Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Revival Isn't History!

Hebrews 13:7-8 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

History inspires me. I love hearing stories of men and women of faith that lived the way that I would like to live; those that advanced the Kingdom of God with all they had in their day. I am always inspired by their stories and challenged by their lives. I recently had the opportunity to travel with a team of our leaders to some of the places where great revivals in history have taken place. We got to be in the buildings where prayers where offered up, where salvations and healings took place, and where nations where changed. We walked the streets where church reformation started. We prayed in the Herrnhut, Germany where the Moravian refugees started a prayer chain that went around the clock . . . for 100 years! That prayer movement quickly became a missions movement as missionaries were sent out all over the world. We went to places in London, England where great men of God preached to tens of thousands of people in parks and churches. We worshiped in a small church where the Welsh Revival that saw hundreds of thousands come to the Lord started. That revival ended up spreading all over the world!

We went with the purpose to see what God has done in the past and contend for Him to move again in our day. Our whole team was encouraged by the fact that all of these people, the ones that history holds in such high esteem, where just regular dudes. There was not a lot that was unique or special about each of them, their circumstances, or their Christianity. There were, however, some similarities that they all shared. They all held to the scripture, were men and women of prayer, served the poor, and lived in holiness. Simply put, they were Christians. What was extraordinary about them was not them, but God.

So be encouraged, God never changes. What He has done in the past, He can do again. God answers prayer today the same as He did in times of great revival. God will heal, save, and move today just like He has before.

We have a vision to see God move in this generation. I am praying for a unified global revival where we see 1,000,000,000 souls saved in our day and in our time. It is not that there is a formula, it is not about some kind of divine arm twisting, but if we will be men and women that love God, are faithful to pray, pursue holiness, and serve others then it is likely that we will see God move in very real ways all around us.


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