Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation

When the dark times come we need to remember who we are.  We are servants.  I know that we don’t like to hear that word or place ourselves in a subservient role submitting ourselves to another.  The fact is we are not submitting to an earthly person but to our Savior.  We are to be distributors of Christ’s love reflecting His holiness not manufacturers creating it within ourselves.  This is not to get people to follow us or do what we want them to do.  As Paul states in 1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.  Follow me, because I am following Christ.  Not follow me, because I am smarter than all of you.

Stand firm on the Bible and don’t compromise to please people.  I strongly agree with a phrase that has stuck with me for a long time.  Know what you believe and believe what you know.  Don’t waiver from what you know and believe.  James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.  With knowledge comes responsibility.  The more we learn from the Bible the more we are expected to do.  Many people stop here and don’t continue to read the word of God because they don’t won’t to shoulder the responsibility of gaining knowledge.

All that was scattered thoughts that led me to a portion of other scattered thoughts on revival.  I have done a lot of studying on the topic and could write way more than you would want to read.  Many people today have made their point clear that they don’t believe revival is possible in the world today.  I believe revival is possible, maybe unlike we have seen it in the past, but it is possible.  Don’t limit God!

I believe revival is not about seeing souls saved.  Revival is about seeing the children of God rededicating their lives to God.  As a result of that souls will be saved.  If we bring in a hired gun evangelist to preach to the lost for a few nights and leave what is left behind?  A lot of new Christians needing to be discipled and a lot of seasoned Chrisitans not ready.  This leads me to where revival must start.

Revival must first start in our homes. Psalm 42:1-2  1As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 2My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?  When God moves in our hearts He creates a hunger in our hearts.  Psalm 37:4 4Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  1 John 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  Only God can create the longing for Himself.  God starts that fire and continues to fan the flame.  God will give us a hungry heart.

God will also give us an ear to listen.  We read in Psalms 51 a powerful prayer from David.  After the confrontation with the prophet Nathan where Nathan gives David a powerful statement straight from God, “Thou art the man”.  Nathan had David’s ear more than anyone at that time.  David’s prayer life had been reduced to nothing and he was seeking Nathan’s spiritual guidance.  God gives us an attentive ear to not only hear, but the ability to listen.  We need to recognize His leadership in our own lives and learn to submit and follow.

Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.  This can be categorized as a tamed tounge.  Oh, this one gets us everytime!!  Have you ever put your foot in your mouth?  James 3 produces great gems talking about us taming our tounges.

James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

James 3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

Just read the chapter 🙂

How fast are we to repeat things of the gossip nature?  Guilty…..

This verse will stick with you and helped with that renewed vision.  Psalm 51:12-13

12Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

When I get right with God, I can help others get right.  Where there is no vision the people perish.  Lord help me with a vision, your vision, not my vision so that I can bring you glory!

We must adjust our lives to God’s plan.  As long as we are on our plan we are leaving God out.  This might as well read like a mind dump Monday as disjointed as it was.  I have about a thousand simple thoughts that I need to study out.  I am getting better about at least getting them on paper.

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  1. I’m reading a book by Sue Monk Kidd, “Firstlight.” She’s the author of the bestsellers “The Secret Life of Bees” and “The Mermaid’s Chair.” She began her writing career with stories published in Guidepost Magazine. This latest book is a collection of her earlier inspirational stories. She speaks to the importance of writing down her spiritual growth with stories. This helps her to share her faith and beliefs with others. For when we formulate our story with words it becomes more concrete and easier to relate to others. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and beliefs.

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