One of the seven angels came and said to me, “Come…I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” He carried me away in the Spirit to a vast and lofty mountain, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God. It shone with the Glory of God, and its brilliance resembled a rare and precious jewel, like jasper, shining clear as crystal. [John…Rev 21:9-11]
And I heard a mighty voice from the Throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live among them. They will be His people, and God Himself will dwell with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” [John…Rev 21:3-4]
Revival begins in one’s own heart….a consecration of my heart to God, pleading with Him to bring revival, and to begin with me:
- Longing for God…an ever deeper, more intimate, personal relationship with Him.
- Hunger and thirst for personal holiness in my heart, manifested in living out my everyday life.
- Seeking to keep on being continually filled with the Holy Spirit.
This is the entire focus for the prayer journey over the next forty days. It is intensely personal in nature, a heart-cry to God to touch my life by His Spirit, and work a deep change in me. You may have this blessed assurance: you will never be the same again!
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…who desire to be pure in heart; they will be completely satisfied! [Mt 5:6]
- Blessed are the pure in heart; they shall see God…He will show you His glory! [Mt 5:8]
- Blessed are those who seek to keep on being continually filled with the Holy Spirit. You will experience the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in your life, singing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs and making melody in your heart to God. You will experience prayer, in accordance with God’s will, moving the hand of God, and you will experience the blessings that come from obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life. God will show you His Glory; you will see it with your own eyes, and you will have occasion to testify to His great Name and mighty Power…that the Name of Jesus would thereby receive glory, honor, and praise!
Why Do I Exist?
The starting point of revival is to understand, and to fully embrace in my heart, why the Eternal God of the Universe Personally formed me in my mother’s womb and brought me into existence at this time and in this place on Earth. It is so simple a child can understand it; yet it is so simple that only a child can embrace it. I need to reflect before the Lord on God’s..
A] Eternal Reason: Love. I have loved you with an everlasting Love.
B] Eternal Purpose: Relationship. I made you for Myself…in My Own image and likeness… to be joined together with Me in a Sacred Covenant relationship…a living union of oneness… the very crown jewels of My Creation, and that, as a mirror of the Almighty, you would reflect My Glory to the created universe.
C] Eternal Plan: I know the plans I have for you; you are My workmanship, created in Christ Jesus My Son to do the good works I have planned in advance for you to do. Every day of your life was recorded in My Book before you were born…before you ever began to breathe.
D] Eternal Promise: I have prepared a promised rest for My children. No matter what storms of life may be raging…a fierce tempest, whipping the waves into a tumultuous, churning, turmoil…beneath the surface, in the depths of God, all is peaceful and calm, all is tranquil and unruffled. In the shadow of the Almighty, you will find an unruffled child-like rest for your soul.
E] Eternal Provision:
The Gift of My Son. I purchased you, by Myself and for Myself, with the Precious and Priceless Blood of My Divine Son Jesus. By virtue of the Eternal Power and the Eternal Worth of His Blood, poured out on your behalf on that cross at Calvary, I have forgiven all your sins…past, present, and future. Christ My Son has conferred upon you the status of eternal righteousness in My sight.
The Gift of My Holy Spirit, given to dwell in you…never to leave you, never to forsake you…to be the Divine Power abiding in you Who continually guarantees and secures your capability to live your everyday life: faithful to your solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ My Son; faithfully within the Holy of Holies and My unclouded Presence in our Sacred Covenant relationship.
B] ETERNAL PURPOSE: RELATIONSHIP:
God created Humankind for Himself, Divinely crafted in His Own image and likeness with the capability and capacity of having a deep and intimate personal relationship with Him…to be joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship, a living union of oneness. This sets us apart from every other created being.
Abba Father…You created mankind with a free will…free to choose to enter into this Sacred Covenant relationship with You, embracing Your Eternal Purpose for creating me. And free to choose to reject or ignore this relationship and Your Eternal Purpose…to do whatever I want, whatever I desire; free to go my own way, to do my own thing; free to pursue my own goals, my own desires, my own purposes; free to spend my time on whatsoever I will. You laid aside Your Sovereignty as my Creator to determine the course of my life, and gave me absolute sovereignty to determine the course of my own life.
Therefore, Father…I understand. The only act of worship on my part that is acceptable to You, that is pleasing to You…which must be first of all before any other worship or sacrificial offering…is to take the free will You have given me and freely, of my own free will, lay it on the altar of sacrifice in absolute surrender, and say from my heart, “Not my will, but Thy will be done.” Apart from that, I cannot truly worship You…I can not worship You in Spirit and in truth. Giving my free will back to God is the only thing I can give You, Father, that You don’t already have…because You had freely given it to me in the first place in Creation.
Blessed Holy Spirit…I freely lay my life on the altar of sacrifice, giving You free reign over the course and direction of my life on Earth. As such, I no longer have any possessions of my own; all that I have belongs to You. I have no plans of my own; I am here to do Your will. I have no privileges, no expectations, no rights, no honor; I am Your bond-servant. My time belongs entirely to You, I have no desires of my own heart, no purposes of my own for my life. You are Lord of my life, and I live wholly surrendered to Your plans, Your purposes, Your will. All of my motives, my attitudes, my dispositions are subservient to You. Blessed Jesus…I have no attractions to the people of this world, nor the things this world has to offer, that compete with my attraction to You. You are the choicest, most precious treasure of my heart. I have no affections for the people of this world, nor the things this world has to offer, that compete with my affections for You. I have reserved for You alone my sweetest, most tender affections. I am wholly Yours, and You are wholly mine…wholly surrendered unto God, wholly given for the blessing and salvation of souls.
Friends, brothers and sisters…
There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell. You must be a born-again child of God. I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom. I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]
If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”
He walks with me and He talks with me: