1 Peter 1:8–9 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Hallelujah = an adoring exclamation. Indeed! We have much to adore! He saved us from eternal damnation! He gave us His Spirit to comfort us, guide us and empower us to live for Him and declare the Gospel to a world! Wake up, brothers and sisters! It is time to worship our Lord, our Savior, our KING! Join together and sing LOUDLY and as undignified as possible! He is worthy of all our praise!
Psalm 47:1 Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
“That’s just the way I am! If you love me, you’ll accept me this way!” Basically, Athena is stomping her little foot, folding her arms tight around her self and standing firm with a “humph” saying to her Abba – I DON’T WANT YOU TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO OR HOW TO LIVE. I want to live my life MY way! O how I just break my Abba’s heart.
Yes, the Father sent Jesus to die in my place for my sins even before I was born. While I was far from Him and His enemy, He loved me still and made a way for me to be with Him. I didn’t have to change before He loved me. But once I accepted Him and received His love – it should change me. Surrendering to His unmerited love should result in His presence in my life, His holiness, His character – He should be a reflection in my life. When I gaze into this spiritual mirror, do I see His face shining back? I confess today – I do not.
So what now? I confess my willfulness, pride and rebellion before Him. I accept His forgivenss and pray for the power of His Holy Spirit moving forward in sanctification. I am not perfect, but HE is and HE will perfect me in Him.
James 1:23–25 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
Gypsy Smith was once asked how to start a revival.
He answered: “Go home, lock yourself in your room, kneel down in the middle of your floor. Draw a chalk mark all around yourself and ask God to start the revival inside that chalk mark. When He has answered your prayer, the revival will be on.”
—Missionary Worker (Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times)
One of my favorite stories is of Zacchaeus and Jesus’ visit to this sinner’s house. O how the religious leaders criticized Him! Jesus’ response: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luk 19:10.
We can look at the current condition of our country and the world and become discouraged. We can act out in our anger and indignation over the depravity and become embittered. But we are called to be like Jesus, to share the Gospel, to save the lost.
If we are to have His heart for the lost, we must first come to terms with our own depravity, our own need for deliverance from our own sins deep within. Revival starts with ONE person’s surrender to God, ONE person being filled with the Holy Spirit, ONE person stepping out and saying: I want to be like JESUS! Imagine if we all stepped into our own room, got on our knees to pray and declared like young, Isaiah: “Here I am! Send me.” Is 6:8. What a revival there would be!