– An improvement in the condition or strength of something
– An instance of something becoming popular, active, or important again
– A new production of an old play or similar work
– A reawakening of religious fervor, especially by means of a series of evangelical meetings
– A restoration to bodily or mental vigor, to life or consciousness.
Psalms 23:3 “He restoreth my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Look at a normal day of your life. Not a Sunday or a Wednesday – just a normal weekday where you don’t go to church that day. What do your thought patterns look/sound like? How does your body feel? What does your spirit do?
If your thought patterns are jumbled, worried, anxious, or without direction then there is a problem.
If your body is in pain, sluggish, sleepy, or can’t focus then there is a problem.
If your spirit feels dry, tired, unwilling, angry, or depressed then there is a problem.
If you have all three then we definitely need to start living in revival!
The reason I asked you this is because the last part of the revival definition is about these things, on a day-to-day basis.
Not just at the meetings, like we talked about last week. Day to day, every day, all day – restoration
So we take what we have currently (remember we said that if what we were doing now was enough for revival it would be here. Well we have work to do, personally and corporately.) and we bring it back to God.
I know it seems so simple and yet so complicated. You’re probably thinking “What does she know? She doesn’t have this to do and this to do. She doesn’t have the same responsibilities that I do. I think and act the way I do because my circumstances require it.”
Well you are right in that I don’t have to do everything you have to do, nor do I have the same responsibilities you do but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have stuff to do, or that I have zero responsibilities. If you think that, that’s just plain silliness. What I do know is that no matter what your circumstances you are faced with – your thoughts and spirit should STILL BE FOCUSED ON GOD! Ephesians 6:18 says we should be praying on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and petitions.
Psalms 42:7 says that his deep calls to our deeps and pastorexplained to me that when the conditions are right for a water spout the wind will call or bring forth the water from the ocean.
His Word does not say ‘Think on me in times, except when faced with these circumstances or this situation’. Nor does it say to “love only when it is convenient for you.” No!
His Word says to “think on these things” Philippians 4:8, “put on your helmet of salvation” Ephesians 6:17 and to “love your neighbor as yourself” Mark 12:30-31 and to “love your enemy.” Matthew 5:43-48
So we take what we have now, and bring it back to God. Take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and instead think on these things. I know we have talked about this before, so I’m not going to beat a dead horse.
He is concerned with your physical being (Psalm 139 talks about that). He went to the cross for our inequities and bore the stripes upon his back so that we may be healed Isaiah 53:5. There is no reason as to why you should be feeling physical discomfort for very long.
God is also very interested in the welfare of your spirit. Our spirit calls out to His spirit, deep to deep so He is looking out for your benefit in every way shape and form.
So when you take your thoughts captive, then you also are in a prime position to bring your spirit back in line with God’s will.
When you bring your thoughts into captivity that are not glorifying to the Lord, your spirit is now in a prime position to follow in line and come back into alignment with God’s authority and plan. Once you bring in your thoughts and your spirit, your body then HAS to follow.
You know why??? Submit yourselves to God, resist the devil and he has to flee! James 4:7There is NO question! It is amazing how simple it is!
And yet I am not naïve to know it is extremely difficult to do that when you see the problems of this world before, or you feel excruciating pain, or you can’t seem to find spiritual moisture that you so desperately need. But I’m telling you, you take one step and the ones to follow become easier and easier until you begin to question why you didn’t start walking sooner.
You look back at how you used to think and act and you just are flabbergasted at the stupidity of it. When you see how good it is to be whole submitted to God and look back to how you were worried or nervous or dry or whatever – you just can’t believe how dumb you were.
Jesus does call us sheep, sheep are not very intelligent animals. And yet they know the shepherd’s voice. John 10:27
So when we constantly bring ourselves into the shepherd’s presence we are able to hear his voice, follow him, and receive care from him. Yet when we go off on our own…then we run into some trouble. We get lost, we start to get anxious, and when we’re hurt the care that was right there before, now has to wait until you come back to the shepherd’s presence.
Don’t misunderstand me to think that healing only happens to those already saved and are in the immediate presence of God – that is NOT what I’m saying. What I’m saying is for us already saved when we take ourselves out from under his authority and we experience some discomfort or physical attack and then wonder why the answer is so far off. Well you did put distance between you and your shepherd. Own up to your actions – believe me no-one else is going to take credit for your screw up.
I am reminded of my dog as I describe the two atmospheres he experiences everyday: the calm, peaceful, safe atmosphere when I am there and the anxious, expectant, exposed atmosphere when I am gone.
When I am there, he is right there by my side. Trusting me to keep him safe and love on him. When there is a storm he comes to me for comfort and I’m right there. I am not there, he mopes around all day. When storms come and scare him, there is no one there to comfort him.
It is the same with us. When we make the choice to keep ourselves at God’s feet or at his side then we experience the calm, the peace, and safe atmosphere that is His presence. This is felt in all aspects of our lives. Our minds (Romans 8:6), our spirit (Psalms 23:3), and our flesh (Isaiah 53:5). And when the storms of life come, we remember and take refuge in He who calms the storms. Luke 8:24
He never removes Himself from our company – Deuteronomy 31:6 – but when we pick up the unholy things of sin then we have removed ourselves from His holiness. And remember that is not being sin-conscious, but holy-conscious. We are aware of the unholy in our lives because it separates us from the Holiness that is God. Romans 3:23