I am on the edge of my seat, I am holding my breath. I am perplexed and concerned for the future of America. Anyone else with me? (Looks up to see hands raised across computer screens, Iphones and Galaxies everywhere.) I know.... right?
I am no expert, but I would say that recent events (with or without the election at stake) have been pointing to Jesus coming back SOON. For the past few months, I have scowered the internet for sound teaching through articles and youtube about the book of Revelations and signs of the times. Since I was a child, I've always felt like Jesus would come back in our generation. Now I feel like it will happen without a doubt. Just like the Bible says, I have no idea of the day or hour... however, when I put my shoes on and get my children ready to leave my house, my children recognize the signs that we are about to go somewhere. I believe it is the same today. God's putting his shoes and jacket on now, he's making sure we're ready too, and we're going to meet Him SOON. Just like my previous post, what a time God chose for us to live in! What a time!
In my previous post, I encouraged you to embrace the notion that God is waking us up to a personal revival that will spill over into every area of our lives. This personal revival is to encourage you and me to BELIEVE the Word of God in faith... This means- He hears and answers our prayers. Guys and gals... it's time for miracles. A plethora of them.
God makes this COOL statement in the Bible- "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions." Joel 2:28 This is the revival that I firmly believe is here. Now. In this moment.
You are an arrow, meant to live in this specific moment of time, pointing to a destiny only you can fulfill. This is YOUR time church. DO NOT SHRINK BACK IN FEAR. We know that since He chose this time for us to live in, then we don't have to be afraid of it. That is why this personal revival is so important. We are waking up to a dream and calling and vision and gifting that He has specifically placed in us uniquely. In the verses below, you will find some of these gifts.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. 1 Corinthians 12:7-10
Not sure, have someone in your church pray for you... Ask God, do some searching.... He will show you!
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 1 Timothy 1:6-7
So, my conclusion of these CrAzY times that we were CHOSEN to live in... is that now more than ever, we must follow the things God is telling us to do. Each of us is unique in our ability to reach and influence the people in our circle. It is not a time to shrink back in fear, but to be bold in our belief in the Word of God. It is a time that we believe in the power of our prayers, and that we love not our lives unto death. It is a time when our belief in the Word of God is above everything else, and we will not compromise our beliefs. We will LOVE with Christ's love the world around us.
To conclude, it is with a stirring in my heart that I encourage us to all seek the Lord, and allow Him to fashion us into the arrow He has called us to be. We will not shrink back in fear but will rise and conquer the enemies lies within our own lives and within the lives God has called us to reach out to: may the love of God spill out of our hearts into the lives of those around us. There is a gift that you hold within your life that He is asking you to share with the world to bring His love and truth to those around you.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
1 Peter 2:9-10
DON'T HOLD IT BACK. GOD LONGS TO USE YOU.
(I am one of those people that ALWAYS wants to know how the story ends. I want to know what will happen tomorrow, NOW. In this fascination I have found credible, amazing teachers of the word of God who are teaching Revelations well. I have shared the links below. )
Sound teaching: (copy and paste links)
I began writing this with tears in my eyes last Sunday.
To be honest, the last few months have been a whirlwind to me. And I sense that I am not alone in this. Times are crazy. I hear you mumbling, to yourself, "You can say that again." Okay, I will... TIMES ARE CRAZY RIGHT NOW!!! All kinds of crazy. Crazy GOOD, Crazy BAD, and Crazy WHAT THE HECK?!
And you and me and us and we.... are living in it. This is OUR time. This is our CRAZY, APPOINTED, MAGNIFICENT, WILD, MARVELOUS (Insert indescribable adjective word that describes you having utterly no words to describe it here). This crazy whatever you want to call it time, is yours, mine and ours for the taking, but it's up to you and me to take it. "From one man He made every nation of men, to inhabit the whole earth; and He determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands." Acts 17:26 (and more Bible goodness here: http://biblehub.com/bsb/acts/17.htm)
CRAZY GOOD TIMES- I love to sleep. Like really. I can sleep like a rock. I remember being so hard to wake up when I was a child. I would moan and groan, and yell and scream at whoever tried to wake me up. Seriously, I was that kid. I thought about this recently when I was waking up my son, Aiden, who loves his sleep too. I'm grateful he doesn't scream at me... but I need to shake him a bit and turn the lights on to wake him up, it takes a couple of minutes. I can still be difficult to wake up, I tend to choose alarms that are sweet because I don't want to have a sour mood by darn alarm clocks annoying my ears. But the problem is that I then will choose to hit the snooze a bunch of times on my sweet, melodious tune. Uh oh. So my husband finally told me, "Aimee, stop choosing alarms that are nice. You need a louder one." Oh the wisdom of our spouses or parents or whoever has wise counsel for us that we truly NEED to listen to. He was right. I needed to change my alarm.
