As I prepared to write something, I found myself at a loss for words (which we all know is a rare occurrence). It's not that I can't find an uplifting word to share or tell you a story with Biblical implications. As encouraging as that might be, honestly, I don’t have much to say except this – we need to call upon the Lord to revive our souls.
I don’t mean that in some troubling way or as if there is a formula to it. In fact, there’s a lot of confusion about revival. All you really need to know is this – if our hearts are ready, Christ will revive us, and now is as good of a time as any. Now is the time.
Yes, there is a supernatural work of God’s Spirit involved in moving us to obedience – but it all begins with our hearts, laying down ourselves humbly, following after Jesus. So instead of some tale about a dog or a trip I took – I want you to read and pray over God’s Word.
Usually these articles might take you 5 minutes to read (sometimes longer if I ramble 😉). Take that time today and everyday until we meet together to read these scriptures and ask God to make these things true in your life and in the life of the church – and then as he moves you to respond to him, to change your life, to live differently - do it.
As one of your pastors and as your brother – this is the best word I can give you anyway:
Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2)
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. (Psalm 19:7)
Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. (Psalm 80:19)
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)
Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? (Psalm 85:6)
Praying with you and for us, William