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Revival

This blog and the next one are two Bible studies I did a long time ago, and recently dug up. I like them. Though I’d share them with you. Don’t worry, my next blog will be different, lol. Hope I don’t bore y’all too much. ;)

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II Chronicles 7:11-13 — Here God is speaking to Solomon in a dream just after the dedication of the new temple. He says that if ever something happens to His people, they need only to do as He says in verse 14:
“…if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
vv.15-22 — He says that He will always hear the prayers of His people and that He has chosen and consecrated this temple that His name may be there forever. He then goes onto tell Solomon that if he follows God, his kingdom shall prosper and last.. But, is warned that if he disobeys, and worships other gods, (as America has done!), God will leave the temple and bring ridicule upon the Israelites.

The message of this verse (and even its context, as shown above) is that of revival and it tells us how revival can be accomplished.

“…if My people, who are called by My name…” Revival can only be brought about by believers. Yes, revival can bring new souls into God’s kingdom, but can only be brought about by the Holy Spirit through those who already believe.
“…will humble themselves…” How can people filled with pride truly seek revival? See, the very reason and purpose of revival is to ask God for His hand to come down and His presence to fill the people and place. How can this be accomplished when people think they are better than God? Or even just other people or circumstances?
“…and pray…” We must communicate our desire for revival to God. We must repent and pray for revival. Otherwise it cannot be done!
“…and seek My face…” If we are not actively seeking God and His purpose and will; if we are not reading His Word and praying to Him; if we are not searching for Him, how dare we even consider asking Him for revival?
“…and turn from their wicked ways…” We cannot be living in sin and have revival at the same time. It just won’t work! i.e. For our nation to have revival, we must repent and renounce such transgressions as sexual immorality, abortion, murder, theft, cussing, blasphemy, among many many others. For the Holy Spirit to come and fill us and our land, or state, or town, or church, or even household or ourself, we cannot be living in sin or supportive of those who are.
“…then I will hear from heaven…” Yes! God really can hear us, and He will if we do these things. And believe me, He wants to!
“…and forgive their sin…” He will forget them completely and utterly. They will be thrown as far as the east is from the west. They will haunt us no more.
“…and heal their land [or house, or life, or town, or church, etc.].” We will be healed! Revival can and will come if only we who are called only do as He asks: humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways. Then He will come like a flood, the fire of the Holy Spirit filling us with a passion for Him and His will. He will heal our hurts, protect us from further harm, and give us the strength to follow Him!

Individually, to bring about revival, we need to come to God and begin to apply the four steps for revival found in this passage. A personal application may look like this:

I must work on these 4 things:
1) Humbling myself before God. Admitting that I cannot do this myself. That I need Him. That without Him, I can do nothing! He is God, my Rock, Lord of My life, my Redeemer
2) Pray. Pray for revival, forgiveness, strength, wisdom, and for His Holy Spirit.
3) See His face. I must realize that He is the only thing I need, that is worth living for. Nothing else. Read His Word, pray, live for Him and Him alone!
4) Turn from my wicked ways. I must repent and renounce my sins. Stop them all. They cannot be present in my life along with God’s Spirit.

Now, when I originally did this little study, I asked a few questions: (1) How can we bring enough believers together to bring revival to our nation? Our state? Our town? Our church even? (2) The big question is, am I ready, willing, and able to do these 4 steps? Then I realized, I need only concern myself with the second one. Because that is the only one I can affect. It’s up to me and me along to make the decision of commitment. However, only God can accomplish the first. Only He can bring together the right people into the right circumstances, allowing revival to take place. And, if I (and the rest of us as well) apply myself to taking this passage to heart, then God can and will begin to do this. Question is, what are you going to do about it?

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Conflict

I’ve been a little negligent in my posting as of late. So I’ve decided to start writing blog posts at home when I have time, and post them when I get somewhere with internet. So I may post two, three, even four blogs at a time. Not sure how many I’ll do today…But here goes the first one…

Back during my time in the Navy, in Submarine School, I was at Night Study. A friend of mine who was on Restriction (for supplying a minor with alcohol) gave me this little tidbit on a few pieces of notepaper. Now, he didn’t write them, but someone he knew (I’ll give his name only because I am posting his material: Calhoun was his last name) in Restriction had written. I have to say, it’s a nice little summary of the conflict between God and Satan. And, when my friend (Timothy) gave me this, it opened up a good little discussion between us. He’s already “saved,” but not much more. It was nice to be able to share Christ with someone. So…here’s what was written down. Let me know what y’all think:

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God made all…Satan envied God’s position…Satan was cutoff…God made Earth and Man…Satan tricked man, Man falls…(god gave man choice)…Man multiplies…God sets up man’s Gov’t…Individually Man seeks creator because he is hardwired to…As a collective society, man follows the flesh…Satan wants a kingdom either by direct followers, Disciples, or by Default…(By Default) If man does not follow God, he is with satan, therefore, by default, satan has a kingdom.

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(choice) Man has a time limit to make his choice (Birth to Death) If choice is not made by death, choice is made for man – -(satan)- and obviously: if man chooses satan … He gets him.
Satan (creator of lies) realizes man is hardwired to find the one true creator, but as a society and individually follows the flesh so he takes and Edits.

