If you build it, He will come.
I believe that there is a divine story being written and we play a vital role in the outcome. Over the past 5 years I have personally been set on fire for revival. I have a passion to see the church arise. If those warming the pews knew the power they carried and the authority they have been given, if they understood the purpose resting within, I believe they would arise. One encounter could change everything. I should know, I was a church wallflower most of my life. But no longer. What I have received, I give away. The church, awake and active, is unstoppable.
I believe I am called, not just to see the church arise in America, but in Europe as well. Right now prophetic destiny is being released into people who need to realize that they are not just another face in a sea of sameness. God has called them each by name. I want to be a part of the Awakening that is happening even now in Europe. God is calling prodigals home, calling warriors to the fight, and awakening those who don't even know they're sleeping.
It’s one of the reasons I came to Bethel. My life appears to some to have taken a detour, but the passion of Christ within me drives me onward. Deep down I know that God can use any detour as a launching pad. So I have been pressing in, allowing God to rework mindsets and rewire my heart. It is challenging. everyday. But hope is being restored. everyday.
All students at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry are given the opportunity to be placed on a team and assigned a specific missions assignment, to both be trained and to be sent. It’s just one more way we are putting into practice the things that Jesus taught.
The sign ups were made available on line and each student got to apply for their top 5 choices of assignments across the globe. For me it wasn’t a tough choice at all. I was drawn to one geographical area entirely. For the past 5 years or so I have studied and taught on past revivals. The Bible tells us, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19:10) and if I want to see revival in myself, in my family, in my city, in my nation, and in the world, these stories are step #1. Stories of the outpouring of the Great Welsh Revival that began in 1904 have been spotlighted in my spirit.
I applied for England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, any trip that would put me close to that spot where Evan Roberts set the world on fire. I have longed to go to Moriah Chapel and lay on the floor, to feel the stone under my hands, to press my face against this holy ground, to feel the earth that has been saturated with the prayers of generations, and touched by the very fingerprint of God.
I received the exciting news this week that I was chosen to go right to the heart of the Welsh Revival, to Wales. In fact, Moriah Chapel itself will be one of our target destinations. I will be part of a team that will be touring Wales taking part in conferences, evangelism, prophetic ministry, healing services, and much more.
For me, and for hundreds of others like me, this is just one more step of obedience into a life fully surrendered to Jesus, called to bring the love of the gospel to the nations. If you think of my story at all, could you do one thing? Could you pray? Pray for me, for the teams being sent, and the places He is preparing even now. Precious people around the world who don’t even know they need a Savior, are about to encounter His love.
If you would like to sow seeds into my revival journey, financial gifts may be made online at trips.ibethel.org. This gift is tax-deductible and you will receive a statement at the end of the year for your tax records. If you wish your gift to be anonymous, please check the anonymous box. This will allow you to receive an end of year statement, but will not allow me to see your name.
You, by the way, are writing your own revival story. He is using you, right now, as his writing instrument, leaving etched hearts and brilliant beauty by the love you express to those around you. I pray that God renews your spirit today and fills you with overflowing joy and expectation.
Kids just instinctively know how to do it. Whether is a compliment, a treat, or a gift, they readily hold out their heart and their hands and they receive. With a gleeful smile, and hopefully a "thank you", they run along.
How good are you at receiving? When someone says, "You are lookin' good", do you immediately deflect by turning the spotlight back on them? When someone offers you chocolate, do you smile and say, "Yes, please!" or do you carry on an inward dialogue, not wanting to take any prized delight away from them, so you say, "no", while you secretly want it so bad?
I know to you "easy receiver's", this whole line of questioning seems ludacrous. I mean, if you want it, take it, right? But it's not so easy for some of us. I honestly think mom's have the hardest time receiving. We get used to filling our plates last, sharing our last bite with anyone who asks, using our saved new shoe stash for yet another lost retainer or broken glasses, or spending countless late nights helping with college applications for the kids while your own dreams remain on hold.
Yep, I am a "hard receiver". This is a term coined by one of my Bible teachers, and I face this issue every single day. Why is it so flippin' hard to receive? Jesus warned His followers, "Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." Luke 18:17 (NIV)
For some of us who grew up steeped in religion it was ingrained within us to sacrifice, to fast, to contend for the promises of God. Where does receiving like a child fit into that?
Today Bill Johnson explained it like this: There are two main ways to advance the Kingdom. One is to receive like a child, the other is to take it by force. ("From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force." Matthew 11:12 (ESV) He said you can tell which way the Lord is wanting you to approach Him by how He responds to you. If you are fasting and praying and nothing is working, maybe He wants you to simply rest in Him and receive. If resting and waiting isn't bringing breakthrough, maybe in this season, you need to contend for your breakthrough.
I have become pretty good at contending. I have fought for my kids, my family, my church, my city, my friends, my healing, but how often have I just sat back and received? Very rarely, I must admit.
As I was sharing my day with my daughter this evening she looked at me and said, "God just wants to rain down on you, Mom. It's time to take down the umbrella."
Wow. It will take some practice.
How about you? Maybe you should ask God what He is desiring from you in this season. If it's childlike faith, then I cheer you on, and say, hold out your hands, put your umbrella away, and let it rain! May He put HIs love on display just for you!
PS. It's been awhile since I have marked the trail. I have been processing so much, letting God retrain my brain. This blog is just a snapshot of my journey the last couple of weeks. I hope it blesses you. XOXO