Revival…Why Not?

Revival…Why Not?

Why Not Revival?
I have a burden to share. Many of you share the same one. Our country, the hearts and souls of so many that are hurting. These were my thoughts the other morning as I was getting ready. And I heard the Holy Spirit say ‘Why Not Revival?’. Then I question it myself… why not?!?
Over the past few years it’s almost as if in the Christian community the word revival has gotten a bad rap. We immediately think of scheduling the routine revival services and how that will fit into our already jammed packed life. As you speak about revival there seems to be this almost autoformatted response of ‘revival starts in the heart’ (meaning individually). So to that I say, I can’t argue that. It’s true! I remember the personal revival in my heart, body and soul when I got saved! I remember how to get back to that place of the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit and can now foster that in my home. But I’m still left asking, Why Not Revival? Why have we set up a ‘no’ response to an actual community outbreak of God’s enormous love falling on many?
As Christians don’t we have a duty to see the presence of God fall so heavy on those that are hurting that their lives are changed? Don’t we desire to see others run the race and not grow weary? Do we still desire addictions to cease and diseases healed? I would assume most answer ‘Well of course Heida!’. But yet we have the response to revival as stated above. What I hear is ‘Do it yourself; find God on your own and then we can get together and celebrate’.
On the contrary when great revivals of the past have broke out it is within the context of community. Let’s take for example Azusa Street Revival. It broke out in 1906 and lasted almost 10 years! This, along with many others, are characterized by a community of believers, offering up prayers and petitions to God where the mighty presence falls and others are consumed by His great love.
My heart is burdened for revival, yes within myself, but for others. I pray that hearts are set on fire for God. I want to be on the look out for God and all of His wonders. I want to run to where the overflow is happening and take all my friends and family with me, don’t you?
As we step into September I can’t help but feel an expectancy. With Awaken The Dawn just a little over a month away, what will God do in preparation for America’s Tent of Meeting? What will He place on your heart to prepare you for this shift?
I leave you with one last question… What If? What If Revival? What If Now? Why Not?
Do Your Thing

Do Your Thing

What is your thing? Have you taken a moment to reflect on what God has called you to? And if so, are you walking it out?

So let me start with a story. Probably more than 10 years ago I was standing in the church hallway having a conversation with someone that had been on fire for God more than the years I stood on this earth. She was so passionate as she told me about what God had been calling her to do. She went on to tell me exactly how she planned to walk that calling out. I remember details of this chat like it happened yesterday. I also remember how I felt. I probably had the most confused look on my face and was thinking ‘what in the world is she talking about… why don’t I know what He’s called me to be?’. As you can assume the swirling twirling crazy throughts rolled in like a storm.

I left that conversation with self doubt, feeling less than, and not enough. I was in an actual staff position at the church during this time which confounded the madness going on inside. I was newer to the charismatic brand of Christianity and half the jargon she spoke I’d never heard of before.

But in typical Heida style, after I pushed past the bad self talk, I reflected. I chose to sit back and seriously ask God what He had called me to be, beyond myself. How would I have an impact on this world? What were the giftings He had placed inside me? Instead of letting that moment be won by the enemy, I opened my heart which created a burning for more.

So again I ask, what’s your thing? During a recent sermon series at our church called Margin, Pastor Brian Tome spoke about margin in your finances – Money: How to Get and Keep Some. As Tim and I sat next to each other, the poking and prodding hit us profoundly with a topic that most married couples cringe at, money! However the point I’m pulling out for today’s thought was this concept of ‘what is your thing’? Even from a financial perspective what is that one thing (or 2) that you want to pour yourself into? What do you do awesome at and then do it greatly.

As Christians sometimes I think we get wrapped up in all the things we could, should or can be doing for His Kingdom. There are absolutely amazing things to get plugged in to! But have we taken the moment to step back and ask the Creator of the Universe if that’s your thing or my thing to do?

I am about to launch into an amazing conference this week with She Speaks through Proverbs 31 Ministries. I have been on a roller coaster of self doubt and questioning if it’s meant for me over the past couple of months. Finally, with some pressure, I’m just simply walking it out. God has shown up and already opened doors that were shut.

I realize I haven’t spoken much about this in person, to people. Why?!? Well it’s hard! My junk gets in the way ‘what if this’ and ‘what if that’ are the starters. I also feel when I speak about it, it will lead to competition. Listen, I’m not free of negative thinking, I combat it daily with the Word of God! Today as I was praying about this blog I asked God to show me a scripture. He took me to Psalm 139.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Verse 15 hit my heart. He made me (and you) ‘in the secret place’. Wow. We are so individually special that we were each made in secret, woven intricately together for the purpose He put us on earth for. When I step back, it sure does feel like I’ve been taken to the secret place, hidden away, until Gods timing was correct.

So here I am, I am doing my thing. I’m writing. I’m drawing. I’m allowing my gifting to take a new shape. I’m walking it out daily – Me vs Me.  I now ask you what’s your thing? It might be mowing lawns or painting signs or drawing buildings or making spreadsheets. Whatever your thing is, do it to the best of your ability and know that it’s advancing the Kingdom of Heaven…In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.