Revival has broken out and stolen my soul away.
On a recent trip with Dad and Mom to McArthur Ohio, Jesus showed me revival like I had never saw before. This revival was different. This revival was ever changing, and long going. This revival, with simple. This revival, was root growing and this revival, was what God used to show me the perfect image of his old path.
Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16
You see, normally when I think revival, I think long church services, long singing, holy ghost moving, and people speaking in tongues (yes, I said it, and no we don’t handle venomous snakes, no pun or condemnation intended for anyone who chooses to do so.) I think of prayer warriors making intersession, I think of elders gathered around praying for those who are broken, bound, and hopeless. I think of large gatherings, loud worship music, and being slayed in the spirit. But that wasn’t the case with this specific revival. My sisters told me aforehand that this was going to be different, and it wasn’t something I was used to.
When entering into the church, a family reunion took place. As people gathered in, everyone knew one another, and the children came in by the handfuls. There was an instant family feeling that took over. Everyone sat down, the children played quietly amongst themselves, with little to no bickering. And guess what, there were no cell phones, or other electronic devices within the hands of the children or even the adults. Imagine a world without such devices, how would the normal person ever survive? I’ll tell you how, in the stillness.
For three days, I experienced revival. I heard some of the sweetest messages that will forever impact my way of thinking and living. One message was Lot and Lots wife being told to about not looking back but to keep moving forward, another was about Joseph having to go through things that he didn’t wish to go through, in order for God’s plan and promise to be fulfilled (even though Joseph’s life was very uncomfortable or pleasurable in the beginning, when he was thrown into the hole by his brothers due to jealously, and then in prison because he wouldn’t go against God for the adulterous wife of Potiphar). I also heard about taking heed to God’s knocking and praying and seeking God while me may be found. All of these messages resonated with me, and I’m sure they touched others also.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
This revival was so much more than messages.
This revival was a renewal in my spirit.
I was shown simplicity.
The children laughed and played; the adults all congregated. No electronics, it was all back to basics. These people didn’t shop at fancy stores, and the kids wore hand-me-downs. These people were some of the nicest people I have never met in my life, and I long to visit them again, when Dad and Mom go back.
Jesus used these people to show me life in a way I haven’t witnessed since the dawning of the internet, and age of cellphones. Jesus used these people to show me, life isn’t about lasciviousness. Infact his word speaks against it.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
Jesus used this revival to spark a new beginning. Jesus used this revival to show me his land, his beauty, his people, his way of living in a way and manner that is and has been long forgotten by so many.
As I close, I want to leave you with this. A little something, I ran across while studying at the hotel, during my visit the Jackson, McAuthur area of Ohio.
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. Acts 4: 8-14
Do not set Jesus at nought, (or in other words Nothing). Make him your everything. Take in his lessons and remember this “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts-Isaiah 55: 8-9
Live simple, and live close to the Lord. He will see you through it all.
As for an update on me, I am walking by faith and not by sight. I’m going to live simple. I am going let Jesus use me every way he decides to. Nothing in this life is worth me going against Jesus for and I know someday I’ll see and fully understand his purpose for me. One day, I’ll hear him say well done thy good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few things, (notice it doesn’t say all things, because he knew and understood we would have short comings, some unintentional and some intentional.)
I love you all.
& Remember Jesus loves you Most!!!!
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