The church I attend has a decision to make. We have been blessed continually by God, and we are taking it for granted. We have come to expect blessings, while not listening to the One who blesses. We must learn that with great blessings comes greater responsibility for intimacy with God. We cannot get distracted by recognition, we must live in humility. God chose us to do a great work, because we were a church that was willing. And we must pray that the Lord does not remove His hand from us. There are many other willing churches out there, and the cloud of blessing is moving towards them, if we do not stay focused.
The Lord began a movement recently. Two weeks ago, we didn’t even have a sermon. The pastor went onstage and the Lord showed up with full conviction. People flooded the altar in the middle of the service, begging God not to remove His hand. It was exciting, it was emotional, it was needed.
We are starting a study this month based on James MacDonald’s book Downpour. It discusses revival, our need for it, and how we must get to that point. This week we are discussing holiness. Every follower of Christ knows that God is holy, but when you really get into what it means to be holy, how even the sinless Seraphim (angels) that are around His throne hide from His gaze, then you realize how low we are. We must approach Him with caution. Just as Mr. Tumnus says in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, “He’s not a tame lion.” (Lucy) “No… but he is good.”
The Lord is stirring. He is giving us the chance to see revival in our time and in our land if we want it. But it has to start on a personal level. It has to start in my own heart. So I am begging God to move, to start with me, and to turn this church, this city, this state, this nation, and this world towards Him. And may we never get over it.
Deuteronomy 4:23 (NIV)
23 Be careful. Don’t forget the covenant the Lord your God made with you. Don’t make for yourselves a statue of any god at all. He has told you not to. So don’t do it.
Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV)
9 Don’t be careless. Instead, be very careful. Don’t forget the things your eyes have seen. As long as you live, don’t let them slip from your mind. Teach them to your children and their children after them.
“Come, let us return to the LORD.
He has torn us to pieces
but he will heal us;
he has injured us
but he will bind up our wounds.
After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence.
Let us acknowledge the LORD;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth.”