A while back, when I was a volunteer at a ministry, I was faced with the need to take a step back from serving the church in order to allow some sanctifying and healing work to be done in my life. I was going through an extremely low season that led to my making poor choices left and right. Consequently, my pastor at that time recommended that I step down from my serving position to go through a “year of restoration.”
If I were to go back, I would have asked him to clarify what a “year of restoration” actually entailed. To me, it sounded like time-out, a probationary period where I held the responsibility to earn my “good girl” status again. And although this pastor most definitely did not intend it to be so, this placed me on a year’s journey of attempting to rebuild my life through my own striving. During that season, I did anything I could to fix myself, and I definitely failed. If anything, the attempt just left me more burnt out and jaded.
Most Christians desire to be holy in character and pure in heart. Most would desire to be in good standing with the church community and their pastors. Yet, once the choice to repent is made, one still faces the challenge of rebuilding what’s been broken. This part can be hard.
Restoration is work.
But, it’s important to know that it’s God’s work.
Continue reading “Repentance to Redemption (Part 3: The Work of Restoration)”
What if you just can’t change?
If the need to change wasn’t an issue, then Christianity would be a cinch. Free ticket to heaven? Great! Jesus loves me? Amen! He has a hope and future for me? That’s what I want too!
But, I shouldn’t be conformed to the patterns of this world?
I need to repent?
Put off my old self?
That’s much more difficult to embrace.
Continue reading “Repentance to Redemption (Part I: Trying to Change)”
Oh, to long for the great works of the Holy Spirit! Although many would not like to admit it, this is easier said than done. It requires a spiritual hunger that exceeds an earthly hunger. It requires a kingdom ambition, not just career ambition.
It is very common for Christians to believe in Christ to the point of being blessed. However, for some believers, the fight for faith ends there.
Most want salvation, but not as many desire for the salvation of others. Any believer can cry out for one’s own healing, but you often don’t find someone passionate to see the healing anointing upon the entire church. Most would welcome the strength of the Holy Spirit while they are at work, but not too many have the unction to pray for God’s great power to manifest in signs, miracles, and wonders in the workplace.
Continue reading “Believing in Revival (Part 2: When there is no spiritual hunger)”
It begins with hope.
In my time in ministry, I have found that many believe that revival consequently means overcoming a struggle for piety and discipline. As in, it’s revival when you start doing your quiet times every day after finally being convinced that He loves you. Mind you, all these things are great things. However, at most, these scenarios minimize Christianity to just you overcoming yourself to survive another day.
The cross has a greater inheritance for us than just becoming “better people.”
Continue reading “Believing in Revival (Part 1: Hope for Change)”