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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

HE is not here!!

God seems to pour out revival throughout generation to generation…

Dear God don’t forget about us!!!!
We are a chosen generation – the Bible does not say we are the left out generation.
Joel said in the last days a revival would happen.

That came to pass in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost when Peter stood up after the Spirit had been poured out.
I believe that we may not see a world wide revival unless we first see our own personal revivals as individuals.
There seems to me  no way we will see the body of Christ revived and the world coming to Jesus unless we first as individuals have our own personal revival.

In Matthew 28:1-8.. Please read this story!

Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdelene and the other Mary came to look at the grave.
And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.
And his appearance was like lightning, and his garment as white as snow;
And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
And the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.
“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.
“And go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going before you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”

And they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples.

The greatest tragedy happened just a few days ago. The Messiah, the one whom they thought would bring freedom, had been crucified on a cross.
The followers of Jesus were heartbroken, their souls were shattered and we see several despairing followers of Jesus going to visit Jesus in a dead tomb.
Depressed, downcast because their savior had died – they were coming to visit the tomb but suddenly there was a great earthquake.
The angel sat on the stone.
His face was as lightning; his clothing was as white as snow.

The women run from that place to spread the news of the resurrected savior.

If we approach Jesus like these women did, we are not going to find Him.

They were expecting a dead experience, looking for a lifeless Jesus – a lifeless experience.

Behold our Redeemer lives.
If our life experience feels dead, it is because we are looking in all the wrong places.
If it is dry, unexciting, unadventurous and it is just depressing, and it’s a chore in going to bible study and having devotions and talking to the Lord is just a ‘check off the list’  - it is because we are looking for Jesus in all the wrong places.

Job got it right – He said, Behold my redeemer lives!

Many Christians can be scholars of the Bible, but never know the Word.

John 1: says that Jesus Christ is the Word of God.

A lot of people know Jesus as a character on the pages of a dead book, written by dead authors thousands of years ago.

To truly experience the relationship that God intended us  to have with His Son, we can’t just know Jesus from reading the pages of a book – we have to know a living, breathing Savior who is alive and well and with us here NOW!

David said in Psalms 16:11
"Thou wilt make known to me the path of life;
In Thy presence is fullness of joy;
In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever."

There is a little secret that the world does not quite understand.
That is, we can experience real pleasure.
Christianity is not about denying pleasure,
It is about denying counterfeit pleasure – which is temporary.
David said God’s pleasures are at His right hand that last forever.

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”

Where are you?

A Prophet who was able to summon fire from heaven because he had faith in prayer.

A man who was a little bit rebellious but hung out in a hotel that was a little hot – his hotel was the belly of a fish for three nights.

A child who was able to slay a giant.

Of a leader, who was able to divide an ocean.

Of a God who died for His creation then rose again to reconcile them to Himself.
Where are the Abrahams who will cling to the promises of God even if circumstances tell you that the promises of God are crazy.

Where are the David’s who will worship God with such passion that they wont even care about what anyone else might say and their worship will shake the very foundations oh heaven.

Where are the Josephs in our generation who will hold to the path of purity even if no one else is – even if the path of purity leads to suffering.

Where are the John the Baptists who will warn the lost of the everlasting flames.

Where are the Jeremiahs who will warn this generation about the wrath of God even though false prophets might be declaring peace, peace, because that is what people want to hear.

Where are the bold prophets who will be raised up in this generation.

Where are the Elijah’s who will pray with such passion and such belief and such faith as to truly expect results to come from Heaven as if it were fire coming down from Heaven itself.

Where are the Shadrack, the Meshack  and the Abendigo’s who will cherish the loyalty to God more dearly than they cherish life itself.

Where are the Shadrack’s who will say, ‘Lord I esteem my relationship with You higher than my life and if I have to go to the fire of persecution then so be it because I want to be loyal to You.’

Dear LORD… We need a God given Revival! \o/

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