Revival has been and always will be my heart’s desire for Cornwall. It can begin with one person; a humble and contrite heart that seeks God for who He is and not for selfish ambition; a person who will stay in the presence of God and not give up. God desires that we live in the Glory of His Power and Presence all the time. That was the purpose of the Cross.
The Beatitudes Matthew 5:1-12
The beatitudes describe a humble person who seeks God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. Humble, meek, merciful, peacemakers, pure in heart, who hunger and thirst after righteousness; they are the ones who will see revival. We do not have to die before we experience the Kingdom. God has already given it to us through the blood of Jesus. Revival can begin with you. It means a reawakening of your desire for the power and presence of God in your community. If you seek God with all your heart, you will find Him; then you will see the effect of His presence in all that you do and your ministry will be powerful and effective.
Matthew 5: 13-16: Salt and Light
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Jesus firstly addresses our need for holiness in the first 12 versus before telling us that we have a purpose. The saltiness or flavour of which He speaks comes from the life of holiness and dedication described in the beatitudes.
We need to humble ourselves and seek His face, not only in times of famine or when the storms of life are lashing around us. It is imperative that we seek Him ALL the time. Consistency and Persistence in the face of adversity is the key to finding Him.
Someone recently told me that they had been diagnosed with a very serious illness. To my dismay the comforters told them to accept the condition and proceeded to explain that this was the status quo. What was the point of the cross, I asked myself? Jesus gave His life so that we do not have to suffer; He purchased our healing with His precious blood. To sit back and accept the curse which He lifted from us, is to reject the gift of life that Jesus died for. It is an insult to God’s sacrifice of His own Son.
Be encouraged and do not give up. God will answer and He will show himself mighty on your behalf. Hebrews 10:35-36: So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
Source: Bethel Ministries newsletter. Used with permision of the author, Wendy Bassett http://www.bethelministries.biz