It is sad today to believe that Revival is elusive and difficult to obtain or achieve; yet revival and a move of the Spirit is a promise from God. It is only difficult to some because there is a price to pay and they are unwilling to pay the price.
Revival is spontaneous and cannot be controlled. Whenever revival erupts it is like a wildfire that will ocntinue to spread as long as the church continues to fan the flame. I am confident that we can all agree that what we need more than anything else is revival.
Unfortunately, won't come just to come. Revival must be ushered by the church. Revival will only come to those who long for it, desire it; those who pursue after it with an undying hunger and thirst for it.
This is truly our finest hour. This is the greatest day of the church. I believet that sometimes we do not realize the day that we are living in. The signs are all around us that we are living near to the coming of the Son of Man. Jesus is coming soon.
But while we are here what are we doing? In life, there are many distractions - many voices that contend for our attention. There are many things that try to rob us of our passion and love for the Lord. As a people we must stand firm; we must not allow ourselves to be come cold in our spirit. The FIRE must burn.
Revival is the result of a complete surrender to the Lord - one in which we have given everything to Him: our time, our finances, our passions, our desires, our relationships, and so on. Once we have given everythign to the Lord so that there are no hindrances to the free flow of the Spirit, revival will come.
Have you purchased an item that was recommended to you or advertised to be the best? You bought it, took it home and began to use it. Unfortunately, the item did not last very long. The item did not live up to all of the hype. How many of us became angry and wanted to sue for false advertisement? Be honest.
There are many uncertainties in life but we can be certain of this one thing - regardless as to what we go through as an individual or as a church - we will remain. We have not been made to fail or to live life in defeat. We are a victorious people.
It is amazing today that so many Christians live life as victims. Yes, we go through difficulties in life. We face hardship, grief, disappointments, sorrows and so on. Yet, we do not to allow these things to affect us. We can rise above them and live victoriously.
If we have the power of the Holy Ghost living inside of us then we have the power to overcome; to rise above every obstacle that may stand in our way.
I believe, though, that the reason so many Christians do not live in victory is because we fail to fullly understand who we are. There are many who suffer with a horrible disease; it's caled spiritual identity crisis.
I encourage you to study how the Lord feels toward us; study His love and concern for us. In doing so, I believe that we will receive a better perspective on our relationship with the Lord.
Paul and Silas knew the secret of how to lift their hearts above their troubles and enter into God's presence and power. Through praise and worship their hearts were raised into the joyous presence and peace of God and they provided God a channel for His power to operate in their circumstances.
The Bible says that God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). In other words, God "dwells" in the atmosphere of His praise. This means that praise is not merely a reaction from coming into His presence; praise is the vehicle of faith which brings us into the presence and power of God! Praise and worship are the "gate-pass" which allows us to enter the sacredness of His glory. The psalmist writes, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name" (Psalm 100:4).
Praise means "to commend, to applaud or magnify." For the Christian, praise to god is an expression of worship, lifting up and glorifying the Lord. It is an expression of humbling ourselves and centering our attention upon the Lord with heartfelt expressions of love, adoration and thanksgiving. High praises bring our spirit into a pinnacle of fellowship and intimacy between ourselves and God - it magnifies our awareness of our spiritual union with the most high God. Praise transports us into the realm of the supernatural and into the power of God. "Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance" (Psalm 89:15).
Praise is an expression of faith and a declaration of victory! It declares that we believe God is with us and is in control of the outcome of all our circumstances (Romans 8:28). Praise is a "sacrifice," something we offer to God sacrificially, not just because we feel like it, but because we believe in Him and wish to please Him. "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name" (Hebrews 13:15).
Praise is a lifestyle. Let us truly praise Him today.
What does it mean to pursue God? The definition of pursuit is as follows: “the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture.”
A. W. Tozer wrote in his book The Pursuit of God the following excerpt:
How tragic that we in this dark day have had our seeking done for us by our teachers. Everything is made to center upon the initial act of “accepting” Christ (a term, incidentally, which is not found in the Bible) and we are not expected thereafter to crave any further revelation of God to our souls. We have been snared in the coils of a spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him, we need no more seek Him…
In the midst of this great chill there are some, I rejoice to acknowledge, who will not be content with shallow logic. They will admit the force of the argument, and then turn away with tears to hunt some lonely place and pray, “O God, show me Thy Glory.” They want to taste, to touch with their hearts, to see with their inner eyes the wonder that is God.
How true it is that as people we sometimes feel and believe that we have arrived at a place where we can no longer know God more, step deeper in Him, or receive fresh revelations and new encounters.
We become satisfied with the initial experience and never stop beyond that place. We become satisfied with the familiarity of our Christian walk and never pursue the deeper things of God. There is more to God than we know. There are deeper dimensions of God into which we have never stepped. There are fresh revelations of God that are ready to be revealed.
Are you pursuing God today?