Revival: It’s the first Friday of 2022, so let’s go and get it, finishing the week strong!


What an incredible first week! Starting a REVIVE week with Repentance, moving on to Renewal, then to Reconciliation, and yesterday to Restoration. What an incredible way to kick off 2022, a year to THRIVE! These past few years have been tough and we survived them, to what degree is another story but we are here and now and so let’s decide to make the changes and embrace the changes necessary to make 2022 a year to THRIVE! Be it releasing your child to pursue their dreams and passions out in the world. Be it releasing your child to pursue their dreams and passions through sports and education. Be it organizational changes that come because of unforeseen circumstances. Let’s turn to God and lean in and lean on Him in order to make 2022 a year to THRIVE! Let’s not lean on our understanding but instead on everything and at all times, let’s trust God! Let’s seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and then allow Him to take care of the rest! Let’s ask Him when we have questions! Let’s seek Him when we are in need of Him! Let’s knock when we need to have something opened! Let’s go about this life in God’s way! Let’s go through the highs and lows, the challenges or as some prefer to say opportunities, the troubles, and the trials remembering to count them all joy because we know that God has overcome the world and that when we persevere through the trials God will have refined us and in the end, we will be complete and lacking nothing! Let’s be steadfast like we read about in Philippians 4:6.

So today let’s find revival! Let’s ask God to help us have a revival first in us and then in the body of Christ and then in the world around us! Help us Lord to have an everlasting change in me, spiritual revival! Help us Lord to have an everlasting change in your church, spiritual revival! Help us Lord to have an everlasting change in our community, spiritual revival! Help us Lord to live out our days in a relationship with You! Help us Lord to walk out each step of each day in Your presence! Lord, I submit myself to You and ask Lord for You to live in me! Lord, I submit myself to You and ask Lord for You to move in me! Lord, I submit myself to You and ask Lord for You to shape me to be more like Jesus each and every day of my life! I trust in You Lord! I will give my cares, casting my anxiety and concerns on You because you care for me! Help adjust and change my perspective Lord this year into one that can THRIVE because I have a new perspective on myself, You, my current situations and the future You have planned ahead of me! Help it be a time that will not only motivate me but others into a closer and deeper relationship with you. Help it be a time that will not only motivate me but others into being the dads we have been created to be. Help it be a time that will not only motivate me but everyone around me from my wife to my kids to my neighbors to my community to my workplace to the camps to the world at large. Help me Lord to daily come to You humbly and pray for a desperate move of You in and throughout my life and the world around me. Today Lord, I cry out for revival!

Let’s grab some scriptures to help solidify this idea today:

‘and My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land. ‘

2 Chronicles 7:14

‘‘And it shall be in the last days,’ says God, ‘That I will pour out My Spirit upon all mankind; And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see [divinely prompted] visions, And your old men shall dream [divinely prompted] dreams; Even on My bond-servants, both men and women, I will in those days pour out My Spirit And they shall prophesy. And I will bring about wonders in the sky above And signs (attesting miracles) on the earth below, Blood and fire and smoking vapor. The sun shall be turned into darkness And the moon into blood, Before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes. And it shall be that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking, adoring, and worshiping the Lord Jesus] shall be saved (rescued spiritually).’ ‘

Acts 2:17-21

‘Will You not revive us and bring us to life again, That Your people may rejoice in You? ‘

Psalms 85:6

‘Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.’

Ephesians 3:20-21

Let’s pray throughout this day:

  • Pray for God to bring spiritual revival to your own heart and life.
  • Pray for Jesus to bring spiritual revival to His Church.
  • Pray for a worldwide move of God that will bring salvation to multitudes around the globe.

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Day 2 – How has becoming a father changed your perspective on a Father’s love for his children?


So where are you at today? Are you ready to experience a revival? Are you ready to be a catalyst for revival? Are you ready to give your heart and your life up to God? Are you ready to have God clean house and transform you spiritually? Are you ready to get to live 2022 in a way you don’t just have to survive another year but so that you can THRIVE in it? The let’s pray together!


Where are you focused?


There is so much going on. There are so many things that could be getting your attention. There are so many things competing for your attention and your time. Are you on the look out? Are you following something or someone? What do you have your eye on?


This morning’s reading starts with the title “The Whole World Has Its Eyes on God“.

