Advent arrives quietly, somewhat overlooked by all the uproar of pushing Christmas shopping earlier and earlier. Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for Christ's coming, a shorter season than Lent, but a period of reflection, too.
For which coming of Christ are you preparing?
revival break out in December? I see Advent or Christmas busyness today as
gearing up for Christ's first coming, the coming of the sweet little
Baby in the manger. The safe Baby, who brings promise, but not action,
at least in present day's view. The Christ comes with spirit of giving, but not the sword.
warned there would be a sword to pierce Mary's heart in Luke 2:35.
Jesus is the Word made flesh (John 1). The Word of God is living and
active. Sharper than any double-edge sword, it penetrates even to
dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and
attitudes of the heart.-Hebrews 4:12. Jesus is that sword. We don't think of that Jesus, the warrior, at Christmas.
I've been praying for
revival for many, many years. I've studied different revivals. I
wondered in our modern day world with nursery and children's classes
during services (and I loved them when my children were young, one of
many reasons I changed churches) how can revival happen on any day, in
any service, let alone in our program packed events during the Christmas
season? How will we submit to the Holy Spirit if we know teachers and
kids are waiting for services to be over? I don't even want to mention the anticipation on a day of a
Dave Wilkerson in his blogs before he died, said
this last revival will be different than any other. It may not be in our
sanctuaries, but in the streets, marketplaces and homes. It will start
with the "every day" Christian, maybe not the leadership.
Revival starts in one
person's heart. I get excited thinking revival could start like Dave
Wilkerson said, but I anticipate it spreading like fire from our
sanctuaries. I tremble from waiting for revival.
Can revival break
out in December? If we stay awake, be aware of God's voice, be ready
for His move of the Holy Spirit, I am praying that we will experience it. Can we be like Simeon and
Anna in Luke 2: 25-38? Anna fasted and prayed day and night for the coming of the Messiah. They
looked forward to the Messiah and they knew when they saw Him. Will I?
Will you? Are we looking for the Messiah?
I'm still waiting for
revival this year of 2013. Each year, we seem to need it more. I see so
much the American Church needs to repent of with idols to be torn down. Can it
happen? With God, all things are possible, as Gabriel told Mary when he announced she would carry the Messiah.