Day 6 Devotion – Come!!

Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”
Hosea 6:1-3

The Call of the Lord today is simply to “Come!” To answer the call to come is to purpose to leave that which now holds us. Paul quoted Isaiah, asking the Corinthian church to “Come out from among them and be separate, touch no unclean thing, and I will come to you…” (2 Cor. 6:17) When you gaze at the face of Jesus our Lord you will want to leave all the unclean things behind.

But many will ask, “How can God allow all this trouble, pain and sorrow?” God may lovingly ‘tear us, that He may heal us’! When our pride is built up a ‘striking down’ must precede a building up. Then soon, brother or sister, soon the Lord will come to us as we come to Him to bring refreshing revival to our souls. The first and second ‘day’ may seem long, but the third day is coming! Then He will raise us up that we may live with Him!

So many things change when we forsake sin and come to the Lord! Where we were living for self, now to live is Christ. Where we would seek our fame, now we do all to the glory of God. Where our focus was on earthly treasure, now we lay up treasure in heaven. Where we delighted in earthly pleasure, now in His Presence is fullness of joy!

Today let us depart from the fruitless deeds of darkness and come into his light. Let us pray with King David, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.”

Day 5 Devotion – The Joys of Repentance!

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 Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.  Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.”
Acts 3:19-21

In Acts 3 Peter was giving his sermon. He told the crowd plainly they had crucified Jesus, so now they must repent. We are no less guilty! We have crucified Jesus with our willful sins. We have crucified Jesus with our ignorant omissions! It is for sure we pushed the thorns on His head, swung the whip, and pounded in the nails.

Peter’s words are no less powerful today. Our response is to be no different. REPENT. The Greek word for repent means “to change the mind and think differently”. The question is not if you are guilty or not guilty. The question is if you will change your mind regarding your sin, agree with God you have sinned and purpose in your mind and heart to ‘go and sin no more’ by His power and grace.

In our passage today repentance leads to three most beautiful outcomes! First, your sins are blotted out. The word here means to totally and completely remove, wipe away and obliterate! God loves to pardon and cleanse the humble heart! Oh sinner, you can come away from time with your Lord today SINLESS.

The second blessing that always follows confession and repentance is ‘times of refreshing’. We often seek times of refreshing from the Lord without true repentance. God will never bless our lukewarm expressions of faith!

Then the final and best blessing! The very Presence of the Lord! Ah there is nothing so sweet as Jesus Himself in your midst. His affirming and loving Presence will supply your every need and totally satisfy your soul. Brother or Sister, spend much time in repentance and watch how swiftly Christ will come to inhabit your soul, your church, your world.

Agree with the command of God through the prophet Isaiah. “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Day 4 Devotion – What are You Seeking?

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33

A clear indicator of my fallen complacency that displeases the Lord is revealed by a close look at those things my heart seeks. How much of my energy is spent seeking approval, money, position, power, pleasure, entertainment, worldly success, and self-fulfillment?

Oh my heart! Plow through the dark shadows of murky seeking and wanting and push aside all desires that are not from your Lord! To experience revival is to seek the Lord with all your heart and soul!

Here we are told specifically what we must passionately pursue. First, the KINGDOM of GOD. The Kingdom of God is that place where Jesus reigns. Therefore it is that place that is ruled and defined by Christ our Lord. It is sacrificial love, holiness, purity, real joy, service and constant worship. It is the desire to fulfill every, even the slightest command of our Lord Jesus.

And second, the most forgotten word perhaps in the so called Christian culture. We are to passionately seek RIGHTEOUSNESS. The only way to follow “The Holy One of Israel” is to be holy. “So be holy in all you do” is the way of repentance. You can not produce your own righteousness but you can put on the righteousness of Christ.

Ask the Holy Spirit today to reveal the misplaced affections of your heart and redirect them to the place of God’s Kingdom and Righteousness.

Day 3 Devotion – Can Dry Bones Live?

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.”
Ezekiel 37:1-14

Revival is first and last a work of the Holy Spirit of God. First, the Spirit of Jesus leads you to look and see the dry bones. We often go through our days in turmoil and worry, fretting what lies ahead. We wonder why God allows all this worry and frustration and trouble, yet we are blind to our dry bones!