Do you have something that you are keeping your eyes on so that you know where you are going? Do you have a destination you are wanting to get to and have a north star or something that you are using to get there? Are you keeping your eye on God so that you can follow after Him? What are you expecting? What are you anticipating? What are you hoping?

The next title speaks to Jesus riding in on a donkey. Kings tend to come on donkeys in peace and horse for battle. Jesus’ first visit had Him on a donkey that Palm Sunday with people shouting and speaking prophesy. Today’s reading speaks to it this way:

9-10“Shout and cheer, Daughter Zion! Raise the roof, Daughter Jerusalem! Your king is coming!
a good king who makes all things right, a humble king riding a donkey, a mere colt of a donkey.
I’ve had it with war—no more chariots in Ephraim, no more war horses in Jerusalem, no more swords and spears, bows and arrows. He will offer peace to the nations, a peaceful rule worldwide, from the four winds to the seven seas. — Zechariah 9:9-10

When I think of the colt of a donkey on Palm Sunday, I also reflect on His second coming when He will be coming back to claim what is His, what is already His and finish the battle with Satan. He will be on a horse that time and ready for battle. The first time He came to fulfill the law and to open the doorway to reconciliation with God for the sins of the world. So that everyone who will receive Him, who will accept Him as their Lord and Savior, who will follow after Him. As we read in John 3:16, God loves us, He sent Jesus to save us not to condemn us. So now we need to keep our eyes on Him. God’s Word also speaks to us being prepared:

  • I can’t impress this on you too strongly. God is looking over your shoulder. Christ himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with his rule, so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple. — 2 Timothy 4:1-2
  • Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. — Ephesians 6:13-18
  • With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort. — 1 Corinthians 15:58
  • You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected. — Mathew 24:44
  • 13Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. 15Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. 16But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. 17Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong! — 1 Peter 3:13-17

There are many more. Trying to find a list, I found this link that you can check out.

The chapter finishes with the Jesus on a horse, the one who will fight and win the war of all wars. The war for the souls.

14-17Then God will come into view, his arrows flashing like lightning! Master God will blast his trumpet and set out in a whirlwind. God-of-the-Angel-Armies will protect them—all-out war, The war to end all wars, no holds barred. Their God will save the day. He’ll rescue them. They’ll become like sheep, gentle and soft, Or like gemstones in a crown, catching all the colors of the sun. Then how they’ll shine! shimmer! glow! the young men robust, the young women lovely! — Zechariah 9:14-17

Let’s pray for those who are lost, sheep without a shepherd. Let’s pray that the truth and hope that comes from a living relationship with Jesus can be brought into their hearts. Let’s pray that lives will be reset and returned under the hand and covering of God. Let’s pray that our light, our words, our actions will point people to the one true God in a transformational way that will and does save. Jesus came to be the shepherd. He came to show us the way. He is the truth, the way, and the life, nobody gets to the Father except through Him. There aren’t many ways. There is but one way.

As I get into chapter 11, an interesting question comes to mind. Do they really care about you? Who is over you? Do they care? Or are they just wanting to get what they can and move on? It’s interesting to see what the difference looks like. It’s interesting to experience what the difference feels like.

Take a look around, are people trying to get rid of something? Something important and real? Something that should be the highest priority? Is there an attack going on against the way? Are they preparing the world for a time of battle? Are they preparing the world for a time of reset? Do you see that there is a battle underway? Do you see there is a battle going on right now for your soul? Who is going to stand up and be counted? Who is going to stand in the gap? Or are we headed towards the end? Is the momentum that strong that there is no turning back? Is there still time for a people to come together and try to restore truth, hope, love, justice? What is the purpose? What is the intention? What is the reason for such actions and decisions? Are things being improved or is the average being lowered? Are we headed back up? Are we heading back down? What’s really at the heart of the matter? What is driving people’s actions and decisions? Really… What’s really motivating them? It’s a matter of the heart so let’s inspect what the motive is.

How close are we to the Big Day?

There is only one thing that can wash away the filth, the grime, the sickness, the chains, and it the love of Jesus. It is only by His blood that we can be reconciled back to God, become new and clean in the eyes of God. He is the fountain that will wash away the sin of the world. When the Big Day comes will you be on the right side? Is God your god? Are you part of His people?

