REVIVAL is a work of God among Christians bringing them to…
…separation from the world
…submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
If this is indeed what stipulates genuine revival…then…
(And I think you know where I am going with this)
Dare we not fall upon our faces right now? Confessing, Repenting, Mourning, and Getting off the Throne?
Should we not be appealing to God for kindness which leads to repentance?
Should we not be pining for a holy wind to stir the flames of passion within?
Is love abated?
Are the embers turning to ash?
He has charged us to buy gold, refined in the fire. What could this possibly mean? Remember, the Laodiceans boasted of their riches and self-sufficiency (Rev. 3:17). They arrogantly strutted atop the pedestal of prosperity, deceived by the wealth they rolled around in, seeing it as God’s favor all the while pushing Him to the outer margins of their existence. They blindly played at religion and made a good living at it.
Their All-Knowing Judge saw it differently:
“You stink with poverty.”
“Your Sunday best cannot hide your indulgences and adulteries.”
“You no longer look to Me and I have removed light from your eyes.”
“You’ve turned sour in My stomach.”
But there was grace even for them. Yeshua called them to seek—to ask for, to eagerly want!—a crisis in their fellowship. Such crisis as would lead to purity, transformation and a baptism of renewed Love! He said, “I counsel you to BUY FROM ME gold, refined by fire…” The word translated ‘counsel’ means to partner with, agree with…to come to the same conclusion! He’s telling them, in essence, There’s no other way…
But to trust and obey.
“Buy from Me?” Just how was that possible? He had just told them they were POOR. With what currency could this transaction be completed?
You must let Me place you in the furnace.
No God, anything but that! we say.
It’s the only way, Child.
You will never learn to Love Me until all of self is abandoned. Until then, there will always be an obtrusive challenger for My affections…
This is going to hurt…
But I love you too much to let you go away. Remember My promise to never leave you?
It’s still binding, even in this horrible, beautiful place.
I know the flames scare you. But those very flames are your freedom.
And you want to be free…