Revival Blog 92
Isaiah 43:19: ”See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Sometimes, that still small voice whispers into our innermost being and we become aware that it is God personally speaking to us. Case in point was when eight mature Christians were drawn together to meet in a pole barn on July 5, 2020 to simply worship the Lord on a Sunday morning. This marked the inception of what has become a new church body called ‘New Life Fellowship’. One of the characteristics of this gathering in addition to it being Christ-centric, is the emphasis of having real Christian fellowship without the politics, power-struggles and pampering to people’s egos.
The current trend (resulting from the restrictions imposed due to Covid-19) is to live-stream services remotely, just you and your computer screen. Whilst I understand this pandemic has impacted our practices and lives completely and social distancing and wearing of masks is essential, the early Church knew what were the true ingredients of healthy relationships as defined in Acts 2:42: "They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer".
My point is this, has the modern-day church moved so far away from what God intended that we are more like the world and seriously lacking the power and presence of Almighty God? Four years ago, we were blessed to be part of a trip to the Holy Land with approximately 30 other Christians. One of the places we visited was Capernaum where we congregated inside the ruins of the synagogue where Jesus taught and drove out an impure spirit in a demon-possessed man (Luke 4:31-37). A lady in our group suggested it would be good to pray for the four Pastors who were part of this trip. There was no music, no emotion, just 32 Christians willing to intercede in prayer. What took place was absolutely amazing because the presence of Almighty God just fell on everyone gathered and people began weeping and praising the Lord at the same time. I am reminded of the worship song: When I feel the touch, Of Your hand upon my life, It causes me to sing a song, That I love You, Lord. So from deep within, My spirit singeth unto Thee, You are my King, You are my God, And I love You, Lord.
When will we be bold enough not to be slaves to an order of service and just simply say to the Lord, fill this place with Your Glory? When was the last time you felt the sweet presence of Almighty God? When was the last time you wept in His presence, felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit in your soul as you were being purified from within, being drawn to repent of all those things that only you knew about and was willing to be a clean, sanctified vessel for God? Romans 12:1: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship”.
In my humble opinion, the Christian Church is in a backslidden state and we need something new in 2020. May we develop a spine and stand straight for Jesus and begin to understand spiritual warfare and the overwhelming victory we can have in Christ. Remember the old hymn: “Who is on the Lord’s Side”? The verse is: By Thy grand redemption, By Thy grace divine, We are on the Lord’s side; Savior, we are Thine".
May our prayer for revival be, God do something new across the nations of the world and may many be brought into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. (July 20, 2020).