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Every day as I look around, I feel as though the world is becoming more seeped in sin than I have ever seen it. According to Ecclesiastes 1:9 “what has been - will be again, what has been done - will be done again, there is nothing new under the sun.” In the Old Testament, they were faced with some of the same sinful behavior we face today. What saddens me the most in today’s society is not only is sin being accepted as the norm, but it is being promoted and encouraged starting at very young ages. We know that God has allowed Satan power in our current world but his power is limited and always under the control of God—Satan is constantly on the prowl to devour the lost. We are in a very real spiritual battle for the souls of the people around us every single day.

 So….do we need a revival in the church today? The No. 1 answer would be….ABSOLUTELY!!

 If we are to be “revival people”, we will be people living with one goal in our lives—to make a difference for Jesus in this world. We will have a re-awakening of intense passion for Jesus, we will have a love and compassion deeper than we have ever felt before for the lost, and we will have a fire in our souls that will make it impossible for us not to tell people about the love, mercy, grace and salvation that is available to them through our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.

 If we truly want to make an impact for Jesus in this world in which He has placed us, we must take an honest look at our own lives and ask God to reveal to us what might be standing in the way of a full-fledged revival in our lives. Then, ask God’s forgiveness and begin praying…. God let there be a revival in Your Church…and let it begin with me.

 Where do we begin to make a difference in the world? We go directly to God’s Word! I love the “blueprint” for a life set apart for Jesus, that is laid out in Romans 12: 1 – 2: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy (it is the basis of everything we do for God), to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice (living every day as an offering and in service to the Lord), holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world (live your life by what God’s Word says is right – not by what the world says is right) but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (being changed from the inside out by reading and applying God’s Word so that people see Jesus in you). Then you will be able to test and approve (understand and discern) what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

 Today, those who claim to be Christians engage in activities that aren’t pleasing to God, have negative and critical attitudes, display apathy and unconcern for the lost around them, bicker among themselves, are impatient at every turn, prideful, selfish, and live with no joy and without hope. They go to church but do not serve God. In other words, they live as though God has made no difference in their lives.

 What would a true revival in the lives of Christians look like to the world around us? A true revival would show the world the godly characteristics that are spoken about in Romans 12: 9-18 & 21: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil and cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not be overcome by evil - but overcome evil with good.”

 I pray that you don’t feel like I am “beating up” the church, but I feel so strongly that our time is short and we can’t waste any more time “playing Christian.” We must accept the call to action that Jesus has given us – to “Go into all the world preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ” (Mark 16:15). We must begin immediately loving our world to Jesus. Our testimony about having Jesus in our lives must match the lives that we are displaying to those around us.

 Begin today to live a life of revival by:

- Loving everyone sincerely – without expecting anything in return.

- Hating what is sinful– not the sinner – but the sin that controls their life. Do not overlook the sin in the world and become complacent - but stand firm against what God’s Word says is sin.

- Putting others before ourselves and be devoted to loving them with Christ’s love – whether we believe they deserve it or not – never forgetting that we too are sinners saved by grace.

- Being full of zeal (passion, enthusiasm) for serving the Lord - keeping that spiritual fire in our souls.

- Being joyful in our attitudes and our outlook because of the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

- Displaying unlimited patience and unwavering trust in God when afflictions and hard times come our way.

- Embracing everyone – even our enemies with God’s love, mercy and grace.

- Living in harmony – not at odds with those around us – especially our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 You can accept this Revival Mission starting today by:

 “Loving the Lord God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength. The second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these” (Mark 12: 30-31).


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I read somewhere that women use an average of 20,000 words a day compared to the 7,000 that men use (no wonder my husband takes his hearing aids out for a few hours each day!) It seems to me that God has equipped us very well to do the task He has called us to do.  What is that task?  Glad that you asked…. 

There is very little doubt that our world today is in desperate need of the love and light of our Savior and Lord Jesus.  We see daily what the next generation of young people are facing. They are facing things that we never thought we would have to prepare them to face.  It might seem so overwhelming that you find yourself asking where do I even begin to counteract such evil??  We begin where we, as Christ followers, always begin…. God’s Word. 

