I love when God gives me the opportunity to share His Word, and He’s the one speaking and not me. I don’t ever want to get in His way, when I do it’s a big flop, a waste of everyone’s time, and a painful lesson for me. But when I get out of the way and He moves in, watch out—He can open eyes, graciously break hearts, turn on the floodlight of His Spirit, and provide the grace for repentance and transformation.
That’s what He did this weekend.
This past weekend I shared God’s Word with a group of hungry-hearted women. From the time the Women’s Ministry Director first contacted me, about a year ago, until I left their campus—one word, one desire was repeatedly voiced: Revival. These women spoke of it in expectant tones. They are praying for it, they are watching for it, they are living for it. Revival is their heart’s cry.
We desperately need this prayer answered. We need revival.
We live in a day noisy with the clutter of false ideas and loud, ungodly, rhetoric. Women are confused and in need of truth. Marriages are failing, children are walking away from the faith, and women are drowning in a sea of lost dreams and hopelessness. I can’t fix this, but I know One who can.
What is the answer?
The world needs to hear the truth about our great redeeming God.
Don’t misunderstand me when you read the word revival. I’m not talking about an old-fashioned tent meeting, or church event on the calendar where people come, have an emotional experience, and leave without measureable life-change.
When I use the word: revival, I’m talking about a revolution of mind and heart that so affects a group of people that there is no mistaking they’ve been radically affected by God!
A God-Centered Revolution where:
- People cannot get enough of the Word of God—they hungrily devour it, memorize it, meditate on it, and then (what a novel idea) they actually APPLY it to their daily lives!
- Employees view their place of work as their mission field and live out their Christianity with integrity, graciousness, a God-centered work ethic, and sincere hospitality.
- Gossips repent and use their mouths to speak truthful, life-giving words.
- Marriages are healed and transformed—never to be the same again.
- The next generation is fueled with a passion for Christ.
- The older generation lives with a commitment to be fruitful to their dying breath.
- The cynicism of the age begins to close its mouth in wonder over the obvious work of God in people’s lives.
This is what I dream for. This is what I live for. This is why I pack my bags and take another weekend away. I’m only one small speaker in a world of voices, but God faithfully met with us this weekend, and I pray that the work God did there continues. May His work spread through homes, through the places where these women spend their day, spreading through their community, and that people are eternally impacted by the testimony of this Redeeming God.
I’m asking God to ignite the fire of revival.
Will you join me in asking for that?