The Root of Revival Print
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Sunday, July 10 2011 00:00

When the first believers began their amazing journey with Jesus it’s understandable that their grasp of what would emerge from their following was limited.  As they cried for direction from the disciples on the day of Pentecost, they knew only that there was a need, not where it would lead.  “What must we do?” to respond to God’s messianic movement that transcends death.  How do we follow Jesus?  Peter’s response, “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus the Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.”  From that moment on the unexpected became the norm.

Basic to our belief is the completed cannon.  A collection of descriptive stories along with letters of instruction that helped guide the emergence of this new thing God was doing!  From these writings we clearly see that the church wasn't involved in one seamless growth process.  A lot of trial and error occurred along with sifting through personal feelings and beliefs.  Same as today!

Invaluable as these writings became we must remember though that the early church relied on and trusted in only one infallible source – the Holy Spirit.  Growth came because the Spirit led.  Doors opened and closed by listening to the Spirit’s call.

The word must be discovered and practiced but will only have productive power when directed by the Spirit.  Revival comes only when our hearts are cut in the same way by the same presence that wielded the sword on the day of Pentecost!  Can you see yourself giving yourself over to Him?

– Dale

 

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