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The coming revival must begin with a great revival of prayer. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundance of rain will first be heard. – Andrew Murray

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And again He entered Capernaum and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.  Mark 2:1-4

 

 

 

Revival begins in me.  It begins when I have a real life changing encounter with God, not just the day I get saved, but everyday.  Revival in our own lives is sustained when we have a daily awareness that Jesus is real and that Jesus is amazing and that Jesus is Lord – that Jesus is good and great – of who He is and what His purpose is – and that Jesus lives on the inside of me.

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1 the world needs revival
2 revival must be in the church
3 revival begins in me
4 revival needs room

Revival comes through the revived.

And again He entered Capernaum and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.  Mark 2:1-4

 

Revival Begins with me!

 

It started with:

– the person that invited Jesus to his house

– the friends who took their friend

– the people who told their friends

– the man who stood up and was healed

 

– with you and me saying YES every day to walking with God

 

Today we have opportunities all around us to bring heaven to earth, to bring hope to the hopeless and light to those in darkness.

If we are revived and alive then that life spills out contagiously to others and they begin to see the reality of God through our lives and our living.  If the Gospel is real our lives should look like it!

Revival begins in my heart, in my spirit, in my thoughts and actions.  It begins in my life and then flows to those in my world.

Are you revived?

 

my prayer today:

Lord, ignite a passion for the lost

help me today to be bold and on purpose about talking to people about you

remind me that revival begins with me, today

and that nothing is impossible for You

Remember, God must first set our hearts ablaze with radical passion for Jesus. Intimacy is what ignites revolution. Is the presence of the living God fully taking up residence in your heart? Revival starts with you! Personal transformation must precede city transformation. Let a revolution begin today-and may it begin with you! ~ J. Austin

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We can’t spread life and revival without being filled with HIS LIFE and HIS REVIVAL. There are no words or works that can ever replace the POWER and MIGHT that mark the life of a person filled with the Holy Spirit. We can try to duplicate it, but all attempts will come up empty and feel like old religion. It’s easier to play a part than to actually be filled with Him. It’s easier to control a situation than to risk being broken. It’s easier to whine about what we think we deserve than to surrender what we think we need. But how we know Him is how we share Him and expose others to Him. We have to stop trying to imitate and recreate what only HE can do. We are His unique creation. He is ready to do something new, in fact he has already started…we just have to be willing to let go and believe that what He has for us is eons more extravagant than anything we could ever try to do ourselves. ~ The Fearless Experiement / Lindsay McPhail

I feel it in my bones, You’re about to move
I feel it in the wind, You’re about to ride in
You said that You would pour Your spirit out
You said that You would fall on sons and daughters

So like the rain, come and drench us in love
Let Your glory rush in like a flood

We are fixed on this one thing
To know Your goodness and see Your glory
We’re transformed by this one thing
To know Your presence and see Your beauty

I can see it now, Your kingdom come
I can hear it now, the sounds of heaven
You said that if we ask, we’ll receive
We are asking for the greater measure

So like the rain, come and drench us in love
Let Your power rush in like a flood

We are fixed on this one thing
To know Your goodness and see Your glory
We’re transformed by this one thing
To know Your presence and see Your beauty

Come and blow on through
Spirit move, we’re ready for You to
Come and blow on through
Come and do what only You can do

And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.

“There is nothing there,” he said.

Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”

44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”

So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”

45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rains started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. 46 The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

1 Kings 18:42-46
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There are a couple of points I want to pull out of this that I think is relevant when pursuing God for revival.
1.  We hear
Elijah HEARD the sound of rain, before there was any rain, before there were any clouds.  Sometimes we get a sense of what God is doing in the visible well before there are any visible signs, any tangible results.  We have to have faith in that sense of the invisible working of God and run with it.  I hear the sound of approaching rain.  When I think of HKC and pray I hear the sound of young people crying out to God.  I hear church place filled with young people.   That is the rain I hear.   We have to grab ahold of what we hear God saying in the secret place and by faith believe that.
2.  We pray.
God does extraordinary things when ordinary people pray.
3.  We see.
Elijah’s servant saw a cloud the size of a mans fist.  We often see small signs of God moving, small changes that are indicators of what He is doing.  Let’s not despise the days of small beginnings but let those things encourage us.
For revival to come we must grow in our vertical relationship with God.  We’re going to grow bigger, stronger, more faithfilled and more faithful.  We’re going to have adventures and step out of the boat.  But in revival we’re also going to grow in numbers, horizontally, as our hearts grow bigger with the vision God has we will step out and be that catalyst for growth.  How do we grow?  How do we see that more?  Simple.  We invite people.  We bring people.  We ask people.  We talk about the awesome things God is doing in our lives and at church and we bring people.
We’re going to be a people who know God and make Him known.  In Daniel 11 it says that the people that know their God will be strong and do exploits.  The greatest exploit we can do is to bring people to Jesus.   In John 4 Jesus says open your eyes and see the harvest.  The servant had to open his eyes to see the cloud and we need to open our eyes to see how God has positioned us and the great things he wants to do, not just to us, but through us.
4.  We prepare.
Elijah told his servant to go and prepare Ahab for the mighty rain approaching.
Are you prepared practically for growth?  For rain?
verse 45 says Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rains started falling.
are you ready for the rain?
can you hear the sound of approaching rain?
will you pray for God to move?
can you see what God is already doing and what God will do?
will you go deeper and get more hungry, for yourself and for those in your world?
will you bring someone, many someones next year.
because if we do.  it will rain.  we will get wet.  and man its going to be glorious!

I love the vision of this song – such a cry for MORE and for this world to be touched by God

But I know that You are God, Yours is the victory
We know there is more to come that we may not yet see
So with the faith You’ve given us we step into the valley unafraid Read the rest of this entry »

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When I was fairly newly saved a guy who prayed for me at a youth group meeting said he felt God wanted me to go home and read Acts 29.

Now you may have just gone through the files of your mind and thought, wait a minute…. there is no Acts 29.  Acts finishes, albeit somewhat suddenly and with the hint of a comma in Acts 28.

As a new Christian I had no reference and I went home, and yes, searched diligently for Acts 29.

Was this guy wrong? Was he not hearing God?

Or was he mocking me???  What was going on!

I talked to him at church on sunday following and I confess, I was kind of miffed.   I leaned more on the “he was mocking me” side of things.

And then he told me that Acts 29 is the chapter that is written by MY LIFE. That I am Acts 29. That it is the exploits that me and God do together for the sake of His Gospel and His Church. It is the adventure that God and I have together with prayer and seeking His face, and God working through me to reach those around me.

Acts 29 is the church today, you and me today, expressing and living for Jesus in power, authority and love. Read the rest of this entry »

We can’t spread life and revival without being filled with HIS LIFE and HIS REVIVAL. There are no words or works that can ever replace the POWER and MIGHT that mark the life of a person filled with the Holy Spirit. We can try to duplicate it, but all attempts will come up empty and feel like old religion. It’s easier to play a part than to actually be filled with Him. It’s easier to control a situation than to risk being broken. It’s easier to whine about what we think we deserve than to surrender what we think we need. But how we know Him is how we share Him and expose others to Him. We have to stop trying to imitate and recreate what only HE can do. We are His unique creation. He is ready to do something new, in fact he has already started…we just have to be willing to let go and believe that what He has for us is eons more extravagant than anything we could ever try to do ourselves. ~ The Fearless Experiement

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