Believing in Revival (Part 3: Stewarding the Gifts of God)

Believing in Revival (Part 3: Stewarding the Gifts of God)
When revival comes, a lot of exciting things happen. Bodies are healed. Hearts are set free. The experiences become supernatural. Heaven is visible on earth. It is a beautiful thing.
However, have you ever had a powerful spiritual experience that just dissipated into a distant memory? It may have been during your church’s Sunday service or the last night of a retreat. Yet, after the moment passed, the feelings left along with it, and you end up wondering whether that moment was genuine.  
Revival is real, and it is a gift. Like all gifts, it must be stewarded well. Stewarding revival requires an attention to biblical basics, which are oftentimes overlooked because they are obvious and seemingly secondary. However, the basics are a believer’s primary responsibility and will either make or break one’s revival experience.
These basics are what will determine whether your revival moment becomes a revival lifestyle. This is relevant to all individual believers of Christ as well as corporate Christian bodies.

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Believing in Revival (Part 2: When there is no spiritual hunger)

Believing in Revival (Part 2: When there is no spiritual hunger)
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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Believing in Revival (Part 1: Hope for Change)

Believing in Revival (Part 1: Hope for Change)
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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Believing in Revival (Introduction)

Believing in Revival (Introduction)
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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Embracing Humility (Finale: Applying Humility)

Embracing Humility (Finale: Applying Humility)
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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Embracing Humility (Part 3: Refusing Blindness)

Embracing Humility (Part 3: Refusing Blindness)
Once, I actually almost lost my life to a blind spot. I was in the passenger seat of a car, and the driver forgot to check behind her before crossing a lane. Long story short, the car was destroyed, and we were almost destroyed along with it.
Pride is a blind spot to the soul.
It doesn’t just hurt you. Instead, it destroys you.
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Embracing Humility (Part 2: Trusting in His Goodness)

Embracing Humility (Part 2: Trusting in His Goodness)
Humility is good for us, but it is painful to embrace it.  
It’s not easy to show respect to those that don’t show you any. It can be frustrating to be overlooked when you are just as good as others. When you are faced with racism and sexism… when your sacrifices are unappreciated… when you are misunderstood despite your best intentions… when the undeserving get the credit that should be going to you… when your services are demanded rather than asked for… shall we go on? Continue reading “Embracing Humility (Part 2: Trusting in His Goodness)”

Embracing Humility (Part 1: Redefining Small)

Embracing Humility (Part 1: Redefining Small)
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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Redeeming Time (Finale: How to Wait)

Redeeming Time (Finale: How to Wait)
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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Redeeming Time (Part 3: Managing Time)

Redeeming Time (Part 3: Managing Time)
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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