Chapter 14, starts with the title “The Day Is Coming”.  What day you may ask? The chapter is clear and starts with:

“God’s Judgment Day is on the way”

It will be an incredible day – Jesus in the lead and an army of angels with Him.

6-7What a Day that will be! No more cold nights—in fact, no more nights! The Day is coming—the timing is God’s—when it will be continuous day. Every evening will be a fresh morning.
8What a Day that will be! Fresh flowing rivers out of Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea, half to the western sea, flowing year-round, summer and winter!
9God will be king over all the earth, one God and only one. What a Day that will be!
10-11The land will stretch out spaciously around Jerusalem—to Geba in the north and Rimmon in the south, with Jerusalem towering at the center, and the commanding city gates—Gate of Benjamin to First Gate to Corner Gate to Hananel Tower to the Royal Winery—ringing the city full of people. Never again will Jerusalem be totally destroyed. From now on it will be a safe city. — Zechariah 14:6-11

Which side will you be on? Are you for Him or against Him?

12-14But this is what will happen to all who fought against Jerusalem: God will visit them with a terrible plague. People’s flesh will rot off their bones while they are walking around; their eyes will rot in their sockets and their tongues in their mouths; people will be dying on their feet! Mass hysteria when that happens—total panic! Fellow soldiers fighting and killing each other—holy terror! And then Judah will jump into the fray! — Zechariah 14:12-14

Today, I lift this day up to God and I ask how I can help and what I can do to point others towards Him. I ask Lord for Your wisdom and favor in what I say and do so that in and through it all, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory. Help me Lord to be a good ambassador for You. Help me Lord to shine so that others will see that I am just like the moon in the dark sky, reflecting the light of Your Son Jesus my Lord and Savior. Lord, help me today so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

How far do you have to stray before you realize…


Because we have freewill, we get to choose what we do. We get to choose if we will follow God’s prompting or try to go our own way. We get to choose if we will obey God’s commands or deal with the fallout of the alternative. We get to choose if we will stay under the cover of God’s wing or step out and risk the fiery arrows of the devil who is out to get us. We get to choose if we will stay in alignment which provides protection or get out of alignment and be open to the attacks of the devil. Life is filled with choices! Choose wisely!

I remember when the still quiet voice of God has prompted me to do things, things that were so big, so risky, so challenging that I had to choose to obey or to risk the consequences of disobedience and dealing with the fallout of my own decisions.

There was an early time when He was calling me to step up after having stepped into community involvement. One men’s retreat He called me to get involved in my community which led me to join the homeowners association for my community of about 10,000+ people.  During that time, I learned a lot and was able to get involved with the going ons and the decisions that would impact the community: the landscaping, the home values, the protection, the common areas, the links with the surrounding cities, and more. At one point when the board was getting ready to go through some changes (part way through a year several had decided the existing president was going to be removed) and I heard God in a still quiet voice telling me to step up to be president and I resisted, I had so many excuses why that wasn’t a good idea, I was thinking more about what I could do rather than what He could do in and through me. At that time (which wasn’t too far from the end of the year and the next set of board elections) I resisted and became vice president. God kept pushing and telling me I am supposed to step up and I would tell him why I shouldn’t. Eventually while at the gym, God and I came to a point where I was given the ultimatum, “You will be president or you will be nothing, you choose!” Well, that was quite a shock and surprise. I remember my heart racing and looking around, but there was nobody in the room. I knew I didn’t want to be nothing, that was for sure. As I was driving off from the gym, I told Him, “God if you want me to be president, I will be president”. I had shared it with a few close friends and neighbors and one of them at the time happened to be on the board. They were being faced with the fact that their mother was fighting cancer. She offered to stay on the board till after the elections so there would be one more vote, but I told her she needed to go take care of her mom because if God wanted me to be president, He was going to make a way for it to all come together. So as we drew near to the new board member election, we ended up with 3 seats instead of the normal 2 rotation because of this. I remember wondering why God needed me in that role, what He was getting me ready for, what was going to need to take place, but through it all I knew if He wanted me there, He would grant me the wisdom to get it done. The day of the election, one of the members on the board nominated me and another board member nominated another person. When the results of the election came out, I had won and was the new president of the board. I won’t go into every detail here, but God had a lot of things for me to work through in that time – hiring new director (which God helped provide), change in insurance, change in accounting/billing services, additional staff, … It was amazing because I knew when I lived through some of the things that took place why He wanted me there, to bring His light, His peace, His hope, His truth into the situation. I couldn’t have done it in my own power, but the great thing is I didn’t have to do it in my own power, He was with me every step of the way. I still have a copy of a letter from one of the member of the community who took the time out of their day to send me a thank you letter (not email, letter) for hiring the director I chose. The number of things that could have gone wrong had I gone my own way, had I not received wisdom about who to hire, about what to do could have created so many fallouts that I am glad that God was with me, never leaving me nor forsaking me through it all as I did my best to walk in alignment and obedience, under the cover of His wing through it all.

