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You’ve Slept Long Enough!

I recently read an essay by George Otis Jr. entitled “Transformational Revival”. The foundational premise was that unless and until an individual, or a group of people, truly recognize a strong conviction of need, there will never be a desire for change; they will never see or experience revival. Deep spiritual hunger ushers in the move and ministry of the Holy Spirit. When man’s sense of need – of necessarily relying on God for everything pertaining to his life – interacts with God’s desire to manifest Himself to us – revival (resurrection life) happens. Anything short of that is spiritual rebellion.

A. W. Tozer has written:

“We do not seem to sense the tragedy of having almost completely lost the awareness of His Presence.”

Smith Wigglesworth says:

“God is more eager to answer than we are to ask.”

Our Abba is self-revealing. He wants to be fully and intimately known. His desire, for the well-being of His children, is to be trusted, relied upon, and taken at His Word. True worship acknowledges that Truth. When we purposefully pursue God, when we recognize that without Him we can do no good thing (John 15:5), when our heats urge us toward truly knowing Him, that is where He meets us.

“It will be a great moment for some of us when we begin to believe that God’s promise of self-revelation is literally true: that He promised much, but promised no more than He intends to fulfill.” A. W. Tozer

But, when we, in large and small ways, prefer confidence in our own abilities to cope and succeed over submission to God, when we admire and operate in self-sufficiency rather than yielding to the guidance of the Holy Spirit – we are in rebellion against our Creator. Rebellion in its full manifestation is prideful arrogance that we can do without God. But please be open to the “lesser” symptoms of rebellion. God wants our full attention. He wants to guide and bless and heal and provide for our every need. He wants us to cast every care on Him (1 Peter 5:7), seek His path and purpose for our life, and demonstrate to each and every person we encounter the joy that is found through life in Him. He wants to work through us every moment to accomplish His purposes. He wants to:

Strengthen (complete, perfect)and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out is will; {while He Himself} works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah)… (Hebrews 13:21)

We are permitted, we are granted, according to His grace and through the blood of Jesus, to have daily, hourly, moment by moment access to the Creator of everything we see. He lives in us (John 14:23). He loves us (1 John 4:16, 19). Give Him first place and wake up to this Truth.

“At the height of the Hebrides Revival, meetings lasted into the wee hours, and crowds often spilled outside the church buildings. On one such occasion, a neighbor woman approached a church elder to complain about the noise. Full of the Holy Spirit the elder replied, “Woman, you’ve slept long enough!” (George Otis Jr.)

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New Realities

“I guarantee there is not a person in the whole world who could be nervous if he or she understood 1 John 4. Believe that God loves you.
Smith Wigglesworth

For the child of God, everything that God has promised through Jesus is within reach (2 Corinthians 1:20). For the born-again believer, the ability to “receive and carry away {and enjoy to the full} what is promised” (Hebrews 10:36) is our guaranteed inheritance. For those led by the Spirit of God, kingdom provision and kingdom realities become manifest, by faith, in this physical world. That’s God’s promise!

Jeremiah 1:12 – Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My Word to perform it. (Amplified Bible)

Jeremiah 1:12 – I will make every word I give you come true. (Message Bible)

Gently lean back onto the everlasting arms! He is your refuge and your dwelling place (Deuteronomy 33:27, Psalm 91:2). Come to know, practically and intimately, through personal experience, the love God has for you through Jesus (Ephesians 3:19). Come to know Jesus through quality time in the Word. For you cannot come to know Him with love and trust, you cannot receive promises you are not yet even aware of, unless you feed on the Word. God’s Word is His guarantee to us that when our faith agrees with His Word we receive.

Kingdom ways (the culture and principles of God’s realm) challenge our observations and experiences in this physical world. We need to relearn reality; we must entirely reconfigure our understanding of how this new life works. God’s kids are to approach Him boldly and confidently (Hebrews 4:16) yet humbly (James 4:10).We are not to believe what our ears hear or our eyes see if those two senses contradict God’s Word (2 Corinthians 10:5). Spiritual eyes, trained through time in His Word and the daily practice of Holy Spirit guidance, attend to the unseen, rather than what our physical eyes see (2 Kings 6:17, 2 Corinthians 4:18).

The very best, the safest, the surest place to be is living in the confident assurance that God’s Holy Spirit lives in us (John14:23). The heart’s understanding that we are no longer a part of this world’s system (John 15:19), that we have been transferred (translated) into the realities of God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13), is the beginning of the training of our spiritual eyes, and the starting point of a faith walk that so pleases our Father.

Isaiah 30:15 – For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning {to Me} and resting {in Me} you shall be saved; in quietness and in {trusting} confidence shall be your strength…

“Oh, if by the grace of God we could only see that the blessings of God’s divine power come to us with such sweetness, whispering to us, ‘Be still My child. All is well’…What would happen if we learned the secret of asking once and then believing?”
Smith Wigglesworth

Humility

Humility is certainly in short supply in the world today. In fact, “humble” is not an attribute that the world admires. The definition offered for “humility” by The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary is:

“Freedom from pride and arrogance; humbleness of mind, a modest estimate of one’s own worth. In theology, humility consists of lowliness of mind, a deep sense of one’s unworthiness in the sight of God, self-abasement.”

Those who succeed in a worldly sense are self-promoters – over-bearing, boastful, and proud (1 Peter 5:5 – Amplified); people quite full of their own importance. Not a surprising outcome since they are immersed in the culture of rebellion instigated and maintained by Satan. Humility has no place in his dominion.

God, however, expects humility; He requires it from His children. It is an identifying character trait of authentic kingdom citizenship. Humility toward God acknowledges His Lordship in our lives and submits obediently to His authority in all things. Humility toward men places the needs of others before our own needs.

Philippians 2:3 – …in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself {thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves}.

Jesus is our example in this, Paul continues in Philippians 2. For our sake, for our benefit, He:

Philippians 2:7-8 – … stripped Himself {of all privileges and rightful dignity} so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being… He abased and humbled Himself {still further} and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross.

As with every other aspect of our relationship with God, obedience in this area is for our benefit and blessing. His ways and thoughts being so far above ours (Isaiah 55:8-9), His methods and purposes so counter-intuitive to human reasoning – let go to gain, humble yourself to be exalted, lose your life to find it, assume insignificance to receive significance.

James 4:10 – Humble yourselves {feeling very insignificant} in the Presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you {He will lift you up and make your lives significant}.

Jesus tells us, in no uncertain terms, that humility is our credential to enter the kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 18:3-4 – …unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children {trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving}, you can never enter the kingdom of Heaven {at all}.Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child {trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving} is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.

Humility is quite simply truly giving God first place, for when we do submission and obedience naturally follow. When we honor and worship Him from grateful hearts, when we are in Christ, when we are aware, moment by moment, of the indwelling Holy Spirit, then, joyfully and willingly, we submit to His leading and guidance; His Lordship. Humility recognizes that our success in every endeavor in God’s service has nothing to do with our own ability or talent or wisdom – but on God. Humility seeks His ways, His path, His purposes for our lives – daily. Humility, like love, is foundational to our faith. It says, “God and His Word are in charge and I am not!” Humility is love in action – loving and trusting God, loving and serving each other.

1 Peter 5:6-7 – Therefore humble yourselves {demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation} under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you. Casting the whole of your care {all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.