Billion Souls Revival Day 5

Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call
Devotional for Day 5 – 10 August 2013
Ian Malins (Author of “Prepare the Way for Revival”) Omega Discipleship Ministries http://www.omega-discipleship.com
What is revival? Isaiah 44 gives us a beautiful description of what God longs to do for his people and a picture of what revival is like. Revival is like drought breaking rain falling upon a parched and barren land. Within days the brown landscape is turned to lush green.
Scripture:
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.” (Isaiah 44:3-4 NIV)
Reflection:
This passage tells us three things about revival.

First, revival is not worked up but sent down. It doesn’t arise from the normal activities of church life. It comes down like rain when God chooses to send it. We can and must prepare the way (like the farmer prepares the soil), but only God can send revival.
Second, revival is not just showers of blessing but a flood. It is a mighty soul-drenching outpouring of his Spirit upon his people. It is God taking over his Church and saturating us with his powerful presence. How else will the streams of living water flow to unbelievers around us? Drawing water from half-empty wells will not do. We need this overwhelming flood to overflow our lives with love for others. This is what happened on the Day of Pentecost. Those first disciples could not contain the love and testimony bubbling up from joy-filled hearts. And this has been the marks of revivals ever since.
Third, revival will always impact youth. This has been a consistent feature of revivals throughout history. Young people have always been at the heart of every great move of God – a rising generation claimed for God.
For revival to come there are preparations to make. God will not pour out his Spirit on hard and stony hearts. The soil of our hearts must be broken up and made soft and responsive. That’s why 2 Chronicles 7:14 calls us to prepare the way through prayer and ongoing repentance. Do you want to be a part of what God is going to do? Then don’t wait for someone else. Let God begin with you!

Prayer:
O Father, I come to you now. Search me and know my heart. Remove my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of my salvation and give me a willing spirit that delights to do your will. In the name of Jesus I pray.

Miriam–A Woman of Confidence

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And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her (Miriam), ‘Go.’ And the maid (Miriam) went and called the child’s (Moses) mother.”  Exodus 2: 8 King James Version

EXPLORATION

“Miriam – A Woman of Confidence”

“Confidence is a plant of slow growth.”

Anna Leonowens

What does the word “confidence” mean to me?

What or who gives me “confidence” in my life?

“Sometimes we get unduly elated when things go well, and at other times we are too dejected when they go badly; what we need is to establish our hearts firmly in God’s strength, and struggle as best we can to place all our confidence and hope in Him; in this way we shall be like Him, as far as is possibility, even in His unchanging rest and His stability.”

Jordanof Saxony

INSPIRATION

“Nobody holds a good opinion of a man (or woman) who has a low opinion of himself (or herself).”

Anthony Trollope

            When I was in my early teens, kids at school called me a “wall-flower.” I was so painfully shy, it was easy for me to withdraw into a world of books where I could be alone and away from the fear that paralyzed me whenever I was put into an unknown situation. If you were looking for a person that exuded confidence – don’t look my way.

However, something drastic changed when I went off to college and entered nurse’s training. Slowly over time, my confidence level began to increase. As my nursing instructors complimented my work ethic and as patients began to request me, by name, to be their nurse, I gained confidence in my ability as a capable person.

In my final year of nursing, we were informed that once each week, on Friday mornings, we were going to have a special instructor come and teach us. At the first class it didn’t take long for all of us to get the drift that what we were going to be learning were lessons on “charm.”

Now I am really giving away my age for “charm classes” aren’t a big thing in this day and age. When I asked my nieces if they had ever heard of “charm classes” they rolled their eyes and said, “charm what?”

But when I was growing up, classes on teaching girls to be well-mannered ladies were very popular. And so, as young, future nurses, we were enlightened by a professional teacher on the finer things of life and were told how to conduct ourselves as proper young women.

While there may be a lot from that class I forgot, I do remember what the instructor told us our first day: “When you go into a patient’s room, walk in with confidence. Introduce yourself by name. Even if you are fearful or unsure, never let your patient know. You are their nurse and you must be confident in your ability to take care of them.”

This was some of the best advice I was ever given because I soon learned that a serene and confident demeanor put my patients at ease. They responded much more calmly when treated with quiet confidence.

As our first quote today says: “Confidence is a plant of slow growth,” and I can personally attest to the truth of this statement. I wasn’t confident overnight, but as I gained the ability to properly perform the skills of a nurse, my confidence increased.

When we first meet Miriam, we find a young girl who was cultivating a garden filled with confidence. As Moses’ older sister, this young girl, at an early age, knew that the consequences of Pharaoh’s soldiers finding a baby boy could be devastating. There was no way Miriam wanted her little brother to die in the Nile River.

With the confidence of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob firmly planted in her heart, she boldly walked up to the princess of Egypt and in a clear tone offered a plan to solve the princess’s dilemma. Taught at a young age that her God was dependable and faithful – even the young girl, Miriam, could stand with confidence before the powerful in her nation and never wither or flinch.

Martin Luther, one of the leaders of the Protestant reformation, found himself, many times, in situations where he had to place all his confidence in God. Here is how he describes the confidence he had:

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man (or woman) would stake (her) life on it a thousand times. This confidence in God’s grace and knowledge of it makes (women) glad and bold and happy in dealing with God and with all His creatures – hence a (woman) is ready and glad, without compulsion, to do good to everyone, to serve everyone, to suffer everything, in love and praise of God.”

This is the kind of confidence I want to have, don’t you? Confident because of the God in whom we put our faith, trust, and reliance!

“Preserve me, O God: for in Thee do I put my trust (confidence!)”

            Psalm 16: 1

King James Version

AFFIRMATION

“You, Lord, are all that I have, and You give me all that I need; my future is in Your hands. How wonderful are Your gifts to me; how good they are.

I bless You, Lord, because You guide me. In the night also You instruct my heart. I am constantly aware of Your presence; and, knowing that You are near, I cannot be shaken from my faith.

So my soul is joyful, and I feel completely secure, under Your protection, I am confident that You shall never abandon me. You show me the path of life, which leads to eternal bliss.”

Psalms

Your friend,

Dorothy Valcarcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
Dorothy@TransformationGarden.com

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