August 20 – Pentecost is Revival

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:1-2

God wants to send His reviving Wind to those in His Church who are waiting with a spirit of expectancy, waiting in unity, and in tune, as harmonious instruments. He does not send His Wind upon those who are unconcerned, disinterested, distracted, or lukewarm.

It may seem like God moves slowly, but then “suddenly” He comes… in His time. The early disciples were “sitting”…waiting patiently…worshiping. It was the day of Pentecost for the Church, but it was a day of REVIVAL for each one individually. Their hearts were lifted, their hope restored, their preaching anointed, and lives radically changed.

This refreshing Pentecostal Wind is not a one-time event. It should occur regularly, as long as you keep a repentant, expectant heart. At the first Pentecost, the Scripture says God’s Wind “filled all the house.” Let Him “fill” all your house today.

PRAY: “Father, as I worship before Your throne, please send Your Pentecostal Wind throughout my entire being. I need my spirit revived, hope restored, and faith lifted. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.”

August 19 – Times of Refreshing

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you.” Acts 3:19-20

Isaiah 60 prophesies an end-times REVIVAL. Gross spiritual darkness has covered the earth, but God’s glory is being seen as the Church repents, fasts, and prays with purpose. God is exposing the counterfeit, imitation, and carnal efforts of man one by one so that His TRUTH can shine forth.

Be discerning of the times and seasons and pray in harmony with God’s plan. NOW is the time of harvest, a time to receive the promises of God… “times of refreshing.” As a Christian, you are part of Abraham’s seed and an heir to those promises. (See Galatians 3:29.) However, be watchful that error does not arise in your faith…where you believe whatever YOU declare will happen just because you are an heir. You do not “create” the will of God…you “cooperate” with it.

Keep an eye on Israel. When things happen in Israel, corresponding events happen in the Church. I Corinthians 15:46 states that first there is the “natural” and then comes the “spiritual.” Sense the time of God’s visitation. Jesus wept because Jerusalem “knewest not the time of [its] visitation.” (Luke 19:44)

PRAY: “Dear Father, I do not want to miss Your visitation. I will keep my eyes open and alert at all times. Let Your will be done in my life today. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

August 18 – Roots of Repentance

“And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”  Matthew 3:10

The passion of John the Baptist was to preach repentance. As the leaves on a tree indicate which way the wind is blowing, so the Church is a visible expression of the kingdom of heaven moving on earth. The health of the tree (Church) may be monitored by the condition of the leaves or fruit. However, treatment for any sickness in the tree must focus on the ROOTS, its main source of nourishment.

Spiritually speaking, sin also must be dealt with at its ROOT (your heart). When the axe is laid at the UNSEEN root of the tree to bring a cure, the fruit that is SEEN will become good. Fruit is a sign of the tree’s health, but it will not become good simply through polishing or other external care.

Your focus may tend to be toward the external, while God is looking at your heart’s condition. People crusade strongly against visible sin, but God zeros in on the CAUSE (root) of those sins. Will you zero in on YOUR source of nourishment today and consider the condition of your root system? Lay the axe to the problem areas, the unseen areas, and watch your tree become more fruitful.

PRAY: “Merciful Father, help me to focus on scriptural heart purity rather than on righteous behavior. Forgive me of prideful thoughts and evil attitudes, I pray.  In Jesus Name, amen.”

August 17 – Play Ball

Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Philippians 2:2

Your team has a Head Coach (Christ) who holds the time clock and sends in the plays.

The quarterback (pastor) delivers the plays in the huddle and passes the ball, but cannot play alone.

Running backs and receivers (laypeople) carry the ball and make the scores, with a fumble now and then.

Linemen (intercessors) start the action by hiking the ball, blocking the opposition, and protecting the quarterback. They are positioned in the center of play.

The team realizes it needs to play OFFENSE in order to score so, with the pressure on, it switches from defense and pushes past the line of scrimmage into enemy territory toward the goal line.

When the goal is reached, the team discovers that strong Christian character has been built and the game has been won!

So, do not sit on the bench (just observing), and keep off the injury list (allowing yourself to be offended by someone). Get in the game, and play ball!

PRAY: “Father, I am on Your team, and I would like to be voted ‘Most Valuable Player’ today. Give me strength to play ball with a team spirit, recovering my fumbles, and bringing You glory. Amen.” 

August 16 – Love Not Worldly Passions

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” I John 2:15

What is John talking about here? What in the “world” is so undesirable and ungodly? (Verse 16)

1)  LUST OF THE FLESH. Galatians 5:19 defines this sin as the evil acts of our sinful nature, such as sexual immorality, idolatry, hatred, jealousy, selfish ambition, envy, and drunkenness. Your FLESH is naturally “bent” against God and must be brought under subjection by the power of the Holy Spirit.

2)  LUST OF THE EYES. Pornography is a nine-billion-dollar industry in America today. Your EYES are the window to your heart and are powerful tools with which to follow Jesus or reject Him. David promised the Lord he would set no vile thing before his eyes. (See Psalm 101:3a and 119:37a, NIV.)

3)  PRIDE OF LIFE. The insatiable hunger for power, position, riches, and beauty is an abomination to God. The evil bent of man to worship his own creation instead of God, the Creator…that is PRIDE…the sin for which Lucifer was kicked out of heaven. Humble yourself before your Maker today.

PRAY: “Loving Father, You have said the world and all of its lusts will pass away, but those who do Your will, will live forever.* I worship and serve You alone. Keep me from all lust and in Your will today. Amen.”

* I John 2:17 (paraphrased)

August 15 – Making Christ Relevant to Others

“For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.” Colossians 2:9-10

When Christ meets your needs, He fills you with His Spirit… you become COMPLETE in Him. It is from that “FULNESS” that you can minister to others.

II Corinthians 3:6 says, you are an “able minister of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit,” ministering to others through an OVERFLOW of the Spirit. Your ministry should be in WORD and DEED, making Christ relevant through helping others in tangible ways as well as spiritual.

Jesus was more interested in PEOPLE than He was in religious tradition. He broke the religious law if it hindered Him from helping others. For instance, He healed on the Sabbath (“Take up your bed and walk”); He touched the leper (Talmud law required keeping a distance of 100 paces); He talked to the Samaritan woman at the well (rejecting racial prejudices); and He mingled with sinners and drunkards.

As a Christian, you must have the same attentive eye to the needs of others. They may not relate to a Christ they cannot see, but they will relate to the Christ in YOU when you attend to their needs. Your life of caring makes Christ relevant to others!

PRAY: “Yes, Father, I am complete in You today, and I desire that wholeness for everyone. Where I can meet a need, bring that someone across my path. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

August 14 – Is Christ Relevant to You?

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you…?”  II Corinthians 13:5

Christ becomes more relevant at the point of your NEED. That is because He is a GIVER. When you are lost, He is your Saviour; when sick, your Healer; when lonely, your Friend; when in poverty, your Provider; when hungry, your food; when naked, your clothing. Try to see Christ in every GOOD thing.

This Christ that is IN you (Colossians 1:27) is a divine being and a human being. He has CHARACTER and ABILITY. His holy character is described in the fruit of “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” (Galatians 5:22-23). His ability is summed up well in II Peter 1:3: “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.”

The Apostle Paul travailed as a woman in childbirth for the Galatians “until Christ be formed in (them).” (4:19) He knew that Christ’s power FORMED IN them would make their testimony relevant and their calling and election sure.

PRAY: “Abba Father, I realize my body is the temple of Your Holy Spirit,* and I turn it over to You now so that Christ can be FORMED IN me and live through me. Amen.”

* I Corinthians 6:19 (paraphrased)