Renewal & Revival
Feb 15, 2023
When I started the journey of working on my Doctorate, I went to Asbury Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky, a small town outside of Lexington. Have you heard about what is happening there?
They are calling it revival. However you might define revival, God is clearly doing something there. My first response to the news was, “I want to go there!” I want to get in on that and experience God moving like that.
But here is the thing---we don’t have to go there or anywhere to experience the kind of personal revival that is contagious.
Jesus was talking with a woman at the well in John 4 and he said in verse 21, "Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem.”
Then in verse 23, Jesus says, “But the time is coming—indeed it's here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.”
God is looking for people who will worship Him in spirit and in truth wherever they are.
One thing I’ve noticed in the clips I’ve watched about Asbury---there don’t seem to be any unusual manifestations of the Spirit or anything someone in our culture might see as strange or weird or crazy, just fruit of the spirit on display---love, joy, peace----TRUTH being proclaimed in worship and the Word, repentance taking place, healing happening, humility is on display, and people having personal revival, going deeper in Jesus, and doing so in community. What if we leaned into personal revival that might impact others?
Next Wednesday is what they call Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Resurrection Sunday. What if we leaned into that season as a time for personal renewal. What if we did some fasting from something in order to know God’s provision and press in to the heart of God? What if we practiced personal repentance and turned away from things not helping us in our journey with Jesus? What if we set something aside in order to go deeper in Jesus? What if we laid something down in order to pick something up from God?
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