Much More Than Revival

Revival is wonderful!  I have read about powerful revivals throughout the history of the body of Christ, and have experienced revival myself several times in my own life.  But revival would not be necessary if we did not have the tendency to not 'abide in the True Vine' as Jesus taught in the Gospel of John, chapter 15.  In spite of the fact that 'no one can steal us out of Father's hand', His gift of free will always enables us to remove ourselves from His hand.

So, because we tend to stray from God like sheep, He is always on the lookout for those who stray from Him, and seeks to bring them back to Himself if they are willing.  The trouble is this:  not everyone is willing to come back to Father when they stray.  A great example is the Jews mentioned in  John chapter 8:

John 8:31-33  So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."  They answered him, "We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, 'You will become free'?"

On this occasion Jesus missed a great opportunity to reply, "Who, then, are these Romans?  Are they tourists? Did your forefathers go on holiday in Mesopotamia?"  But instead He went on to tell them the even greater truth that those who sin are slaves to sin, and there is the utmost penalty for remaining enslaved to our self-righteous misunderstandings.  They did not realize that the self-righteous pride of  their hearts had deceived them into thinking that they already were righteous and had no need for further instruction from Jesus.

As a result our loving Heavenly Father sends His messengers to restore lost truths to His people and anyone else who is able to receive the truth.

For example, God restored the truth about 'Salvation By Faith' through Martin Luther, and He has been restoring lost truths ever since Jesus ascended to be seated at His right hand.

It is important to note that the truths which are restored are often accompanied by traditions of men and other doctrines which only a person who seeks God's discernment can discern.  The enemy sows weeds in God's field.  This happens because we have failed to apprehend one of the fundamental principles of the Kingdom of God - we have leaned on our own understanding rather than trusting God with our whole hearts.

Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

We need to understand that the main result of the disobedience of Adam and Eve resulted in their being separated from fellowship with God.  They could no longer trust God for wisdom and discernment because of the separation of their sin, so they began to trust their own understanding.

The remedy for this is not simply deciding to stop relying on our own understanding and trusting God with our whole hearts.  That, sadly, is the course of action which we usually try when the Lord convicts of of the truth in Proverbs 3:5.  But it does not take long for an honest person to admit defeat because we simply cannot rely on our own willpower to accomplish anything of eternal worth.  The proper course of action, as always, is to appropriate the power of the death and resurrection of Jesus to be manifested in our lives.  I have found, for example, that when I ask Jesus to help me to stop leaning on my own understanding so that I can trust our heavenly Father with all of my heart, that major breakthroughs happen in my life.  And when I go on to ask Jesus to help me to keep trusting Father with all of my heart rather than reverting to leaning on my own understanding that He is able to start training me to do so.

I hope that this makes some sense to you, dear reader.  But if it does not, be sure to ask Jesus Christ to help you to be all that God the Father wants you to be!!  And even if you are not inclined to do this, we can always ask God to work in you both to will and to do whatever pleases Him most!

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