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281 – A Reusable Recipe

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My grandmother and mother were big on reusing old and tried recipes for meals in our home as I grew up. My grandmother was like many are. She knew the recipes by heart and would just throw in a pinch of this and a pinch of that and it was perfect every time. Because she knew the recipes she was successful in making very rewarding and tasty dishes. Most of us have times when we feel the need for spiritual renewal and revival in our relationship with God. In the Bible there is a recipe for revival that never changes. Today other methods are tried in religious gatherings everywhere: boisterous music, bright lights, dwelling on the more showy gifts, loud speech, pulpit pounding, whipping the faithful up into a frenzy, demanding a change in hearts. None of those gets past skin deep. For a deeper spiritual experience with God only one recipe works. It is a reusable one!

Revival begins with a personal relationship with God. “If my people, who are called by my name” (2 Chron. 7:14 NIV). You have to have life to revive that life. The only way to have eternal life is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We are talking here about renewing the life of Christ in us. We need a fresh experience of His presence that will make a difference in who we are and in what we do. If you are in denial about sin, get out of it. God’s people do sin. “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 Jn. 2:1 NIV). Why do we need an advocate? Because we will sin. Whatever form the sin takes, we will sin and need reviving.

Revival begins with a poor spirit. “Will humble themselves” (2 Chron. 7:14 NIV). Jesus taught: ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3 NIV). If you lack power, your prayers aren’t answered, your need strength, you are not witnessing for Christ, you need reviving! It begins with a humble heart. God does not work in a prideful heart. He works in a humble heart. Too many of us overrate ourselves spiritually and otherwise. Some people underrate themselves. Either extreme is unhealthy. We need a sane self-estimate. Humility is lowering your standing and elevating God’s standing in your life. It is saying, “Not I, but God.”

Revival begins with a praying heart. “Pray and seek my face” (2 Chron. 7:14 NIV). We get into trouble when we try to do this before we have done the previous step in the recipe. If we are filled with pride we won’t see our need of God. If we are humble, we will see and feel our need and that will prompt us to bow in prayer. No matter how far you have wandered there is a way home through Spirit-inspired prayer. You seek God’s face through Christ who is the very essence of the Father. He and His Father are one! If you seek Him, God will be found!

Revival begins with a penitent heart. “Turn from their wicked ways” (2 Chron. 7:14 NIV). Many people want the closer walk with God. They want to sense His presence, to know His power, but they do not want to part company with their sins. We know when we are out of fellowship with God. It is easy for a spiritually sensitive heart to know that. That makes us long for the days when we were closer to Him. The way to recover anything we lose is to go back where we lost it. So, our fellowship with God was broken when we took up a sin and gave it priority over God. We have to go back there and confess that, and we have to decide by faith to turn away from the sin. Only by the power of God’s Spirit can we do that. When we truly turn from a sin we will love God more and the sin less. This will not make us sinless, but it will make us sin less.

Revival begins with a promise from God. “Then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:14 NIV). Look at God’s promised revival for us and our land, both of which need revival desperately. God says He will hear. God’s Spirit prompts our prayers. God’s Son intercedes for us in heaven. God the Father responds accepting the cross victory of Christ over sin on our behalf. God will also hand down a pardon. God hears our penitent prayers and pardon’s the sin as we commit to turn from it. God also heals our brokenness. When those of us who are God’s people are forgiven and healed one by one it will lead to national revival! Instead of looking for others to blame, we need to use this proven recipe and let the revival begin in us!

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The painting in my logo is by an artist named Kelly O'Neill.



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