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Revival

November 17, 2012

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and Thy right hand shall save me.” – Psalm 138:7

 

At the end of the day, after you sort through all the demoninations, doctrines, personal opinion, and bias, there are only two distinctions in this life that matter – only two types of people in all of the world: the saved, and the lost. Plain and simple. Because of Adam’s legacy, we are each of us born into a world of sin – and born as a part of that world and its nature. The truth that we all must accept, is that to transcend this world – to be sanctified and set apart from it – we must first be reborn: covered by the precious blood of the Lamb and filled with God‘s Holy Spirit. However, even after you’ve accepted Christ into your heart, there is still work to be done; there is still growing to do and strength to gain. Sanctification is an ongoing process: from the moment of your salvation to the drawing of your very last breath, we should never stop learning of God and striving to grow closer to Him. And the one thing those two groups of people have in common – both Christian and lost – is this: that, no matter who, where, or when, we are all in need of revival.

 

‘Revival’, defined as “restoration to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, etc.”, is equally applicable to all, saved or not. For those without God, you need to accept Him: to be washed in the Son’s blood and to be born again in His name. For those of us who have our salvation, we still need that restoration of strength, and of vigor. We need to be renewed constantly and consistently, allowing God to “revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” (Isaiah 57:15) We need to reach back to that moment when we first accepted Him into our hearts; that moment when we first felt so new, so committed, and so determined to live and work for Him. Too often, we allow the Enemy to rob us of that sense of renewal and determination: it begins to wane as we are steadily worn down by time and the world around us. But we can always find our strength and renewal in our God – anytime, anywhere – for He is the God who tells us, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)

 

“Wilt Thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in Thee? Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.” (Psalm 85:6-7) This is a prayer we all need to pray: to have our hearts revived, so that we might rejoice in the Lord; to take joy in our salvation and in the awesome covenant we share with our God. If we could all be filled with His fire, His victory, and His Spirit, what things we could accomplish! Nothing can stand against us!

 

So, today – whoever you are and whatever the state of your soul – come looking for rebirth and renewal; come looking for a revival, and be made over again by the power and grace of Christ Jesus. Because in Him, nothing ever grows old, diminishes, dies, or fades away: in Jesus, all things are made eternally glorious, eternally righteous, and eternally new. “So will not we go back from Thee: quicken us, and we will call upon Thy name. Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts, cause Thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.” (Psalm 80:18-19) Today, I pray that we each might be quickened all over again by His grace; that we be filled to the brim by His Spirit; and that we be sustained for all eternity by His peace. And if you don’t know Him today, I pray that you accept Jesus Christ into your heart for the ultimate revival: because when you are made new by His blood you feel new in a way you’ve never, ever dreamed. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  (II Cor. 5:17)

 

“And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in His holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.” – Ezra 9:8

Be blessed,

Joshua

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