Jeff Lawrence

Bankrupt Revival

In a sea of change and a season of political headliners, most of us are legitimately concerned about our country and where our culture is headed.  Politics have become really nasty, bitter and causes great dissension in our nation.  If you eat from that plate, you will dine on a constant diet of poison.

But we should engage and we should be an element of change.  That’s what we’re called to do.  So we pray for revival in our nation.  And we pray for revival in our churches.  We come on Sundays asking God to “fill this temple”.

Yet I believe we’re missing an important point.  God doesn’t desire to send revival or fill the temple.  He desires to bring revival to me…to fill me up as His Holy Temple!  He desires to see His Church on fire for Him with you and I filled with the Holy Spirit.  That’s it!

Galatians 5 is a pretty clear picture of what a follower of Jesus looks like.  They bear fruit.  That’s it!  Fruit – tangible and obvious.

Signs of a Spirit-filled life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, self-control.

Signs of a flesh-filled life: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,envy,drunkenness

It’s time we stop praying for God to send revival in our nation or church and ask God to send revival in me.  Me…not him or her or them.  Me!  It’s time we bear good fruit and hold each other accountable then call out the bad for what it is.

You ready for that?  It’s our choice…Spirit-filled life is the way of Jesus.  It’s what we were made for!



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