Posted by: pastortomvabeach | January 5, 2016

Thought For The Week January 10, 2016

Daniel Henderson, former pastor and current president of Strategic Renewal writes in his book Fresh Encounters, “Three businessmen attended a work associate’s funeral. They found it intriguing that the many friends and family who passed the casket gave a brief personal comment about the significance of the man’s life. At the reception following they asked each other, ‘What would you want people to say about you when they walk by your casket someday?’ The first of the three replied, ‘I would like them to comment on my commitment as a hard-working employee.’ The second noted, ‘I would like people to remember me as a good husband and father.’ After deep thought the third said, ‘I want them to look down at me, point their finger, and say, “He’s still breathing.”‘

From that funny illustration, Henderson, makes the following observation, “When future generations look back at this era of the history of the church, I pray they will know that we were still breathing. But I do not simply want the church to be alive. Even a patient on life support is ‘alive’.

“I pray we will be fully awake-thriving, not just surviving. I pray we will be experiencing life-changing encounters with the living Christ-enjoying and exhibiting His glory. Much of the research today indicates that the American church is drowsy. I am not content to keep hitting the snooze alarm.

“In Revelation 3:1-3, Christ pleads with the church in Sardis. He appeals for an honest status check. He calls them to repentance from drowsiness and a return to fresh spiritual desire: I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief. (New Living Translation).

“In the past our nation has experienced some great awakenings of spiritual vitality through extraordinary movements of prayer and Spirit-empowered preaching. No doubt, we need a similar awakening today. I believe the Lord is calling us to “wake up.”

I don’t know about you, but I shout a hearty “Amen” to that. I don’t want to be the generation that was asleep at the wheel while the church and our nation coasted into a spiritual coma or worse. On January 3, I shared that I believe that God can give us a real powerful revival if we will position ourselves where He sends revival. In a nutshell, II Chronicles 7:14 says that God’s people who humble themselves (submitted fully to Him), really pray, and repent of their own sinful ways, that is the place where God sends revival. I urge you, if you were not able to be here on that day, to go to our website, http://www.ccagvb.com, and listen to the message.

While we can’t manufacture revival by our excitement or ingenuity, we can position ourselves for the sovereign outpouring of revival that God wants to send. Will you dedicate yourself in January 2016, to pray, seek God’s face, humble yourself, and allow the Lord to search out any wrongdoing so you can repent? If we will all do this, we’ll be ready when He sends revival. I want to be ready. How about you? Just a thought.

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