SUNDAY AUGUST 11, 2019
“Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.”- Isaiah 66:7-8
Every child birth is naturally preceded by a period of labour. What has been conceived and carried in the womb for months can only come forth naturally through the travail of labour.
God has only one thing conceived in His mind; He had only one burden right from the time humanity was lost to Satan through Adam’s sin. This burden is the salvation of mankind, the redemption of humanity, the establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth.
God’s desire is that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. He would have all men to be saved and transformed from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of His own dear Son Jesus Christ. This will happen through revival- God’s Spirit coming on people as a wave that brings conviction and turns people to repentance from sin unto God.
God’s plan and purpose will not occur except there is a travail in prayer, akin to a woman in labour for child birth.
John Wesley rightly said “God does nothing on earth save in answer to believing prayer.”
Also, S.D. Gordon said “You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.… Prayer is striking the winning blow; service is gathering up the results.”
As this is true, I should be determined to lose a little sleep for prayer. I’ll change my lifestyle for prayer. I’ll turn the T.V off or reduce the hours I spend on social media and internet games or even miss a meal, and spend hours to pray.
Our prayers will bring revival; it will bring down strongholds and barriers. God shapes our world and its events through prayer. Prayer is a spiritual force; it moves the hand of God and allows God to take responsibility over the affairs of His creation.
As labour brings what is in obscurity to limelight, so does prayer. Labour is hard work, so also is effective prayer; it will push through, and bring forth God’s agenda for humanity.
Prayer will create an atmosphere for God’s move and manifestation. If we want to change our nations, we must be ready to labour in prayer. If we want to bear God’s influence in our world, we must be ready to give ourselves to the business of prayer.
Remember, the secret of having influence with men is having influence with God, and that is in the place of prayer. God Bless You!
SUNDAY AUGUST 04, 2019
“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?”- Psalm 85:6
Revival is re-awakening. It is akin to putting fuel on a dying flame or fire. It is turning a dull light to a bright and glowing light.
Revival has to do with people who already have life; it is restoring fire into a people whose lives and zeal for the Lord seems to be ebbing away. It is changing a lukewarm disposition to a hot, firebrand attitude.
It is to become fervent in Spirit; and to be on fire for God. We all need revival, and it has to begin with our individual lives. This will in turn ignite the whole Church-the body of Christ with the fire of the Holy Spirit, thus presenting God to the whole world in a form that will make Him irresistible.
People, communities and nations shall be drawn to God, they shall rejoice as they find life, hope, joy, fulfilment, purpose, deliverance, salvation in God. They shall rejoice as they discover God’s love for mankind.
But for us to experience revival, it will begin with us taking some necessary steps:
We must turn away from the things that drive us away from God; these are the fire extinguishers. We must all individually reflect on our lives and where found necessary repent from secret sins; these are the “little foxes that spoil our vines.”
We must confess and turn away from ungodly habits that we are addicted to; these will rob us of intimacy with God.
We must lay aside every weight and sin that easily beset us; these will slow and weigh us down. We must empty ourselves of self and every form of carnality- the works of the flesh i.e. bitterness, pride, unforgiveness, gossip, sexual immorality. So that God can fill our lives with Himself.
A life of holiness is fundamentally important for anyone who wants to experience revival. No holiness, no presence of God; no righteousness, no anointing of the Holy Spirit; and without the Holy Spirit to fuel you and me, there will be no fire of revival.
“Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”- Psalm 45:7
One secret of revival is a deep love for righteousness and passion for a life of holiness. The basis of divine exaltation in power and glory is righteousness and holy living.
A vessel that God cannot touch or relate closely with on a constant basis cannot experience revival and cannot be used of God for revival.
So let us put our lives in order and God will honour our resolve.
God bless you!