Revival Blog 78
It is hard to believe that we have entered another new year with new opportunities, challenges and hopefully a renewed, fresh vision of seeking the Lord for a mighty revival across our lands and nations. I am reminded of a gospel event which Jen and I participate each year where I video the event and then send out free copies to all those who make requests, including all the groups who participated. What is remarkable to me is that I only ever receive one thank you out of 16 recipients who receive the DVDs. In Luke 17:11-19 we read of 10 lepers which were healed but only one came back to thank Jesus. May we be a people with thankful hearts for all that He has done for each one of us and instead of presenting a shopping list of prayer requests, let us thank Him for His goodness and grace to us personally in 2017 and for dying for us on the Cross and forgiving all our sins. Bill and Gloria Gaither penned the lyrics of the chorus of a song called “Oh, what a Savior” which brings the reality of why we should be grateful - O what a Savior, O hallelujah, His heart was broken on Calvary, His hands were nail scarred, His side was riven, He gave His life-blood for even me.
As I have been pondering the role and purpose of the local church, my cynical heart has concluded that in many instances (not all), it has become an elite club for political debate, power struggles, snobbery and profit which is passionless about the things of the gospel. Such churches kill vision and are strongholds for promoting dogma and deadness because there is a fear of even speaking about the things of the Spirit. When will we learn that without a vision the people will perish. There is something deep down in my heart that longs to see a passion return to the churches where we weep over lost souls, intercede for those who are going to a lost eternity and that those who are called to declare the gospel will speak with the anointing of God. I seriously ask myself if the church is relevant in 2018 in it’s present form. We have all the outward trappings of life and energy but when the music stops, the floodlights are turned off and emotions subside, what are we left with? Many churches have altar rails which in times past was where souls would come and kneel and pour out their heart before a Holy God and would find salvation. This has been removed from many churches to make way for a bigger stage, PA equipment and a performance where we mimic the rock concerts of the world.
My friends, we do not need another best seller, a high-profile evangelist, a new church program or even a catchy new worship song. We need the presence of Almighty God to come amongst us in mighty Holy Ghost power and move amongst the candlesticks anointing hearts and lives. He makes the difference which sadly so many Christians have never experienced because they fear the Spirit they claim to believe in. You shall receive power should be the key phrase for 2018 as in Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
May revival not just be another word we glibly use but may we as God’s people earnestly seek a new Pentecost in 2018 that will result in a national and international outpouring of the Holy Spirit bringing changed lives. (Jan 2, 2018).