“…the Holy Spirit is the neglected, if not forgotten, member of the Trinity for many in the Western church today”

~ Os Guinness, Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times, 103.

 

Originally posted on VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED:

I recently did a post about the growing trend of supporting and joining the killing fields in the middle east.  There is an ever growing number of those from the west calling themselves Christians who are supporting and even calling for killing in the name of Christianity.  Is this what we are suppose to do?  Is this commanded by Jesus?  Yes, we can defend ourselves, but to be a crusader that backs and supports killing is another matter all together.  Yesterday, on a Christian site, I read a piece titled, “Christian Militia teaches ISIS a lesson.” It literally sent chills down my spine.  This is not about a re-birth of the crusades, this is not about imitating a Roman Emperor (Constantine).  This is not about keeping score or revenge.  God say’s ‘Vengeance is mine.’   This is about watching 1/4 of the world’s population as they are slaughtered and…

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candle-flameFrom prayer that asks that I may be
Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee,
From fearing when I should aspire,
From faltering when I should climb higher
From silken self, O Captain, free
Thy soldier who would follow Thee.

From subtle love of softening things,
From easy choices, weakenings,
(Not thus are spirits fortified,
Not this way went the Crucified)
From all that dims Thy Calvary
O Lamb of God, deliver me.

Give me the love that leads the way,
The faith that nothing can dismay
The hope no disappointments tire,
The passion that will burn like fire;
Let me not sink to be a clod;
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.

Amy Wilson Carmichael

“In the evening I was favored with great faith and fervency in prayer. It seemed as if God would deny me nothing, and I wrestled for multitudes of souls, and could not help hoping there would be revival here.”

~ Edward Payson

Originally posted on Lightwaves:

My wife and I took a trip a bit off the beaten path today, far away from our house and the hustle of busy careers.  She ran off to take care of a few things, leaving me with an hour or so of ‘quiet time.’  Surrounded by nature, the only noises I hear out here include the chirping of crickets and various bird calls.  Surrounded by unfamiliar, yet comforting foliage and a beautiful view beyond, my mind feels free to wonder. I hope to share pictures in the near future.

It continues to amaze me that so many can claim that God does not exist when surrounded by such splendor.  I recall Romans 1.20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”  Another song, from decades ago…

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Tuesday, November 11th 2014

Nehemiah 8:1

“all the people assembled with a unified purpose at the square just inside the Water Gate. They asked Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had given for Israel to obey.”
(NLT)

It’s a sad fact today that many churches across the world proclaim to love Jesus but refuse to teach His Word. Yet, it is the Word of God that is the life blood of all healthy churches. Even before Jesus instituted the church as we know it today, the people of Israel found revival in their midst when they met together and read aloud the Word of the Lord. Why is it that the elevation of the Bible brings revival? It’s because Christ, Himself, is contained within the pages and where Jesus is there is life!

John 1:1 “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (NLT)

The book of John goes on to say that the Word brought life and light into the darkness. Who is this life and light? It is Jesus Christ. So now the question is, “Is the Word of God a priority in your life?” Do you study it, pray through it and apply it to your life? If not, then friend I would challenge you to pick it up today and read. Ask God to give you understanding and then you will see a personal revival in your life that could lead to a revival in your church, community and the world.

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 “Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honors God and brings him into active aid.”  

~ E.M. Bounds

Originally posted on Prayer In Every City:

Israel

Tension has been mounting for several months at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which is the current location of the Dome of the Rock and former location of the Jewish Temples. This is probably the most volatile location in the entire world due to clashes between Jews and Muslims over the right to pray at the Temple Mount. Jews are allowed to pray at the Western Wall, but are forbidden to even where a prayer shawl, much less pray at the al-Aqsa mosque.

Tensions grew even more when Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a right-wing activist, was shot and wounded by a Palestinian last week. The Temple Mount was closed for a day on Oct. 30, 2014 due to riots, see Israel on Brink of Third Intifada. This is the first time that the Mount had been closed in 14 years.

Due to continued riots, the Mount was closed for another few…

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Heavenly Father,

Please send spiritual revival to the United States. May your people not only get out and vote today but may they also pray fervently for America.

In Jesus’ Name!

Amen!

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