The time for revival is now and we must not miss this great opportunity before us to see our King rise and bring us hope in this dangerous world we live in that is headed in the wrong direction. Let us now begin to lay aside some meals and get our spirit strong that we may be able to do warfare in the spirit realm. Remember, if we feed the flesh, the flesh will get strong and over ride our spirit but if we deny our flesh, and feed our spirit man daily from Godís word, then our spirit man will be the stronger one and we can begin to see things change around us for our good.
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We desperately need a move of God to bring us back to a spirit of prayer and holiness. We need revival. Revival is God in his holiness doing a work among His people. Revival is not evangelism. It is not proclaiming the Gospel to those who do not know Christ. Revival is God renewing our hearts. Revival is when God is known and respected as God. Preparation for revival comes when we allow God to work in us to bring us to a place of repentance and a new walk of obedience to the Lord. If we want to get to know God, we must get to know Him in His sovereignty, that He is Almighty God. We must know Him as the sovereign God. He is the One who put the mountains in place, the One who hung the stars in space and knows them all by name. We need to know that He is the Creator of all things. We need to come to realization that He is the God who has placed everything into existence and nothing exits without a purpose. There is nothing that exists without Him. There will be no revival until deep within our heart and soul we know and reverence Him in this kind of way. The hope we have in our hearts is his Spirit causing us to realize our calling and destiny which was chosen for us before the foundation of the world. Our destiny is not in front of us but lies within our heart. It’s the deepness within each of us calling out to all the unsearchable richness that he is. It is the ideas, dreams, and visions that seem to come out of no-where giving us answers and guidance as we give him all our being. We have the blessed hope that one day; we shall bear his image and likeness. Abraham hoped against hope and it was counted unto him as righteousness and caused the Living God, to call him his friend.
Break Up Your Fallow Ground
It is time to have revival in our heart but before it can happen, we must allow Godís word to break us till there is none of us left. We need the hidden sins of the heart broken up. I am talking about the fountains of sin that are in the deep crevices of our heart. Now donít get to saved on me for his word says that all have sinned and come short of his glory. This leaves none of us out because he says that our righteousness is as filthy rags. I dare you to look this up and see what it means. I will tell you that it is not pleasant. We need to look at the scripture below to see how far we have let down the standards of God.
Hosea Chapter 10:12.
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow (uncultivated) ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
Fallow ground is a piece of land that has not been tended. The elements have hardened it like a piece of plastic that has been seared in the fire. It would have to be soaked with water to be able to plow it. This is the way our hearts have become when we neglect praying and reading our bible. We will become complacent or satisfied and never give room for growth. I preached a message in my younger years from Proverbs 23:27 which states that a whore is a deep ditch and her steps lead to hell. It also states that you will find many bones of young men there. As we examine this, we find that a deep ditch usually has loose dirt around the top sides which means that it would be hard for us to get out should we fall in. This is like the sin that we let creep in unawares through our eye gate, and our ear gate. We get in trouble when we allow these things to get in our mind. It is a well known fact that battles are fought and won in our mind. Once these vices get in our mind, it will not be long until they get in our heart and our emotions will tell on us.
The bible says that out of the heart the mouth will speak and all these things come from the heart. The fountains of the sins of self-will, self gain, self motivation, selfish desires, and selfish choices need to be uprooted by the word and the Spirit of God. I am talking about the secret sins of gossiping, backbiting, and tale bearing. These are strictly condemned in Proverbs 6th chapter. Sometimes we sell out for personal gain or even from demands of loved ones or a close friend. We need our hearts stirred with Holy Ghost anointed preaching from someone who has spent time in their prayer closet with God. Someone who will preach the unadulterated word of God with power that will cause us to reexamine our self before a Holy God who hates sin. Too many are rebelling against his known will and are refusing to lay their life down for his service. We need the cresses of sin broken up and get rid of the angry spirit that seems to over take us when we least expect it. Jesus said if we save our life, we will lose it but if we lose our life for him, we shall find it. Too many people are living a self motivated life for their own gain and sometimes at the expense of others.
This is going on in the streets as drug dealers pry upon the innocent to enslave them into help meet their own gain. Sad but true, this spirit finds its way into the local assembly of our churches today causing confusion and church splits. This spirit when recognized, needs to be addressed and rebuked because it has no place in Godís children. Letís not forget bitterness, unforgiveness, jealousy, envy and strife. Does it bother you to be over looked and see someone else promoted? This is envy and is strongly rebuked in Godís word. I know this may hurt a bit but if we are going to see a move of God on this planet, we are going to have to do some house cleaning and get our selves to the place where we can have a conscience void of any offense before God and our fellow men. I want us to now look at Joel 2: 12-13.
12Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning 13 And rend your hearts and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth of the evil.
The Lord here is calling for a personal repentance that comes from the heart. The heart is considered to include the intellect and emotions. In verses 15-17, the Lord is calling for a national repentance in a solemn assembly with no one being exempt. Read these verses with an open heart and let us ask our self, Am I satisfied with my life like it is or do I now catch myself developing a hunger for the mighty living God and do I now devote myself to pray for revival? Lord, please bring revival in my heart.