Oh, that my head were waters, And my eyes a fountain of tears, That I might weep day and night For the slain of the daughter of my people! Jeremiah 9:1
Leading Up to this Era
This is my third posting on the Old Testament. First I wrote on the observation that majority of the Old Testament is made up of five multigenerational stories which I’ve called Grasping the Old Testament. First, God promises Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that through them both a nation and also a blessing to all the nations would come. After a 400 gap the story picks up with Moses and Joshua leading the nation out of bondage, setting up a new society, and entering into the land of promise. The next 400 years is told in Judges when the nation seams stuck in cycles of oppression, repentance, deliverance, and peace, until backsliding into sin started the cycle over again. This cycle was disrupted by three generations of advance with Samuel, David and Solomon, which I entitled The Very First Great Awakening. Following Solomon a stable society continues until Jerusalem is destroyed and Judah is taken captive to Babylon. God speaking through His prophets usually speaks to His people, He also often references the present younger generation as the daughter of My people and when judgment comes it falls upon a group God calls not My people. Continue reading
Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in your way. Psalms 119:37
This is part two of a nine part series “Revive us According to… Psalms 119. “Revive Us According to Your Word” was the first part and can be read here. Briefly it encourages us to surrender our hearts from living according to self rule and return to live according to His rule.
When we are awakened to the things of the Spirit the focus of our time and attention also changes. The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that everything under the sun is vain, worthless, that is empty of permanent value. If so easy to slip back so we need to frequently be asking ourselves this question “What am I into?” What has captured my attention that may not necessarily be sinful but is on a path that has little if any benefit? Continue reading
Revival, renewal, awakening, outpouring and transformation are words commonly used to describe something special taking place in a church, city, or region. Sometimes a genuine work or God is being described, while other times it is simply special extended meetings that a group proclaims to be a revival.
About 20 times in the New King James Version of the Bible the words revive or revival are used in the context of spiritual awakening. Of these nine are found in Psalms 119. Continue reading
Grasping the Old Testament Series
Leading Up to this Era
The majority of the Old Testament is made up of five multigenerational stories which can be read here. First, God promises Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that through them both a nation and also a blessing to all the nations would come. After a 400 gap the story picks up with Moses and Joshua leading the nation out of bondage and into the land of promise. Another 400 plus years are accounted for in the Book of Judges as the tribes seamed stuck in a cycle of sin, oppression from an enemy, repentance, deliverance, and a period of peace. Judges ends with a statement of the spiritual condition at the time. “Everyone was doing what was right in their own eyes.” Looking at the way things were, no one would have guessed that the next three generations would powerfully transform Jewish society. Do these three generations provide us a path for us to see transformations today?
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:14 Continue reading
When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’ then you shall let your children know, saying, ‘Israel crossed over this Jordan on dry land’; for the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed over, that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.” Joshua 4:21-24
On November 11, 2009 an outpouring of the Holy Spirit began in a classroom of the International House of Prayer University in Kansas City, Missouri. After watching the meeting over the internet for a few nights, I decided it was time to go and attend the outpouring in person. I was greatly encouraged that God was truly pouring out His Spirit on a young generation. The next day I sensed the Lord asking me to count all the waves of the Holy Spirit that I’ve had some part in, or has been instrumental in my spiritual life. Thinking there would be a small handful, I was amazed when the number reached 12. It’s easy to forget what God has done and slip into discouragement. So my hope is that this would be an encouragement to a few that they “may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty” still today. In going over each of these waves there was a purpose for them and a title of what God did in my life in each of these seasons of outpouring. Warning this post is LONG and tells a bit of my history, feel free to skim over my 12 stories if you want, but please read the conclusion at the end. Continue reading
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Acts 2:1
When reading this passage in English, it is easy to glide right through the phrase “all with one accord in one place and understand it as simply being in all in the same room. Continue reading