- restoration to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, etc.
- an awakening, in a church or community, of interest in and care for matters relating to personal religion.
I love to read.
A few months ago I was perusing the shelves of a local used book store and a set of books caught my eye. I hadn’t ever heard of the books/series before, nor was I familiar with the authors. (Which are 2 turn offs already for me), and yet something was drawing me to them. I had no idea why. I picked them up and put them down probably 3-4 times and finally decided to purchase them after the clerk told me I could return them for half credit at a later date.
Yes, they are fiction. I try to not read too much fiction but if I do it’s usually historical. These books seemed to have a historical bent, so I gave them a try.
Come to find out one of the co-authors was a man that had a deep desire to see revival in America. He spent a lot of time fasting and praying for revival and hoped he would see it in his lifetime. He died a few years after co-authoring these books. His desire was that somehow these books would be a spark of something.
[Yes there were a few strange things in the books. Nothing I couldn’t get past though.]
There was a reoccurring phrase in these books that made me stop and think, “I saw myself exactly how God saw me and we both didn’t like it.”
You see, I have a tendency to view myself exactly how I portray myself to everyone else, leaving all the bad behind closed doors and hidden from sight, not willing to confront what/who I truly am, dirty, vile, wicked. Jeremiah 17:9 sums up who I am to a T… “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?” Most “Christians” today are like me. They think they can live their life hiding what they don’t want anyone else to see; the problem is they can’t hide it from God. He sees the filth that we really are and doesn’t like it and truth be told when we are finally honest with ourselves we don’t like it either.
After the Lord showed me this and I dealt with some “matters”, my heart became burdened to be fervent in fasting, prayer and to seek for revival… In my life•my church•community•america•the world!
If Godly men and women had not committed themselves, fasted and prayed for the past revivals in our history it is quite possible they would have never seen it. Which leads me to believe that if some Godly men and women today would fast and pray, we could see revival in our time. That excites me!
As this was all on my heart a friend of mine made a video and posted it on FB that pretty much sums it all up perfectly.
May the Lord stir your heart for personal revival. This life is but a vapor, let God do something extraordinary with it before it’s gone!