– Last week we wrote about revival in the marketplace. It touched a very positive nerve based on the emails we got back. There is a lot of confusion about how to “ask for” or “start” a revival. We don’t even know who is responsible to get it going (God, our community pastors, or us). Most of us lean toward some combination of pastors praying in unity and God… partly because it doesn’t really involve us. We don’t see a role for individual saints other than prayer.
Holding our pastors responsible for city-wide revival isn’t quite fair because revival is something that targets our cities and nations. We applaud their initiatives and support them; we just don’t put all our eggs in one basket. God will multiply our efforts but may not sovereignly initiate a move without participation from people like you and I. Here’s my simple point. We can have revival, renewal, or reformation; whenever we own the responsibility to initiate it in our own lives and communities. We can start right now! The door is open.
– Real revival starts with personal favor. Instead of waiting for a big sweeping movement from elsewhere, let’s simply step into the favor and let the contagious nature of God’s blessing spread. The favor on God’s people to prosper and convert money into ministry is amazing right now.
Note: When we say things like this I’m cheating. It’s not prophetic or a theory. I’m just hearing the testimonies at conferences and watching what God is doing through our network of Releasing Kings contacts. It’s absolutely encouraging.
What’s the biggest missing ingredient? Your and my personal initiative. God is in the business of prospering all you “do.”
And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. Gen 39:3-4 KJV
The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper. Gen 39:23 KJV
To often after “all has been said and done, a lot has been said and nothing has been done!” We’ve been pretty busy avoiding performance orientation instead setting our foot on our land. God loves your initiative. He will not fall off the throne if you make a mistake.
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Josh 1:7-9 NIV
– Much has been made of the need for unity before we can have revival. What we heard in our hearts from the unity theory is “wait.” Unity has also put our focus on the perceived shortcomings of others instead of our personal example of favor, prosperity, and fruit. God values your uniqueness and your initiative to ask for the desire of your heart far above our tendency to blend into a group and disappear. You’re important to the Kingdom. The call on your life will cause to you to stand out in several areas.
*You will prosper like Joseph in your spirit, your checkbook, and your ministry to others.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Ps 1:3 NIV
*Notoriety – your name will be made great (Gen 12:2-3)
*Bless the nations – Your personal favor, fame, and prosperity are really just tools to carry our the great commission. The good news of the gospel is that all nations will be blessed through you; it’s time to get started right where we are.
The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” Gal 3:8 NIV
– The most amazing ingredient in historic and Biblical revivals is how fast they multiply based on the initiative of a relatively small number of people. We can accomplish the big picture (with God’s help). What we cannot do is postpone walking in God’s favor. Your portion starts when you take the steps to make your dream come true. We must ask for the desire in our heart. That’s a wonderful step; to see God working in us to make a dream come true. However, there is even of level of favor beyond that. Just listen.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us… Eph 3:20 NKJV
However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. 1 Cor 2:9-10 NIV
God plan for favoring “you” goes far beyond your wildest expectations. We’ve all greatly underestimated the goodness and favor of God working through us. Touching that realm is touching revival. The whole process starts with your initiative. It’s time to try.
Life is an adventure. People are a blessing. God is amazing. We’re winning.