Posted in A Few Thoughts, tagged Church Revival on January 18, 2010|
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Off and on throughout the weekend, I was praying and thinking about revival… I wonder what it will take for God to bring about revival and spiritual awakening within His Church. What will it take? What method should we follow? What is required? What are the perfect circumstances for revival? There are a lot of theologians who can answer those questions better than I, but only one answer came to mind.
What will it take? God. Simply and purely, God. Supreme, Sufficient, Sovereign and Almighty, All Knowing, Gracious, Magnificent, Holy, Glorious, and Everlasting in Lovingkindness……..God.
If we ask God, the God of the Old and New Covenant, to bring revival and awakening in the Church will He not answer? In His perfect timing, for His glory, yes.
Are we available?
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Posted in A Few Thoughts on January 16, 2010|
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There’s not one of us who hasn’t been deeply affected by the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. It’s hard to comprehend what life is like for those who had so little and now have nothing. It’s the orphaned children that I find most haunting. I can’t imagine them wandering the streets with no place to go, no parents to cling to, no food in their stomach, no water for their parched tongue. How do we respond to such devastation? How do we pray? What would the Lord have us do beyond giving financially to organizations like Samaritan’s Purse, Compassion International, HCJB Global, World Vision or Mission Aviation Fellowship? I don’t know. Whatever the response is for us personally, may we respond to the Lord’s leading. May we listen closely “for and to” His voice and lift our hands and feet to His call.
The thought occurs to me however, isn’t that the way I ought to live everyday of my life, responding to His Lordship? In moments of great urgency and peril, the response is clear–feed and care for the orphans and widows; save those in harms way. But it’s the day-to-day obedience to the Lord that often gets lost in the daily grind. We are often dulled by routine and ritual, and even religious activity.
O Lord, keep us on the cutting edge; where our senses are keen to Your every move. May the slightest prompting of Your Holy Spirit serve as a glance from Your face that cause us to watch and lean forward for our marching orders. And then yielding further as we rise with Your response in and through us; depending upon Your divine energy to accomplish the very thing You call us to. We desire an earnest, steadfast availability in our soul for Your purposes, for Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
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