Posts Tagged ‘ Revival ’

Preparing for a move of God

heart-checkI sit here listening to worship music thinking about how I have always wanted to see a lasting, transforming, non-stopping move of God. Over the last year the cry of my heart has been to know and see Holy Spirit and the pages of the Bible to come alive.

 
There is so much Holy Spirit has put on my heart for this year. This blog lately has not been all about teaching but has been somewhat of a journal. I put on here what Holy Spirit says to me because I believe that some of what He says to me and maybe where He’s leading me could be beneficial to someone who stops by and reads.

 
I know one thing, there will be miracles and signs we can’t necessarily explain in this next phase in the Church but I also believe that that should never become the focus. We must always stay focused on Him and we must awaken to righteousness (1 Corinthians 15:34). If we don’t like a Christ like life any revival we begin to experience, any miracles and healing or whatever will be short lived. – without holiness no man shall see the Lord.

 
This post is for the Church, we are held to a standard that those who don’t yet know Christ aren’t.

 
As I sat here talking with Holy Spirit, He asked what I wanted to see. I said a move of God that truly lasts and transforms. Not continual services necessarily but a changed people. He then asked me how I believe that I will get there.

 
I believe we will see miracles, more than that I believe in changed hearts and transformed lives. We will get to the supernatural area of teaching, we will talk about developing faith. Before we go there we must make sure our foundation is strong so that when the supernatural comes we don’t get off into error.

 
I believe it is crucial for each of us to remind ourselves and be reminded of the foundations of prayer, worship, Bible study, and renewing our minds. This is where I am starting. I am going back to the basics, re-strengthening my foundation so I know I am ready for all the glory that is coming.

 
I know we tend to want to jump strait in but the glory of God is actually the holiness of God (Exodus 15:11). If we are not right before God, if we are not living right, the very thing we desire will end up taking us down.

 
If you long to see miracles, signs, wonders, prophecy and more. I ask that you start, like me, with checking and strengthening your foundation. When we are awaken fully to righteousness that’s when we will be able to handle the signs and wonders.

 
Over the next few months I’m going to revisit prayer, personal worship, and share some tools to help us be equipped in holiness. When that is in place we will move forward into faith and the supernatural.

 
I believe we, no, I know we will see amazing things, things that cannot be explained. I know with that God is calling us to a new level of consecration.

 
I am looking forward to this journey, will you join me in the pursuit of His presence?

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The Key to Revival’s Door

door keyThis Father’s Day will be the 20th anniversary of the Brownsville revival.

 

Myself and maybe more importantly, well known leaders in the Church have been talking about the need for another great move of God, a third great awakening, a revival.

 
As much as I believe we need a revival, I think we need God more. Let me explain, revival can be trumped up through happy music, shouting, screaming preachers, and let’s be honest, spiritual excess. All this can and many times is called revival, when in reality it’s not.

 
If we truly want to see a revival we must first look to God and obey His word.

 
We are all familiar with 2 Chronicles 7:14, but the reasons that verse has not worked for us is two-fold. One, we’ve never truly repented, and two, we’ve never taken it in context.

 
2 Chronicles 7:12-22 NKJV ” 12 Then the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. 16 For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 17 As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, and do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments, 18 then I will establish the throne of your kingdom, as I covenanted with David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man as ruler in Israel.’19 “But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods, and worship them, 20 then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them; and this house which I have sanctified for My name I will cast out of My sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.21 “And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and this house?’ 22 Then they will answer, ‘Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this calamity on them.’”

 
When we read this portion of Scripture with context it has somewhat of a different feel to it.

 
The place was sanctified and there was sacrifice. We need to be sanctified and we need to be the sacrifice.

 
To be sanctified means to be set apart. We are sanctified when Jesus is made LORD of our life. At salvation He is savior but at sanctification He is made LORD.

 
Psalm 51:7-10 NKJV ” 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.8 Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice.9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

 
1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; 5:23 NKJV “3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 
Many Christians have made Jesus savior, but not all have made Him LORD. Salvation and sanctification are clearly two different and separate works of Holy Spirit and until we are sanctified, until our temples are sanctified, until our churches are sanctified we will not see God, nor a move of God.

 
Hebrews 12:14 says without holiness no man shall see God. It is not enough to be saved. Matthew three says we must produce fruit in keeping with repentance. We must be sanctified.
In our sanctification we must present ourselves holy and acceptable which is our reasonable worshipful service.

 
In revival we want the glory of God to come down. The glory of God is the holiness of God. Exodus 15:11 NIV “majestic in holiness, awesome in glory”.

 
There are two Hebrew words here, Kabod: holiness as brilliance, and Kodesh: holiness as glory.

 
The eleventh verse ends, working wonders.

 
Before we ever see supernatural manifestations of glory, we must see and be a part of the holiness of the glory of God.

 
We must walk according to the Word of God, 2 Chronicles 7:17. If we do not take the holiness of God seriously and the command of all of Scripture to live and walk holy, we will never see the glory, we won’t see revival.

 
Second Chronicles seven was written to the Church, not the world. This is for us. The call to repentance is for us, the call to sanctification and sacrifice is to us. The call to walk according to the Word is for us.

 
I am thrilled to acknowledge and celebrate a revival anniversary, but this needs to serve as a wake-up call. Steve Hill preached repentance and holiness, the healings and other things happened because of the repentance and holiness lifestyle.

 
If we truly want to see a move of God we must do the following:

 

Repent of our wicked ways.