The second story, I am sorry to say I wasn’t as obedient and the outcome was very different. In the end, the rest of the story ends up being ok because He taught me to forgive, He taught me the power of forgiveness, He taught me how much love I had around supporting me at home, at church, and at work, He taught me that even through the valley He never left me and always was speaking to me in His Word, through the songs on the radio, at church. It just took getting to the end of me, to the end of my rope, to the bottom of the barrel for me to stop and look up and cry out for help, for wisdom, for answers. It started with a still quiet voice telling me to move on from the job I was in. I was at a mountain top in my career where I was having great success and was in a place of influence. I was so “comfortable”, that word that as I have said in times since then should have set off all the red flags in my world that I shouldn’t disobeyed, but should have listened. Because of the heights of my mountain top, the valley drop was steep and far. Through this time a bunch of change took place, people were removed from leadership, the team was broken up, there were reorganizations, there were re-prioritization, there were offers and promises that didn’t pan out, there were decisions and positioning that just made it worse. In the end I had hit rock bottom, I was dealing with bitterness, anger, frustration, unforgiveness, that’s right me and the word that doesn’t exist. And on that final day, driving down the road, the song 7×70 came on and started to chip away and chip away, the the truth of God’s forgiveness and how we are supposed to forgive others was revealed. It broke the chains, it removed the pain, it healed my body and mind, it cleansed me. It taught me a lesson I will never forgot. It gave me an experience that I was able to share with so many others who were going through depression and betrayal, sorrow and pain, lies and distrust. God gave me a gift through this that has transformed my message to others who are feeling hopeless. God gave me a gift that others could tell something was different when I went back to work, but they new the situation and the environment hadn’t. It provided me with a testimony of God’s Love being so good and so great that He taught me the power of forgiveness and that true freedom comes through it. Before that I was giving away the keys and allowing the control to be outside. Once I gave forgiveness and then was able to receive forgiveness from God, my life was back, my joy was back, my hope was back, I knew that no matter what came my way, walking with God was going to be the right way and would produce incredible miracles through them all. If you click the link above (or this one), you can read more information about the experience.

The third story is an interesting one as it was still post not listening to go and find a new job and before getting the message to Get out of the boat and it was interesting in my next day’s post as it revealed what happened on the way to work on the topic of the Big O. I was walking and being obedient even though the return being experienced by others wasn’t where it should have been. Work wasn’t rewarding the efforts, however, God did which helped me to realize even though they didn’t value my effort, He was able to intervene and provide exceedingly, abundantly more than I could have asked or imagined. He was able to orchestrate finances to pay off my roof and refinance saving me more than they could have given me and since it was a reduction in what I had to pay compared to an increase in salary, the implications were even greater and better. Praise be go to God!  Since the full story is found throughout past posting, I will make it a summary. He gave me the message “Get out of the Boat”, I prayed driving to work that if my workplace was the boat and He wanted me out, that He would let me know what side, I received a tweet on the way to work that said “Get out of the Boat” so when I got home I updated my resume, updated my LinkedIn profile, and started job hunting. Since He never told me what side of the boat, I didn’t have leave just yet, but I knew and was preparing for the time when I would be gone. He provided counselors at work to show me that He had my back and that He had positioned others around me who I could trust. I went through many interviews for companies including one that I was sure I didn’t want to go to,  however, if it was going to be my Nineveh, I wasn’t going to be one who would get put in the belly of a whale, so I was checking every side and knowing God would tell me what side of the boat to get out on. I have been in my new role for about 9 months now and it has been incredible to see the miracles that have taken place. The testimonies I have to share. The joy and happiness I am able to share with those I come into contact with. God’s way is the only way. Obedience is the cleaner way. Staying under the cover of His wing and in alignment with His will provides something beyond beyond, beyond words, beyond expressions.

