spiritual revival

Hide & Seek Revival

 

“Seeking” is an active verb that means, “to go in search for; to inquire; to strive after”.  Does this describe your relationship with God?  Are you actively pursuing a relationship with Him?  Do you seek to follow His ways in every area of your life?  Or are you hiding from the One Who alone has the answer to every need in your life?

Do you realize how much you need God every minute of every day? The amplified version that says, “crave” means that there is a deep longing, or yearning, for God.How desperate are you for Him?Do you desire Him or the things of this world more?

If you are convicted that you have not truly sought after Him, know that God Who is the giver of everything can even give you the desire to seek after Him. Nearly twenty years ago I prayed that He would give me an insatiable desire for Him and His Word.

He was faithful to answer that prayer. I have craved His Word and Presence every day since I prayed that prayer. He promises that those who seek after Him will find Him when they search for Him with all of their heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)

There is always a temptation to seek to find answers to life’s problems outside of God’s Word and His will. Many Christians in America are aghast at what is taking place in our country as we depart from God’s teachings and values. We may seek to:

-blame our political leaders,

-blame special interest groups,

-blame those we perceive as the perpetrators of the sinful behavior.

I have found myself from time-to-time falling into the trap of the “blame game” too. The Holy Spirit reminds me that instead of looking to man for answers I need “to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.”In seeking God with all our hearts we will:

·Gain a holy fear and reverence for God and His Word and be released from the fear of man

·Come to know the Truth that sets us free from every deception and bondage

·Stop hiding behind political correctness and

be empowered to stand up for the Truth regardless of the cost

·Recognize the lie that America can be saved by any means other than a spiritual revival

·Be empowered to influence the world by carrying outJesus’ command in Matthew 28:19-20 to share with it the life-changing gospel

As we seek God and follow His ways we can bring about a revival in our homes, neighborhoods and nation. Seeking only after a “political” answer will lead to frustration. Seeking God will lead you to the One who is the Answer to your every need. Has your focus been on seeking after God or are you seeking to find answers where there are none to be found?

Written by Julie Van Gorp

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How To Experience Spiritual Revival

The foundations of our nation are crumbling: we are experiencing moral collapse everywhere we look.Many are crying out for revival—or healing—in our land. How can we create revival? 

There can be no revival without true repentance.

Repentance cannot come until we humble ourselves and see our sin in light of a Holy and Just God who created us and made us for His pleasure and for His purposes (Isaiah 43:7-9). If we wish to see revival in America it must begin with admitting:

  • - I am a sinner in need of Jesus as my Savior
  • -Confession of my own sin

When was the last time that you spent time considering God and asking Him to convict you of your sin?If you desire change in our land, have you considered that the change that brings revival must first begin in you?

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Years ago I used to wonder why God did not change the problems in my life, in our nation, and in the world. As I came to know Him better through spending time in His Word, I realized that God has given us the prescription for change.

It can be found in 2nd Chronicles 7:14, “If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. “ Amplified version

This is an admonition to “My people”—to God’s people, not to the world in general.It assumes that God’s people—those who claim to know Him and choose to be aligned with Him—have gone astray.It is imperative that we as the Church:

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  • Quit looking to others to change in order for revival to come upon our land
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  • Open up our eyes, humble ourselves, and realize that we are the ones who have turned from God

After meditating on that verse, I have made it a daily practice to ask God to reveal my sins so I may repent. I have also asked Him to show me the sins of the Church that I might “stand in the gap” and pray for the Body of Christ to repent as well.

It is foolish to think that we will not reap the punishment that a Holy God and Our Creator has decreed for those who turn away from His just and good commands and embrace evil.

“The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn is a New York bestseller that hypothesizes that America, like Israel before her, is under judgment. He states that a series of judgments are forthcoming unless we repent.

Any honest appraisal of America’s history will see that we are a nation that was founded upon biblical precepts by God-fearing men.However, we have rebelled against God, the Source of all of this nation’s blessings. God’s Word is very clear that there will be blessings for obedience to His commands and curses for disobedience—for both individuals and nations.

So, is there hope for our nation? Can there be revival in the land? The key question to be asked first is, “Are you willing to repent of your own sin so that God can bring revival in you?”

Written by Julie Van Gorp

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