Archive for October, 2014

Desperate for an Outpouring

Monday, October 20th, 2014

“Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…”

Acts 3:19 NASB 

HOW THE LORD LONGS to pour out His mercy, love, forgiveness on lost souls…

AND HOW WE NEED TIMES OF REFRESHING in the American Church again… A real, genuine outpouring of the Spirit of God, convicting and cleansing, purifying and empowering us again.  “Church as usual” has failed… We need a move of God. 

The painful truth is: God’s house is crumbling from the inside out, from pulpit to pew, with an epidemic of “secret sins” ~ like lust, pornography (well over 50% of churchgoing males), pride, greed, unforgiveness, self-seeking, and personal kingdom building in place of Christlike ministry ~ destroying our witness and stealing our power.  Survey after survey shows that in our land, the Church is essentially just like the World in values, goals, entertainment, and behavior.    

Come, and let us return to the Lord;

For He has torn, but He will heal us…

Hosea 6:1 NKJV

For years, the church’s answer (and I speak as a pastor) has been: PROGRAMS!  Programs for small groups, big groups, kids’ groups, women’s groups, men’s groups – you name it!  We’ve got programs…

And the result has been what someone once called “the definition of insanity”: doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result. 

To be sure, programs have their place.  But the Church isn’t suffering from a lack of programs.  We’re suffering from a lack of POWER.  We need FRESH FIRE TO FALL on our lives, to break up the fallow ground in our hearts, to set us aflame with love and devotion for Jesus!  To give us an eternal perspective, an undefeatable joy, a sacrificial love, and real holiness (which is not the mere absence of sin, but the PRESENCE of Jesus in our lives and midst!) 

WE NEED REVIVAL!!!  I need it, you need it… And God desires to pour it out more than we desire to receive it. 

Let us press on to know Him!  Then He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.

Hosea 6:3 NLT  

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

Revelation 3:20 NKJV 

The Master is calling… Will you hear His voice and open the door?  Will you heed His call to pull away from the passing pleasures and empty pursuits of this world, and make your life a sanctuary for His presence? 

The pathway is in the simple things – like putting away distractions, pouring out your heart to Him, and making time to cultivate your friendship with Him every day.  He’ll do the hard part… He only asks you to seek Him.

And the more you enjoy time with Jesus, the more your life will reflect His power, purity, and unfailing love… You’ll become an influence of revival in your friends, family, and Church.  And the lost will see the Savior reflected in your life. 

For Jesus’ glory, for revival in His Church, for lost souls to know Him… I’m going to give Him my best, to seek Him more than ever. 

Will you join me?

May the Lord bless you with His presence in a fresh way this week,

Pastor Matthew Casey

© Springs of Life Ministries, 2014