Friday, February 20, 2009
His Royal Treasury
The Prayer Meeting is not a farce, waste of time, or mere pious amusement. Some in these times think so, but such shall be lightly esteemed. Surely they know not the Omnipotence that lies in the pleas of God’s people! The Lord has taken the keys of His royal treasury and put them into the hands of faith. He has taken His sword from the scabbard and given it into the hands of the man mighty in prayer. He seems at times to have placed His sovereign scepter in the hands of prayer. What a victory would come to two who joined in the same wrestling! “One of you shall chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight.” (C. H. SPURGEON,)
Matthew 18:19-20 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
Prayer changes things -- and people -- and attitudes, thoughts and actions. God wants us to trust Him to do His best for us. Knowing that many are praying with us and for us gives a level of comfort and assurance that is hard to describe. And it makes it a lot easier to meet each day knowing that God is with us in all things.
Pray for our nation
Pray for those who are unemployed and need jobs, for those who have lost their homes and need housing, for those whose business are suffering because of the economic downturn, asking that we, as a nation, will return to God, seeking His wisdom and will.
In God we trust: “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
One last thought: When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate, and they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Italian Bus Boasting Anti-God Ad Breaks Down on First Trip Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The first Italian bus to boast an atheist advertisement rolled out Monday and certainly did not have God on its side. No sooner had the bus — carrying the message, "The Good News Is There Are Millions of Atheists In Italy; The Excellent News Is They Believe In Freedom Of Expression" –- hit the streets of Genoa when it suffered battery problems and had to go straight back to the depot for repairs, UPI reported. ''By pure chance,'' UPI quotes a member of the Italian Union of Atheists, Agnostics and Rationalists, ''the vehicle left the depot bright and early but had to go straight back because of a 'curious' problem with the batteries."
Pure chance? Indeed! They should consider themselves fortunate that maybe God does have a sense of humor instead of sending fire from Heaven. See God DOES Exist and He Has a Sense of Humor Too! (Thanks Trish).
In school, I learned the best response to bad speech is good speech. In other words, don't complain about the misguided message of the atheists. Instead, see what you can do to advance the Truth. The people who put together the God on the Bus Campaign have the right idea. For ideas take a look at Godonthebus.org.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Although, I did not post the entire article, I think the following points are instructive:
I've heard many "calls" for revival recently but with very little teaching and exposition on revival. It seems that in these urgent days there are too few leaders who actually are leading God's people corporately to repent, pray, seek holiness and return to God. Do we not realize that scripturally it is impossible to have a call for revival without a call for repentance? This has always been God's requirement for His people. The passionate, unceasing corporate prayer that is always present in revival is desperately lacking as well. In short, I see little evidence of sincere brokenness among God's people for our present condition or the condition of our nation.
We call for revival without actually crying with tears and brokenness for revival. The "call for revival" seems almost like a spiritual fad, with no true passion and sincerity of heart. Many will say "amen" when they hear mention of the need for revival. But the "call" is fleeting and soon passes away. And then we quickly move on to other activity and return to our business as usual with no
follow-through by the leaders of God's people.
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First, we must seek God to grant us broken and contrite hearts. "For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: 'I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones'" (Isaiah 57:15). And again, "[O]n him will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word" (Isaiah 66:2).
Next, spiritual leaders must "return to Lord" –- and stay there. (Zechariah 1:3; Malachi 3:1-7; Acts 6:1-4).
Third, the people of God must pray corporately with one heart and one mind. (Acts 1:14; Acts 2:1; Acts 4:31).
Fourth, God's people must be immediately obedient to all God reveals to them. (1 Samuel 15:22-23).
Then, continually bear witness to God's people of all that God is doing. (Acts 1:8; Acts 14:21-22, 26-27).
Finally, we should expect and experience Christ's fullness of joy.Jesus said: "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full" (John 15:9-11).
I believe Blackaby properly laid out the approach to achieving true revival. Instead of packing your bags and traveling to some distant place, true revival can be achieved right in your own church.