness to His inerrant and inviolable Word that I truly believe that if even ONE man or woman begin to cry out to the Lord for and walk IN these 3 points, by the power of the Holy Spirit, revival will follow.

Our Father is not willing that ANY should perish, and we are living in the last minutes of the last days before the return of Jesus...thrilling times!!!

I was going to add to this list the 4th point of unity on the essentials, but upon prayerful observation of what's happening here in my county, it really seems that unity amongst the true brethren is a RESULT of the revival, and not it's prerequisite as I'd originally thought.

Lastly, and possibly the most important thing of all is walking in the spirit of adoption or sonship (Galatians 4:4-7; Romans 8:21ff, etc).

This seems to be both the beginning of personal (and corporate) revival AND the increasing result of it.

Ultimately, what God really wants is for us to just know Him! Imagine if your own children only wanted to be with you out of duty, unhealthy fear, or obligation. What if they didn't really trust you or believe that you love them...just because they're YOURS, and that they don't need to be busy bees, trying to earn your love and fearing that they'll lose it?
It would break your heart!

And isn't that what we do with Abba Father? Do we even dare to call Him that?

The Gospel must be preached...starting IN the church!

I've seen corporately, and experienced personally, that as we become truly at Home in Father's unconditional, matchless love, and know that we're sons, not slaves...the other points (reading the Word, repentance, loving Israel) are so much easier.

And out of this comes the genuine unity in the Holy Spirit...I mean, when you really get it that He loves you simply because He loves you, because He loves you, because He just does, because that's who He IS...there's really no need or room for rivalry!

And we can never be reminded enough that Jesus loves us.

"But there are seasons in our lives when we don't feel very lovable. When we feel too unworthy or broken to even know how to be loved. But the beautiful thing is, God never stops loving us. And He shows that love relentlessly — through His Word, His people, and most of all, through Jesus."

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