Posted by: pastortomvabeach | November 27, 2012

Thought for the Week December 2, 2012

As we prepare for the holiday season that is upon us, I wonder how much a real revival would affect the way that we observe the birth of Christ both in the Christian community and in our society at large. If revival changes us so that we influence the community around us then surely it would make a significant difference in the celebration of Christmas.

I just want to drop a small idea in to your thinker this week regarding this topic of revival. Hopefully you have remembered to fast one or more meals on Saturdays and to ask the Lord to revive His church.

I must confess that I have forgotten the fasting part now twice since September 1, which distressed me, but also motivates me to double down on remembering to fast. I have been able to increase the time that I actually call on God to bring revival and I think that is having an affect on me. Maybe that’s the most important part of getting a grip on praying for revival – that God would get a grip on me, and on each of us as we pray, so that revival begins in our hearts.

Well, here’s the idea. Last week, as I thought on II Chronicles 7:14, If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land, which is one of the most clearly stated promises God has given about sending revival, I noticed there is an operative word that is vitally important – IF.

Everything in this promise hinges on that one little word – IF. Almost everything I read about church history and past revivals tells me that prayer, repentance, and sincerity among God’s people was central to the stirrings of revival. IF is a small word we can overlook by not listening closely. IF tells me that we have a choice to make. The choice is do we really want revival or is that just something we say to look “spiritual”. IF says that we can begin the process and it begins in us, the ones God calls My people who are called by My name.

IF makes the difference of whether we are ready to listen to God and follow Him into real revival or just want to keep on keeping on with the status quo which is going the wrong direction. IF assumes that God’s people need to turn in His direction, to get humble, to pray and seek God’s face, to repent of our own sinful ways. IF says that we may be the obstacle that is prevent a revival in the church of Jesus Christ.

What does IF say to you? I’ve been asking myself that this week. Am I ready, really ready to engage with the Lord and be part of what He wants to do? I am – IF. What about you? We can’t make revival happen but IF puts us right in the middle of what God can do. Wouldn’t you want to be there? IF this makes you think – do it and continue to pray!

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