The theme for the day: God surely revives the humble and contrite people
‘Revival’ is a term relevant today in the pandemic-stricken society across every sphere – the economy, business, arts/entertainment or politics. God through His Holy Spirit is calling us, the church to a revival, to demonstrate a heavenly perspective and positivity to our communities.
Revival reawakens and invigorates a believer’s faith, breaks the charm and power of the world and kindles a fresh love for Christ through restoration of fellowship with our Holy God.
Isaiah 57: 15 (NKJV)
For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Take yourself back to the day when you first encountered the love/touch of Jesus.
Just come with all your baggage, fears and tears. Let God take you afresh into His love for you, and fall in love with Jesus again. His power is here to cleanse and save you because Jesus has paid the price on the cross.
Isaiah 58: 5 -12 – God is eager to refresh, heal and build His people
If we do the kind of fast that God expects, He promises us Verses 8-9, 11-12.
The nature of the ‘fast’ God expects:
- To loosen and free the oppressed and those under injustice, be kind and gladly spend/share resources with the needy (Verses 6-7, 10)
The promises of God when we ‘fast’ pleasing to Him:
- The light of God shines through us, His healing real to us, His righteousness become ours (Verse 8)
- The glory of the Lord protects us (Verse 8).
- The presence of God is close to us in prayer (Verse 9).
- The Lord guides, satisfies and strengthens us (Verse 11).
- The Lord refreshes and blesses you in order that you refresh and provide for others (Verse 11).
- The Lord raises through you an army of builders, who repair and restore broken walls and streets (Verse 12)
Let’s humble ourselves before our Mighty Gracious God, and repent that we have lost the first love for Him.
Revelation 2:4-5 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
- Allow the Holy Spirit to show where you have been selfish/ cold towards God, and help you stay humble and hot for Him. Renounce the obstacles and claim Jesus’s power and victory over these.
- Write down situations in your family, community group, wider church family – those who are struggling/sick/financially needy and proclaim God’s power over the scenarios.
Ask God to help you be proactive to reach out and help/call/message.
- Pray for ourselves, our church and churches around to experience an outpouring of the Spirit, a greater desire for the Bible and prayer, an awakening in evangelism and social justice.
- Pray for us and our Community Groups to be powerful instruments to build an army across Teesside of bold and outward looking believers who operate in spiritual gifts powerfully.