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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Flying with Thursday's Word revival by Brenda Smith, part 1

Defined: Means to renew the interest in something, to bring back to life.
Scripture:  “If my people, who are called by my name, will 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)
God is looking for people to revive.   “If” my people….The if here is the beginning of the conditions that God is looking to be met before He will act. It is clear that God is issuing a conditional promise to His people - do these things and I will respond. God has an expectation of specific things before He brings revival. These promises are only for those who place their faith in God. God is speaking to His people and no one else here. We must understand that this is an exclusive deal that God only offers to His people.

We often forget that the work of revival always begins with God’s own people first, why? God must first renew His people before the real work of winning the world can take place. The work of revival must begin with God’s own people but is never meant to end there. For revival to be lasting and to truly make an impact on the world, we must reach out. We are called to be a holy priesthood, where every believer carries the responsibility for ministry, not just the pastor or the church board. We are called to be Christ’s witnesses in this world to share His truth and boldly seek His power.

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