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As a church, we are embarking upon a revival meeting.  While this is an exciting time and one that is looked forward to with much anticipation, we must endeavor to make the most of these meetings and see ourselves desire to get closer to Christ.  Here are some things to ponder over the next several days…

STAY HUMBLE: (2Chron7:14) Humility has been described as “a deep sense of ones unworthiness in the sight of God”. We must keep in mind that God wants us to approach Him with humility. We must stay away from the desire to think that we are “all set” and our life is “ok” with God. While it is good to know that we are living in the will of God, it is imperative to understand that there is always room to grow and improve in our walk with Him. Pride will keep us from trying to do more and will deceive us into thinking that there is nothing else we need to do in our walk with God.  If we want true revival in our life, we must humbly seek Him realizing He wants us to be changed into His image! God will resist us if we are proud, but will give us the grace to make the needed changes if we are humble!

STAY PRAYERFUL: (2Chron7:14) Prayer is simply communication with God.  Not only do we need to talk to Him and deal with the issues He brings to our heart, but we must also listen to Him.  I fear that this is the one aspect of prayer that we often fail to do properly.  We are in to much of a hurry to actually listen to God.  As we seek revival, one thing that is needful is to actually spend designated time just listening for Him to speak to you.  Determine to not only tell God what you need and ask God to do things for you, but spend as much time (if not more) just listening for that still, small voice to speak to you and give you instruction!

STAY HUNGRY: (Matt5:6) One of the easiest things to do (especially for Christians that are in church all the time) is to lose your hunger for God.  It is a lack of hunger that causes us to go to church meetings and just be there because that is what we are supposed to do during revival services. Yes, it is Biblical to support the meetings of your church, but that should not be our “driving” motivator! It is so easy to just get in the habit of “doing” things for God/church and not have a spiritual hunger for God to move in your life.  If you loose your hunger, you are quickly coming to a place in your life of spiritual apathy…a very dangerous place to be! Stay hungry for God to work in your life this week at church and allow Him to do so even when you are apart from the “church”.  Make this week as special and different as you possibly can so that your hunger for Him is paramount to everything else!

I am praying that God will meet with us this week and have HIS way in our services! The manner in which you live and conduct yourself this week will have a great impact on how our revival service goes!

There is a difference between being busy and being productive, and scheduling priorities is what makes the difference!  I believe many Christians are running around with more to do than ever, but still not fully accomplishing what God would want them to.  We must learn the important character trait of being wise stewards of the time that God has given to us.  Below is a simple outline that has helped me keep “on task” and not let Satan defeat me or the ministry through time-wasting!

Ephesians 5:16-17  [16]  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. [17]  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is .

I. Determine Priorities:

(These are mine-yours may differ slightly!)

A. Walk with God

B. Marriage/Family

C. Preaching

D. Pastoring

E. Equipping/Encouraging

II. Develop Calendar:

A. Keep a notes file of things that come to your mind

-(Put the big rocks in your glass before you fill it with sand!)

B. Weekly, go through the notes and determine what needs to be added to your calendar

C. Be sure that your “priorities” are being accomplished through the developing of the calendar

-(Opportunity doesn’t equal obligation.)

III. Discipline Weekly Schedule:

A. Force yourself to maintain and keep your schedule

B. Be flexible to distractions or disruptions in your schedule

C. Take an inventory of your priorities every night and see if they were accomplished

Tomorrow, as a church, we get the priviledge of going and helping distribute information for the new church in Bridgton! It is such a blessing to be involved in helping start new churches! Maine (and the world) is in such need for gospel preaching churches! We can play an important role in letting people know about this new church. Here are some ways that we can be involved in this church plant, as well as others.

We can go and work. This is possibly the biggest thing we can do physically speaking! People can’t come if they don’t know about the church! We must be willing to put aside other activities and carve out the time to work for these new churches!

We can pray. We must never belittle the power of prayer in church planting. We are fighting against the forces of Satan when starting churches-we must have God’s strength! Pray for the the new Pastor and his family, the community, and for people to come and be saved! There is nothing more discouraging for a new church than to have nobody or only one person show up for services-it is awkward for everyone! Pray that the Pastor is never alone for a service.

We can give. We must make the financial sacrifice needed to start churches. The days of saying “I’ll pray for you as you go-hope all goes well” are over. People need to see that we are committed to doing all things with excellency in this new church! As you well know, it takes money to accomplish this! Be willing to sacrificially give to meet the needs of the new church-God will bless you as you do!

Finally, we can be excited about it! We know the local New Testament church that preaches Christ is the answer for our hurting world. Let’s show to everyone (especially the new Pastor) how excited we are for the working of God through and in this new church!

I am looking forward to supporting NHBC tomorrow and the countless churches we will help start in the future!

1Kgs12:8 Rehoboam found council he wanted to listen to & so can we. We must get it from the “older/mature” Christians, not one in our shoes!

2Sam23:12 Our church today needs people that will STAND & FIGHT against those that try to take away our Godly heritage-let’s defend it!

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