Re­vival in the city

This world is not your home so don’t make your­selves cozy in it

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION/COMMUNITY - BY PAS­TOR ABIODUN OLUSOJI Pas­tor Abiodun Olusoji is with the The Re­deemed Chris­tian Church of God (Liv­ing Word As­sem­bly), Char­lot­te­town (rc­cg­pei@ya­hoo.ca). A guest ser­mon runs reg­u­larly in Satur­day’s Guardian and is pro­vided through Chris­tian Com­mu­ni­ca­tio

God, I have heard what our an­ces­tors say about you, and I’m stopped in my tracks, down on my knees. Do among us what you did among them. Work among us as you worked among them. And as you bring judg­ment, as you surely must, re­mem­ber mercy. Habakkuk 3:2 (Mes­sage Trans­la­tion).

Re­vival is the move of God in an un­usual mea­sure among His peo­ple. Re­vival rep­re­sents the pres­ence of God in an un­usu­ally, higher di­men­sion as ev­i­denced be­fore. Re­vival por­tends God’s vis­i­ta­tion on peo­ple, places and on in­di­vid­u­als who are ready and pre­pared for Him. Re­vival min­i­mally should start on an in­di­vid­ual level. God loves to visit His peo­ple and rain right­eous­ness as a mark of His vis­i­ta­tion. How­ever, God doesn’t usu­ally visit ca­su­ally. God doesn’t visit, and re­vival doesn’t oc­cur if cer­tain con­di­tions aren’t met.

In Ex­o­dus 19:10, God told Moses to in­struct the na­tion of Is­rael to sep­a­rate them­selves and wash their clothes as a con­di­tion for His ap­pear­ance and vis­i­ta­tion. This is a call to con­se­cra­tion. Cloth­ing is that which cov­ers the hu­man flesh. Be­fore we can ac­cess the hill of the Lord, (Psalm 24), we must do away with filth and all the work­ings of the flesh that tie us down to the lower life.

Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make your­selves cozy in it. Don’t in­dulge your ego at the ex­pense of your soul. Live an ex­em­plary life among the natives so that your ac­tions will re­fute their prej­u­dices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the cel­e­bra­tion when He ar­rives {1 Peter 2:11-12 Mes­sage Trans­la­tion}.

The present day church of Christ has not en­joyed the level of power that birthed the first church be­cause we are still largely in league with the ways and the pat­tern of the ma­te­rial world.

Re­vival is the ul­ti­mate will of God for us to­day. Re­vival speaks con­cern­ing the greater pur­poses of God in any given dis­pen­sa­tion. As it was in the days of Jonah, Nin­eveh was a mer­chant city full of trade and com­merce, yet the greater pur­poses of God for that city was that all men in it come to sal­va­tion through the preach­ing of the itin­er­ant min­istry of Jonah. Thus, in spite of what­ever em­blem sym­bol­ises our cities and peo­ple groups to­day, the greater pur­poses of God in its sim­plis­tic na­ture, is that as many as are pre­des­ti­nated for sal­va­tion come unto the sav­ing knowl­edge of Christ the Mes­siah!

God de­sires to fill our cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties with His pres­ence. God can­not visit and re­vival be lack­ing in the body of Christ. You and I walk­ing with God, full of the spirit of faith, ho­li­ness and His power are the agents God is count­ing upon for the man­i­fes­ta­tion of His pres­ence in our ar­eas of call­ing and in­flu­ence. As His life speaks in and through us, we be­come His man­i­fest pres­ence and able rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the life our cities and com­mu­ni­ties.

To­day, as al­ways, the Lord calls you and I to em­brace our call­ing, tarry in His pres­ence, re­ceive the full­ness of His grace and power and go forth and bring God to ev­ery sphere and ar­eas of our go­ings. May we be faith­ful with His man­dates upon our lives in Je­sus name, amen.

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