When did you last read, really read with time and passion, God’s holy word, asking the Holy Spirit to give you His living words of life? When did you bow in quiet humble prayer quieting your soul so to hear life giving encouragement from the Savior’s lips?

Oh brother or sister, let me ask you plainly. Are you simply going through the motions? Are you saying the right words and going to church and sitting and singing but nothing happens in your heart? Are your prayers bouncing off the ceiling? Is your spirit dry as dust?

God is life and He is the Great Life Giver! The One who gave you life, who created you in His image, who will give you your next breath as you read this devotion, will also pour out rivers of living water over your dry bones! Oh, believe it! A dry bone coming to life is nothing short of a miracle of God! He and He alone can do it!

God looks at you and asks you the question of faith: “Can these dry bones live?” Hear God’s word to you today! “Behold I will cause breath (life) to enter you, and you shall live!”

First, be sure you are saved. Jesus died and gave His blood on the cross to kill the sin disease that kept your bones dry – that kept you spiritually dead. He promises that to all who call on Him He will give the right to be called children of God, even those who believe in His Name. If you have never done so, cry out to Jesus to be your Savior today.

Then humbly ask Him to bring life to your dry bones! Then and only then, extend your prayer to ask Christ to bring life to our church, our city and nation.

Day 2 Devotion – A Heart Condition

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
Isaiah 57:15

Where does revival begin? We want to see revival in Washington DC but that must not be our first concern! We long for revival in our state, our county, our city, but that is not the beginning place. We would love to see the life giving Holy Spirit filled revival in our family, in our church, but while the wanting is good, the target is misplaced.

The PLACE of revival MUST always begin in MY heart. Our Lord graciously gives us here the necessary heart condition for revival. The spark of revival is fanned to flame in the heart that is ‘contrite and lowly in spirit’.

Two heart conditions are given for revival: Contrite and Lowly. The Hebrew word for ‘contrite’ is “dakka”. It means that which is crushed to powder! We could use the word ‘pulverized’. The word for lowly is ‘shaphal’ and means abased and lowered to the point of humiliation.

So revival, dear brothers and sisters, is a matter of positioning. In our text today we see that God is “the One who is high and lifted up”. That is God’s rightful place. He is “God most high”. His rightful place as Creator God is to be lifted up above all His creation. He is to be above all in our lives. He is above our passions and our highest affections must never be lifted above Him. He stands alone in perfection of holiness. His very name is Holy.

Revival comes in humble submission to our awesome God. Go to Him humbly in prayer right now. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. You will find His welcoming arms there.

Then, as we come humbly to our Holy God, maybe, by His grace, revival may spread to our family, church, city, county, state and nation. Amen!

Day 1 Devotion – A Revival Cry

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?”
Psalm 85:6

This is a cry to God to “revive” us. The purpose is for rejoicing in God. The Hebrew word for revive is “chayah”. It literally means ‘to live’. The need for revival is because of death. When we call upon God for revival we are asking Him to make the dead things live again.

To be revived is to have life. In John 14:6 Jesus said “I am … the LIFE”. To be revived is to have Christ and nothing less. But the problem we face in our desire for Christ is that He will not live among dead things.

Your body was alive when you gave it to Christ. But if you use your body for evil you have a dead thing. Your mind was alive when every thought was captive to Christ. But if you allow your mind to be filled with evil thoughts you now have a dead thing. Your witness for Christ was alive when you freely shared what God has done for you, but when complacency came your very witness became a dead thing. You once bore great fruit for God, fruit from His Holy Spirit, fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. But you allowed sin to reign, quenching the Holy Spirit, and the living fruit became now a dead thing.

Will you dare to ask God for revival? You are asking nothing less than for death to be put to death in you! Will you join King David and ask God to “see if there be any wicked way in me”?

The process of letting God put to death the dead things is painful. But the result is ‘life and life to the full!’ Revive me Lord, that I may truly live and rejoice in you!