Proverbs 4 7-4-20

What better gift to give America than REVIVAL?  She has seen several before; why not again? Let us PRAY FOR REVIVAL!

18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
    shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
    they do not know what makes them stumble.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
    and be steadfast in all your ways.

Picking up where we left off yesterday, God “is looking for a few good men”–and women, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:9a). All it takes is a few people praying to spark a revival. The timing is up to the LORD. We just need to be faithful, willing, ardent, and compliant to the Spirit of God.

If the Spirit were to fall on Brookwood this Sunday, would you be a willing party to it? We must consider the ramifications of revival in our lives. We are talking a changed perspective, here. Any plans that we may have had go out the window as He takes charge of the room–and our lives. Are you good with that?

Why not begin to orient your life to receive “the fire of the Holy Spirit” now? We can:

  1. Increase our time of Bible study and prayer. Ask God to call you to this time with Him. We cannot generate this desire on our own–but I KNOW that Jesus desires us to desire Him, and the Holy Spirit wants to, as well. As the Spirit takes control of us, we begin to desire what He desires, which is time fellowshipping with Christ. It really is that simple. Allow Him to give you His desires.
  2. Re-arrange our priorities, even to the point of suspending some things indefinitely. What is it in your life that if you gave it up for a season, it would free you up for more personal time with the LORD? THAT’S what I would start with.
  3. Begin to talk about revival with others.
    1. Could it come as it has before?
    2. Would we be ready for it or would it catch us off-guard?
    3. Would we like to be ready for it, or are we content with the way things are?
  4. Take on the attitude of determination: Meet, pray, sing, pray, cry out to God, teach, pray, admonish, pray, exhort, beg the Father to send His fire down upon us to move, to stir, to awaken the spiritually sleeping and raise the spiritually dead, to show signs and wonders, to send dreams and visions, and to break down cultural barriers, financial barriers and “racial” barriers.

Revival is serious business. It is heaven on earth. Jesus taught His disciples to pray for revival“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). B.B. McKinney wrote a beautiful hymn about revival:

Send a revival O Christ my Lord
Let it go over the land and sea
Send it according to Thy dear Word
And let it begin in me

Lord send a revival
Lord send a revival
Lord send a revival
And let it begin in me

Send a revival among Thine own
Help us to turn from our sins away
Let us get nearer the Father’s throne
Revive us again we pray – Chorus

Send a revival to those in sin
Help them, O Jesus, to turn to Thee
Let them the new life in Thee begin
Oh give them the victory – Chorus

Send a revival in every heart
Draw the world nearer O Lord to Thee
Let the salvation true joy impart
And let it begin in me – chorus

Revival is the BLESSING of God, which is His presence with and in us: “Immanuel” (God with us).  Included in revival is the HOPE of God, which is what He has in store for us! Let’s get our eyes off this world and back on the Savior.

LORD, may I be first to take my own words to heart. Just writing this post took considerable effort. Thank You for calling me to do it, for empowering me to do it, and for encouraging me to actually sit down and do it! May my readers be encouraged to do the same as they consider spending more time with You. Amen.

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