Revival has Nothing to do with Religion


Lord, I come to you now, knowing that you see me and are listening to my cries. “Your eyes are on the sparrow, and I know You are watching me.” realize that for me to be effective, I must be in position to be used. This only takes place when I become obedient to your voice and willing to do what you are saying. Please give me a burning desire to draw closer to you (not so that I can do more works) but only because I love you.

I know you have a specific place for me to serve, but I must deal with my attitude. When I become usable – you will move me into my place. If I keep trying to do it myself, or take control of the situation it is only going to delay and hinder the situation. All I need to focus on is to make sure my heart is right and that I am sold-out to your will. I do not want to compromise with playing games in the religious system. I believe that others are suffering from not listening to your Holy Spirit. Many have brought much of their discouragement on themselves because they have observed false ministries that have prospered from compromising your truth. People are able to do many things but very few are ready to lay down their agenda. I would rather live isolated but in your presence – than to be world renown without you.

I pray that you will touch my body and make me whole. As I grow older, I have aches and pains and I reach out and touch the hem of your garment I ask today that you purify and cleanse me. You are the Great Physician that has all power and authority and I release my faith according to your Word. You are the Healer and desire to restore and perform miracles and I confess and receive them today in Jesus Name. Deliver me from that which is trying to hurt and kill me and empower me with Your anointing. Protect me from the attacks of the enemy and reveal to me any open doors that are allowing me to be ambushed. I repent from my sins and ask you to wash me clean. Purify my heart with the refining fire of your love. I confess victory and choose life this day and believe in faith that you are guiding and intervening on my behalf for your glory, in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Many may think it is strange to pray for one’s self but actually it is not. The reason why people overlook this is because they do not feel they need anything at the present time or are convinced that spiritually they are OK the way they are. If we think everything is fine just because we are not having any major problems, we are not seeing clearly. In reality, we are a very desperate people that are in constant need of God’s touch. It is possible for the pride of our independence to deceive us because our nature does not want to rely or commune with God about the direction of our life. Remember the old hymn, I need Thee?

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord, no tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby, temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain, come quickly and abide, or life is vain.
I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will, and Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One, oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.
I need Thee, Oh I need thee – every hour I need Thee – Oh, bless me now my Savior – I come to Thee.

We were never created to live on our own but God’s idea was for us to walk “with” Him. Many have never realized this is God’s world and He created everything in it (including us) to worship Him and to obey Him. This can only be done in a humble, submissive attitude of love and wisdom. Big news alert – God will not resuscitate or bless anything that is acting or pretending to be religious! Why not? Because religion is an idol that tries to compete for God’s attention. It is the generic impostor that presents itself as the genuine for the purpose of leading souls away from the Almighty. I would also guess there are not many people praying for revival either. Why would you say that? Because they think everything is OK the way it is. Sadly, when people do pray for revival, many usually do not understand what they are asking for because it is not what they are convinced it is. Most people think revival is where God blesses what we have been trying to do. If we think that more people will bring more money into the church so that new can purchase or do more things, we have been derailed in our thinking. The real definition of revival means to be renewed and transformed back to GOD! To be revived is to be brought back from the dead – but not to be restored back to our old cold, religious state of being. God is not interested in pouring out the healing power of His Spirit so that He might enhance our man-made programs and advertise our political agendas. He desires for people to throw away their preconceived ideas so that He can do what He wants to do. He is all about saving souls and renewing the minds of those who are seeking His face. He desires to bring the revelation of His Word so that individuals can begin to see what life is all about – and begin the “change” process. He wants His children to be followers of His voice – not followers of a denomination. He despises the petty doctrines of man and the twisted arguments that corrupt the conscience with carnal arrogance. I actually believe God is calling many of His true saints OUT of the organized chaos of religion because the sin of unbelief has caused the Lord to take away the candlestick of the assembly and He has backed away from these masquerade parties that many are calling church. “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such TURN AWAY. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the TRUTH” (II Timothy 3: 5, 7). If you are one of God’s children that has been called out of the religious system, do not be discouraged but rejoice in knowing that He is watching over you and guiding you into His will. “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and have been assured of, knowing of whom thou has learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the Holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through FAITH which is in Christ Jesus.” (II Timothy 3: 14-15)

The future of the religious church will continue down the broad path of absorbing the sins of the world and focusing on entertaining the carnal nature. This seeker sensitive approach to ministry is replacing God’s truth with a deceptive presentation that brings comfort, relaxation and a false security. Without the conviction of God’s balanced Word the Holy Spirit cannot convict the heart to repent or be enlightened with revelation wisdom. The future of the remnant bride will continue to include solitude, rejection, mockery and persecution. “Yea, and all that will live GODLY in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” The true church will become hated as Christ was hated by the religious masses. I am concerned to say that followers of Jesus will be outcast from their own families and targeted as heretics, hatemongers, blasphemers and a menace to society, but the Words of God will come to pass exactly as they were prophesied, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance (conflict) against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” (Mathew 10: 34-36) Being led of the “Spirit” is the most common Christian subject to talk about and yet hardly ever practiced. We all wonder why the church world has surrendered much of its power and influence yet it refuses to let go of control. In the past it was common to hear about revivals and tent meetings and we looked forward to seasons of spiritual awakening and refreshing, but much of the excitement has faded because the enthusiasm to live a sanctified life has become weak. Revival is not a blanket that covers a multitude of people all at once as much as it is a “personal” conviction that God is trying to get our attention about changing US! The foundation for revival always originates from prayer and the realization that we are desperately in need of a touch from God. Repentance is the fuel that prepares and ignites revival for the purpose of establishing an awareness of our responsibility to live holy before God in order to draw nearer to the Lord and be a witness and testimony to the world. It is no secret that the flesh hates to be conformed to God’s Word and our old nature has no desire to allow Christ to sit on the throne of our heart. The undisciplined lifestyle of Christians comes from giving in to the temptation to be led by the un-renewed mind and this will hardened the heart and reinforce an evil rebellion in those who consider themselves decent and moral. However, deception means that a person is blind but does not realize it! The reason why revival has lost its popularity is because people would rather look the part of a religious person than actually walk with God. I know many people that are members of churches that lead heathen lifestyles. I know none of us are perfect but how could anyone that lives as a hypocrite, be relaxed and comfortable under the anointed preaching of God’s Word? Who has the courage to speak the truth? Abandoning our carnal will has been replaced with religious entertainment because people are more attracted and interested in a soft soothing message of comfort and prosperity than the piercing, (reviving) spiritual realities of God’s truth. Selah.

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