Ephesians 5: 15-17 is a great starting point for us: “Be careful then how you live – not as unwise but wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.  Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” 

How does your family/friends/neighbors/co-workers see you living your life daily?  Are you living carefully in God’s wisdom…standing loving but firm in what He says is right? Are you using His Word as a plumb line for how you live your life?  Are the majority of the 20,000 words you are gifted with every day used to encourage and build up or are they tearing down those around you?   Do they see you as the light in their otherwise dark day, or do you just contribute more to the desperation they may be feeling? 

Mark and I are reading through the book of Amos together and in Amos 8:11, God was warning His people: “The days are coming, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.” 

Dr. David Jeremiah included a comment on this verse that I thought was so ‘on-point’ with our society today.  He said “We may well be in the early stages of a hearing famine in our generation.  Today, questioning scriptural authority is in vogue, even in some major faith communities.  Popular speakers advocate processing God’s Word through the cultural filters of the day rather than the other way around.  Instead of being conformed to the image of Christ, we want to conform His image and everything else in Scripture to our sad conditions. 

People who disregard the Bible may get what they want someday—a society where the Bible is no longer read or proclaimed and where they can freely sin without Scripture confronting their conscience.  But they may get more than they bargained for—a society without the moral compass of Scripture will self-destruct because of moral decay and perversion. 

How can we as women, wives, moms, grandmothers live lives that shine so brightly with the love of Jesus that it makes an impact on the world around us?  We must begin by preparing ourselves by being in God’s Word every day!  Please ladies—make this the #1 priority in your day. I would encourage you to ask God to wake you up each morning before everyone else.  He is faithful…He has been waking me up at 6 a.m. every morning since I asked.  I look forward to that time every day—just Jesus and me.  I begin my quiet time by putting in my earbuds and spending the first 20 minutes or so listening to praise and worship music.  I then spend time talking to my Father in prayer—praising Him for who He is and thanking Him for all He has done.  I love praying for others.  I count it a blessing and a privilege God has given us to be able to lift others up to the throne of God and to see God working in their lives. I finish my time with God speaking to me through His Word.  I ask the Holy Spirit to help me understand what God wants to teach me, so I am able to apply it to my life that day.  Applying God’s Word is what changes us to become more like Him.  I pray daily that no matter what I do or where I go that day—people don’t see me but see my Jesus in me!  I know we all mess up…some of us a lot…but that should always be our heart’s desire. 

We can’t give to others what we don’t have, so for us to give hope to a world that seems hopeless, we must live lives so grounded in God’s Word that the hope of Jesus Christ flows from everything we think, say and do. 

To be the light, we must display the love of our Jesus.  We can talk about how much Jesus loves them all day long but unless those around us see His love displayed in our everyday lives—they won’t care about what we are saying.  A big portion of those 20,000 words must be accompanied with action.  Before they will trust Him in their own lives, people want to SEE the difference Jesus really makes in ours, especially during difficult times. 

In my opinion, Romans 12:9-21 is a perfect picture of how we can display the light of Jesus in our lives. The (….) are my thoughts. 

“Love must be sincere. Hate (don’t tolerate, don’t accept, don’t get complacent with) what is evil; cling to what is good (what God says is right—not what the world says).  Be devoted to one another IN LOVE. Honor one another above yourselves.  Never lacking in zeal (passion, love, eagerness) but keep your spiritual fervor (passion, intensity), serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord’s people who are in needPractice hospitalityBless those who persecute you (God fights our battles for us); bless and do not curse.  Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.  Live in harmony with one another (those who are like us and those who are different from us).  Do not be proud but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited (full of oneself – remember—we are sinners saved by God’s amazing grace).  Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “it is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “if your enemy is hungry, feed him, if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” (KEY TO BEING THE LIGHT) Do not overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.”  Evil + Evil = more Evil—it does not bring about the righteousness of God.  

Yes ladies…God has given us an amazing and sometimes overwhelming task to be His light—to display His love, mercy, grace, and encouragement to all of those around us.  Are you up for the task?  Well…that’s a question only you can answer.  I pray we all accept the challenge of being the light in our dark world.  Because you see—the Darker the Night (our world), the Brighter the Light (His light in us) must shine.  And when we do…think of the impact we women can make for Jesus!  Get busy using your 20,000 words FOR HIM today! 


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