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Ears Up

While I was out walking this morning, I passed by a pasture where two horses were catnapping.  Just as horses often do when they sleep, their heads were drooped and one hind end leg was in a resting position. Even though they were napping and their faces were turned away from me,  their ears were tilted toward me … ears up, rotating and gathering data from their surroundings … attentively listening to my presence.  Clearly their ears were not asleep.

“You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him” Deuteronomy 13:4.

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A Slow Turn

A slow turn in the right direction...

When the word “revival” is mentioned all sorts of definitions and images flash into our minds.  Perhaps we think of the good ole’ revival tent meetings where an itinerant preacher drives into town and preaches a fire and brimstone message about sin.  We might think of people praying together and suddenly the Spirit shows up in power. Or maybe what comes to mind is the sudden manifestation of the Holy Spirit that was experienced during past revivals, such as the Welsh revival of 1904. In Wales, revival sprung up suddenly, spread like wildfire and radically changed entire communities overnight. What we wouldn’t do to see such a move of God today?

I started earnestly praying for revival right after September 11, 2001. Like so many believers, that day served as a terrifying wake up call to seek God’s face. We prayed for families who lost loved ones; we prayed for our nation’s leaders; we prayed for protection; we prayed the salvation of unbelievers, and we prayed for the Church to be revived.  And we prayed for “something” like they experienced in Wales…

It hit me a few days ago that we are being revived and resuscitated toward God. It’s not like the revivals of the 18th and 19th centuries. He may yet show up in that way, but the important part of revival is not the experience rather the turn. We are most definitely seeing a slow turn in the right direction toward God. We know time is short and we better be turning home!

True revival is being revived to the Lordship of Christ, where we actually live out of the power of God as revived believers in a fallen world … armed with the mission of proclaiming Jesus and glorifying God. It’s understanding our wretched condition before a Holy God and repenting in the light of who He is. It is being rightly aligned with the purposes of God, for His glory alone, because He is completely worthy of our dedication. It is where we pledge our total allegiance to Jesus Christ as our Lord. With or without an experience, will we listen to and obey Him? We can do that today.

“Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, ‘This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!'” (Mark 9:7)

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