God has changed the alarm on us church. He is shaking us to wake us up. He's been gentle and melodious, but He's getting louder. It's time. It's happening. I have seen Christ followers awakening in the past year or so. He is urging us to get ready, be ready and put oil in our lamps. If you have no clue to what I'm blabbing on about or disagree I would urge you to read the book of Matthew, Revelations, or the entire new Testament, and Old Testament.... it's all there. God already even told us to wake up in Ephesians. "Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." This is from Ephesians 5. Such a good chapter... dive into it here: http://biblehub.com/bsb/ephesians/5.htm
What does this awakening mean for us? Why does God need us awake? I didn't know we were asleep. Where do we need to go?!
I'm so glad you asked those 3 questions- here are the answers, and you're going to love it. Being awake means ReViVaL! He wants us to wake up to a personal Revival that will spill over into EVERY AREA OF OUR LIVES! We then will take this REVIVAL wherever we are.
Calm down. Stop looking for a tent meeting.
For the past 20 years or so, I have watched the church pray for Revival and a move of God. He is awakening us to realize that in these amazing moments, we don't have to wait on a move of God. It is here. He is awakening us to catch it NOW.
The Revival begins with us.
YOU are the Revival.
I am the Revival.
WE are the Revival.
We don't have to have holy water, a cross and an ordained minister certificate to experience this revival. Our ducks don't have to be in a row. We can come in our pajamas. We just need to WAKE UP and show up.
(Google Definition) re·viv·al rəˈvīvəl/
noun: revival; plural noun: revivals
I am personally blown away by that definition, because I see God all over it. God wants us to wake up, show up, renew our hearts and minds in Him so much that it spills over into everything we are and who we are. I think God is tired of us waiting and praying. He is beyond ready to answer us. We just need to believe it. We need to BELIEVE the word of God. I was a sleepy Christian half heartedly believing the Word of God, squeezing out hope that maybe He would answer my prayers. I didn't look much like any kind of warrior. On Sundays I was a great warrior, and inconsistently I was fairly alright. But He was calling me to go deeper, believe with faith and catch a fire. Church, it's time that we catch this fire if we haven't already. Our personal revival and renewal will ignite things that we could only ask for or hope for or imagine. It's a revival that begins to believe that He has called us and we need to fan the flame of the gifts He has given us, and stop waiting for affirmation or qualification. We don't need to be qualified to believe something. The belief in faith IS the qualification.
The Bible says simply that He has called us and qualified us to minister according to the gifts He's given us. In fact, Jesus commanded us to do this in Matthew 28, in the Great Commission:
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
So... I don't believe this post is over. I believe God has more to say on this topic. But for now....I want to leave you with a prayer, and an amazing song that I do believe can ignite belief in a personal revival for you today.
PRAYER: God I do pray that as we listen to this song... you would begin to REvive our hearts. I pray that a flame would begin to burn so bright within us. I pray that a hope and faith arises within us to begin to believe you for the things we've been needing to happen for a long time. Maybe it's healing, maybe it's a deeper hunger for you that we've been asking for, we ask for those things in faith now, trusting in Your divine answer and timing. Whatever it is, I ask that we would begin to MAKE ROOM for you. That we would hunger and thirst for more of YOU. That an healing JOY would rise up within us, knowing that WE ARE YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS and You have called us to live and embrace this crazy time with YOU living in us. Speak to us, even now God, about what that means for us individually..... Lord we need You, desperately. Come, fill us and REVIVE us. Help us to turn from the things that hinder us, help us to repent from things that with hold us from You. Lord, we love You. Thank You for Your love and kindness towards us. Thank You for waking us up to our own personal Revival.
I began writing in journals at the age of 11. My first journal had an angel on the front. Inspired by my Dad, Edward Stevenson, I began writing poetry and not so sweet boyfriend drama. My boy crazy drama quickly turned to a new love, Jesus, when I truly came to have a relationship with God at the age of 15. While I've had some writing lulls, I can't seem to stop. And we're not called to bury our treasure. Here lies some of the truths God has filtered into my own heart, and I can only pray that each of our hearts are filtered by His truth.