Revival is: Jesus!

The church in its early days was what we call “on fire!” Even at the risk of life and limb, those early Christians were zealous, excited, enthusiastic and active. Down through the centuries, that zeal has flagged, faded and at times, all but disappeared. When it looked really bad, prayer, fasting, repentance and restitution moved God to renew, revive and restore the church. This has happened time and again, when God’s people get serious. What changes when God brings seasons of refreshing? Our focus on Jesus changes. We think on Him and what He suffered for us. We are filled with wonder and gratitude for His mighty grace. We worship Him and love Him. He speaks to our minds and hearts. We are appalled at the sins we have tolerated in our lives. We long for victory over sin in our lives. We want to honor and glorify Him. We know when He is speaking to us and we start paying attention. Things of the world lose their grip on us. In other words, revival is not something we work up. It is not something that we are to seek. Instead, it is Him we crave! He becomes our “magnificent obsession!” Revival is: Jesus! We can’t get enough of Him! It’s so simple and, at the same time, we often fail to do it. James explains: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:7-10). In her hymn, “Nearer, Still Nearer,” Mrs. C. H. Morris gives us this timely prayer which we would do well to make our own heartfelt prayer: “Nearer, still nearer, nothing I bring,  naught as an offering to Jesus my King – only my sinful, now contrite heart;  grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart. Nearer, still nearer, Lord, to be Thine,  sin, with its follies, I gladly resign,  all of its pleasures, pomp and its pride, give me but Jesus, my Lord crucified.” Selah! When He sits on the thrones of our hearts, His life will flow into us and out through us. The throne is not for double-occupancy!   Ron

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