Well there is no denying it! It’s been a long time since I’ve written, let alone shared, anything on the blog. Life has been crazy. To catch you up, things are pretty much the same in our lives, however….we are expecting our first little one in December! Little Lewis will be here soon and it has put a lot of things into perspective. But, that’s a blog post for another day!
I’m finally here today though because I was so super convicted this weekend over my lack of writing. This weekend at our church, The Church of Eleven22, we had Elder Led Prayer and 24 Hours of Preaching. Both events kicked off our twenty-one day fast in preparation for a special event we have every year called Saturated. Saturated is basically Jesus camp for adults and it’s awesome! But alas, I’m getting ahead of myself…
The 24 Hours of Preaching was a call to revival; revival in our hearts, our church, our community, our world. So through the prayers of the elders and the preaching from pastors, staff, and leaders in our church, revival, a call to faith, was proclaimed. I could go on and on about each sermon and how the Holy Spirit infused them with His power and grace, but I don’t have the time to do that! I just want to share what’s on my heart right now from my soaking and reflection of the weekend. This weekend, the Holy Spirit brought me so much encouragement and so much conviction. Conviction to write again, to proclaim truth when the enemy keeps shouting lies at me/us/the world, and encouragement to truly believe Him when He says He is all for me! So here goes…
One of the quotes (there were SO MANY!) that stuck out to me the most over the weekend was from Pastor Trey Curry. He said, “Revival can only happen if the Holy Spirit moves because the Holy Spirit alone can revive the dead.”
And so true! Yet how often do we forget about this pivotal truth? We go about our days, thinking about what we need to do, how we are going to make it happen, and then the outcome we will reach. We think about ourselves the majority of the day. We try to accomplish tasks all on our own without a thought to God. I’ll go throughout my day worrying about things, things that do and don’t matter, but things that God has/can/will take care of. But I’m too busy worrying about those things that I never actually sit down, pray, and have a conversation with my Creator.
We have a Creator who created life! We have a Savior who conquered death! We have a Holy Spirit who sanctifies! Yet we are too easily swayed away from our God.
I was just washing the dishes and I love listening to worship music when I do household tasks. One of my favorite artists, Kim Walker-Smith, came on and her song “Spirit Break Out” saturated our kitchen. Over and over she sings,
“King Jesus, You’re the name we’re lifting high
Your glory, shaking up the earth and skies
Revival, we wanna see Your kingdom here
We wanna see Your kingdom here
Spirit break out
Break our walls down
Spirit break out
Heaven come down.”
Over and over she begs Holy Spirit to “break our walls down”! I never really paid attention to those words before. However, revival is on my heart right now and what must take place for revival to happen.
I’ve been hurt and I’ve become too guarded. I’ve neglected the need for transparency. I’ve been blinded by the day to day and forgotten “the sound of Heaven touching earth.”
Revival starts with me. It starts with you. It starts with our own walks with the Lord. We can’t have revival if we don’t break down our walls and let Him saturate our hearts with His life.
God brings forth life, raises the dead, and yet He longs to see us filled with abundant life.
Let’s break our walls down. Let’s pray bold prayers and have deep conversations with our Maker. Let’s earnestly desire revival, for heaven to come down, and for those dead to be brought to life!
“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” – Titus 3:3-7
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10