March 30 – Preparing for Revival

“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place,  with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Isaiah 57:15

The psalmist cried out, “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.” (Psalm 85:6-7) The heart of man by sinful nature weakens day by day without the Lord’s reviving strength, but you must follow a certain path to partake of that strength.

1) Pray and fast more than “play and feast” so that you can build spiritual sensitivity and be able to recognize God’s visitation when it comes.  Consider Anna, the prophetess, in Luke 2:36-38.  Also, praying and fasting actually brings (births) God’s presence.  (Read Daniel 9 and Isaiah 66:5-14.)

2) Forget your past…sins, as well as victories…or you will miss what God wants to do TODAY.  Do not be satisfied to live on past blessings.  (See Isaiah 43:18-19.)

3) Let your heart become broken and contrite before God. Do not expect things to happen in a certain way or the way it used to happen.  There is a whole new anointing today, and revival will not come through hoopla of emotionalism.

4) Break ground for the future. (See Hosea 10:12.)

Pray: “God of mercy and grace, I rejoice in Your great salvation today.  Revive me again and again.  Breathe on me, Breath of God, I pray.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

March 29 – Dedication

“Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house.” II Chronicles 7:1

The prayer of consecration, or dedication, of Solomon’s magnificent temple is recorded in II Chronicles 6.

The act of dedication is “to set apart” something for a specific use.  Solomon knew the great importance God placed on this temple, which was to house the Ark of the Covenant that contained the symbols of God’s promises and the necessary requirements of sanctified (set-apart) living which the Israelites needed to exhibit in order to claim these promises.

In this dedicatory prayer, God appeared, and His glory so filled the temple that the priests could not enter!

NOW, in these days of grace, our BODY is the “temple” wherein God, in the form of His Holy Spirit, wishes to dwell.  Your parents may have “dedicated” you to the Lord when you were a baby, but, when you came of age, you made your own decision to be sanctified wholly unto God.  Let His glory fill YOUR temple! “You are not you own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.” (See I Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV.)

Pray: “Holy One of Israel, I bow down before You and consecrate myself wholly to You today.  Fill this ‘temple’ with all the attributes of Your glory.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

March 28 – Fruit Versus Gifts

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…” Galatians 5:22-23a

“For to one is given…wisdom; to another…knowledge…faith…gifts of healing…working of miracles…prophecy…But all these worketh that one and the self-same Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” I Corinthians 12:8-11

Are you growing the fruit of good Christian character in your life?  Are you earnestly desiring the gifts of the Spirit of God to operate freely in your life? Note the difference between FRUIT and GIFTS.

“Fruit” requires a season of growth.  “Gifts” are given by the Holy Spirit as He wills.  “Fruit” takes time to develop “in [its] season.” (See Psalm 1:3.) “Gifts” on the other hand, are to be exercised in the body of Christ for everyone’s benefit and edification by unction and direction of the Holy Spirit.

Review the nine fruit of the Spirit located in the verse above and purpose to cultivate and fertilize the soil of your heart today, that your life may yield good fruit.  Be desirous of receiving every good and perfect gift that comes from above.  (See James 1:17.)  God wants you healthy and productive in His kingdom.

Pray: “Tender Father, increase my fruit-bearing capabilities.  Help me labor not for the things that will never satisfy, but to sit at Your feet to learn of You.  Let Your gifts operate freely in my life.  I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen”

March 27 – Peaceable Fruit of Righteousness

“Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” Hebrews 12:11

Do you ever feel like the Lord is chastening and disciplining you?  There are times when a father must discipline his children, and, most assuredly, neither the father nor the children enjoys those times.  However, because of the father’s deep love for them, the children understand that the discipline is given for correction and growth in righteousness.

The Bible says in Hebrews 12:6, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth…”  Like every good father, God is in the business of perfecting His creation. Verse 10 assures you that He does not chasten you for His pleasure but for your profit… “that [you] might be partaker[s] of his holiness.

Picture God today as the Master Gardener, constantly pruning your life so that you will be more fruit bearing. Always remember: HE created YOU. HE loves YOU and carefully grooms His creation to perfection. 

The result of His careful pruning is “the peaceable fruit of righteousness.” Isn’t that what you really desire?

Pray: “Master Gardener, mold me into your image today. I yield myself wholly a ‘servant to righteousness unto holiness,’* and I rejoice in the work You have assigned to me. Amen.”

*Romans 6:19c

March 26 – Bloom Where You are Planted

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out their roots by the river and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

In Isaiah 61:3, believers are called “…trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord.” Isn’t it good to know that you have been intentionally planted? You are no accident!

God knew you from the beginning…from your mother’s womb. (See Psalm 139:13) His plan is for you to prosper, for you to bloom with fragrant flowers and nourishing fruit.

Even when the heat is on and everything around you seems dry. He provides His “rivers of living water” springing up from deep within to bring strength in time of trouble. (See John 7:38)

Keep trusting the Lord today. He has a plan for your life. You have a unique identity and divine destiny upon the earth today. Trust the Master Gardener with your life. Spread your roots deeply beside the River of Life, and bloom where you are planted!

Pray: “Father, make my fruit sweet so those who eat will grow spiritually strong and healthy. Help me to put my trust in You and bloom in Your garden exactly where I am planted. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

March 25 – Love Must Be Expressed

“…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38

One day, while Jesus was teaching, a Pharisee with full knowledge of Judaic law, who was also a lawyer, asked a question for the purpose of tricking Jesus.  “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”  Jesus answered with the words of the Scripture above.

How, you may ask, is it possible to show that kind of total, sold-out love? First of all, you must understand it would be impossible but for the truth in I John 4:19: “We love HIM, because he first loved us.” In the NIV it reads: “We LOVE because he first loved us.” (*Emphasis supplied.) Love is a gift from God. He put that spark of divine love in you in the very beginning of time which enables you to love…everyone.

All forms of worship are designed to express love toward God. Love is expressed through words of praise and thanksgiving. It is expressed by deeds of obedience and submission. Even the giving of your tithes and offerings is an expression of loving worship.  (Read Deuteronomy 26.)

Not surprisingly, you discover your OWN needs are met when you first express your love for GOD.

Pray: “Precious Lord God, whether I eat, or drink or whatever I do today, I will try to do it all to Your glory.* Make my cup to overflow with Your love. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

*I Corinthians 10:31 (paraphrased)

March 24 – True Worship

“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” Psalm 95:6-7 (NIV)

Webster defines “worship” as 1) a prayer, church service, or other rite showing reverence for a deity; 2) intense love or admiration of any kind. Mankind was born with an inner desire to honor and reverence something superior to and more powerful than himself. For some, it was the sun, moon, or stars.

There are four stages of development set forth in the Bible regarding worship of the Creator, the perfect, holy God. The patriarchs built altars where the Lord appeared to them (Genesis 12:7-8). They followed organized worship in the Tabernacle with its complex ritual and system of sacrifice, as described in Exodus and Leviticus. The synagogue stage began during the Exile; and lastly came Christian worship, consisting of preaching (Acts 20:7), reading of Scripture (James 1:22), prayer (I Timothy 2:8), singing (Ephesians 5:19), baptism (Acts 2:41), the Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:18-24), and almsgiving (I Corinthians 16:1-2).

As you bow before God today, remember He is Spirit and “…true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (John 4:23)

PRAY: “One and only God, how can I help but kneel before You in humble worship when I consider all Your hands have made. You are my Shepherd, Lord, and I am a sheep in Your pasture. Hallelujah! Amen.”