When I know someone is coming over, I clean house: I put things in order, de-clutter, and straighten up. I do whatever I can, noticing the tiny things I would normally overlook. To be honest, this doesn’t ALWAYS happen, but for the most part I try to be presentable for my guests.
Revival is coming, to prepare the way for the return of Christ in the rapture of the saints. Are we ready? Will we be involved, or watching from the sidelines?
“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”Acts 2:17/Joel 2:28
Personal revival can and will come, but it will require everything of us. For the last two years, the Lord has been preparing me for the “happening” on February 2, this year (see “My Testimony” entry). He’s been telling me through the preaching at my church, Bible Study (which at times was what I would have formerly called a “sacrifice”), in prayer and quiet time with Him, what I needed to give up and submit to Him.
There were times I refused or made excuses for myself. Other times, I needed more help and came to a place where I knew if I didn’t get it He would turn His back and not hear my prayers. As I gave up and sacrificed on the altar what He required of me, I noticed He was speaking more and more. His Word was coming more alive to me than ever before, and consistently so. He gave me the desires of my heart (literally, I prayed one day and two weeks later the answer came – and now I write). He has also put other things on my heart – promises I’m still holding on to, believing in hope He will bring to pass in His time.
There were other things that although I would try to fix I could not in my own strength. One of those things was a negative attitude. I tried so hard, but I just couldn’t be happy. On another note, I could confess my sins, but not have a mourning over them. It was like a routine to ask forgiveness. I didn’t have that “feeling” about the cross, about my salvation, about Jesus and what He did. I mean, sometimes I would have that overwhelming gratitude, but for the most part I was pretty indifferent. But I thought I was fine! How many of us have this same feeling? How many of us have an indifference to the Lord and His grace? OH GOD FORGIVE US!
Over the last year especially, I felt like I was getting closer and closer. I was trying to give up the things He asked for and was praying for His grace and help with the things I couldn’t do myself. I spent more and more time in the Word and in prayer than ever before. If you want God to move in your life, if you want Him to change you, if you want more of Him, you are going to have to give of yourself until there’s nothing left to give in your own power.
He is a jealous God. He will not compete for you, as much as He loves you. He won’t compete for your affection because He doesn’t want you to come to Him out of His forcing you. His love is freedom. Freedom to choose or to reject. He is a careful and loving Father as well. He won’t fill you until you empty yourself, because it would likely kill you if He did and you still were holding on to your own desires. But, once you give of all that you can humanly give to Him, He will fill you up completely to overflowing!
Once I came to the place where I had given up EVERYTHING I could, He came in and did the rest. He came in to the empty me, and filled me up with His love, which I’m telling you could not be imagined. He took my negativity and replaced it with joy, He took my one habit I just couldn’t break and made it like it was nothing. He gave me an understanding of His love and His sacrifice, and now truly “I am happy all the day.” When I think about the Lord now, I no longer have an indifference. I have an overwhelming gratitude and cannot but bow in reverence and love for He who loved me first.
If you are waiting on Him to come in and give you what you need, if you are wondering why He hasn’t come yet to revive you, or if you have that indifferent feeling toward your sin or the cross, then there is still more to do.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”2 Chronicles 7:14
Submit. Yield your everything. Get in the Word daily, if not more. Pray and set aside quiet time where you pour out your soul to the King, repent of your sins, ask Him to reveal your every wickedness, and convict you of your unknown or ignorant sins. Don’t quit. Don’t give up! Don’t get tired of doing good and of sacrificing yourself! Clean up. De-clutter. Go through all of yourself and seek out the areas you haven’t submitted. Be diligent. Be ready. He will come. HE IS COMING!