Missions March 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Word of God Revival - Thoughts from Roger's Message this Weds.

The outworkings of an internal revival:
1. To be quickened
2. To be refreshed
3. To be renewed
4. To be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit
5. To have the Word of God as the standard for our thinking and emotional responses.

In Ezra 9:8-9, the Lord promises to revive Israel, to set up a house of the Lord God, to repair the desolation and to give them a wall in Jerusalem.
When people think about revival, they think of large groups of believers coming together in a new way. But its important to remember that we all need to have a personal inner revival in our hearts daily! Our revival comes from understanding what Christ has done for me, who His is and what He is doing in my life right now. A revival is the Word of God being revealed in us, to us and being expressed through us.
There are moments in our lives when we feel like we want to faint, to give up, to go our own way or the easy way - but that is the most important time to go to God and be revived! In II Corinthians 3:17-18 and 4:1, we are changed from glory to glory by the Holy Spirit, we are given a ministry, and we are filled with mercy so we faint not. The beauty of revival is that it can happen in a moment. Its not a process. Yes, growing in maturity as a believer is a process. But being quickened by the Holy Spirit is not a process. Receiving God's mercy and being refreshed by it is not a process. It can happen in a moment! Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty and in a moment we can be changed from glory to glory because of that liberty. Satan hates to see the power of God change us in a moment, to see us tenderly pulled up from the dirt in a moment and to see us be renewed in the grace that has saved us in a moment.
Revival can be a daily miracle and it comes from a fresh faith - knowing I'm saved, knowing I'm redeemed, knowing my sins are paid for, knowing I'm a child of God and knowing my Redeemer lives.

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