As we come to the end of our month of prayer for revival, I wanted to write to the fellowship to pause and reflect on what we have been doing and why.
Jesus was only a boy when He purposed Himself to be about our Father’s business. From the parable of the talents we know that God is indeed like a businessman. From the parable of the sower and the seed we know that some seed will germinate and become fruitful and some will not; that it is largely dependant on the readiness of one’s heart to receive it; and that our job is to sow and water wherever and whenever we have opportunity.
It’s God who gives the increase. We can’t create revival; we can’t even create the conditions for revival, i.e. the state of men’s and women’s hearts in the society in which we live. All we can do, and what our God requires us to do through His love, is to seek the Lord in prayer and be about the business of revival in our daily lives.
During this last month many encouragements have been shared, many prayers made, fastings committed, outreaches held, people spoken to, visitors welcomed into our midst. We have seen hundreds of people baptised of water and the Holy Spirit in places like PNG where people are readier to receive the gospel. We have been planting the seeds of revival. While we can never know how much we will harvest, truly we can expect and act as though the harvest is at hand.
So brothers and sisters, take heart and be encouraged. Remember that the very best and indeed the only way to show people the light is if we continue in the light ourselves. The light of Jesus; the light of the written Word of God; the light of the Spirit of Truth. Let’s stay strong, stand firm, continue in the faith, and continue to seek the Lord and be about His business.
Thank you to all of those who have contributed in one way or another over the last month, it has been truly inspiring.
Yours in Christ,
below is a summary of the encouragements that have been shared over the
last month, pulled together by sister Ros C in Sydney.
Revival P&F encouragement summaries
Our light is shining brightly when we are rejoicing in song. Make a joyful noise each and every Sunday.