Thought for the Day: When there is great upheaval and consternation, there are really only three possible choices that I can imagine. One – Get sucked further into the chaos; Two – Live in full denial (which technically has a person unknowingly sucked into number one); Three – Revival. As you may guess, I’m going with door number three. Revival suggests there is someone doing the reviving, a little mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. It is as if God is breathing into the Body of Christ the Spirit of Life. I don’t imagine God had been sitting back and withholding this life-giving breath, but too often the ailing body is in denial and refusing to receive. God offers, but God does not forcibly compel. Revival is the meeting of God’s Spirit and a receptive community. Are we doing what is necessary to ready ourselves for revival?
Prayer: Holy God, there is a need for revival, something other than empty emotionalism. Make us ready to receive an indwelling of your Spirit of Love, yet readiness will require us to make room. Let us take an inventory of all those items within us that do not resemble the Fruit of the Spirit. And of course, once inventoried, guide us to a place where we can leave them and not ever see them again. Amen.
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