Day 27: How Do You Remember God’s Personal Promises?
Well it is countdown Day-27. The word that popped into my mind today is, “Revival!” This is puzzling; because, I’m dealing with so much. Life’s turmoil is trying to steam roll its way in. Yet; revival is peaking through every nook and cranny. It’s in my thoughts like never before.
That’s a good thing; yet, the questions are, “Why?” “How can a revival be in the midst of chaos?” “What does this mean?”
Extreme curiosity; or the nerd in me; caused me to find out what revive means.
Looking up definitions helps you gain a deeper insight on words. Revive; according to Merriam-Webster means: to return to consciousness or life; become active or flourishing again. Revive; In the Hebrew language, means: to live, have life, remain alive, sustain life, live prosperously, live for ever, be quickened, be alive, be restored to life or health. These definitions sparked more questions.
- Do you want a revival?
- Are you in the midst of one?
- Do you need a revival?
Think about it. You might need a revival; and you just don’t know it. Your peaceful or busy life has become habitual. …I guess you’re thinking, “WHAT? How can a busy life be habitual? Easy! You can do a variety of things repeatedly. Perhaps, you’re so accustomed to life’s daily routine until you don’t see the benefit of a revival. So, that begs another question:
Are you open to a revival?
Two days ago, I woke up with an intense headache; just as I have three or four days a week since April, 2009. My outward appearance doesn’t show it; but the headaches are a result of a brain aneurysm; followed by multiple brain surgeries. The pressing question was; “How is revival happening; and my head is hurting?” There was also a tormenting whisper, “Another aneurysm might come!”
But God has a way of cutting through torment; and helping you remember His personal promises.
Yesterday afternoon, as I started on this post; a program on TCT caught my attention. A man was on the show testifying about surviving an aortic aneurysm. The host mentioned how the hand of God stopped that silent killer. Then I remembered how God brought me through; when I was on an operating table at the brink of death. I also remembered how I’ve prayed during the past three years; and periodically asked God to keep me here for my sons. I want my sons saved. And I look forward to it happening.
Both of them told me how they felt when I had the aneurysm years ago. Their faith nearly hit extinction when their only sister died. They rarely go to church. I pray, the Lord allows me to live to see them saved and full of the joy of the Lord. I’m confident, the same God who spared my life in 2009, will answer my prayers for my sons.
Revivals come when needed.
Have you ever dealt with anything so painful, until it drove you to your knees? Sometimes, it takes dealing with excruciating headaches, body ailments, surprise financial or health dilemmas, or life’s many difficulties; for you to travail in prayer. These things push you to a place of seeking the more of God. The Psalmist said, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” (Psalms 119:71 KJV)
Perhaps what you’ve been through prompted you to answer the question, “Are you open to a revival?” Is your answer a resounding “YES?” Think about it. Are mundane areas parked in your life where you wish to …..
- return to consciousness or life?
- become active or flourishing again?
- live, have life?
- remain alive?
- sustain life?
- live prosperously?
- be quickened?
- be alive?
- be restored to life or health?
My friends, do you want revival in any areas of your life? I can definitely name a few for myself; and it’s happening now. Storms may brew; but; revival is yet happening! Praise God!
Well, I’ll close now. This one word, “Revival,” is helping me press past the anxiety accompanying my current storms. I’m so glad. More layers are peeling. I’m ready to live; meet new people; build new relationships; reach new goals; enjoy current moments; etc., etc.
This journey is liberating. I’m thankful for the layer, “Stuck in a Rut,” surfacing, and peeling back. This gives me the wish to LIVE! More of God’s personal promises are inching forward. The trip to Paris WILL happen. Day-26; here we come!
Do me a favor. Examine your life. Look at the smallest aspects of your days. Answer these questions. “What’s reviving in your life?” How will revival help you remember God’s personal promises?
Thank you for joining me today. We’ll talk soon.