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(Edits) The truth in to many versions turning/Re-directing man’s choice from following God in order to use man’s gift of choice to build satan’s ingdom.
God made all in order to give himself Glory. But why would God give satan the chance to build a kingdom against God?
-Because – God made all, -therefore,- God can destroy all. The Bible predicts a war between the two kingdoms and God knows he can destroy all.

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(Destroy all) so God allows satan to have 1/3 of the Angels and as many men as he can get his hands on in order to prove to man Satan and the Angels that glory is his by defeating the other kingdom.
But, God does not give away man (his most favored of creatures) lightly. In order to convince man to pick his creators side, he let his only begotten son take man’s sin upon himself in order that man can be allowed in Heaven.

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(Allowed) With the price of admission already paid, God allows man to choose the kingdom to follow.
God created man, therefore, we are rightfully his, but God gave man the right to choose (An obviously selfless act.) satan, however, wants to take the kingdom from God (An obviously selfish act.) In conclusion, satan does not care about Man, but only about a kingdom can rule.

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I apologize for the inaccuracy of the spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. But I wrote it out exactly as it was done. The only alterations are the elipses (…) in the first paragraph were originally a single dot (which I can’t do I don’t think), and there were circles around the page numbers…but neither can I do that.


Hoorah!

OORAH!

It may take you two minutes to read this, but if you do not take the time to read this you are one of the people this post is talking about.

You stay up for 16 hours

He stays up for days on end.
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You take a warm shower to help you wake up.

He goes days or weeks without running water.
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You complain of a “headache”, and call in sick.

He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.
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You put on your anti war/don’t support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.

He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.
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You make sure you’re cell phone is in your pocket.

He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.
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You talk trash about your “buddies” that aren’t with you.

He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.
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You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.

He patrols the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.
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You complain about how hot it is.

He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.
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You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.

He doesn’t get to eat today.
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Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.

He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.
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You go to the mall and get your hair redone.

He doesn’t have time to brush his teeth today.
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You’re angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.

He’s told he will be held over an extra 2 months.
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You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.

He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.
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You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.

He holds his letter close and smells his love’s perfume.
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You roll your eyes as a baby cries.

He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they’ll ever meet
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You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.

He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.
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You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.

He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.
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You see only what the media wants you to see.

He sees the broken bodies lying around him.
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You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don’t.

He does exactly what he is told.
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You stay at home and watch TV.

He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.
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You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.

He tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night long.
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You sit there and judge him, saying the world is probably a worse place because of men like him.

If only there were more men like him
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If you support your troops, repost this with a “OORAH”

If you don’t support your troops well, then don’t repost, it’s not like you know the men and women that are dying to preserve your right…

[I put “Hoorah” in the subect line, cause I’m a Navy man. However, I have all the respect in the world for all the men and women serving our country, dying for us to keep our freedoms so we can complain about how cheerios get soggy faster these days, while he’s happy to have some Tabasco to put on his tasteless MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat for you civvies). Ya: say a pray for them.]


“A Pilgrim’s Search”

“A Pilgrim’s Search”
by Anthony
11DEC06

I walk this lonely road;
Alone and beat, I go alone.
My burden weighs me down…
To guide me? My heart of stone.

“He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the LORD.” (II Chronicals 12:14)

A pilgrim in life,
That is what I am.
A wandering searcher,
Belonging to no clan.

“My tears have been my food
day and night,
while men say to me all day long,
‘Where is your God?’ ” (Psalms 42:3)

But within myself:
Even to my inermost…
The strength to make it?
To my failure do I toast.

” ‘apart from Me you can do nothing.’ ” (John 15:5b)

I keep walking this lonely road,
Ever searching for some truth.
Behind me lies broken dreams.
For which I fought nail and tooth.

“I despise my life; I would not live forever.
Let me alone; my days have no meaning.” (Job 7:16)

It gets to me, life beats me down
This is my sorrow: my pain

” ‘Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved;
and if I refrain, it does not go away.’ ” (Job 16:6)

For some reason I feel
Ever drawn to that hill.
“He saves,” they say…
“The void will He fill.”

” ‘I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’ ” (Mark 2:17b)

Who is this Man, Who bore a cross,
Who died a criminal’s death?
It’s said He loves me and wants me whole:
Was the reason for His ev’ry breath.

” ‘Father, forgive them, for hey do not know what they are doing…’ ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise.’ ” (Luke 23:34b, 43b)

So I approach the hill,
Stand at the foot of the Cross.
I’ll give Him my burden, my all:
To count it but a loss.

“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ…” (Phillipians 3:7-8)

Life still hurts, and beats me down:
My burden for His cross I traded.
And beside me He walks, His own cross bearing.
So with Him I’ll stay, til all has faded.

” ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me.’ ” (Luke 9:23b) “Carrying his own cross…” (John 18:17a)

Peace I have, belonging I found
This is my joy: my life

“You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” (I Thesselonian 1:6)

all scripture taken from the NIV