 
Invite Holy Spirit to sanctify us and we continually sanctify ourselves through the Word.

 
We must put ourselves on the altar of sacrifice.

 
All this must be done individually before we can ever do it corporately.

 
Holiness is a positive message, it is a victory message. If we want to see the promises of God fulfilled, and I know each one of us does, we must hold up our end, which is to walk on the highway of holiness (Isaiah 35:8).

 
Take some time and ask Holy Spirit to speak to your heart, ask to be sanctified, pray the prayer of Psalm 51. Begin walking in victory today, walk in purity and demonstrate power.

Revival Culture

revivalI’ve been thinking about revival a lot lately. When we hear the word revival most in the Church typically think 3-5 days of meetings with a special speaker. Sometimes revival can go longer, like at Brownsville. If we really stop and look at it though our understanding of revival is pretty much regular church with an extra helping of excitement.

I don’t really know how to define revival, to be honest with you, my concept of revival has been extra meetings with a special speaker. The more I look at history however I get a different picture.

My heart cry for months has been to be a part of a move of God, but the more I pray and the more I seek God I feel I just don’t get what God calls a move of God. I know what I call a move of God but the more I go after Him and the more I know Him the more I get that I don’t get it.

I’ve been raised in Church pretty much my whole life, I knew from a young age that I was called to be in ministry. I’ve heard and read lots of the great stories, the discouraging thing is, to this point, I have seen very little of what I’ve been taught, read, and heard talked about.

I long to see a move of God, I’m talking a move that doesn’t end, a move that is so much of our daily lives that moving in the supernatural becomes normal.

As I ponder moves of the past, lives of great leaders and so much more, I don’t write today some great answer, I’m not really sure what I’m writing (that encourages you doesn’t it?)

Maybe we all need to re-look at the stories and the people we’ve heard of. Maybe we need to get in our prayer closets more. Maybe we need corporate prayer more often.

This next thing probably needs a little explanation, we need more time in worship than in the Word. Yes, the word is important, yes, that’s how we are fed. The thing is though, God inhabits praise not preaching. If we are going to have a move of God, if we are going to experience Him we must become people of praise and worship. Of course we still need the word preached, but I think somewhere we got backwards it became more of what we get from a preacher preaching than just being in God’s presence.

I know some will disagree, some won’t even want to understand what I said because they think I’m speaking against the Word, I promise you, I’m not. As one called to teach and preach, believe me I love that, but that’s for us, praise and worship is for Him. Our services need more for Him and a little less for us.

I believe to see revival we need to see it as a lifestyle and the supernatural as normal living. It can’t be about a few extra meetings or a guest speaker it has to be about His presence.

I believe revival is cultivated through each one of our personal relationships with the Holy Spirit. We need to talk to Him, we need to pray in the language of the Spirit, we need to develop relationship with Him.

Like I said, I knew this post wasn’t going to answer questions necessarily. Maybe it will get you to thinking and crying out for your own personal revival.

All I know is this, if I ever become satisfied I’ve lost, because there is always more.

Never become satisfied, keep crying out for more, long for more of His presence. Cry out to be filled a fresh and anew.

What is revival culture? God’s presence and power as a way of life.

Two Hindrances to Revival

revivalI believe there are two major hindrances to any move of God, legalism and lawlessness. These two are opposite of each other but they have the same affect, effect, and infect; they stop the move of God.

Legalism can take on two forms. One it can take the Word and twist it and two it can past moves and make the new move try to fit.

The Pharisees took the law and twisted it, but we must understand, the law is not bad, the perversion of the law is bad. Jesus taught the law in His “Sermon on the Mount”. The difference between Jesus’ teaching and the Pharisees teaching? Jesus liberated and the Pharisees locked up.
We see Jesus healing on the Sabbath (liberating) and we see the Pharisees condemning Him for it (locking up).

Jesus said this, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the Scribes and Pharisees you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Paul called himself a “Pharisee of Pharisees”. The law is not bad, without the law you have lawlessness which is condemned in Scripture.

Pharisees tried to hinder Jesus, that same spirit tries to hinder moves of God today.

A second manifestation of this spirit is to make a new move fit an old mold. Remember, you can’t put new wine into an old skin. Isaiah 42;9 declares, “behold I do a new thing before it springs forth, I will tell you of it.”

The move of God in 2015 will not look like the move of God in 1950. It will be the same Spirit with new manifestations.

I believe the main reasons why denominations can start off so on fire and thirty years down the road be dead, dry and predictable is because they try to fit everything into the mold of the beginning.

We must allow God to speak and move in new ways. I’m not talking about revelation outside the Word, I’m talking a fresh touch and move of the Holy Spirit.

We must be willing to move in new directions to experience this next move of God.

The Second hindrance to revival is lawlessness. Simply put lawlessness says we are under grace there are no commands. This is simply not true.

Jesus said if you love me you will obey me. Jesus is the Word made flesh, that’s Old Testament Word and New Testament Word.

The only thing in the Old Testament we are not bound to is sacrificial law because Jesus is our sacrifice, but Jesus did not do away with the moral teaching of the Torah.

There is more I can say on this subject but I would simply be repeating things I have said in my last few posts.

The bottom line is this as we press forward into the supernatural, let’s not put God in a box from fifty years ago and let’s not dismiss His call to holiness. Without holiness, Hebrews says, no man will see the Lord.

Let us open up our hearts and submit ourselves to God in worship so that we can catch the wave of this move of God.

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