Don't Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table
Bro. Bobby Reno
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HOLY SPIRIT, RAIN DOWN
Let us know. Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth. Hosea 6:3
REVIVAL. As we were reminded this week, Webster defines it as a renewed attention to or interest in something. For the child of God, it is a renewed attention to God and a renewed interest in the things of God. This past week, we have had Nick, and the praise team, pour out their hearts in leading us to praise and worship God through song. We had five different men of God speak to us in an effort to help us draw closer to God, and to praise and worship Him through the study of His Word. On Sunday morning, Bro. Curtis McGehee encouraged us to “take the brakes off,” and stop being so reserved in how we worship and serve the Lord. That became the theme for the rest of the revival. Dr. Todd Gray challenged us to show evidence of what Christ has done in our lives so that others will want to know Him. Bro. Kenny Chyle told us to “STOP! “ Stop all the negative thoughts that Satan would have us to think, and think on the good things of God. Bro. Kenny Rager brought the “Simple Message” of the Gospel and told us to stop making it harder than it is supposed to be to come to Jesus. He told us that Jesus did the hard part so we wouldn’t have to. Then Bro. Jeff Crabtree brought the final message on the four soils of our heart, as he challenged us to be the fertile soil where the word of God can take root and produce a great harvest of witnesses for the Lord.
Charles Finney said, “Revival is a new beginning of obedience to God.” There is no doubt that the Holy Spirit moved among us and stirred our hearts to love Him and serve Him better than we have in the past. We were also blessed to witness the salvation of some and a special touch of the Holy Spirit on others. So where does that leave us now? I think it leads us to a defining moment for each of us as individuals and as a church body: Do we just continue on as usual, or do we take it very personally and accept the message that God sent to us this past week?
I once heard an illustration about rain that is fitting for us at this particular time. If we were to stand in a light drizzle for a minute, there would not be much evidence of it at all. If we were to stand in a light rain for a minute, there might be some evidence on our clothes and hair. But if we were to stand in a downpour for a minute, there would be no denying we have been out in the rain. Everyone who saw us would know it.
The same can be said of revival. We can attend revival, and those we come in contact with later may not even know that we went. We can experience a little stirring of the Holy Spirit, and those closest to us in that moment may notice it. But if we experience an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, it will be evident to all we come in contact with.
Rain is still rain whether it is a drizzle or a downpour. Revival is still revival whether we experienced a little stirring of the Holy Spirit or we were filled to overflowing. So the question remains: What will we do with what we have experienced this week? If you experienced a little, I hope it leaves you thirsty for more. If you experienced an outpouring, I hope it splashes out on all those you come in contact with and that they, in turn, will be drenched in the Holy Spirit of God.
For me personally, I don’t enjoy standing in the rain. But we have a young girl in our neighborhood who absolutely loves it! We have named her “Rain Dancer.” It is a joy for us to sit on our front porch and watch her as she lifts her hands to the sky and welcomes the rain to cover her. She leaps and dances, and allows the rain to soak her from head to toe. She doesn’t care who is watching. She is totally enjoying the moment. I envision what it would be like to stand in the presence of God with hands lifted to the heavens, welcoming the Holy Spirit to drench me from head to toe as I enjoy being in His presence. One look at Rain Dancer and you know that she has been in the rain. I desperately want others to look at me and know that I have been in the presence of Almighty God. I desire that for my church family as well.