Where are you at today? Have you strayed away? Have you gone it on your own? Are you out of the will of God? Are you out of cover? Are you out of alignment? Are you feeling the fiery darts coming at you? Are you feeling the pain? Are you being torn? Are you finding yourself somewhere that you wouldn’t have ever expected to be? Today might be your day! Today may be the day that  you can get back on track. In my second story I talk about how I had the divine intervention with the 7×70 song coming on the radio. It had come on other times, the difference was before I had gotten into the car, I had stopped and asked God to help me. I had asked Him to intervene on my behalf and help me. And wow, did He ever! God’s Word tells us that we have not because we ask not! God’s Word tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness! You don’t have to keep walking away! You don’t have to keep hiding yourself! You can turn back and call out to your Heavenly Father and you know how He will respond? Just like we read in God’s Word:

11-12Then he said, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, ‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’
12-16“So the father divided the property between them. It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.
17-20“That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ He got right up and went home to his father.
20-21“When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’
22-24“But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.
25-27“All this time his older son was out in the field. When the day’s work was done he came in. As he approached the house, he heard the music and dancing. Calling over one of the houseboys, he asked what was going on. He told him, ‘Your brother came home. Your father has ordered a feast—barbecued beef!—because he has him home safe and sound.’
28-30“The older brother stalked off in an angry sulk and refused to join in. His father came out and tried to talk to him, but he wouldn’t listen. The son said, ‘Look how many years I’ve stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends? Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!’
31-32“His father said, ‘Son, you don’t understand. You’re with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours—but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he’s alive! He was lost, and he’s found!’”

Today may be your day to turn things around.
Will  you give God your heart
and
allow Him to clean house
and
get things back on track?

His love never quits!


On that day when he takes us up into heaven. On that day when people disappear from earth and others are dealing with the loss of so many. On that day when some are left behind and wondering what happened and where everyone has gone. Who will remain? Who will people turn to? Who will be able to give answers? Who will remember what is told and written? Who will find and hold onto the truth so that in the end they may also find victory? Hopefully you are reading this and able to read the book of revelation prior to the rapture. Hopefully you will read the book of revelation, the last book in the Bible to learn more. As these words came to me this morning I started doing some searching to see what resources would be available for those left behind. I remember seeing the Left Behind movie (part 1) and could only imagine based on their interpretation the chaos and confusion people would go through in such a day and such time as that. There is a full Left Behind book series that I haven’t read, however, I remember when I first started my blog and how the book I started in was the book of Revelation. I remember feeling then that the time was drawing closer and every year I read it in various reading through the Bible in a year programs that it seems even closer than the year before. It is the reason for the name of my blog from 2005 (the year I began blogging) to Eternity (the time of which the book of Revelation spoke). The blog isn’t a blog to create fear, it is the opposite. It’s purpose is to share God’s hope and love so that rather than walking in fear of the what if’s we can walk in the faith which rebukes fear so that we can shine for God through our hope and trust in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

 

Doing a search this morning gave me some very interesting resources:

http://www.propheciesofrevelation.org/leftbehind.php

http://www.raptureready.com/rr-survival-guide.html

 

So I hope you find this and make the choice before Jesus returns. And if you don’t I hope you find the strength to save your soul in the midst of what you are going through or about to go through.

 

The Psalm I read in today’s Word that speaks to our God of second chances is: Psalm 118.

And you who fear God, join in, “His love never quits.”

Take a look and hear what is spoken through Psalm 118 it even speaks to Jesus as the capstone that was discarded by the builders, they saw flaws, but God the Father had other plans for bring salvation to the world.

 

God knows right where we are at and when we make time, take time to spend with Him and His Word through reading, listening, and praying (conversing with God), He is able to hear where we are at in our hearts and bring comfort through words like those in today’s 365 Fear Nots: Verse of the Day

You have nothing to fear. I will take care of you and your children. So he reassured them with kind words that touched their hearts.

Genesis 50:21 (GNT)

Biblical Truth: A broken spirit must be bound up, an offer of forgiveness and a comforting word provides encouragement and comfort to drive away fear.

 

So let’s decide today that today is the day the Lord has made, so I will rejoice and be glad in it. Let’s receive the gift of grace and become children of God in Jesus’ name. Amen.