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Let’s Talk about the Weather – Spiritually

Cloud2I believe that revival is coming to America. Many others do as well. The question I’ve heard a lot these days is; why is revival taking so long to arrive?

As I’ve been praying and reading Scripture, I think I know the answer to that one. But it’s not what we want to hear, and it’s certainly not going to be popular. The principle is found in the first sermon that Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost.

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you — even Jesus.
Acts 3:19-20

I believe that the times of refreshing he talked about is what we now call revival. It literally means times of catching your breath.

In talking with believers from many different places, I think it’s clear that America needs revival. The bigger question is; do we really want revival? By that I mean will we do whatever it takes to lay hold of revival?

The church needs to understand that revival doesn’t just happen. God doesn’t look down at the earth and say, “They sure need revival. I think I’ll help them out and send it.” Revival doesn’t come simply because it’s needed.

In talking to the people, Peter said that they needed to repent.   That word means to change your mind and turn around. He continued by saying, then your sins are erased and times of refreshing will come.

I believe that the key word there is times. If we’re ready, then God will send us revival times. As His people, we must understand that God wants to send us times of revival. It’s us that need to cooperate with His plan.

It’s all a matter of timing. We need to understand how God’s timing works. That was one of the things that Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for.

He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?
Luke 12:54-56

Jesus rebuked His generation for being able to discern the weather, yet they were unable to discern the time – God’s appointed times. We must do better than them. We need to know both the times we live in, and what’s required of God’s people during these times.

I want to take a few posts to talk about this. God’s timetable. How does it work, and why revival seems to be taking so long to arrive. We need to be a people who position themselves to lay hold of God’s will.

Question: What does this present time require of God’s people?

© Nick Zaccardi 2014

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Revival, The Church

 

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Food for the Traveler

Mark 2:23
One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain.

On one of His journeys, the Lord and His disciples passed through a field of grain.  As they went through they began to pick and eat some of the heads of wheat.  This was something the Law of Moses allowed so that a traveler could have something to eat along the way.

This reminds me of a time when I was hiking a trail up Mt. Everett in southwestern Massachusetts.  As I neared the top I suddenly came into a stand of high bush blueberries.  Each bush was overflowing with ripe fruit.  Without even bending over I was able to grab a handful at a time and pop them into my mouth.  What a great snack God had provided!

God always desires to refresh the weary traveler.  He provides a bounty in the wilderness.  This is especially true along the path of life.  God wants to keep your spirit fresh and vibrant.

Our job is to keep our eyes open and to look for these times of refreshing.  They could happen anywhere and at any time.

Spend a few moments right now thanking God for His abundant provision.  Give Him praise for the times of encouragement you have received in the past.  Ask Him to give you a sensitive spirit so that you can recognize the signs of His presence all around you as you continue your journey.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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