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.
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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.”
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Although I was not born a Christian, I spent the majority of my childhood growing up in a church setting. I’ve been to my share of retreats, praise nights, prayer gatherings, and so on and so forth.
The word I have heard quite often in these gatherings was “revival.” Every pastor I met seemed to want it. Every church retreat I attended seemed to aim for it. I have heard so many Christian leaders say that we needed it, but no one really explaining what it looked like.
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Most people, especially Christians, know that humility is important. Humility is good. Pride is bad. This much is usually very clear.
However, the motivation to be humble does not necessarily propel proper execution. Basically, what does a humble Christian look like these days?
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For the first full week of the new year, our church community dedicated each day to prayer. Every night, after a long day, young adults, parents, and college students gathered to give God the sacrifice of praise and intercession. On some of the more convenient days of the week, our sanctuary was filled with eager participants. However, as the week progressed, the attendance slimmed down, especially on the day with bad weather.
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I never go to the gym during this time of year, because it teems with motivated people who decided to become fitter, skinnier, and healthier as their new year’s resolutions. Something about the New Year really spikes people’s hope for change, for breakthrough. But by February, that hope tends to dwindle. Perhaps it’s because people eventually realize that altering the digits on the calendar does not necessarily hasten change.
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If you had $1,000 in cash in your hands, how would you steward it? Would you have a controlling grip on it? Would you just leave it on an open palm and depend on chance to keep it secure? Would you use it with a plan? Would you use it on a whim? Whenever money is in question, people usually have various opinions on how to steward it because money has value.
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