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Monday, January 3, 2011

Revival

I've been hearing the word revival a lot lately. 
We want revival for our country, our states, our counties and our cities. We'll even call for and pray for revival in our families but what I hear missing is... “Lord, revive me!” 

The desire for revival is a good desire but what are we asking for? God change my nation, my state, my county, my city... please change my family... but where is the prayer... 
“Lord, change me!” 

This is where we need to be.... 
"Lord, change me! 
Make me who I was meant to be." ... but don't stop there. 

“Lord, I'm tired of all the stuff I've been going through. I've been trying to deal with it all in my own strength and I can't do it anymore. I've been doing my own thing, what I thought was right and I'm tired of all the trouble it brings. 

I don't really know how to give you all of me but Lord, take all of me! I'm not running any more. You have me, all of me, spirit, soul and body. I'll go where you'd have me go. I'll do what you'd have me do. I'll talk to those you'd have me talk to. Lord, just give my life direction. Show me where you would have me because I don't really know where my place is. Show me what I should do because I don't know my purpose.  Lord, set my feet on the right path so that the day I draw my final breath I can know I fulfilled my destiny.” 

This is what brings revival. 
Praying like this will change you, will revive those dead places inside of you and light a fire in you that will spread. We've got to stop praying for God to change everyone else around us and not praying for God to change us. There is so much ill in each one of us that God needs to heal and set right but he can't do that until we get our eyes off of all the wrong in others lives and say God fix me first. 

Lord, forgive me. I've thought so highly of myself and not realized I was as wrong as those I wanted you to change. Teach me to see others as you see them. Teach me to love others as you love them. Lord teach me, teach me how to truly love others. Show me what a true love relationship is.”

You see revival is not something to go to, it's not something that has to be waited for, it's not a feeling or an emotional thing. Revival is where God takes an individual who was dead or dying and breathes His breath of life into them. All that was dead comes alive. You change. It's as simple as that. You change! You are no longer the same as you were. Change starts on the inside of you and you become the revival that you've been looking for. 

Does that sound crazy? It's not. We want revival in all these things that we are apart of but are we willing to “BE” the change? Are we willing to be the “FIRST” to change? Our change begins to affect others and before long we see the change in others we'd been praying for.

Revival comes immediately to those who truly want it, to those who are willing to change and willing to be the first to change.... God doesn't make us wait for His breath of life.... it is His will that every dead or dying part of you be revived... be given new life. Revival is waiting on you..... Will you stop running? Will you stop asking God to change others and ask him to change you instead?

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