Glorious revival fell mightily in our midst this past week. A true Man of God brought a powerful Word straight from the scriptures. Straight from the Mouth of an almighty God to our ears.
The fire of His Word fell and he brought the TRUTH.
Sometimes TRUTH hurts. TRUTH convicts. TRUTH can pierce deep and wide but when it in turn circumcises hearts and flesh, it is a wound well needed.
Once we have been confronted by the TRUTH and gotten a glimpse of our sin and unholiness, something has to happen. Something has to take place in our lives.
Change. If we emerge from the sword-wielding unwounded and just like we were before, then in reality nothing happened in our hearts.
When the TRUTH is rightly divided, things are revealed to us about ourselves and our lives. If we experience true conviction in those areas, we will NOT emerge unscathed! We will NOT remain lost in our same sinful nature and behavior. We will be changed.
Once God begins speaking to us about the areas of our lives that need to be rewired, it is our responsibility to prayerfully seek deliverance from Him. It is our responsibility to pray that those chains of bondage be broken.
When we humbly ask Him to change us and we give it all to Him - He will do it! He desires that for us in our lives. He wants to work in us and through us and be glorified!
When we experience a stirring of the Holy Spirit, we need to be ready to respond and make some much needed adjustments in our hearts.
Then and only then can He begin a new work. A new purpose. A new thing.
Conviction breeds hurt. But that hurt breeds renewal. And restoration. And hope.
We have been awakened from our slumber. Breathed upon with new life. Revived unto a new committment to serve our Lord. We have been shown the error of our ways. We have been enlightened. We have been challenged.
We heard God's voice speak. Now it's up to us to allow Him to transform us into the image of Him. Through the study of His Word. Through prayer. Through the application of the scriptures to our lives.
Revive us, Oh LORD. Restore unto us the joy of our Salvation. May we never be the same. May every breath we take be a reminder to us that You alone have the power to give life and the power to take it away. You alone are worthy. May all we do, be for You and for Your Glory.