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Are You Ready for Revival?

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By Pastor Jeff,

Esther 4:14, “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

“For such as a time as this” we no doubt are living in the last days, in a short time Israel will be celebrating it’s 70th anniversary as becoming a nation which clearly as noted by the book of Matthew would be the last generation. The question is, will there be one more revival among the Gentiles to usher in the seven year tribulation or will the Church be quietly called home?

I for one desire one more Revival but we must remember Revival does not come about as we have special speakers and worship leaders come into our church and stir us up for a short time. I for one have witnessed moves of God that soon turned back to regular services after these people left. Revival must begin with an intense hunger for God and seeking Him humbly on our faces. Great hunger and sincere repentance was always present during any revival. You had the Wesley’s, Finney’s to name a few.

I studied much on the outpouring during the early 20th century for on New Years day 1901 a little group in Topeka Kansas we witness the pouring out the baptism on a young lady named Agnes Ozman under the tutor ledge of Charles Parham which soon started a fire throughout the world. We first witnessed an outpouring in Wales Scotland in 1904, then soon in a place that has been called the Azusa Street Revival under a one eyed Black man named William Seymour in 1906 which lasted for three years with services at least three times per day. I wonder if our modern day Christians would be able to endure this type of move of God?
Frank Bartleman who was at the forefront on this and other churches in the early 1900’s clearly proclaimed that deep prayer, humility, unity, and sacrifice of oneself was the only way that true revival could occur. Jesus Christ is waiting on us and if no one answers the call will come for a church that is weak, defeated, with no real purpose other that going through the motions of weakly services that pump us up and send us on our merry way to face the world. James 5:7, “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

 

One thing I noticed when studying revivals is that they were relatively short, a couple years at most. The greatest attack on revival is always from within as most leaders don’t know how to get out of the way and try to control what the Holy Spirit is wanting to do. When someone who is desperate for more of Jesus, others get offended, they look at you as weird, even out of order with how the “Church” in their limited view should be.

If we want true Revival, the best thing we can do is to GET OUT OF THE WAY!

Jesus is coming soon and He desires His house to be full, let’s humble ourselves, Pray and then with the power that comes from the Holy Ghost do as he commands us in Luke 14:23, “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”

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The Glory

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By Pastor Jeff,

My first thought when it comes about the word “glory” is when the angels announced the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ to the shepherds in the hills, Luke 2:11-14, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

The Glory of God  can be difficult to describe, His Glory can be found in His creation, Psalms 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handywork.” Even man was created to display His glory, Isaiah 43:7, “Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” Unfortunately, man has polluted the glory of God, Romans 1:18-23, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”

Do you think of glory as being another name for heaven? Psalms 73:23-25, “Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.” How many times have you said or heard Christians talk of death as being “received unto glory,” which is a phrase borrowed from this Psalm. When the Christian dies, he will be taken into God’s presence, and in His presence will be naturally surrounded by God’s glory.

Defining what Glory is and what it means is tougher than I thought and to explain it to someone who never has seen the glory of God in His creation or has never experienced the wonderful presence of Jesus Christ is like trying to explain a sunrise over the ocean to someone who is blind.

Because God is the creator of all, including us and is Holy, the glory of God is the manifest beauty of his holiness. It is the going public of his holiness. His holiness is what he is as God that nobody else is. It is his quality of perfection that can’t be improved upon, that can’t be imitated, that is incomparable, that determines all that he is and is determined by nothing from outside. It signifies his infinite worth, his intrinsic, infinite worth, his intrinsic, infinite value.
We need to give Him “Glory” we all make the mistake of trusting in earthly things, earthly relationships, their own powers or talents or beauty, or the goodness they see in others. But when these things fade and fail as they will inevitably do we tend to abandon the things and people we have been giving glory to. What we all need to realize is that God’s glory is constant, and as we journey through life we will see it manifest here and there
The Lord Jesus Christ has done so much for me, can you declare that too?
John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
And we have this promise in Him, Ephesians 1:11-17, “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:”
Moses who probably had the most one on one connection to God in the Old Testament had had one day asked the Lord an interesting question in Exodus 33:18, “And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory.”
You know what, that is a question I am asking God too…
Exodus 40:34, “Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.”  I want you to notice something here, this filling of the tabernacle only happened after sacrifice, what sacrifice can we give? Hebrews 13:14-15, “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”
Its about desire, do you have this desire?

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God Is LOVE!

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By Pastor Jeff,

1John 4:7-8, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

God is Love!, whenever we make that statement we have those who question it that’s true, they ask, if God is love why is there such misery in our world today? We hear of Tsunami’s, earthquakes, tornado’s blizzards, there are wars, terrorists’ bombings, shootings, Christians being martyred by the hundreds. You see sickness, death, cancer striking the young and old, and the question is if God is indeed love, how can this be happening?

Atheism is the fastest growing I hate to call it a religion, but that’s what it is, in the world. In the US the rate has grown from 6.7% in 2007 to over 22%, that’s astounding and I think people look at what is happening and think if God created this world and He claims to be love then they rather not believe at all.

We need to realize that the world we live in is not the world God created, in Genesis chapter one God proclaimed it was “good” seven times and finished with this claim in verse 31, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” So what gives?, Genesis 3:1-5, “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

It was not God who brought evil in the world but it was man! If we got what we really deserved, we’d be in serious trouble, Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” and what is the penalty for sin? Ezekiel 18:20, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die…” But because God is love, Jesus took this penalty from us, John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whomsoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” 

I think what shows this Love clearly is that under the law outside the camp was not a very nice place, Leviticus, 4:11-12, “And the skin of the bullock, and all his flesh, with his head, and with his legs, and his inwards, and his dung, Even the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp unto a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are poured out shall he be burnt.” Lepers also were kept outside the camp and when a person was sentenced to death they took them outside the camp to stone them, so this is a place of defilement, where disease, waste, and death dwelled, and this is the very place that Jesus Christ was crucified, Hebrews 13:10-12, “We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.”  Oh, how He loves you and me! God is LOVE!

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